Making Democracy Work

About the League of Women Voters, St. Cloud Area

What is our history? What is our structure? Other League organizations.

Our History

Carrie Chapman Catt, LWV Founder
Carrie Chapman Catt
LWV Founder

The St. Cloud League was formed in 1920 immediately following the ratification of the 19th amendment giving women the right to vote. We and the Minneapolis League were the first two Leagues in Minnesota to be established.

Read a short history of the League of Women Voters.

Our Role

The League of Women Voters has two separate and distinct roles.

  • Voters Service/Citizen Education: we present unbiased nonpartisan information about elections, the voting process, and issues.

  • Action/Advocacy: we are also non-partisan, but, after study, we use our positions to advocate for or against particular policies in the public interest.

To conduct our voter service and citizen education activities, we use funds from the League of Women Voters of Minnesota Education Fund, which is a 501(c)(3) corporation, a nonprofit educational organization. The League of Women Voters, a membership organization, conducts action and advocacy and is a nonprofit 501(c)(4) corporaton.

Our Vision, Beliefs, and Intentions guide our activities.

Our Structure, Meetings & Committees

The League of Women Voters of the St. Cloud Area(LWVSCA) is the only League in the 3 county Central Minnesota area of Benton, Sherburne and Stearns.

Our members are also members of:

See other Leagues in Minnesota and other state Leagues and local League websites.

LWVSCA currently has monthly meetings at several different times and locations, so that members can attend whichever fits into their schedules. Our League discusses a different topic each month educating members on current local, state and national issues. Several public meetings, with subjects of current and/or general interest, are held annually, usually with invited speakers or discussion panels.

LWVSCA Committees:

Regional Govt. Planning.Transportation
Library ServicesHuman Rights
Natural Resouces/ParksHousing
Health CareSocial Issues
Campaign Finance ReformEducation
Reproductive RightsImmigration
Voter ServiceState Study