MFN Meeting: September 12, 2015 at 10:00 a.m.

Please mark your calendars and plan to attend the September 12 MFN meeting. As usual, we will be meeting in the Community Room of Macomb’s City Hall from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m., when Janna Deitz and Terri Vanmeenen-Misfeldt will discuss the June Ready to Run workshop.

Janna will discuss the workshop that she organized and other Ready to Run initiatives. Terri “attended as a mentor for [her] former graduate assistant who expressed interest in possible policy internships.” The nonpartisan workshop, which was exceptionally well organized, brought together women who were serving or had served in the Illinois and Iowa state legislatures as well as other government bodies.

We will also be electing Board members at this meeting, something we do each year. If you want to become more involved with MFN programming, please consider becoming a Board member. Typically, the Board meets once a year, usually in June. Other business is taken care of via email or at regular member meetings.

Hope to see you there!

2015 MFN Summer Social

MFN’s annual Summer Social is Tuesday, July 28 from 4-6 p.m. in the Macomb City Hall Community Room.
Members are asked to bring an hors d’oeuvre to share. MFN will provide wine and juice.
We’ll have time for a quick review of the activities of the past year and a preview of potential programs for the new year–which begins Saturday, September 12, in the Community Room of Macomb’s City Hall.
Most of our time next week will be given to socializing, i.e. mingling, mixing, hanging out, hanging around with, interacting, conversing, hobnobbing.
Please plan to attend!

MFN Meeting: April 11, 2015 at 10:00 a.m.

Please mark your calendars and plan to attend the April 11 MFN meeting. As usual, we will be meeting in the Community Room of Macomb’s City Hall from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m., with Gayle Carper speaking the first hour and a business meeting following.

Gayle Carper, WIU Faculty Emerita and attorney, will be discussing the Grand Jury system as it exists in the US today.  To be considered: how Grand Juries are created, their purpose, composition, jurisdiction, procedures, and potential impact on the cases they explore. We are probably all aware of the use of Grand Juries in the Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases and your curiosity may have been peaked because of the outcomes of both. Gayle will be able to clarify how, when and why Grand Juries are used and answer our questions about them.

Hope to see you there!

MFN’s Writing Women Into History Award Criteria and Nomination Form

Writing Women Into History Award

Macomb Feminist Network (MFN)

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The Macomb Feminist Network is soliciting nominations for the annual Writing Women into History Award.

Purpose of award: 

Established in 2010 to honor, promote, and expand our knowledge of the extraordinary contributions women have made in shaping our local community.

Eligible Nominees:

Women who have resided in McDonough County, have been exceptional role models; and through their accomplishments, have made extraordinary contributions within the community are eligible to be nominated.

Method of Nomination:

MFN members and community members can submit a nomination by completing the nomination form.  Self-nominations, when accompanied by a supporting letter, will be considered. Nominations of women who fit the criteria but who are no longer alive will also be considered.

The forms are to be sent to MFN, P.O. Box 765, Macomb, IL 61455 or emailed to Sally Egler at Nominations are due by Monday, December 8, 2014.

Method of Selection:

The MFN Awards Committee members will review all nominations and select the recipient(s).  Nominations will be kept from one year to the next, so previous nominations do not have to be resubmitted (though additional supporting may be submitted if  desired).

Announcement and Recognition:

The recipients’ stories will be shared at the annual awards brunch to be held Saturday, March 7, 2015 from 10:00 –  11:30 a.m. at Western Illinois University’s Multicultural Center in conjunction with National Women’s History Month.



Nomination Form

Writing Women Into History

Macomb Feminist Network (MFN)

Nomination Form (click to download Word version)

Nominee Name:

Nominee Address/Contact Information:

Phone:                                                                         Email:                                                             

Why should this nominee be selected to receive the award? Please describe how this woman has been an exceptional role model and what extraordinary contributions she has made within our community.

Nominator’s statement can be written in the box below or attached as a letter to this form. It can be mailed to the MFN, P.O. Box 765, Macomb, IL 61455 or emailed to Sally Egler at Nominations are due Monday, December 8, 2014.


Information about person completing this form:

Nominator’s Name:                                                  

Nominators’ Phone:                                                                          Email:

Understanding ObamaCare: What You Need to Know

NOTE: Our regular Oct. meeting, previously scheduled for Sat Oct 12 at 10 am is CANCELLED and REPLACED by the following event in the evening on Oct. 22.

Understanding ObamaCare: What You Need to Know

Tuesday evening, Oct. 22 at 7 pm in Macomb City Hall Community room

Panel will include: Lynette Cale, Dir. McDonough County Health Dept. Kevin Wiehardt, WIRC Personal Counselor for Health Options. The 3rd panelist will be the ACA navigator for the McDonough County Health Dept. Sally Egler will moderate the discussion and questions afterwards.

All three of the panelists have had extensive training on the Affordable Health Care Act (ACA) and will provide information and materials on how local people can access affordable Health insurance via the ACA. They will also answer questions from the audience. The purpose of the event is only to convey information about how to use the new system. It is not a political discussion of the merits or demerits of the ACA.

We urge anyone interested in local implementation of the Affordable Health Care Act to attend and invite friends and those in other community groups..

Please come to the program on Oct. 22 and bring friends.

April 13th Meeting: Mayor Mike Inman and Gender Equity

Mayor Mike Inman will be our guest when we meet this Saturday at 10:00 a.m. in the Community Room at City Hall. He will be discussing gender equity in city government, one of the principal interests of the Macomb Feminist Network since our inception. Please participate if you can and bring a friend who might appreciate this opportunity.

2013 Macomb School Board Candidate’s Forum

Here are the links to the 3/27/13 Macomb School Board Candidate’s Forum on YouTube:


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