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Leaders Update

In This Issue:

August 19, 2010

PRESIDENT'S CORNER

  • President's Message: Celebrate Women's Equality Day! (NEW)

COMMUNICATIONS

  • Leaders' Update Survey (NEW)

MEMBERSHIP & LEADERSHIP

  • National Webinar, Friday, September 17, 2 PM (ET): Provide Voter Service Best Practices While You Build the League (NEW)
  • Questions about Voter Services? LWVUS Can Help! (NEW)
  • Hosting an Iron-Jawed Angels Viewing Event? Know the Facts (NEW)

EDUCATION FUND (Elections; Global Democracy)

  • Elections: Order the 2010 VIP and Smackdown Your Vote! T shirts for your Voter Education Events (NEW)
  • Elections: VOTE411's Online Voters' Guide Resources (NEW)
  • Elections: Preview the 2010 Democracy Award Application
  • Global Democracy: 2011 Civic Hosting Program

ADVOCACY

  • 10/10/10 - Global Day of Climate Action: Make Plans for Your League Now (NEW)

OTHER

  • Special Book Offer and Article from 2010 Convention Banquet Speaker Robert Cooney, Jr.
  • Update Your Will

PRESIDENT'S CORNER

Dear League Leaders:

This week marks an important landmark in U.S. history! On August 18, Tennessee State Representative Harry Burn heeded his mother's advice and provided the one vote needed to pass the suffrage amendment, thereby guaranteeing that the Nineteenth Amendment would become a part of the U.S. Constitution. August 26 is the day that ratification was certified, and, since 1971, has been designated by Congress as Women's Equality Day.

We have come a long way in 90 years! Today, across the country, Leagues are celebrating and using this opportunity to draw attention to the importance of not just women's, but universal suffrage. It is such a shame that the citizens of the District of Columbia, including our DC League members, still don't have full voting rights! We continue our fight for DC voting rights.

This is a perfect opportunity to raise the visibility of the League at all levels. There is still plenty of time to submit an op/ed piece or letter to the editor in honor of this important milestone in American democracy. Here is a sample press release. You may access more ideas about marking this anniversary and/or generating visibility for your League here or visit the 90th anniversary section of the website.

In League,

Elisabeth

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COMMUNICATIONS

Leaders' Update Survey (NEW)
In our effort to continue improving communication with League Leaders and members, we ask you to complete this user survey by September 10. Our work on improving the content and delivery of the weekly Leaders' Update requires your valuable input. Thank you for your help.

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MEMBERSHIP & LEADERSHIP

National Webinar, Friday, September 17, 2 PM (ET): Provide Voter Service Best Practices While You Build the League (NEW)
Nonpartisan, balanced and proud of it! If you are interested in learning or participating in a refresher which will share best practices in Voter Service work done with respect to League principles, please join us. If you also want ideas on how to run successful voter service events while building the League, this webinar will help you maximize these opportunities to grow the League as you help your community. Please register for this session here.

Questions about Voter Services? LWVUS Can Help! (NEW)
The voter service section of the LWVUS website is full of resources to help you with your voter outreach this election season: information on Vote411, ideas on how to run a successful voter registration drive and FAQs on Candidate Forums. Still have questions about your League's voter service work? Reach out to LWVUS Director Dianne Wheatley-Giliotti at wheatley@tampabay.rr.com.

Hosting an Iron-Jawed Angels Viewing Event? Know the Facts (NEW)
The LWVUS is pleased that so many Leagues are planning to screen Iron Jawed Angels during their Women's Equality Day celebrations! Here is important information: as long as your Education Fund is the presenting group and you are not charging admission, no special permission is needed. You may ask for donations-but that cannot be a requirement for entry. DVDs can be borrowed from local libraries/video stores/online rental services or purchased from bookstores/online outlets, etc. Here is more information or contact Sara Richman at srichman@lwv.org.

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EDUCATION FUND (Elections; Global Democracy)

Elections: VOTE411's Online Voters' Guide Resources (NEW)
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. Four short "advanced" webinars are also available that go into greater detail about how to create districts, upload spreadsheets worth of data at once and download the data from the system, and an HTML Voters' Guide template that Leagues can utilize to help create printed Voters' Guides. Learn more about VOTE411's new online features here.

Elections: Order the 2010 VIP and Smackdown Your Vote! T shirts for your Voter Education Events (NEW)
The 2010 18-30 Voter Issues Paper (VIP) is now available for purchase at the League's online store. At just $1 per package of 50, this informative and thought-provoking publication is a must-have for Leagues conducting youth outreach and registration this election season. Order yours online today or download it for free. Also as part of the 2010 Smackdown Your Vote! campaign, the LWVUS has two different T-shirt designs available for Leagues to purchase. Each design comes in four sizes, prices range from $2 to $6/per t-shirt and they are available as a regular-T or a baby-T. See the various designs and learn more about pricing, etc. here.

Elections: Preview the 2010 Democracy Award Application
As announced previously, Smackdown Your Vote! will recognize Leagues for their contributions in the area of youth engagement, including a cash award. Winning Leagues will implement strategies to engage young people in the elections process and will, in particular, seek new opportunities to partner with youth groups and reach underrepresented groups. Preview the application here. PLEASE NOTE: this is a preview only and Leagues should only submit applications once their Election 2010 activities conclude. Direct any questions to Maggie Duncan (mduncan@lwv.org). The application process will open immediately after Election Day and award winners will be announced in the spring of 2011. Need help planning your voters' service work? Find helpful resources in the voters' service toolbox here.

Global Democracy: 2011 Civic Hosting Program
The Global Democracy Program is recruiting local Leagues to host leaders from Eastern Europe and Central Asia through the 2011 Civic Hosting Program. Since 2005, 35 Leagues have hosted nearly 250 visitors from seven different countries. Participating Leagues will receive a pass-through grant and reimbursement for most of the expenses incurred. Leagues will be responsible for organizing an eight-day program that focuses on a specific theme, such as good governance, and arranging for six visitors to stay with host families for the duration of the program. For more details, please contact Manuela Campbell at mcampbell@lwv.org.

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ADVOCACY

10/10/10 - Global Day of Climate Action: Make Plans for Your League Now (NEW)
On October 10, 2010, thousands of communities around the globe will be taking action to address climate change - celebrating what people can do right now to make an impact, garnering media attention for climate action and sending a strong message to decision-makers at all levels that it's time for them to do their job, too. Make plans now for your League and your community to be a part of this campaign and help build momentum for meaningful energy and climate legislation. Find more information and some suggestions of possible 10/10/10 projects here.

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OTHER

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.

Update Your Will
Have you recently moved to a new state? Had a child? Did you get married last year? Or maybe there's a new grandchild or step-child in your life? Any one of these major life events is reason enough to update your will. It is always important to stay in touch with your attorney regarding any changes in estate and probate law. While you're updating your plans, don't forget to include a gift for your favorite charities, like the League of Women Voters Education Fund - to strengthen the pillars of our democracy for years to come. If you have already included a gift for the LWV in your will or trust, but have not previously informed us, or if you have been thinking about setting up a gift that provides income, such as a charitable gift annuity, please contact Lauren Frank, at 202-263-1355 or lfrank@lwv.org.

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