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League of Women Voters Leaders' Update

October 24, 2013

In This Issue:

MEMBERSHIP & LEADERSHIP

  • Webinar Opportunity on October 30: Become a National Coach (NEW)
  • #GivingTuesday – December 3: An Opportunity for Leagues (NEW)
  • New Webinar Available: Reaching Out to Millennials on Campus (NEW)

EDUCATION FUND- - Elections

  • Grants Available: 2014 Youth Voter Registration Program (NEW)
  • Remind Your Community about this Fall’s Election and VOTE411.org (Reminder)
  • State Responds to LWVNC’s Lawsuit Against New Voter Suppression Law (NEW)

ADVOCACY

  • EPA to Hold Listening Sessions on Carbon Pollution (UPDATED)

Planning for Convention 2014 Underway

Like all years, we are busily reviewing the evaluations from Council 2013 to help inform the agenda for Convention 2014. Overall, the evaluations were very positive – with the majority of attendees rating the opportunities to network with other League leaders, share ideas with the LWVUS Board, get resources from LWVUS, and creating a campaign action plan with “excellent” and “good” ratings. This input is very valuable as we plan for what promises to be a great Convention in Dallas.

Glad You Asked!

This section of the Leaders' Update is dedicated to providing the information that you want to know.

Lately, I’ve noticed that some resources in the members’ section of www.lwv.org are living in new places. Is the site being changed?

Responding to feedback from League members, the members’ area of the website is being updated. In early 2014, it will have a whole new look and feel that we are confident will be easier to navigate. In anticipation of this change, we are moving around some content. If you cannot find something that you need, please use the search feature on the page or contact membership@lwv.org. Thanks for your patience!

 

Dear Supporter,

The government is finally back up and running, and many of you are in the final throes of getting word out in your communities about the elections on November 5. While reports of record low turnout in New Jersey, Georgia and elsewhere confirm that this is a typical “off year” for elections, I’m nevertheless proud to see that for many Leagues, it is anything but.

With reports still trickling in, we now know that Leagues helped 8,007 voters register or update their registration on September 24, National Voter Registration Day. Whether you helped two people or helped 200, your work has made the difference in the lives of voters—not only for this year, but moving into the important 2014 and 2016 election cycles, when so much will be at stake on the national stage.

And, we’re thrilled that more and more Leagues are embracing resources like VOTE411.org. Compared to the last off-year election, there’s been over 100% growth in League participation and so far this year more than a 30% growth in the number of visitors. Together we’re not only able to reach hundreds of thousands of voters but we’re also providing them with the information they need to overcome barriers and participate in the vast array of elections happening this year. Leagues are already signing up for 2014 and we can’t wait to work together to make 2014 our most successful year yet!

This is the time to send out that press release and letter to the editor, update your Facebook page, call up your neighbors, and make sure your voters’ guide is available in local grocery stores, schools, lobbies and bus stops. This is what the League does best. But voters only know about our resources if we share them far and wide.

Finally, we know that many of you are already gearing up for vigorous 2014 action. Whether you’re pushing for cleaner air, supporting citizens’ access to health care or fighting for better elections in your town and across your state, League leaders will be at the forefront of driving positive change. As always, I’m so proud to stand united with all of you. Let’s get out there and help voters. Then, let’s start planning for even bigger and better things next year.

In League,
Description: Elisabeth

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Membership & leadership

Webinar Opportunity on October 30: Become a National Coach (NEW)
Participate in this informational webinar on becoming a Ruth S. Shur Fellow or national coach. The Shur Fellow team is a dedicated group of League leaders committed to the expansion of civic engagement by fostering League growth. If you are looking for a great way to enhance your League experience as an integral part of the Membership & Leadership Development (MLD) program, submit your nomination using this form. You also can find more information on the responsibilities and benefits of being a Shur Fellow on our website. Applications are due on November 11. 

#GivingTuesday – December 3: An Opportunity for Leagues (NEW)
This year, the League is a partner in the second annual #GivingTuesday campaign on December 3, 2013. In the same way that retail stores come together to offer deals on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday brings the nonprofit community together to raise awareness about the importance of supporting our valuable missions and work. Our #GivingTuesday blog post tells you how we are taking advantage of this important effort. We encourage Leagues to think about how they, too, can leverage this opportunity to raise awareness and financial support for their good work. Additional tips and resources for getting involved can be found in the official #GivingTuesday Communications toolkit.

New Webinar Available: Reaching Out to Millennials on Campus (NEW)
A new webinar, “Reaching Out to Millennials on Campus,” is now available online in the Nikki Harris Online Training Library. Hosted by National Board Member Anne Schink and the Young People’s Task Force Co-chairs Amy Hjerstedt and Melissa Currence, this webinar focuses on a variety of ways in which local Leagues can create a lasting presence on campuses by partnering with various student groups and staff members, ways to set realistic goals for campus outreach, and how creating a presence on campuses across the country will introduce a whole new generation to the great work of the League.

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Education Fund

Elections

Grants Available: 2014 Youth Voter Registration Program (NEW)
LWVEF is pleased to announce a new pass-through grant opportunity to help Leagues engage high school/community college/technical/vocational school students in the spring of 2014. Monday, December 2, is the application deadline. State and local Leagues are encouraged to download the project description and funding application. If you have questions about completing your application, contact Maggie Duncan (mduncan@lwv.org).

Remind Your Community about this Fall’s Election and VOTE411.org (Reminder)
Use these media templates (press release and letter to the editor) to remind the voters in your community about the importance of local elections this fall and the invaluable information found on VOTE411.org. Adapt the templates to help gain visibility for your League’s impact on the community every election.

State Responds to LWVNC’s Lawsuit Against New Voter Suppression Law (NEW)
On Monday the state of North Carolina officially responded to a lawsuit filed by LWVNC challenging the new voter suppression law in the state. On the same day the Charlotte Observer came out with an editorial in strong opposition to the law.

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Advocacy

EPA to Hold Listening Sessions on Carbon Pollution (UPDATED)
The Environmental Protection Agency will hold 11 listening sessions across the country to gather input from the community as they develop guidelines for existing power plants to reduce carbon pollution emissions. The listening sessions will be held in MA, PA, NY, GA, CO, KS, CA, DC, TX, WA and IL. If you are interested in participating in one of these meetings please contact Jessica Jones at jjones@lwv.org.

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