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League of Women Voters

Dear Friend:

2014 LWVUS ConventionAs many of you know, Convention 2014 will be held  in Dallas, Texas from June 6-10, with the theme of “Power: Our Voices, Our Votes”. This is your official notice that materials traditionally found in the Convention Workbook (information on the budget, bylaws, program and nominated leadership) for the LWVUS 2014 Convention are ready and available on the LWVUS Web site.  Hard copies will be available at Convention for all attendees.

Convention is the opportunity for us to come together as one organization to plan for the next two years and even beyond. There are so many important issues facing our nation and our communities that finding the most productive focus is always a challenge. The LWVUS Board contributes to that planning process by making recommendations, based on member input, with regard to program, bylaw amendments and by proposing a budget for the biennium.

In making recommendations this year, as in past years, the Board takes a forward looking approach to benefit the entire organization. For example, the proposed budget continues to invest in a constituent relations management system capable of meeting the needs not just of the LWVUS, but also, over time, the needs of the state and local Leagues as well. The budget also continues to invest in improvements to the online capabilities of LWVUS and begins the process of extending those improvements to the Leagues. The recommended program  is designed to capitalize on the election and voter protection work of the past nearly 15 years by expanding our approach to include education and action to impact the key structures of democracy.

Building on the trends of the past several conventions, the Board is also recommending a concurrence through a notice of intent designed as much to create opportunities for action at the state and local level as well as action at the national level. Even in recommending amendments to the bylaws, the goal is to create flexibility allowing the LWVUS to adapt to ever changing environments administratively and programmatically.

Delegates will also be able to elect the next LWVUS Officers and Board of Directors so take some time to learn about the nominated slate by reading their biographies and personal statements. In addition to meeting these national leaders, there are ample networking opportunities to meet League leaders from around the country. We are pleased for the first time to offer different training tracks for state leaders, new local League leaders, veteran local League leaders and state/national coaches. As always, caucuses and informational sessions offer great chances to meet new people and learn about the issues. Attendees can enjoy political humor about the famous Molly Ivins Red Hot Patriot event, and of course, "dining around" and touring Dallas, TX.

Visit the Convention area of the website to read and download  the entire publication or individual sections (such as budget, program, and bylaws).  Find out more through your Guide to Convention 2014 and register for convention.

At each national convention leading up to that all-important 100th anniversary in 2020, we need to be as strategic as possible in finding the place where member interest and passion best intersects with the opportunity to have real impact. Making democracy work requires focusing our efforts where they can do the most good.

Looking forward to seeing everyone in Dallas,

Elisabeth MacNamara

Sincerely,

Elisabeth MacNamara
President, League of Women Voters

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