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Leader's Update

Leaders Update

In This Issue:

August 12, 2010

PRESIDENT'S CORNER

  • President's Message: Board Retreat (NEW)
  • LAST CALL: "Federal Role in Public Education" Study Committee Online Application Due August 16

EDUCATION FUND (Elections)

  • Elections: PAVP's August Focus - Nurturing Your Relationships with Local Elections Officials (NEW)
  • Elections: VOTE411's Online Voters' Guide Resources
  • Elections: Get a Head Start on Student Voter Outreach (NEW)

MEMBERSHIP & LEADERSHIP

  • New National Board Liaison Assignments (NEW)
  • 2010-2011 LWVUS National Calendar Now Available Online
  • Planning an Event for Women's Equality Day? Share it with LWVUS! (NEW)

COMMUNICATIONS

  • Tell Us Your Poll Worker Story

OTHER

  • Clearing House Ad Hoc Committee (NEW)
  • LWVUS/EF Direct Marketing Schedule
  • Special Book Offer and Article from 2010 Convention Banquet Speaker Robert Cooney, Jr.
  • Leaving a Legacy

PRESIDENT'S CORNER

Dear League Leaders:

The Board has just concluded a very successful retreat. We discussed the many new and ongoing tasks before us in the context of the opportunities and challenges that the current political climate and the upcoming election provide. We agreed that staggering the two studies on Privatization and the Federal Role in Public Education would be the best use of Board, volunteer, and staff time and resources.

Meanwhile, the Advocacy Committee and staff continue to monitor the situation in the Gulf of Mexico. A letter addressing the questions of accountability was sent prior to Convention, and similar messages will be communicated whenever the opportunity arises. Leagues in affected states have been active on the issue of safe drilling and mining, and have been testifying at each of the four regional Environmental Protection Agency hearings on this issue.

Also, the League has raised the issue of abuse of the filibuster with respect to the Disclose Act and climate change legislation this summer. During this August recess, please encourage your senators to work out their differences on key legislation with the sponsors rather than to block cloture.

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) is now being implemented. A great deal of LWV grassroots effort went in to the passage of this historic legislation. It is critical that Leagues take action at the grassroots level to educate our communities on what this legislation does and does not do, and resist efforts to repeal the PPACA, while realizing that more needs to be done and Medicare for all is the ultimate goal.

During the recess and the election season, at all levels, remind candidates and the public that special interest money must be disclosed and our systems reformed such that elected representatives work, in good faith, to address climate change and finish the job on health care reform.

Also at the Board Retreat, the National Board approved the appointment of Elaine Wiant, former LWVUS/EF secretary/treasurer, to serve on the Board of Directors again during this biennium.

In League,

Elisabeth

LAST CALL: "Federal Role in Public Education" Study Committee Online Application Due August 16
In accordance with the approval of delegates at Convention 2010, the LWVUS will undertake a study of the "Federal Role in Public Education." The study will focus on the role of the federal government in education policymaking, with possible consideration of funding, common standards and/or governance relationships among all levels of the government. Members of the committee will be responsible for developing study materials and consensus question, participating in reviewing/ tabulating all of the responses submitted by participating Leagues, and based on those, recommending position language to the Board. The LWVUS Board is now seeking applications from members who are interested in being on the study committee. Please complete the online application form (including your resume), no later than August 16, 2010.

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EDUCATION FUND (Elections)

Elections: PAVP's August Focus - Nurturing Relationships with Local Elections Officials (NEW)
Questionnaires are a great way to get your foot in the door to begin and/or grow relationships with your local elections officials (LEOs). This report, recently completed by the LWV of Ohio, contains useful information the LWV of Ohio compiled through local League member meetings with LEOs. This is a great example of how useful the data and relationship building can be. Of course, you will want to tailor your questions to issues pertinent to your state. An additional list of questions that you may find useful is at the bottom of this webpage.

