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League of Women Voters Leaders' Update

April 25, 2013

In This Issue:

ADVOCACY

  • Tell President Obama to Reject Keystone XL (NEW)
  • League Sends Keystone XL Opposition Letter to U.S. House  (NEW)
  • LWV Campaign Finance Task Force Seeks Information on Proposals Regarding Campaign Finance/Money in Politics  (NEW)

 MEMBERSHIP & LEADERSHIP

  • It’s National Volunteer Week!  (NEW)
  • MLD Tips: Leveraging Local League Studies! (NEW)
  • Meet the Young People Task Force: Co-Chair Melissa Currence  (NEW)

EDUCATION FUND - ELECTIONS

  • 2013 Election Dates (REMINDER)

OTHER

  • LWVUS Spring Telemarketing Outreach Program Runs April 18 to May 15 (REMINDER)

Share your studies on the League Clearinghouse!

Share your studies! Share our strength!

Spring brings Annual Meetings for local Leagues with new studies adopted!  Visit the LWV Clearinghouse with League studies in more than 50 subject areas to jumpstart the process!

Just a click away: http://clearinghouse.lwv.org

Dear Supporter,

Last weekend, I attended my own state League convention in Dalton, Georgia. Dalton is just south of the Tennessee border and the heart of carpet country. The Dalton League had arranged, not just for a wonderful welcome at an historic railroad depot on Friday night, but for the Georgia League to conduct business and training at the Emery Center, a former school for African-American children in the days before desegregation.

The school has been lovingly converted to a museum by a long time member of the Dalton League.
As always at state conventions, the roll call of local Leagues was awe inspiring. No matter the size of the League or the nature of the community, League volunteers connect with their neighbors to make things better. Last year, Georgia’s local Leagues joined with the rest of the League family from around the country to help voters get registered, get to the polls and make their voices and their votes count. During an afternoon training session with their LWVUS Board liaison, Georgia Leaguers imagined even more ways in which they could serve their communities, from studying a local issue, to producing educational materials and opportunities, to creating opportunities for citizens to register to vote.

Today, I am off to Kansas and I look forward to another exciting weekend sharing past successes and preparing for future service. The power of the League is the power of the vote and League conventions are always opportunities to energize each other and remind our communities why the League has such a vital role in making democracy work.

In League,
Description: Elisabeth

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League Leaders:
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Advocacy

Tell President Obama to Reject Keystone XL  (NEW)
Make everyday Earth Day by taking action to protect our planet. The Keystone XL Pipeline will stretch 1,700 miles across America to carry the dirtiest oil on the planet to be refined on our shores and then shipped overseas. Our media round-up blog post shows that the Keystone XL is all risk, no reward and it’s time to tell President Obama to reject the Keystone XL pipeline.

League Sends Keystone XL Opposition Letter to U.S. House (NEW)
The League joined partners in signing a letter to the U.S. House of Representatives opposing H.R. 3. This legislation is sponsored by Nebraska Congressman Lee Terry and would allow TransCanada to begin construction of the Keystone XL pipeline without receiving a permit. This legislation bypasses a decision that must be made by the U.S. Department of State after a review of the environmental impacts is completed.

LWV Campaign Finance Task Force Seeks Information on Proposals Regarding Campaign Finance/Money in Politics (NEW)
LWVUS is monitoring Campaign Finance legislation that has been introduced in Congress.  In addition, the LWV Campaign Finance Task Force (CFTF) would like to have copies of proposals that are circulating regarding a Constitutional Amendment on Campaign Finance/Money in Politics.  Please send specific proposals to Toni Larson, LWVUS Advocacy Chair and Chair of the CFTF at toni.larson@gmail.com.  The LWVUS, at its board meeting on April 7, adopted this statement regarding forthcoming proposals for work on issues related to Money in Politics.

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Membership and Leadership

It’s National Volunteer Week! (NEW)
LWVUS used this blog post to thank all of our wonderful volunteers, members, and supporters this National Volunteer Week! We encourage your local League to highlight your members in the media, hold a special event to honor your members’ contributions, or simply call or email your members and thank them for all they do. Celebrate our greatest asset, our volunteers!

MLD Tips: Leveraging Local League Studies! (NEW)
When members are asked what they value most about League, they often respond that it is the opportunities to learn. One of our trademark ways of learning in League is through the study process. Like so much of our work, studies offer great opportunities for visibility, outreach and leadership development. The MLD Tips offer some of the best ways to develop your League potential. Learn how your local League study can be used as a vehicle for organizational development. Click here for simple, easy add-ons that can make a big difference.

Meet the Young People Task Force: Co-Chair Melissa Currence (NEW)
The LWVUS Young People Task Force (YPTF) is currently hard at work researching ways to attract young people to the League and creating a tool kit to roll out at National Council 2013. Meet Melissa Currence, co-chair of the YPTF and member of LWV of the Cincinnati Area, OH. Melissa has worked in the non-profit sector for over ten years and is a former President of her local League. She is just one of a growing community of young League members. Cheers to Melissa and the entire YPTF for their great work!

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Education Fund

Elections

2013 Election Dates (REMINDER)
Does your community have an election scheduled for 2013? LWVEF would like to provide this information on VOTE411 to help inform voters of any upcoming elections in their area! Please send the following information to Megan Brown (mbrown@lwv.org): election date, location (city, town, county name, etc.), type of election (School Board, City Council, etc.) and any other information voters might need.

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OTHER

LWVUS Spring Telemarketing Outreach Program Runs April 18 to May 15 (REMINDER)
The LWVUS Development Office wants to alert League leaders that the LWVUS annual spring telemarketing outreach program runs from April 18 through approximately May 15, 2013. During this campaign, national donors, as well as those local members who contribute to LWVUS, are contacted by phone with a request for support. In addition, local members whose League membership has lapsed by more than two years are contacted and given the opportunity to renew membership with their local League. Please direct questions to Rose Simmons.

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