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League of Women Voters Leaders' Update

January 24, 2013

The deadline to update member rosters is January 31. 

The member roster affects your PMP for this coming fiscal year. 

Make sure you update your member roster by midnight ET on January 31 (and maybe win a free convention registration).

In This Issue:


  • LWVUS Contest: Update the Expiration Dates ofMembers. (Deadline is Friday!)
  • New Customizable Materials for YOUR League Available Online (NEW)
  • Did Your League Grow in 2012? Deadline January 31 to Update Your Member Records


  • Thanks for Your Feedback! (NEW)
  • Voter Registration Modernization in the Spotlight (NEW)
  • Join VOTE411 in 2013!


  • Women and the Rule of Law: A View from the Americas


  • Support the Membership and Leadership Development Program


Get Started on the New League Forums

The League's aging discussion list system will be closing in early February 2013. In its place, we have built the League Forums, a new online community exclusively for League members and leaders. Don’t wait any longer, take the time today to log in and join the discussions on the League Forums.

Why should you join the League Forums?

  1. Like the discussion lists, the League Forums provide an opportunity to interact with fellow League members on specific topics and to share experiences and tools.
  2. The Forums notifications system allows you to decide if you want to follow a group (topic), a single discussion within a group, or even just a single person.
  3. All messages are archived online for future reference.
  4. You can easily build and manage your own personal profile.


Go to www.lwv.org, click on LOGIN in the top red bar. Once logged in, use the Forums link in the left navigation bar. Members interested in learning more are welcome to view a recorded webinar introducing the new Forums.

Dear Friend,

In his inaugural address, President Obama reminded us that there can be no justice or economic stability without equality and called upon citizens to come together to work towards a better America. The President has hitched the wagon of his legacy to a star made up of the diverse patchwork of voters who turned out in 2008 and again in 2012 to make his presidency possible. This inaugural address was a call to action, enlisting “We the People” in working for a new America to go beyond merely casting a vote by becoming a voice in support of a sensible and sustainable social safety net, a solution to climate change, safety for our children  and a level playing field for all.

As a leading citizens group with members in every state of the union that embraces precisely these same values, the League can play a key part in making this vision of a new America a reality. Now it is up to us to find ways to reach out into our communities and start the conversation. Can we work together within League to use social media and the internet to reach out to a more diverse audience when we do educational forums? Can we translate some of our internal methodologies, such as study and consensus, to involve a broader audience in finding common ground on issues? Can we take lessons from the past election and learn new ways to engage the many stakeholders in our communities?

These are questions that we need to answer because the best way for citizens to get and stay engaged is to join the League of Women Voters.  Many years ago, Anna Lord Strauss told a League Convention, “The League of Women Voters is not an end in itself. It is a marvelous training ground. We awaken the apathetic, combine the few minutes here and there of many people and are the constructive expression of otherwise uneasy consciences.” That still holds true today. Let it never be said that anyone is too busy to join the League. It is precisely those who are too busy who should join the League so that we can combine the few minutes here and there of many people to take the collective action needed to keep the American Dream alive.

In League,
Description: Elisabeth


Membership and Field Support

LWVUS Contest: Update the Expiration Dates of Members Records. (Deadline is Friday!)
Update ALL the expiration dates on member records in the national database for your League by tomorrow, January 25 and be eligible to win a $25 Staples gift card. To update expiration dates, please see the instructions here. Click here to find out about this contest and others and how to win great prizes (including registration to LWVUS Convention in 2014 – see below) and to be recognized for your outstanding work.  We will recognize the winning Leagues in the Leader’s Update in the coming weeks. For questions or assistance, email membership@lwv.org.

New Customizable Materials for YOUR League Available Online (NEW)
We heard you! More items with the League logo are now available for your League to customize and print. Now, you can customize League return-address labels or customize labels to affix on LWV brochures to provide your League’s contact information in a professional-looking manner.

Did Your League Grow in 2012? Deadline January 31 to Update Your Member Records
Let’s show how we’ve grown in 2012 through our efforts to Power the Vote!  The deadline for updating information in the database is January 31.  The top 3 Leagues with greatest percentage NET growth from Jan 31, 2012-Jan 31, 2013 will win one free registration for LWVUS convention in Dallas, TX in 2014! All other Leagues showing NET growth will be placed into a drawing for two additional winners!  That’s a $335 value (plus all the great networking and training one receives)! Have database questions?  Please contact Betty Taira at BTaira@lwv.org or Lela Sallis at LSallis@lwv.org.



Thanks for Your Feedback! (NEW)
Thanks to all 293 Leagues who filled out our 2012 Voter Service Feedback survey! We very much appreciate the time you took to tell us about your successes, challenges, and plans for the future. We have read every survey and are already incorporating your feedback as we plan for future election activities, trainings, partner and funder engagement and other conversations organization-wide. Thanks to every League volunteer and leader who helped Power the Vote in 2012!

Voter Registration Modernization in the Spotlight (NEW)
The Brennan Center for Justice held a panel discussion on voter registration modernization this week in DC. with Secretaries of State from MN, ND, NV and OR who discussed the need for on-line voter registration modernization. In conjunction with the panel discussion the Brennan Center also released a new publication – The Case for Voter Registration Modernization. Check out this concise and informative document. – Registration modernization is one of the four pro-voter reform issues the League has identified as priorities this year at the state and federal level.

Join VOTE411 in 2013!
Does your community have any elections in 2013? If so, the New Year brings a new opportunity for your League to create its own, online voters’ guide on VOTE411.org! In 2012 over 2.5 million voters turned to VOTE411 to get their election information. Leagues from 30 states created online voters’ guides to provide information on over 12,000 candidates and 5,100 races in their communities. If you’re interested in participating in VOTE411 for 2013, please contact Megan Brown (mbrown@lwv.org) and she’ll help answer any of your questions or walk you through the process!


Global Democracy

Women and the Rule of Law: A View from the Americas
A one-day conference, jointly sponsored by the League of Women Voters, Inter-American Dialogue, and International Association of Women Judges, will take place in Washington DC, on February 27, 2013. The conference will showcase the progress that women have made in gaining access to judicial leadership positions across the Americas. A central purpose will be to draw on the collective experience of accomplished judges to develop recommendations on how to enhance the positive role of women in the judiciary.



Support the Membership and Leadership Development Program

“I wouldn’t trade my League experience for anything!”

In this New Year, we hope that you will reflect on the personal gifts the League has given to you and consider making a gift to the Fund for Local League Growth (FLLG). As this quote reminds us, League is an experience like no other! The FLLG is a special fund solely designated to build the League’s infrastructure and support the Membership and Leadership Development program. The Membership and Leadership Development program is helping to ensure that the League’s future is vibrant, healthy and strong. Thank you in advance for your support!

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