May 23, 2013
In This Issue:
EDUCATION FUND- - Elections
- LWV Florida Instrumental in Passing Bi-Partisan Voting Reform – Signed into Law This Week (NEW)
- League Joins Former Motor Voter Coalition Partners to Celebrate 20th Anniversary of the National Voter Registration Act (NEW)
- Commissioners Named to Presidential Commission on Election Administration (NEW)
MEMBERSHIP & LEADERSHIP
- Meet a Shur Fellow: Connie Ferguson (NEW)
- What’s in Name? Name the New Members’ Site (Reminder) (NEW)
- Share our Studies, Share our Strengths! (Reminder)
- Help Plan the League’s Next 93 Years (Reminder)
Glad You Asked!
This new section of the Leaders' Update is dedicated to providing the information that you want to know.
We will be responding to questions we receive from League leaders across the county. Our inaugural tip is in response to several inquiries we've had at LWVUS from newly elected presidents/leadership teams.
What should be on the League's Calendar?
With new local and state boards settling into their roles, now is the perfect time to get intentional about planning for the year ahead! Please follow this link to a PowerPoint presentation on the LWVUS website that can help you plan ahead and stick to that plan throughout the year.'
This past week, we can’t pick up a newspaper or turn on the news without seeing the word ‘scandal’. The most prominent this week has been the alleged ‘scandal’ at the IRS involving determinations of tax-exempt status for conservative groups. It seems everyone is jumping on the bandwagon and proclaiming or conceding that IRS employees committed some degree of wrongdoing.
As the facts continue to emerge, the LWVUS is resisting the temptation to offer an opinion or propose a solution. The situation at the IRS concerning tax exemptions for groups engaging in electioneering has serious implications both for the League as a 501c4 organization and for the ongoing battle to control campaign spending. It remains to be seen whether the swift condemnation of these workers by politicians on both sides of the aisle will render the IRS helpless to enforce its legitimate rules or to promulgate rules that more clearly define what it means to be a social welfare organization.
This is a situation that we are watching closely. In the best tradition of the League, when we have the facts, we will be in the best position to act, if action is required. In the meantime, we will all stayed tuned!
To help keep your members informed, please consider forwarding this weekly message. Please note that this is an internal communication that provides both announcements and opportunities meant only for your members and League, as well as updates on important news and events. This message should not be posted in its entirety on League social media channels or websites. Instead consider sharing the external (e.g. public interest/action) pieces such as blog posts, letters to Congress and press statements.
LWV Florida Instrumental in Passing Bi-Partisan Voting Reform – Signed into Law This Week (NEW)
Gov. Rick Scott has finalized the fix of the flawed election laws that relegated Florida to a late-night joke in 2012 by signing an elections clean-up bill passed on the final day of the legislative session. Read about the bill and other coverage. Congratulation to LWV Florida!
League Joins Former Motor Voter Coalition Partners to Celebrate 20th Anniversary of the National Voter Registration Act (NEW)
Monday, May 20, marked the 20th anniversary of the passage of the National Voter Registration Act, which streamlined the voter registration process. Read President MacNamara’s recent Huffington Post article about the anniversary. The League also joined with our former Motor Voter Coalition partners to celebrate this occasion with a Congressional briefing and reception on Capitol Hill. Executive Director Nancy Tate welcomed guests at the reception. Read our blog post about the celebration and see our photo album from the reception.
Commissioners Named to Presidential Commission on Election Administration (NEW)
On Tuesday, President Obama named the commissioners to the Presidential Commission on Election Administration that was created following his discussion of long wait times at the polls on Election Day in his State of the Union address. Read our press statement and press hits on MSNBC and The Hill.
Membership & leadership
Meet a Shur Fellow: Connie Ferguson (NEW)
The Membership and Leadership Development (MLD) program is so successful because of the amazing network of coaches who are in place at the national and state levels. National coaches (also known as Shur Fellows) assist state coaching teams as they work with local League leaders on organizational growth issues such as membership recruitment and retention and leadership development.
This week, we are putting the spotlight on Connie Ferguson. Famous for reminding Leagues that the MLD best practices are a “menu and not a recipe,” she is helping to tailor the program to the needs of the Leagues in Ohio and Illinois. Learn more about Connie, the other Fellows and the MLD program.
Visibility Opportunity: Letter to the Editor Template (NEW)
It’s graduation time. Use this letter to the editor template to call attention to the best gift you can give grads - helping them to register to vote. Promote this piece that is core to our mission and get some good visibility for your League!
What’s in Name? Name the New Members’ Site (Reminder)
New and exciting things are happening for the League online! We have taken the first steps toward a new, dynamic members’ website resource built with League leaders in mind. This new site will allow you to share your ideas, passions and concerns as well as a way to access the critical resources you need for League management. To celebrate the new look and format, we are inviting you to participate in a contest to name the new website. Suggest a name by May 24, 2013 and your name idea could be splashed across the top of the new site for all to see! The most popular of the name suggestions will move on to a second phase of the contest and everyone will rank their favorites. The final name will be chosen from the top ranked names at Council 2013. Go to the new Forums to vote on a name and while you’re there, take some time to explore.
Leadership Changes: Update the LWVUS Database (Reminder)
Please don’t forget to update any changes in your League’s leadership in the member database. It is critical that all records are up to date. If you need assistance, please contact Betty Taira at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Share our Studies, Share our Strengths! (Reminder)
Did you adopt new studies at your Annual Meeting? Save time and jumpstart the study process by visiting the LWV Clearinghouse with League studies in more than 50 subject areas. Recent posts included waste management, incarceration of women, election reform, and voting equipment and procedures. Share your studies--does any League have timely studies on gun laws, fracking, or same sex marriage? Follow the steps displayed on the first page of the Clearinghouse website. Note: The Clearinghouse will accept positions without studies, even as multi-position documents, if they are accompanied by a single submission form.
Help Plan the League’s Next 93 Years (Reminder)
The League of Women Voters Education Fund continues to be at the forefront of voter engagement and public policy issue education, which allows citizens to thoughtfully engage in the democratic process. We invite you to learn about planning your charitable gifts to the League in a way that will maximize your investment in democracy while providing opportunities for you to share the benefit. For information on how to include the League in your will—or to obtain a charitable gift annuity, participate in our pooled income fund, or find other ways that will provide income to you and your loved one while helping to ensure the League’s future—contact the national League Development office at 202-263-1355 or email@example.com.
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