The City of Park Rapids has proclaimed that Feb. 14 is a day of celebration for the 100th anniversary of the League of Women Voters (LWV).

LWV Park Rapids Area joins more than 700 other local and state chapters to mark this historic milestone. On Feb. 14, the local League will be holding a birthday party at Third Street Market. The community is invited to join LWV members at 4:30 p.m. for birthday cake. There will also be a presentation about a traveling exhibit coming to Nemeth Art Center during May, some local LWV history and the beginnings of LWV. RSVP by calling 732-9226.

Looking ahead to the next 100 years, the LWV is excited that dedicated members across Hubbard County continue to steadily attract significant numbers of volunteers, who share league’s commitment to making democracy work.

LWV is a citizens’ organization that has fought since 1920 to improve our government and engage all citizens in the decisions that impact their lives. LWV operates at national, state and local levels in all 50 states as well as in Washington, D.C., the Virgin Islands and Hong Kong.

LWV was founded by Carrie Chapman Catt in 1920, just six months before the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, giving all American women the right to vote after a 72-year fight for women’s suffrage.

From the beginning, LWV has been a non-partisan, grassroots organization whose leaders believe that citizens should play a critical role in advocacy for the issues that affect their lives.

In order to support that role, the LWV has sponsored numerous educational programs on local issues as well as candidate forums. For more information, look at the website (http://lwvparkrapidsarea.blogspot.com) or email lwvparkrapids@lwvmn.org.