Upper St. Croix Valley League

After several years of interest by a few people in Polk and Burnett counties, a board was formed and bylaws were created for a League of Women Voters (LWV) Upper St. Croix Valley. By the end of 2015, the LWV Wisconsin recognized the Upper St. Croix Valley League. Work to present and support candidate forums, meet and greets, voter registration events, and public voter education presentations formed the core of activities. In 2019, several people from St. Croix County joined the group and by 2020, the league was expanded to three counties.

The current board members are:

  • Chair: Carolyn Saunders
  • Treasurer: Nancy Stewart
  • Communications/Media: Kathy Palmquist
  • Director: Pam Girtz
  • Vice Chair: Susan Bosley
  • Secretary: Judy Gammel
  • Director: Beth Wood
  • Director: Barb Katt

Committee Chairs:

  • Nominating Committee: Susan Bosley
  • Budget Committee: Kathy Kienholz
  • Membership Committee: Barb Wetzel
  • Voter Services Committee: Kay Brooks
  • Program Committee: Patti Hurd

2020 New Members:

Vicki Harmon               New Richmond
Edna Early                     New Richmond
Nancy Hable                 Baldwin
Patricia Van Nevel      New Richmond
Jennifer Smith             Woodville
Rita Kearns                   New Richmond
Steve Schanback         Osceola
Kathie Nelson              Luck
Jarell Kuney                  New Richmond
Katy Neitzke                 New Richmond
Marla Olson                   Hudson
Carol Vanek                   Dresser
Katy Neitzke                  New Richmond
Jennifer Turrentine    Webster

The White Bear Lake Area League on the Minnesota side of the St. Croix River includes a unit with the St. Croix Valley name. This unit covers the Stillwater, Minnesota area and they joined the White Bear Lake Area League in 2014. We apologize for any confusion.

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The League of Women Voters Upper St. Croix Valley expresses a debt of gratitude to Marilyn Chesnik for her hard work founding this organization. When many people thought Burnett and Polk counties were not ready for a league and were ready to throw in the towel, Marilyn made it a personal goal to get the league off the ground. Her work to promote and invite people made the league a reality. Thank you!

“The LWV Upper St. Croix Valley has been selected as the Membership and Leadership Development (MLD) Program’s 2020 Second Place Award Winner! 

Your application paints a passionate picture of a League beginning a significant transformation! Your inclusion initiative is outstanding and fully integrated. We noted how you are carefully combining a name/jurisdiction change with St. Croix County board representation and have already extended equal programming in this new region. You’ve empowered your outreach and visibility with the launch of a new website and Facebook page and your membership numbers are expanding, in testimony to the impact of these new measures.”

Ellen Penwell, Membership & Events Manager, LWV WI