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May 10, 2012

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PRESIDENT’S CORNER

  • President’s Message: Recognizing Public Service and Celebrating Mothers! (NEW)

CONVENTION

  • “LWVUS Finances and Budget 101” Webinar (NEW)
  • Post-Convention Advocacy Opportunity! (NEW)
  • Countdown to Convention: One Month Away!
  • Coming to National Convention? Let’s Walk Through It Together!
  • LAST CALL: Cast Your Votes for the 2012 Power the Vote Awards!

COMMUNICATIONS

  • Is Your League on Facebook or Twitter? Let Us Know! (NEW)

EDUCATION FUND (Elections; Global Democracy)

  • Elections: Judges Scold Texas over Delays in Voter ID Case (NEW)
  • Elections: VOTE411 – Sign up and Join the Team! (NEW)
  • Elections: Voter Registration – New WWE Dates Available and Planning Tips (NEW)
  • Global Democracy: League’s First BMENA Regional Meeting in Doha, Qatar (NEW)

MEMBERSHIP & LEADERSHIP

  • Find Basics on Running Your League on the LWVUS Website (NEW)
  • On this Mother’s Day: Cheers to Our Mothers! (NEW)

ADVOCACY

  • Close to 1 Million Comments on EPA Industrial Carbon Rule! (NEW)

OTHER

  • WANTED: UN Alternate Observer (NEW)
  • LWVUS Annual Telemarketing Outreach Program Runs April 17 to May 20
  • Leaving a Legacy

 

PRESIDENT’S CORNER

Dear League Leader:

This is Public Service Recognition Week and on Sunday, we celebrate Mother’s Day! In my roles as a career public servant and a mother, the League has always provided a very special place for me. League members work closely with local, state, and federal employees and officials. We understand the very special role that these dedicated public servants play in making our democracy work. Many of us are public servants, especially teachers, and even more of us are mothers.

The League fought to get women the right to vote not just because millions of women deserved a voice in our democracy, but also because of the very special perspective that women and mothers, in particular, bring to the political table. Not only do mothers nurture the next generation of engaged citizens, but they also understand the importance of public health and education in our communities. In fact, the first major legislative victory for the newly founded League of Women Voters was federal legislation protecting the health and welfare of mothers and children.

So this Mother’s Day, let’s celebrate the countless mothers who ensure that our nation is safe for democracy and let us not forget that women have the vote because one young elected official listened to his mother and cast the deciding vote in the Tennessee Legislature!

In League,

Elisabeth

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CONVENTION

“LWVUS Finances and Budget 101” Webinar (NEW)
On Thursday, May 24, 11:00 am EDT, Budget Committee Chair Sandy Powell will lead a pre-convention discussion on LWVUS finances in general and the proposed 2-year budget and its major components. Please register here for this important webinar.

Post-Convention Advocacy Opportunity! (NEW)
Delegates may want to take advantage of a unique post-Convention opportunity. On Tuesday afternoon, June 12, we hope that you will participate in lobbying your Members of Congress in support of the DISCLOSE Act. To make an appointment with your Representative or Senators, you can call the Capitol Hill switchboard at 202-225-3121 and ask to be connected to their offices. Currently, the Senate is scheduled to be in session on June 12, while members of the House of Representatives will be in recess. This is still a good time to meet with key House staff. At Convention, delegates will have the opportunity to meet with members of the LWVUS Lobby Corps, hear a briefing and obtain materials by visiting the Lobby Corps table located in the Wares Market area. We hope you will take advantage of this unique opportunity to meet with your Congressional delegation and be a part of the business of Washington, DC.

Countdown to Convention: One Month Away!
Grab your coat and grab your hat. Leave your worries on the doorstep. Convention will be so sweet. With you there, we all can tweet! (with apologies to Jimmy McHugh and Dorothy Fields!)  Yes, just one month away! Here's a checklist: registration (register by May 21 to avoid late fees), accommodations, travel, voting for winning League project, Capitol Steps tickets, comfy shoes. There will be lots of opportunities to join activities. You will be busy!

Coming to National Convention? Let’s Walk Through It Together!
Are you planning to attend your very first National Convention? Join us on May 22, 3:00 pm EDT, for a webinar walk-through of what to expect with LWVUS Board Member Marcia Merrins. Secure your seat at the online meeting by registering today!

LAST CALL: Cast Your Votes for the 2012 Power the Vote Awards!
Vote online for your favorite projects that showcase local and state Leagues’ outstanding work defending and strengthening our democracy. We welcome YOU to read the submissions in each of the four Power the Vote categories and rank your favorites for each award category. Voting ends on May 18. Winners will be announced at National Convention.

