FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 20, 2017
Jan Warren, President
League of Women Voters of the Grand Traverse Area
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The League of Women Voters of the Grand Traverse Area Announces:
Jane S. Watts Recipient of the Helen Milliken Leadership in Civic Empowerment Award
Jane S. Watts of Peninsula Township, a long-time member and former President of the League of Women Voters of the Grand Traverse Area, received the Helen Milliken Leadership in Civic Empowerment Award from the League of Women Voters of Michigan (LWVMI) at their annual convention. The award honors those who have led the way in providing citizens with information and encouraging informed voters through League work at the state and/or local levels.
For many years Jane has produced the League's informational brochure, They Represent You, which lists the names, contact information, and terms of office for both elected and appointed officials at the local, state and national levels for Kalkaska and Grand Traverse Counties, as well as voting information. Each year Jane personally delivers approximately 5,000 copies of They Represent You to libraries, public offices, and schools in the area. The brochure is very popular and is used by students, educators, health and human service agency staff and private citizens as a valued resource.
To help educate voters about the candidates running for office and the issues on the ballot in the 2016 election, Jane distributed over 2600 copies of the LWVMI published Voter Guide to libraries, public offices and schools throughout the region. Again this is something Jane has done for many years, which exemplifies her commitment to the League's mission of encouraging the informed and active participation of citizens in government on all levels.