Elections: VOTE411's Online Voters' Guide Resources
Several webinars related to VOTE411's new online voters' guide software are available on the LWVUS website. The "basic" webinar walks through the entire system - from the public's point of view, from an administrator's point of view and from the candidate's point of view. Three brief "advanced" webinars are also available; they go into greater detail about how to create districts, upload spreadsheets of data at once and download data from the system. Learn more about VOTE411's new online features here.

Elections: Get a Head Start on Student Voter Outreach (NEW)
The new school year is approaching, and it's a perfect time to get a jump start on voter outreach. Reconnecting with local schools before the election season gets into full swing is vital to a successful youth outreach program. The beginning of the school year also marks back-to-school immunizations at local community health centers and health fairs and registration for after-school programs. Take advantage of the League's partnerships with the National Head Start Association (NHSA) and the National Association of Community Health Vote (NACHC). Learn more about local Head Start programs and Community Health Centers near you and share free online LWVUS publications for young and new voters of all ages (many are available for purchase at our online store).

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MEMBERSHIP & LEADERSHIP

New National Board Liaison Assignments (NEW)
The National Board directors want to connect with Leagues to which they are assigned as liaisons, so we encourage your League to find out who your National Board Liaison is here. Some Leagues have the same liaison they had previously; some have a new liaison. Please add the assigned liaison to your League's Voter mailing list to ensure that your liaison is informed about your activities. To view National Board contact information, you must first login, using your email address and password.

2010-2011 LWVUS National Calendar Now Available Online
Stay updated with the new 2010-2011 LWVUS Calendar. This calendar contains important dates and deadlines, as well as media opportunities for state and local Leagues throughout the next year. Keep this calendar in mind when planning your own events. Find more information on creating your own League calendar for the upcoming year here.

Planning an Event for Women's Equality Day? Share it with LWVUS! (NEW)
If your League is planning an event for the 90th anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment, we want to hear about it! Share your Women's Equality Day plans and successes after these events are done by emailing Membership@lwv.org with Women's Equality Day in the subject line. Your League could be recognized in an upcoming newsletter! Don't forget to gain visibility around this Women's Equality Day by using our sample press release. Access more ideas about marking this anniversary and/or generating visibility for your League here or visit the 90th anniversary section of the website.

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COMMUNICATIONS

Tell Us Your Poll Worker Story (NEW)
Have you volunteered as a poll worker in a past election? The Communications Department is interested in hearing your story. Email Kelly Ceballos at kceballos@lwv.org if you would be interested in being profiled for an e-engagement email on Poll Workers this fall.

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OTHER

Clearing House Ad Hoc Committee (NEW)
The national Board has approved the formation of an ad hoc committee to consider and advise the Board on the design and possible implementation of an online document database system. This system may act as a "clearing house" for documents that local and state Leagues want to share with, and may be of significant interest to, other Leagues. The documents could include study reports, positions, major legislative bills, publications, etc. If you are interested in serving on this important committee, please contact Director Norman Turrill at lwvturrill@mac.com.

LWVUS/EF Direct Marketing Schedule
When planning your own League's Fundraising, consult the LWVUS/EF Direct Marketing Schedule. The LWVUS Development Office is pleased to share with you the FY 2010-11 LWVUS/Education Fund Direct Marketing schedule for direct mail and telemarketing. Please download and share this schedule with your Development chairs to assist planning for your League's fundraising activities. Questions should be directed to Rose Simmons at rsimmons@lwv.org.

Special Book Offer and Article from 2010 Convention Banquet Speaker Robert Cooney, Jr.
In celebration of the League's 90th anniversary, author Robert Cooney has provided an article, based on the presentation he made at the League's biennial Convention in Atlanta, about the roots of the League in the woman suffrage movement. The article is an easy way to refamiliarize ourselves with the heritage of our historic organization and the brave women who fought for and won the right to vote. Also, for a limited time, Mr. Cooney and American Graphic Press are making available to members and friends of the League autographed copies of his award-winning, richly illustrated history, Winning the Vote: The Triumph of the American Woman Suffrage Movement (no charge for shipping). More information and the article are accessible here.

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 Lauren Frank, at lfrank@lwv.org, so that we can list you as a member of our Carrie Chapman Catt Legacy Society.

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