There are MANY ways for you to become active. First, you should become a member of the BCDP and join one of our committees (or more if you wish). Then we strongly recommend that you learn what else is going on in your community by attending public meetings. Becoming more locally informed will help you become an invaluable citizen who can effectively occupy seats on boards, participate in committees, or even run for office.
Below are 6 great ways to get involved in both the
78th and 79th Districts:
1. Attend Local BCDP Meetings
and Join one of our committees!
- Decide what issues interest you.
- Ask Questions, Make Suggestions
- Meet people
- Put words into actions and help protect our community.
BCDP Standing Committees
- Finance /Fundraising Committee:
Have experience raising money? We could use your ideas and time helping the BCDP raise money to further our goals.
- Program Committee
Have experience organizing events? Scheduling? Planning? We would like to host more events but we have limited volunteers. Any assistance would be helpful.
- Elections and Organizing Committee
Have any experience participating in an election? Please consider coaching newbie candidates into the election ring.
- Communications Committee
Have experience outreaching? We are always trying to reach out to as many people as possible so they can hear our message. Even if you're coming with no experience, your writing skills, photography skills, video skills, marketing skills, media skills etc...would be very helpful!
- Policy and Resolutions Committee
Have an interest in writing or passing policies or resolutions? Or simply have ideas that you'd like to see implemented on a wide scale? Join us!
- Membership Committee
Similar to the Communications Committee we focus on outreaching, though with a focus on finding new ways to increase and manage our membership base. If you have ideas, experience or are just plain interested, then jump aboard!
- Rules and Bylaws Committee
One of the most important committees, requiring a dedication to learning state and local political party policies.
- Action Education
Interested in our local schools and districts? Would you like to share your experiences? Would you like to help make changes to our education system? This is a great place and group of people to start with.
- Action Environment
Want to protect the environment using science based policies? Our Environmental Action group is always working on how to do just that; though with the environment being as large as it is, we could always use more help. Please join us!
- Action Immigration/Action Healthcare/Action Infrastructure...
These are all potential groups. If you have any interest in joining a committee, Action group or even starting your own, please don't hesitate to get in touch with us. Every volunteer can make a HUGE difference!
To join, simply contact the office (269-588-3300) or view the calendar on the Home Page and attend a meeting or our open office hours.
2. Attend Berrien County
- Find out what's happening locally
- Ask Questions, offer suggestions
- Meet people
- Consider becoming a Commissioner!
Berrien County Board of Commissioners
BOARDS & COMMISSIONS THAT COMMISSIONERS SERVE ON:
911 Quality Assurance Committee
911 Technical Committee
Berrien County Human Services Council
Community Corrections Advisory Board
Disaster Planning Committee
Health Board Prep
Health Dept. Well & Septic Review Board
Housing Resource Network
Local Emergency Planning Committee
MAC (Michigan Assoc. of Counties) Economic Development & Taxation
MAC- Health & Human Services
Michigan Works Improvement Committee
Michigan Works Intelligence Committee
MSU District Extension Advisory Committee
Niles Area Transportation
Pokagon New Buffalo Area LRSB
Sewage Appeals Board
Southwestern Michigan Community Action Agency
Southwest Michigan Solid Waste Consortium
Substance Abuse Oversight Policy Board
Twin Cities Area Transportation Study
BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS
(APPOINTED BY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS)
Area Agency on Aging
Brownfield Development Authority
County Public Safety Communication Center Operations Committee
Dept. of Human Services Board
Economic Development Corporation
Election Canvassers Board
Land Bank Authority
Land Preservation Board
Loan Administration Board
Mental Health Authority Board
Parks & Recreation Board
Public Transportation Local Advisory Council
Public Works Board
St. Joseph River Harbor Authority (recently disbanded as county board)
Solid Waste Planning
Southwestern Michigan Planning Commission
Trust Investment Advisory Committee
Workforce Development Board
9-1-1 Advisory Board
District 1: Dave Vollrath District 7: Debra Panozzo
District 2: Jon Hinkelman District 8: Teri Freehling
District 3: Don Meeks District 9: Ezra Scott
District 4: Mamie Yarbrough District 10: Mac Elliott
District 5: Bill Chickering District 11: Jim Curran
District 6: Jeanette Leahey District 12: Michael Majerek
Board meetings are held every Thursday morning (no more than 4 per month) at the Berrien County Administration Building, 701 Main St., St. Joseph. Phone: 269-983- 7111 www.berriencounty.org During the spring & summer months, one of those meetings each month will be held in the evening at different locations throughout the county. Dates for evening meetings: April 6th @Administration Bldg in St. Joseph, May 4th @ Berrien County Conference Center (in Berrien County Health Dept building), June 1st @ North Berrien Senior Center, July 13th @ New Buffalo Township Hall, Aug. 3rd @ South County Administration Bldg in Niles.
The schedule for Thursday meetings is as follows:
Committee of the Whole meetings begin at 8:30 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
Committee meetings (Administration, Finance, Personnel & Human Services) take place from 9:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Regular Board meetings begin at 10:30 a.m.
The Board of Commissioners oversees the County’s business via committees – Administration, Finance, Personnel & Human Services. Each department within county government and some other outside agencies have a “parent” committee that the department head provides updates to.
Animal Control, Building & Grounds, Courts, Motorpool, Prosecutor, Public Defender, Road commission, Sheriff, Western Michigan Legal Services and 9-1-1.
Building Authority, Clerk, Information Systems, Community Development, Drains, Equalization, Financial Services, Printing, Records Center, Treasurer, Trust Investment Advisory Committee
Personnel & Human Services:
Area Agency on Aging, GIS Mapping, Mental Health, Parks & Recreation, Recycling, Personnel, Public Health, Register of Deeds, Surveyor, Veterans