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 and the name changed to St. Croix Valley.

A woman stands at a microphone

The League of Women Voters of 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

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion(DEI) Policy

The LWV Upper St. Croix Valley is fully committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in principle and in practice. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are central to the organization’s current and future success in engaging all individuals, households, communities, and policy makers in creating a more perfect democracy.

There shall be no barriers to full participation in this organization on the basis of gender, gender identity, ethnicity, race, native or indigenous origin, age, generation, sexual orientation, culture, religion, belief system, marital status, parental status, socioeconomic status, language, accent, ability status, mental health, educational level or background, geography, nationality, work style, work experience, job role function, thinking style, personality type, physical appearance, political perspective or affiliation and/or any other characteristic that can be identified as recognizing or illustrating diversity.


Barb Wetzel is a member of the local league and she owns a special teapot. Although the teapot is a reproduction, the original pot has a history tied to the Nineteenth Amendment and women’s right to vote.