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Saturday, September 19, 2009

Lake Michigan LWV Annual Meeting in Saugatuck

The Lake Michigan League of Women Voters is an interleague organization studying and advocating Great Lake issues for over 40 years. This year's annual meeting will be in Saugatuck, MI on the shores of Lake Michigan on October 2 and 3. All LWVMI members are invited to attend any or all sessions of the meeting and events.

Location: Presbyterian Camp in the dunes on Lake Michigan shore
631 Perryman Street
Saugatuck, MI 49453
Cost: $70. Includes rustic cabin lodging and all meals (Friday dinner and Saturday breakfast and lunch.)

11-2 pm LMLVW Board Meeting
1-2:30 and 5-6 Registration open
3:00 Star of Saugatuck boat cruise. Cost $14.
716 Water St, Saugatuck, MI 49453
Cruise down the scenic Kalamazoo River into Lake Michigan. This river is an AOC contaminated with PCB's .
5-6 pm Cocktails at Camp available at cost with appetizers
6-9 pm Dinner and program at Camp. The Public Trust Doctrine: Preserving the Promise of the Great Lakes. This event available separately for $15.
Guest speaker, Jim Olson, Traverse City attorney with over 25 years experience in environmental law. Water has been a public resource under public control for over 2000 years. The public trust doctrine means that state governments hold public trust resources, like water, under a high, solemn, and perpetual duty to maintain these waters in trust for the basic needs of all citizens. Can the water be legally sold or alienated for private profit or gain? Has this trust been violated?
9-11 pm FLOW (For the Love of Water) Award winning documentary film investigating the important political and environmental issues of the 21st century world water crisis.

8-10:30 Breakfast and annual meeting
11-12:30 Outdoor dune lecture, John Legge, West Michigan Conservation Director for the Nature Conservancy
12:30-2:00 Lunch and speaker. This event available separately for $10.
Guest speaker, Melvin Visser, author of Cold, Clear, and Deadly. After a career with Upjohn, Mel became obsessed with the persistence of already banned pollutants in our waters and initiated a study.

Please note that lodging is cabin style, with shared bathrooms. Couples can be accommodated in room with door. Only lower bunks will be used for your comfort. You provide own towels, pillows, blankets, and or sheets and toiletries and flashlight.

Suzanne Dixon

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