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October 27, 2011

TODAY: October 27, 1917 – 20,000 women march in a suffrage parade in New York. As the largest state and the first on the East Coast to do so, New York has an important effect on the movement to grant all women the vote in all elections.

PRESIDENT’S CORNER

  • Traveling to Keep the Promise! (NEW)

ADVOCACY

  • League Asks Senators to Promise to Protect Public Health

MEMBERSHIP & LEADERSHIP

  • Join the Ruth S. Shur Fellows Team to Strengthen the League!
  • LAST CALL: Register Today for Ruth S. Shur Fellows Informational Webinar on Nov 2nd
  • Election Season Is the PERFECT Time to Recruit New Members
  • Reminder #1: Summary Sheets Go LIVE on November 1 (NEW)

EDUCATION FUND (Elections; Education Study)

  • Elections: Tips for Promoting Your Election Work (NEW)
  • REMINDER: Education Study Consensus

OTHER

  • League Co-sponsors “The Fight to be Heard from Susan B. Anthony to Hillary Clinton” on November 3rd (NEW)
  • “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire…”
  • Leaving a Legacy

 

PRESIDENT’S CORNER

Traveling to Keep the Promise! (NEW)
President Elisabeth MacNamara is traveling today and over the next two weeks. She will be working with Leagues in Ohio, Minnesota, Michigan and Montana on the Clean Air Promise campaign and will report on her experiences when she returns. In the meantime, follow the news on Facebook and Twitter.

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ADVOCACY

League Asks Senators to Promise to Protect Public Health
League President Elisabeth MacNamara sent a letter urging Senators to protect America's children and families from dangerous air pollution.

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MEMBERSHIP AND LEADERSHIP

Join the Ruth S. Shur Fellows Team to Strengthen the League!
The LWVUS is now accepting nominations for new Ruth S. Shur Fellows to join the team and commit to a two-year term of coaching. Learn the benefits of being a fellow and submit a nomination here. Nominations must be submitted online by November 7, 2011. Self-nominations are welcome! Have questions? Email Sara Richman at srichman@lwv.org.

LAST CALL: Register Today for Ruth S. Shur Fellows Informational Webinar on Nov 2nd
Are you considering nominating yourself or someone you know to become a member of the Ruth S. Shur Fellows team of national coaches? Great! Learn more about the program, talk to real Ruth S. Shur Fellows, and have your questions answered at the informational webinar on November 2nd, 12:00pm ET. Register here to participate.

Election Season Is the PERFECT Time to Recruit New Members
As Leagues prepare for candidate forums and other voter service events this fall, remember to use those opportunities to recruit new members as well as educate the public. Resources are available online: membership brochures (for purchase); sample “ask” script for moderators, sign-in sheets, and give-and-take business cards.  Election time is our most visible time of year so be sure to ask individuals to become engaged with League!

Reminder #1: Summary Sheets Go LIVE on November 1 (NEW)
Summary sheets will go live on November 1st! This means the changes you make in the LWVUS membership database will be reflected in your League’s member count. Update your roster regularly from now until January 31, 2012, to ensure a correct count of active members for your PMP bill. If you have questions, would like to schedule a training session or need help in accessing the database, please email Lela Sallis at database@lwv.org.

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EDUCATION FUND (Elections; Education Study)

Elections: Tips for Promoting Your Election Work (NEW)
As Election Day 2011 looms, make sure your League is promoting its important voters service work! Announce your candidate forums/debates and/or voters guides through as many venues as possible, including local blogs, listservs and alternative/minority media outlets, in order to reach traditionally underrepresented voters. Also, ask your members to use their social media networks (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) to get the word out about your helpful resources. Finally, do spread the word about the wide variety of voters’ guides, candidate and other Election Day information offered on www.VOTE411.org

REMINDER: Education Study Consensus
November 30, 2011, is the Consensus deadline for the study, "Role of the Federal Government in Public Education." Each League should input its data once its board has approved. All materials (papers, power points, and leaders' guide for the study) plus the link to the Consensus form are here or can be found at www.lwv.org (click members, click projects and programs, click education study). Specific questions may be directed to Peggy Hill (hillp@uhcl.edu) or Joanne Leavitt (ac997@lafn.org).

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OTHER

League Co-sponsors “The Fight to be Heard from Susan B. Anthony to Hillary Clinton” on November 3rd (NEW)
Women in America have not always been encouraged, let alone allowed, to speak in public. The League is co-sponsor of an event examining lessons learned from the past and assessing the current climate in which more and more women are making their way into the public arena. The discussion, moderated by Dr. Ida E. Jones, Howard University, will include the Honorable Tammy Baldwin (D-WI); Christine K. Jahnke, author of The Well-Spoken Woman; Ann F. Lewis, president of No Limits Foundation; and Shira Toeplitz, Roll Call reporter. Register here for the reception and program at the Sewall-Belmont House on November 3rd, 6:00 to 8:00 pm.

 “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire…”
Limited time only: Fleece sets on sale – $4.50 each at our online store. Sale ends November 30, 2011.

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 and connect with us on Twitter: @LWV.

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