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League of Women Voters

The League Update

 

MARCH 19, 2015

Dear Friend,

The month of March is widely recognized as Women’s History Month. From International Women’s Day to the anniversary of the deaths of Susan B. Anthony and League founder, Carrie Chapman Catt to the anniversary of the first female member of Congress, Jeanette Rankin, being sworn into office in 1917, there are many important dates to mark this month - and year-round.

Since its founding in 1920, just months before the final ratification of the 19th Amendment, the League’s history is women’s history. For 95 years, the League has been critical in Making Democracy Work® not just for women but for all Americans. Whether it is the voters’ service that we provide during elections or the issues we tackle at the local, state and national level, the League empowers people to improve our government.

From citizenship schools for newly enfranchised women voters in 1920 to harnessing the volunteer power of women in the post war world to tapping the mobilizing and organizing potential of a world connected through social media and the Internet, the League of Women Voters is celebrating the legacy of our founder Carrie Chapman Catt and the thousands of dedicated League members and supporters working across the years and across the country today. We are proud of the powerful role that the women and men of the League have played in Making Democracy Work®.

In League,

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League Leaders

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IN THIS ISSUE:

MEMBERSHIP & LEADERSHIP

  • Honor a League Leader during National Volunteer Week (NEW)
  • Holding Annual Meetings that Attract and Energize! (REMINDER)
  • Request your 50-year Certificates from LWVUS (REMINDER)
  • Free Observer Corps Resource Available (REMINDER)

EDUCATION FUND - STRUCTURES OF DEMOCRACY

  • Money in Politics Forum Up and Running (NEW)

ADVOCACY

  • Webinar Announcement: Putting Together a Local Action Plan (REMINDER)
  • Action Alert: Urge the President to Fully Reject the Keystone XL Pipeline (REMINDER)

COMMUNICATIONS

  • 8 Throwback Pictures of Empowering Voters - Then & Now! (REMINDER)
  • Sunshine Week Template Letter to the Editor (REMINDER)
  • NEW GUIDE: How to Create a Facebook Page for Your League (UPDATED)

OTHER

  • Join the United Nations e-Discussion on Innovation and Technology for Inclusion (NEW)
  • LWV Online Store Closing April 30 - Inventory Available at Little to No Cost (REMINDER)

MEMBERSHIP & LEADERSHIP

Honor a League Leader during National Volunteer Week (NEW)
National Volunteer Week is April 12-18. This is a great chance to invest in the future of the League and to honor a League volunteer. With a gift of $50 or more to the Fund for Local League Growth, which supports the Membership and Leadership Development (MLD) program, we will send you (or a designee) a limited edition, enamel lapel pin as a thank you. Make your contribution now to thank an outstanding League leader for his/her volunteer service during National Volunteer Week. To make a tax-deductible gift, please use this online form. Questions? Contact kmcfarland@lwv.org.

Holding Annual Meetings that Attract and Energize! (REMINDER)
Annual meetings are a chance not only for Leagues to address “League business” but also to celebrate the successes of the past year, recognize great volunteers, show your community the value of the League and engage with community members, allied groups and the media on important issues. Incorporating a social aspect into these meetings will not only energize current members and remind them why they love the League but it’s also an opportunity for prospective members to get to know the League and its incredible members. You can find suggestions for how to hold an engaging and productive annual meeting in the February 2013 MLD Monthly Guidance. This is one of the monthly training tip sheets provided through the Membership and Leadership Development program (MLD) and supported by the Fund for Local League Growth.

Request your 50-year Certificates from LWVUS (REMINDER)
Does your League have any members who have reached 50 years as a part of the League of Women Voters? LWVUS can send a certificate of congratulations to the 50-year member directly or to a leader of your League to present at an upcoming League event. Please contact membership@lwv.org with the 50-year members’ names and allow two weeks for processing. As an additional benefit, Leagues are not charged annual PMP for life members. To denote honorary members in the database, you can change their member code.

Free Observer Corps Resource Available (REMINDER)
Sunshine Week (March 15-21) is the perfect time to commit to or revisit your League’s efforts to protect open and transparent government. A great resource Observing Your Government in Action is now available in hard copy for FREE (shipping and handling charges apply). Visit the League store for more information and other sale items.