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COMMUNICATIONS

Is Your League on Facebook or Twitter? Let Us Know! (NEW)
Is your League on Facebook or Twitter? Make sure we know so that we can help amplify and share some of your updates! We strive to make sure we’re keeping up to date with all of the great work you are doing in your communities and want to help you elevate it. On Twitter we have a list of over 50 state and local Leagues that others can follow, and we want to add your League. We’re also in the process of putting together a list of League members and staff on Twitter, so if you use Twitter personally and want to be added to this list, please send us your email. Send details to Stephanie Drahan, sdrahan@lwv.org. Are you a League looking to get started on Facebook or Twitter? Send your questions to Stephanie, too. Finally, please join us for our social media workshop at Convention on Sunday, 6/10, at noon.

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EDUCATION FUND (Elections; Global Democracy)

Elections: Judges Scold Texas over Delays in Voter ID Case (NEW)
Earlier this week, the three federal judges tasked with reviewing Texas’ voter identification law issued an order scolding the state for its activities in “delaying the Defendants’ ability to receive and analyze the data and documents in a timely fashion.” The LWV of Texas has joined with other groups in the state to block the implementation of this law. Read more about this development on our blog.

Elections: VOTE411 – Sign up and Join the Team! (NEW)
Leagues from 21 states are currently participating in VOTE411 to create online voters’ guides in their communities and we’re still growing! Is your League interested in joining VOTE411 and creating an online voters’ guide, but you don’t know how to get started? LWVEF has resources online, and we are happy to answer any of your questions. This page contains information and links to webinars that clearly explain how VOTE411 works. Have further questions or feel like you’re ready to sign up? Email Megan Brown, mbrown@lwv.org, and she will help walk you through the process and answer any questions you might have. About 20 million voters turned to VOTE411 for election information in 2008. Be a part of this growing program, help inform voters in your area for 2012 and gain significant visibility for your League’s work!

Elections: Voter Registration – New WWE Dates Available and Planning Tips (NEW)
Leagues are invited to conduct voter registration at WWE wrestling events in their areas.  Check the updated schedule and contact Maggie Duncan (mduncan@lwv.org) if you see an event in your area where you’d like to conduct registration. More dates will be published as they become available. What else is your League doing on the voter registration front? Now is the time to be thinking about potential voter registration partners and activities – especially at places like naturalization ceremonies, community colleges, transit hubs and other areas serving likely new and unregistered voters. Read more tips or listen to a recent registration webinar here. Finally, be sure to check in with your local elections officials about your plans and theirs in this important election year!

Global Democracy: League’s First BMENA Regional Meeting in Doha, Qatar (NEW)
We’re excited to announce that we have finalized the location for our first meeting of the Broader Middle East and North Africa Initiative (BMENA). It will be in Doha, Qatar, July 11 and 12! Learn more here.

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MEMBERSHIP AND LEADERSHIP

Find Basics on Running Your League on the LWVUS Website (NEW)
You can find information on the basics of operating the League in the “Members” section of the LWVUS website. Under “League Essentials,” League Basics offers you essential policy and organizational information applicable to every local and state League. You can also find information based on your leadership position and great League publications to guide you. New and more experienced leaders can take advantage of these resources!

On this Mother’s Day: Cheers to Our Mothers! (NEW)
Cheers to our moms and to our foremothers who fought for our rights! Consider honoring one of this generation's mothers with a membership in League this year. Speak to the local League membership chair or president to make your mother (or a mom you know) a member this Mother’s Day. Find contact information for a local League here. What could be better than the gift of civic improvement, a network of friends and making a difference in your community together with your family?

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ADVOCACY

Close to 1 Million Comments on EPA Industrial Carbon Rule! (NEW)
The League and our coalition partners have collected nearly one million comments on the Environmental Protection Agency‘s (EPA) new Industrial Carbon Rule! The regulation, released on April 13, needs your support in order to clean up the air we breathe and decrease asthma attacks and permanent damage to our children's lungs. The comment period has been extended to June 25, in large part due to the reaction that they have already received.  Visit our action page for more information on this important standard and to submit a comment.

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OTHER

WANTED: UN Alternate Observer (NEW)
Description: Work with other UN and Alternate Observers to participate in areas of interest including Women in the Political Process, Climate Change & Sustainability, Women's Rights, Children's Rights, the Elderly's Rights, Preventing Violence vs. Women & Girls. Attend UN sessions and provide information to League members; represent the League at the UN and the UN at the League. Time Commitment: 1-2 days/week from September through June. Location: UN Headquarters & surrounding area, NYC. Please submit resume and cover letter by June 4, 2012 to unobserver@lwv.org.

LWVUS Annual Telemarketing Outreach Program Runs April 17 to May 20
The LWVUS Development Office wants to alert League leaders that the LWVUS annual telemarketing outreach program runs from April 17 to May 20, 2012. 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.

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