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In This Issue:

August 26, 2010

PRESIDENT'S CORNER

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

EDUCATION FUND (Elections)

  • Elections: PAVP 's August Focus - Nurturing Your Relationships with Local Elections Officials (LEOs) (NEW)
  • President MacNamara Marks Anniversary of 19th Amendment (NEW)
  • You're Invited to the 2010 National Conference on Citizenship (NEW)

MEMBERSHIP & LEADERSHIP

  • Alabama Local Leagues Learn Best Practices for a Thriving League (NEW)
  • Happy Women's Equality Day! Share Your League's Event with LWVUS. (NEW)
  • National Webinar, Friday, September 17, 2 PM (ET): Provide Voters Service Best Practices While You Build the League

COMMUNICATIONS

  • Celebrating Women's Equality Day (NEW)
  • Leaders' Update Survey

OTHER

  • Video Celebrating 90 Years of Women's Rights (NEW)
  • Special Book Offer and Article from 2010 Convention Banquet Speaker Robert Cooney, Jr.
  • Help Plan for the Next 90 Years of the League!

PRESIDENT'S CORNER

Dear League Leaders:

Women's Equality Day brings to mind old photos of corseted women, wearing huge hats and sashes, marching for woman suffrage and stories of hunger strikes and force feedings, of women arrested for going to the polls on Election Day. But this day also commemorates 70 years of behind-the-scenes work to change the hearts and minds of the American public. Marchers and demonstrators could not have succeeded had it not been for the millions of volunteers, who prepared the countless essays, letters, lectures and mailings that supported nearly 1,000 campaigns to get woman suffrage before the electorate. These are the unsung heroes of the story.

Carrie Chapman Catt recognized that getting the vote was not the end of the journey. As a result, the League of Women Voters was founded, and for 90 years League members have continued the journey toward a society in which every citizen has a voice in a government of fair and equitable laws and policies. Like the campaign for suffrage, this journey is and will continue to be a long haul. It is easy to get discouraged along the way. So, today, remember that every time the League blocks measures to limit ballot access or succeeds in getting laws passed that protect the environment or provide better access to health care, we are moving forward on this journey.

While other folks make a lot of noise, League members do the hard work behind the scenes to improve their communities, sometimes one vote at a time. Today, please remember when you look in the mirror, a hero is looking back at you!

Proudly in League,

Elisabeth

P.S. Today, I join, in spirit, the LWV of the District of Columbia as it marches with area Leagues and supporters in front of the White House. The day-long march (7am-7pm) is in commemoration of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, guaranteeing women the right to vote, and to remind/inform the public that DC citizens, women and men, still do not have a vote in Congress!

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EDUCATION FUND (Elections)

Elections: PAVP 's August Focus - Nurturing Your Relationships with Local Elections Officials (LEOs) (NEW)
Before heading into a meeting with an LEO, you may find it useful to review this 3.5 minute video on polling place management that was produced by the U.S. Elections Assistance Commission. This refresher on the National Voter Registration Act produced by the U.S. Department of Justice may also be useful

President MacNamara Marks Anniversary of 19th Amendment (NEW)
In celebration of Women's Equality Day, LWVUS President Elisabeth MacNamara was invited this week to provide special guest commentary for the National Conference on Citizenship website. Her column shares insights on the enduring legacy of the suffrage movement and also celebrates the League's role as a longlasting outgrowth of the grassroots spirit that made it possible for women to attain the right to vote. Read the article and join the conversation here.

You're Invited to the 2010 National Conference on Citizenship (NEW)
League members are once again invited to attend the Annual National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC), September 17, 2010, at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. Attendance is free, but you must register in advance. This year's conference, "BIG Citizenship: Citizens as Catalysts and Innovators," will bring together 400 civic leaders, educators, CEOs and representatives from each of the three branches of government to address issues related to our nation's civic health. Among the guest speakers are Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and TIME Magazine Managing Editor Rick Stengel. The LWV of DC will be on hand to provide voter registration for new citizens attending a special naturalization ceremony as part of the event. Register today.

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MEMBERSHIP & LEADERSHIP

Alabama Local Leagues Learn Best Practices for a Thriving League (NEW)
On August 14, 2010, participants from all six of the Alabama local Leagues joined representatives from the state and national League in Montgomery to learn best practices to increase membership, gain visibility, and develop new leaders. View pictures and learn more about this successful event here.

Happy Women's Equality Day! Share Your League's Event with LWVUS.
Did your League hold a successful event for the 90th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment? If so, we want to hear about it! Share your Women's Equality Day successes by emailing your stories and photos to membership@lwv.org with "Women's Equality Day" in the subject line. Your League could be recognized in an upcoming e-newsletter, and your story may help other local Leagues host similar events in the future in their communities. Cheers to the League on this momentous occasion!

National Webinar, Friday, September 17, 2 PM (ET): Provide Voters Service Best Practices While You Build the League
Nonpartisan, balanced and proud of it! If you are interested in learning or participating in a refresher which will share best practices in Voters Service work done with respect to League principles, please join us. If you also want ideas on how to run successful voters 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.

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COMMUNICATIONS

Celebrating Women's Equality Day (NEW)
Read the League's Women's Equality Day message here. And, share your stories of the day on the LWVUS Facebook page!

Leaders' Update Survey
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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OTHER

Video Celebrating 90 Years of Women's Rights (NEW)
In recognition of the 90th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, the National Women's History Museum (NWHM) has released a documentary, "Celebrating 90 Years of Women's Rights." This brief, concise video chronicles the 72-year struggle of American women to achieve suffrage, which was obtained through hard work, dedication, and the organization of women throughout our country.

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.

Help Plan for the Next 90 Years of the League!
Some things never change even in these challenging economic times. The League of Women Voters Education Fund continues to be at the forefront of public policy issue education which allows citizens to thoughtfully engage in the democratic process. By making a gift of cash or securities of $5,000 or more to the LWVEF Pooled Income Fund, you can receive an immediate income tax deduction for a portion of the gift's value and continue earning a quarterly return on the interest earned for life. Best of all, you can name your state and/or local League, along with the LWVEF, to benefit from the residual funds when you're gone. For more information, please contact the Development office at 202-263-1355 or plannedgiving@lwv.org.

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