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September 29, 2011

TODAY: September 29, 1986 – Democrats and Republicans set aside their political differences to introduce sweeping tax reform legislation

PRESIDENT’S CORNER

  • President’s Message: My League Story (NEW)
  • LAST CHANCE to Nominate a Leader to the National Board! Deadline is Oct. 3 (NEW)

MEMBERSHIP & LEADERSHIP

  • Register Today for LWVUS Webinar on Forum Moderating (NEW)

COMMUNICATIONS

  • Support Group for Leagues Surviving and Thriving in Social Media (NEW)

ADVOCACY

  • Health Care: Affordable Care Act (NEW)
  • House Passes Sweeping Anti-Clean Air TRAIN Act (NEW)

OTHER

  • LWVUS Annual Telemarketing Outreach Program Runs until October 15
  • Leaving a Legacy

PRESIDENT’S CORNER

Dear League Leaders:

The deadline for nominations to the 2012-2014 LWVUS Board is this coming Monday, October 3. I am sure you have all seen the announcements from the Nominating Committee encouraging League leaders to apply. There is one final notice just below this message.

In Membership and Leadership Development, we love personal stories. Perhaps my personal story will inspire some of you to send in a nomination.

In my adult life, the three most important interests have been my family, my work and the League of Women Voters. I have served on League boards every year but one since 1983, sometimes on more than one board at the same time. I attended my first national Convention in 1994. While I was inspired by the energy and enthusiasm of the delegates, I was so in awe of national Board members that I never presumed to think that I could serve at the national level. But at Council 2005, I sat in on the Nominating Committee presentation and received encouragement from Jane Gross, a Committee member. Jane and I were presidents in neighboring states (Florida and Georgia) during the 2000 election debacle and the ensuing implementation of HAVA, so I took heart and my board nominated me.

Serving on the national Board since 2006 has been a great experience. I have learned more about League history, League process and League potential than I ever thought possible. I also have worked harder on League projects than I ever thought possible.

I have always been passionate about this organization because of all it has taught me. I can safely say that in everything from professional development to child rearing, the League has made me a better person. But that passion has increased many times over since I joined the national Board. Like many before me, I have entered this university without walls to learn and I have had the privilege of remaining to shape the curriculum.

I know there are many who share my passion for the League. I hope that other passionate leaders will take this opportunity and send in that nomination!

In League,

Elisabeth

LAST CHANCE to Nominate a Leader to the National Board! Deadline is Oct. 3 (NEW)
The LWVUS is accepting nominations to the National Board for ONLY FOUR MORE DAYS! If you know someone who has been a great League leader and could be an amazing National Board member, please nominate that person for the National Board as soon as possible. A larger pool of nominees will ensure a great National Board for our organization. Find more information and access the nomination form here. Nominations must be postmarked by October 3.

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MEMBERSHIP & LEADERSHIP

Register Today for LWVUS Webinar on Forum Moderating (NEW)
On October 6, 2 PM (ET), the LWVUS will present an interactive "Do's and Don'ts on Debate Moderating" webinar in which two moderators (one experienced and one new) spontaneously respond to “sticky” questions and issues that may arise during a debate. Register for this webinar and you will receive information on running a debate/forum and on submitting your own "sticky" questions or situations for the moderators.

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COMMUNICATIONS

Support Group for Leagues Surviving and Thriving in Social Media (NEW)
A few months ago, we launched the League of Women Voters New Media Facebook group, and it has been a great success! We have 82 League members from around the country helping each other learn best practices for using new technology and social networks to improve their communications, fundraising and advocacy work. Petti Van Rekom (LWV of the Capistrano Bay Area) says “It’s great to have a group of League members who WANT to learn to use technology better. The help and rapid support is terrific!” Please join the League of Women Voters New Media Facebook group and help make our discussions even better! Group members range from beginners to regular users of social media and technology. There’s an understanding among members that no question is too basic. We’re here to support each other in using and learning best practices in new technology and communications to help our Leagues succeed. Often a blog post or question ignites energizing discussions on how to apply social tactics not just to nonprofits or advocacy groups, but specifically to League work.

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ADVOCACY

Health Care: Affordable Care Act (NEW)
Comments were submitted this week on behalf of the LWV of Tennessee and the LWVUS to the Department of Health and Human Services on the Proposed Rule on the Affordable Care Act: Establishment of Exchanges and Qualified Health Plans. The comments support efforts to improve choice of affordable health insurance through the Insurance Exchanges and to provide a seamless application and enrollment process, but raise concerns about the proposed rule allowing states too much flexibility in implementing an Exchange.

House Passes Sweeping Anti-Clean Air TRAIN Act (NEW)
On September 23, leading environmental groups called on the Senate to reject the TRAIN (Transparency in Regulatory Analysis of Impacts on the Nation) Act and commended the White House veto threat.

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OTHER

LWVUS Annual Telemarketing Outreach Program Runs until October 15
The LWVUS Development Office wants to alert League leaders that the LWVUS annual fall telemarketing outreach program runs from Sept.13 to Oct.15, 2011. During this campaign, national donors, as well as those local members who contribute to the LWVUS, are contacted by phone with a request for support. In addition, local members who are lapsed more than 24 months will be contacted. They will be given the opportunity to renew membership with their local League. Questions should be directed to Rose Simmons at rsimmons@lwv.org.

Leaving a Legacy
Including the League of Women Voters Education Fund in your will is among the easiest ways to offer support of the LWVEF's work for years to come. We suggest the following language to include the League as a beneficiary of a will or trust: " I give, devise, and bequeath to the League of Women Voters Education Fund, a charitable organization formed in the District of Columbia, with offices at 1730 M Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, {the sum of $___ } {___ percentage of my residuary estate}." If you already have a will, you can have your attorney add a codicil to include the LWVEF. After you've added the League, please contact the Development office by email so we can list you as a member of our Carrie Chapman Catt Legacy Society.

"Like" the League on Facebook at www.facebook.com/leagueofwomenvoters
Donate to the League on our Facebook Causes page.

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