May 16, 2013
In This Issue:
- Take Action: Immigration Debate Begins in Senate (NEW)
- LWVUS Sends Letter to U.S. House of Representatives on Immgration Reform (NEW)
MEMBERSHIP & LEADERSHIP
- What's in a Name? Name the New Members' Site (NEW)
- Customizable Business Cards Available Online Now (NEW)
- Success Story: How did LWV of Orange County Grow by 33 Percent in 2012? (NEW)
- Honor an Outgoing Leader with a Gift for the League's Future & A Limited Addition Pin (Reminder)
EDUCATION FUND- - Elections
- Census Election Data Underscores Need for League Programs (NEW)
Glad You Asked!
This new section of the Leaders' Update is dedicated to providing the information that you want to know.
We will be responding to questions we receive from League leaders across the county. Our inaugural tip is in response to several inquiries we’ve had at LWVUS from newly elected presidents/leadership teams.
Your League has a New Board, Now what?
Our best advice:
Schedule a board orientation to help to clarify roles and responsibilities, to ensure all are operating with a good grounding in League processes and procedures, and to allow the board to get to know one another. It might even be fun! If you have a question for us, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are very pleased to include a new feature in the weekly Update called Glad You Asked. This new item is designed to provide tips and tools you can use to streamline League work and make meetings more productive and enjoyable. We also hope this will allow you to easily identify some of the great resources available in the members area of our website.
Over the years, the LWVUS has developed templates and training tools, as well as handy ‘how-to’ materials that can help the busy volunteer make the best use of her or his time. Organized around the typical League calendar of events, Glad You Asked will provide reminders for planning purposes and links to the relevant tools on the LWVUS website. Every month of the year brings new opportunities to attract new members and raise money so that we can more effectively impact our communities.
In the League, spring is the season of annual meetings and state conventions. As members attend these meetings, we remember that the League makes democracy work in more ways than one. Through our advocacy and education, we seek to influence policy decisions. Through our national, state and local meetings, we practice what we preach by coming together to debate and decide the future direction of the League through budgets, bylaws, election of officers and program. As a tool for teaching good citizenship, the League process is unmatched.
Passing that process along to new members and new boards of directors is another vital function of League leadership. Over the next few months, League boards will meet to create concrete plans of action from the direction given by the membership.
This month Glad You Asked focuses on board orientation and the materials available to assist boards in these discussions.
Moving forward, Glad You Asked will feature other tips and tools as well as answers to frequently asked questions.
To help keep your members informed, please consider forwarding this weekly message. Please note that this is an internal communication that provides both announcements and opportunities meant only for your members and League, as well as updates on important news and events. This message should not be posted in its entirety on League social media channels or websites. Instead consider sharing the external (e.g. public interest/action) pieces such as blog posts, letters to Congress and press statements.
Take Action: Immigration Debate Begins in Senate (NEW)
The Senate Judiciary Committee is taking the first steps to move legislation on immigration reform to the Senate floor. The committee is considering hundreds of amendments to S. 744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013. Tell your Senators to support comprehensive immigration reform!
LWVUS sends letter to U.S. House of Representatives on Immigration Reform (NEW)
The League sent a letter to the U.S. House of Representatives on May 16, 2013 regarding immigration reform and citizenship in a democracy. The League is urging Representatives to ensure that a path to citizenship is available to all who remain legally in the United States. Members of the National Lobby Corps will also be holding meetings with House offices on this issue.
Membership and Leadership
What’s in Name? Name the New Members’ Site (NEW)
New and exciting things are happening for the League online! We have taken the first steps toward a new, dynamic members’ website resource built with League leaders in mind! This new site will be a collaborative community to share your ideas, passions and concerns as well as a way to access the critical resources you need for League management. To celebrate the new look and format, we are inviting you to participate in a contest to name the new website. Suggest a name by May 24, 2013 and your name idea could be splashed across the top of the new site for all to see! The most popular of the name suggestions will move on to a second phase of the contest and everyone will rank their favorites. The final name will be chosen from the top ranked names at Council 2013. Go to the new Forums to vote on a name and while you’re there, take some time to explore!
Customizable Business Cards Available Online Now (NEW)
Business cards with the League logo are available for individual League leaders online to customize with their personal information and print at home. The cards include a space for your title, name, and League, as well as your phone number and email address. These customizable cards are a smart and professional looking way of promoting your League.
Success Story: How did LWV of Orange County Grow by 33 Percent in 2012? (NEW)
LWV of Orange County (FL) was tremendously successful in 2012 not only by serving their community but by growing their League. Incoming co-president Sandra Powers shared what made them so successful.
LWV of Orange County (FL) is one of more than 300 Leagues participating in the Membership & Leadership Development Program that is helping Leagues to focus on organizational growth and leadership development through a system of training and coaching. The program is funded by the Fund for Local League Growth.
Honor an Outgoing Leader with a Gift for the League’s Future & a Limited Edition Pin! (Reminder)
Show your appreciation for an outgoing League leader by honoring them with a limited edition League lapel pin and a donation to the future of the League of Women Voters in their name. You may purchase a limited-edition League lapel pin with a $50 donation to the Fund for Local League Growth and join the hundreds of League members investing in our future. After making your gift, please contact Geetha Ananthakrishnan at email@example.com or 202-263-1310 to share the details of the person you are honoring and the date by which you need to receive the pin. Still looking for leaders for your League? Take a look at the Nominating Committee resources.
Census Election Data Underscores Need for League Programs (NEW)
New data from the U.S. Census Bureau details who participated in Election 2012and more importantly, who didn’t. The new report, our most comprehensive source of nationwide post-election data, underscores why the League’s registration programs, voter protection efforts, and voter education activities must focus on underrepresented populations (young people, low income Americans, new citizens, etc.). Read our take on the data in this blog post, and start planning your voter service work for the fall! Visit the voters service section in the Members area of www.lwv.org for helpful planning resources.
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