In This Issue:
July 7, 2011
TODAY: July 7, 1981 - President Ronald Reagan nominates Sandra Day O'Connor as the first woman Supreme Court Justice
- President’s Message: Youth Vote and Council (NEW)
- Nonpartisan, but Political (NEW)
MEMBERSHIP & LEADERSHIP
- National Council Materials Available Online (NEW)
- “Plugged In: Boomers Online” – AARP Shares Its Social Media Efforts (NEW)
- LWVUS Membership Database Down for Maintenance on July 10-11
- Join Our Social Media Help Group! (NEW)
- June LeaguE-Voice Online (NEW)
EDUCATION FUND (Elections)
- Elections: Leagues Win Smackdown Your Vote! Democracy Award (NEW)
- Do You Need to Update Your Will?
Dear League Leader:
Forty years ago last Thursday, the 26th Amendment was ratified giving 18-year-olds the right to vote in Federal elections. As a member of the first class of 18-year-olds voting in the 1972 presidential election, I remember taking that responsibility very seriously. The biggest challenge was getting the information I needed to cast an informed vote. I had no trouble with my vote for president (don’t ask) or even the congressional races, but oh my, all those judges! I was very grateful for my voter guide (which I am sure must have come from the League of Women Voters).
While youth turnout has steadily increased over the last four years, more than half of all 18-year-olds were still not registered to vote in 2008. Clearly, there is much more work we must do to ensure young people of all backgrounds – especially those living in traditionally underrepresented communities – have access to voter registration and information. So, it was with great pride that we took time during the recent LWVUS Council to honor three local Leagues for their work in engaging and empowering young voters in the 2010 Election. Through our partnership with WWE and Smackdown Your Vote!, the Leagues of Pittsburgh (PA), Houston (TX) and Mobile (AL) were awarded the first-ever Smackdown Your Vote! Democracy Awards. Going into the 2012 elections and with local elections coming up this summer and fall, I encourage everyone to read this release and learn about the innovative programs these Leagues developed.
Council delegates also took time for a very lively, productive and informative discussion of the recent Clean Air initiative in Missouri and Massachusetts. As a result of these conversations and others, the Board is developing guidelines for best outreach to state and local Leagues in the event that we have another opportunity to raise our voices and our visibility on an issue important to the League. That process will be complete by August 1, and we will then share those guidelines with all Leagues.
In League and focused on the Voter,
Nonpartisan, but Political (NEW)
At its June retreat, the national Board reviewed and amended the League’s nonpartisan policy. We added a statement concerning social media behavior. We encourage state and local League boards to annually review their respective nonpartisan policies at their new board orientation and/or planning sessions. Here are Guidelines to consider when establishing your nonpartisan policy. You may also find it helpful to view the webinar “Getting Ready for Political Season” here. And, please remember that your policy should reflect the politics and perceptions in your community. For questions, please contact LWVUS/EF Governance Committee Chair Dianne Wheatley-Giliotti, firstname.lastname@example.org.
MEMBERSHIP & LEADERSHIP
National Council Materials Available Online (NEW)
Want to access the Power Point presentations and other materials used at Council? Download materials, read LWVUS President Elisabeth MacNamara’s opening remarks and find more here. Also, look for additional material and videos to be posted in the coming weeks.
“Plugged In: Boomers Online” – AARP Shares Its Social Media Efforts (NEW)
Tammy Gordon, AARP Social Communications & Strategy Director, spoke to attendees at the LWV National Council about the importance of becoming social media savvy to advance our mission. Watch this YouTube clip, “Plugged In: Boomers Online,” created by AARP for its membership and leadership, that reinforces her message.
LWVUS Membership Database Down for Maintenance on July 10-11
Due to routine maintenance, you will not be able to access the LWVUS Membership Database from Sunday, July 10, to Monday, July11. Access to the database will be available again on Tuesday, July 12. If you have questions or need assistance accessing the database after Monday, July 11, when the database is up again, please email Betty Taira, BTaira@lwv.org.
Join Our Social Media Help Group! (NEW)
Do you manage social media for your League? Do you want to learn about how social media can help your League? Great! Join us on Facebook, where we’ve created the League of Women Voters New Media Group to help you and your League become more social savvy.You will need to click on the "ask to join the group" button on the right hand side at the top of the page. Once you do this, the button will indicate that your request was sent. We’ve heard from a lot of you that you’d like to be more active on social networks, but you’re not sure how. This Group will provide links to articles, trainings and other useful resources to help you become more active on social networks such as Facebook and Twitter. You will also be able to share your experiences and learn what has worked for other Leagues. While you’re at it, make sure you’re a fan of the League of Women Voters on Facebook. We recently passed 9,000 fans, and we’re growing every day. You’ll find news about our issues and other League information.
June LeaguE-Voice Online (NEW)
EDUCATION FUND (Elections)
Elections: Leagues Win Smackdown Your Vote! Democracy Award (NEW)
The LWVUS and its longtime partner WWE were thrilled this week to recognize the LWVs of Pittsburgh, PA (grand prize); Houston, TX; and Mobile, AL – winners of the first-ever Smackdown Your Vote! Democracy Award. This award program recognizes Leagues for their incredible work to engage and empower young voters, and was made possible because of the League’s longstanding national partnership with WWE through Smackdown Your Vote!.The winning Leagues received cash awards to help expand their youth engagement efforts in 2012. Read the press release here, and visit www.lwv.org/highschoolregistration to find youth engagement resources for your League. Thanks to all who applied!
Do You Need to Update Your Will?
Have you moved? Had a child? Gotten married recently? Or maybe there's a new grandchild or stepchild in your life? Any one of these major life events is reason enough to update your will. It is always important to stay in touch with your attorney regarding any changes in estate and probate law. While you're updating your plans, don't forget to include a gift for your favorite charities, like the League of Women Voters Education Fund – to strengthen the pillars of our democracy for years to come. If you have already included a gift for the LWV in your will or trust, but have not previously informed us, or if you have been thinking about setting up a gift that provides income, such as a charitable gift annuity, please contact the Development office by email or at 202-263-1336.
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