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November 3, 2011

PRESIDENT’S CORNER

  • LAST CALL: Become a Ruth S. Shur Fellow (NEW)

MEMBERSHIP & LEADERSHIP

  • Start Gearing Up Your Nominating Committee NOW for Next Year’s Work (NEW)

EDUCATION FUND (Elections; Education Study)

  • Elections: Voting Rights Protection (NEW)
  • Fair Judiciary: Greenville Opinion Piece Highlights Website, Upcoming Forum (NEW)
  • Privatization Study: LWV Privatization Case Study Papers Available Online (NEW)
  • REMINDER: Education Study Consensus Deadline Approaching

ADVOCACY

  • League Calls on President to Make Nominations to the FEC (NEW)
  • League Urges Senate to Oppose Termination of EAC (NEW)

OTHER

  • Do You Need to Update Your Will?
  • “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire…” (NEW)

 

PRESIDENT’S CORNER

Dear League Leaders:

As we get prepared for Election Day, we are all focused on the task at hand: getting individuals informed and out to vote. The League’s VOTE411.org, our one-stop-shop for election information, is the best, online resource for voters. While it is no easy feat to help prepare voters given the increasing partisanship, money in politics and other assaults against our democracy, it does underscore our critical role now and in the future.

In that vein, I’d like you to think about the future with me. Think about the League on its 100th birthday and what we hope to see: a strong organization that is thriving in communities across the county under the leadership of talented League leaders, who have been trained and are being mentored and supported.

And we already have a successful approach for getting there: the Ruth S. Shur Fellows! This amazing team of national coaches is working to support Leagues in 32 states and the District of Columbia. These volunteers provide advice and support on organizational development and leadership development to ensure the health and vitality of the League. In short, they are investing in our future. And, I want to ask you to do the same: Please consider applying to be a Ruth S. Shur Fellow (see notice below).

In the words of one Fellow, “As a national coach, I’m building a heightened sense of camaraderie among the three levels of League. This has led to more trust and cooperation, which is vital to the long-term success of the League.”  The Fellows are providing the support to empower Leagues to invite new members, engage our membership ranks, and develop new leaders to be part of our core work in defending our democracy.

The deadline for applications is Monday, November 7.  I would encourage each of you to consider applying to be part of this prestigious group or to nominate a fellow League leader who you think can help to build the League for today and tomorrow.

In League,

Elisabeth

LAST CALL: Become a Ruth S. Shur Fellow (NEW)
LWVUS is now accepting nominations/applications for new Ruth S. Shur Fellows to join our team of national coaches. Click here to learn the benefits of being a fellow and to nominate a compassionate and supportive League member you know or to apply yourself. Nominations must be submitted online by November 7, 2011. Have questions? Email Sara Richman at srichman@lwv.org.

MEMBERSHIP AND LEADERSHIP

Start Gearing Up Your Nominating Committee NOW for Next Year’s Work (NEW)
Now is a great time to start scouting out new leaders for your League. Gear up for duties by reading the Little Green Book and by watching a PowerPoint presentation about its contents. At League events, introduce yourself to new members and ask them questions to learn about their interests and possible desire to get more involved and how. Invite individuals who could be great League leaders, but who aren’t yet League members to a League event or activity. Leadership development must be intentionally built into all our work!

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EDUCATION FUND (Elections; Fair Judiciary; Privatization & Education Studies)

Elections: Voting Rights Protection (NEW)
The Public Advocacy for Voter Protection project is gearing up for round two of voter photo ID legislation that could become law in several states by the end of the year. Legislation is moving in PA, OH, MN and MI. Those states that have new photo ID requirements are working to ensure that everyone who is eligible to vote can vote and have their vote counted. LWV WI has implemented an Election Observer Program to identify issues that may arise at the polls. Andrea Kaminski, the Executive Director of LWV WI, was recently on the Al Sharpton show on MSNMB discussing the voter suppression law. You can view the interview here.

Fair Judiciary: Greenville Opinion Piece Highlights Website, Upcoming Forum (NEW)
On November 15, the League of Women Voters of Greenville County will host a forum, “The Interrelationship between Judicial Independence and Accountability,” to celebrate the release of their new website, a one-stop hub for information about the State judiciary. It will feature the Honorable Rebecca Love Kourlis, Executive Director of the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System and former Justice of the Colorado Supreme Court.  This week, a guest opinion-editorial by Greenville League member Ted Volskay was printed in the Greenville News (subscription-only) highlighting the League’s ongoing campaign for judicial independence and the upcoming forum.

Privatization Study: LWV Privatization Case Study Papers Available Online (NEW)
Four Privatization case study papers have been posted and are accessible here. Additional papers will be available in the coming weeks.  Leagues should plan on conducting Privatization Study meetings during the months of January through April 2012.  The deadline for Leagues to submit consensus forms is May 1, 2012.  The Privatization Study list is now available for members to hold discussions on this topic. Sign up for the list here. Contact Janis McMillen for more information.

REMINDER: Education Study Consensus Deadline Approaching
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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ADVOCACY

League Calls on President to Make Nominations to the FEC (NEW)
In a letter and press conference, the League and coalition partners called for changes in the dysfunctional Federal Election Commission (FEC). We were live-tweeting from the event.

League Urges Senate to Oppose Termination of EAC (NEW)
The League sent a letter to Senators today urging them to oppose the termination of the Election Assistance Commission (EAC), the only federal agency that devotes its full resources to improving American elections.

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OTHER

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 202-263-1355.

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

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