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Be a Know Voter

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Meet at the Winnetka Public Library either Mondays, January 28-March 18 at 12:30 PM or Wednesdays, January 30-March 20, at 7:30 PM, for America's largest discussion program on world affairs. A briefing book published by the non-partisan Foreign Policy Association, providing a short informative article on each topic, is available on loan from the Northfield and Winnetka public libraries or for purchase from Joan Fragen (, 847 446-0184) or Eleanor Prince (, 847 251-4339).

Read the book, watch the 20 minute Reuters video with the group and then join in the discussion. Attend one session or all eight. Topics for the year are:
Refugees and Global Immigration. January 28 & 30;
The Middle East: Regional Disorder, February 4 & 6;
Nuclear Negotiations: Back to the Future, February 11 & 13;
The Rise of Populism in Europe, February 18 & 20;
Decoding U. S.-China Trade, February 25 & 27;
Cyber Conflicts and Geopolitics, March 4 & 6;
The United States and Mexico Partnership tested, March 11 & 13;
State of the State Department and Diplomacy, March 18 & 20.

Wiinetka District 36 Study

Winnetka Issues and Other WNK Leaguers on D36 Anticipated Referendum

Notes on meeting October 17, 2018

Those present: Joan Fragen, Eleanor Prince, Patricia Balsamo, Neva Egan, Jo-Ann Jahant, Louise Holland

This meeting was a planning session for the District 36 anticipated referendum to improve the physical facilities of the District's schools and redraw the elementary school boundaries.

The framing of a WNK potential study would be: Should the Winnetka Northfield Kenilworth League of Women Voters support the proposed school District 36 referendum?

The reasoning behind a study is that after researching the facts the League could then reach a consensus as to its stand on the referendum issue, and it could then make its view public. The public has high regard for the League's positions on matters it has researched in depth.

The Winnetka Caucus has surveyed residents on District 36 matters, and its reports will be available shortly. Our committee decided that before taking its next steps it would wait for the Caucus survey results which would reveal what is relevant to the community.

Do plan to join us in this endeavor essential to our investment in Winnetka's Progressive Education and the future of Winnetka's children.

Pat Balsamo Winnetka Issues Chair

Board Meetings - All Members Welcome


During the year: We will meet in the community room at the Winnetka Park District, 540 Hibbard Road, as we have in previous years. Members should gather at 9:15, and the meetings will begin promptly at 9:30 a.m. The meetings will be in the morning unless otherwise noted. We strongly encourage you to come, particularly if you have an issue or interest that you would like us to pursue.

Calendar for 2019

Below is a link to the 2019 calendar. This information was correct when posted in January 2019 but will change over time so check for current information.

Click here for the calendar.

League Observers



Find out about your village schools, library or other board whose work appeals to you. Learn about the issues that board is dealing with in its meetings and get that information to our League. Job requires an evening or two a month plus a brief monthly summary of that board's major activities. An opportunity to know more about where we live! Observers are needed for the following village boards:
Village Board of Trustees: Winnetka, Northfield, Kenilworth
Schools: Winnetka District #36; Northfield District #29, Avoca District #37; Kenilworth District #38
Library: Winnetka-Northfield; Kenilworth
Parks: Winnetka, Northfield, Kenilworth Park Districts

For more information, call or email Pat Balsamo, 847.446.2785 or

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