EDUCATION FUND - STRUCTURES OF DEMOCRACY

Money in Politics Forum Up and Running (NEW)
The Money in Politics Forum is now active for League members who are interested in discussing the Money in Politics review and update. Barbara Zia, MIP Committee Chair will moderate the forum. To sign up, go to the Member Resources Site (forum.lwv.org), sign in and join the Money in Politics Forum (listed under Forums in the red navigation bar). If you have already signed up for the Money in Elections Forum, that has now been combined with Money in Politics, so there is no need to register.

ADVOCACY

Webinar Announcement: Putting Together a Local Action Plan (REMINDER)
The LWVUS Program Planning and Support (PP&S) Committee will put on a webinar March 25 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. EDT. Advocacy Chair Chris Carson and state Leaders will outline the basics of creating a local action plan. The webinar is designed to help Leagues learn and review the basics for creating an advocacy campaign. The webinar is designed to follow the successful League Program 101 webinar from January by giving League members the tools and know how to use positions in their local communities. You can register for the webinar here. For further information or questions, contact Betsy Lawson at blawson@lwv.org.

Action Alert: Urge the President to Fully Reject the Keystone XL Pipeline (REMINDER)
President Obama fulfilled his promise to veto legislation approving the Keystone XL (KXL) pipeline! The League is proud to stand behind the President’s veto because the pipeline is not in our national interest. But the fight is not over—President Obama and the U.S. State Department must still make a final decision on the Keystone XL pipeline. Thank President Obama for vetoing the pipeline legislation and urge him to reject final approval of the Keystone XL pipeline once and for all!

COMMUNICATIONS

8 Throwback Pictures of Empowering Voters - Then & Now! (REMINDER)
Our latest #LWVat95 piece takes a fun, interactive look at our work around voting and elections over the past century. Hover your mouse around in order for the images to change from past to present!

Sunshine Week Template Letter to the Editor (REMINDER)
Please use our letter to the editor template [http://forum.lwv.org/member-resources/article/sunshine-week-letter-editor] to mark Sunshine Week [http://www.sunshineweek.org/], which is this week (March 15-21). Make sure to customize your LTE to talk about the work you League is doing to protect open and transparent government.

NEW GUIDE: How to Create a Facebook Page for Your League (UPDATED)
A new report shows that 88 percent of millennials receive some news via their Facebook feed. A Facebook page can help your League reach millennials as well as other target audiences. Our new document will walk you through the process of setting up an organizational page for your League, including explanations, tips and best practices.

OTHER

Join the United Nations e-Discussion on Innovation and Technology for Inclusion (NEW)
The UNDESA Division for Social Policy and Development (DSPD) launched a yearlong campaign called “For Inclusion. For Equality. For People.” Throughout the campaign, UNDESA DPSD will be holding e-discussions regarding how the international community can facilitate knowledge sharing and access to new technologies and innovation to all social groups. This month’s e-discussion focuses on how innovation and technologies can provide an essential enabling environment for empowerment of all, especially people living in vulnerable situations. Read more and participate in this all-important discussion!

LWV Online Store Closing April 30 - Inventory Available at Little to No Cost (REMINDER)
LWVUS will be closing its online store at the end of April due to low demand for products and publications, and the high cost of maintaining this business. At the same time, we are exploring alternative avenues that will allow LWVUS to offer core organizational publications through more efficient and cost effective means. Stay tuned for future details. Between now and store’s closing, we are offering Leagues and members one last opportunity to get branded LWV items and publications at rock bottom prices. Some items are even FREE (shipping and handling charges apply)! Check out what is still available in the online store and act fast. Items available right now include LWV publications “Observing Your Government In Action,” “Membership Brochure,” “Vote” brochure (Spanish & English), and “5 Things you need to know on Election Day cards (Spanish only).” In addition, branded items such as note cards, tumblers, tattoos and pins are also available. The last day to place orders is April 15th (easy to remember since it’s Tax Day)! Inquiries should be directed to publications@lwv.org.

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