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League of Women Voters Leaders' Update

June 13, 2013

In This Issue:


  • Immigration Reform Moves Forward (NEW) 


  • Sign Up Now for National Voter Registration Day: Sept. 24th, 2013! (NEW)
  • Revised Election Bill Moves Forward In Wisconsin – Voter ID Out (NEW)


  • League Interns - Making an Impact (NEW)
  • Leadership Changes: Update the LWVUS Database (Reminder)


  • Essential Publications for your League(NEW)
  • Post New Studies Adopted at your Annual Meeting or State Convention (NEW)
  • Subscribe to the Leaders’ Update (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 tips are in response to several inquiries we've had at LWVUS from newly elected presidents/leadership teams.

What should be in a new member welcome packet?

This varies from League to League (depending on resources and budget), but some critical items are: a welcome letter, information about who to contact with questions, a calendar of upcoming events, some highlights of “hot” issues that the League is working on – and an ASK to get involved. 

This last piece might be very specific or it could come in the form of an interest survey to get to know the person’s interests and talents.  Be welcoming,  perhaps make a phone call to precede the packet, and find ways to engage their interests - being careful not overwhelm them.  To learn more, read this Membership Moment

Send your question to kmcfarland@lwv.org with “Glad You Asked” in the subject line.

Dear Friend,

This weekend state League leaders will gather in Virginia for Council (follow the action on Twitter #LWV2013). With the implementation of a two-year budget, this is the first national Council devoted purely to networking, planning and training. Looking back over the two years since we last gathered for Council, one thing is very clear: the League’s grassroots network, when fired up by a single goal, really does make democracy work. Our goal two years ago was to make the 2012 election free, fair and accessible to every eligible voter. We succeeded beyond expectations. This year, state leaders are coming to Council to plan campaigns around issues in their states. Whether the issue is protecting our elections, our environment or access to health care, working together, using all the resources available to a national organization with a presence in all fifty states is the key to success.

But we hope to do more. Election 2012 demonstrated the importance and relevance of the League as a grassroots network of real people in real communities. What that network will look like in 2020, when the League celebrates 100 years of making democracy work will be a major topic at Council 2013. As we work together over the next seven years, how will the League adapt to the rapid changes in technology? How will those changes help us to organize and advocate? How will those changes assist us by relieving the administrative burdens on local and state volunteers and free those volunteers up for more activism? How can we most effectively promote the League brand to attract the activists of the future?

These and other questions will occupy us not just at Council but over the years to come.

In League,
Description: Elisabeth


League Leaders:
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.

Many of the LWVUS staff will be at Council 2013 this weekend and out of the office Friday, June 14–Monday, June 17. In addition, several senior LWVUS staff members will join the national Board for a working retreat June 18-20.  Please use the main office number 202-429-1965 if you need to contact LWVUS.


Immigration Reform Moves Forward (NEW)
On Tuesday the U.S. Senate voted 82-15 to proceed with S. 744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act. The debate on this bill is expected to last for two weeks and hundreds of amendments will be considered. Thank your Senators for addressing the crucial issue of immigration reform and urge them to allow immigrants to contribute to the U.S. economy and society by providing them with a clear pathway to citizenship.

Education Fund


Sign Up Now for National Voter Registration Day: Sept. 24th, 2013!  (NEW)
Once again, the League signed on as an official coalition partner for National Voter Registration Day (NVRD) 2013. This was a wildly successful event for 200+ Leagues in 2012. So far, 95 Leagues have already signed up to participate again this year! Don’t miss out. Sign up to participate by hosting a registration drive in your community on Tuesday, September 24, 2013. If you participated last year, please sign up by clicking on the customized link you received in an email from Maggie Duncan last week. If your League will be joining the NVRD effort for the first time this year, sign up by going tothe NVRD registration page.  

Revised Election Bill Moves Forward In Wisconsin – Voter ID Out (NEW)
This past Monday the Wisconsin state assembly’s election committee approved a bi-partisan election reform bill that removed the most onerous restrictions for voters that were in the original bill. This vote was followed by a bi-partisan vote for passage in the whole Assembly on Wednesday. The bill now includes a provision for online voter registration, that the Wisconsin League of Women Voters supports, and removes the reinstatement of voter ID and the limit on early voting at clerk’s offices. Check out the LWVWI website on this issue and read more media coverage.

Unfortunately, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos vowed Wednesday that he will do everything possible to quickly reinstate the requirement that Wisconsin voters present a photo identification in time for the 2014 general election.  


Membership & leadership

League Interns - Making an Impact (NEW)
Internship is a wonderful experience for all involved.  Interns receive mentoring and are given opportunities to learn and gain “real life” experience and LWVUS reaps the benefits of having young, energetic, and passionate students who are eager to work and learn as part of our team. We also get to introduce the League to a group of future leaders.

Last week, LWVUS said good-bye to one intern, Bethany White, and welcomed two new interns, Sam Pevear and Clara Roberts who are already making the most of their DC experience. Click on their names to read blogs about their experiences. If you know someone who would like to intern please contact sgrout@lwv.org

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 membership@lwv.org.


Essential Publications for your League (NEW)
Check out the League Shop , it has many publications your League needs, including Membership Brochures and election related materials. Many of our publications are free in pdf format. Contact publications@lwv.org with any questions.

Post New Studies Adopted at your Annual Meeting or State Convention on the LWV Clearinghouse (NEW)
Save time and jumpstart the study process by visiting the LWV Clearinghouse today to find League studies on more than fifty subject areas. Recent posts have included waste management, incarceration of women, election reform, and voting equipment and procedures.

The Clearinghouse was created in response to member requests to provide a central location for League studies at all levels.  Leagues in California, Oregon, Virginia, and Washington have responded with numerous studies; the latest addition, from Michigan, concerns immigration. Go to LWV Clearinghouse.

NOTE: The Clearinghouse accepts positions without studies, even as multi-position documents, if they are accompanied by a single submission form. The description section could have “Resulting Position” and include the position statement or a link to the position.

Subscribe to Leaders’ Update (Reminder)
If you have updated your officers list in the membership database through your League's account, then they will be automatically subscribed to the Leaders' Update. For non-officer board members and every other member who would like to subscribe, please send an email to database@lwv.org.

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