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In This Issue:

October 7, 2010

PRESIDENT'S CORNER

  • President's Message: Blogging from the Road (NEW)

ELECTIONS

  • Youth and Elections: 2010 Democracy Award Application Now Available (NEW)
  • New VOTE411 Widgets! (NEW)
  • Reminder: Online Voter Education/Outreach Resources (NEW)
  • Promote YOUR League: Use "Give and Take Business Cards" at Election Events (NEW)

EDUCATION FUND (Fair Judiciary; Global Democracy)

  • Fair Judiciary: "Quest for a More Diverse Judiciary" Makes News in Kansas and South Carolina (NEW)
  • Global Democracy: Rochester (NY) League Hosts Tajik Delegation (NEW)

MEMBERSHIP & LEADERSHIP

  • Learn How to Become an LWVUS Ruth S. Shur Fellow (NEW)
  • Have a New Project? Wonder What Other Leagues Have Done? (NEW)

OTHER

  • Help Plan for the Next 90 Years of the League!

 

PRESIDENT'S CORNER

Dear League Leaders:

I have been on the road again since last Thursday and I really hope you have been sharing in my experiences through my blog. If not, please sign up now and follow me.

I started on Thursday in Madison (WI), followed by Chicago (IL). This week I traveled to Cleveland and Columbus (OH). Later today I leave for my last stop, Charleston (SC), in time for the League's "Quest for a More Diverse Judiciary" campaign launch on Friday. On Saturday, I head back to Atlanta, where I will take some time to process everything that I have experienced on this segment of my road trip. One thing I can say right now with all certainty, our Leagues are doing incredible work for their communities and our country!

Proudly in League,

Elisabeth

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ELECTIONS
Please note that we have added this special section for the duration of the 2010 election season.

Youth and Elections: 2010 Democracy Award Application Now Available (NEW)
Is your League engaging young people this election season? If so, please consider applying for a 2010 Democracy Award, made possible through the League's work with Smackdown Your Vote!. Winning Leagues will receive cash awards for their innovative work in encouraging young people to participate in voting and elections. Applications are available here and are due November 30. Winners will be announced in 2011.  Please direct any questions to Maggie Duncan.

New VOTE411 Widgets! (NEW)
The LWVUS has developed new VOTE411 widgets that local Leagues can use in their promotional election efforts. Download and use our VOTE411 widgets on your website, feature them in your upcoming press releases, and share them with your media partners and other community organizations. These widgets are free for anyone to use.
 
Reminder: Online Voter Education/Outreach Resources (NEW)
We're in the home stretch now. As you work on your final Voter Services 2010 activities, keep in mind the numerous resources available on our website. Click on each item to access information: 5 Things cards, VOTE Brochures and the LWVUS press template for your League to customize and use to reach out to local media. Thanks for all your work to create an informed and engaged electorate. We know the League has made a difference this election year.

Promote YOUR League: Use "Give and Take Business Cards" at Election Events (NEW)
Having a Candidates Forum? Talking to someone in the grocery store line about the election? Give them a "Give and Take Business Card," designed by the LWVUS for local Leagues to promote themselves around the election. Simply ask them to fill out their information on the "Join Us" business card and return it to you. Then, give them a business card with your League's information to keep. Don't forget to follow up with the potential member with information about an upcoming event and how to join! Download business cards for your League here (scroll to the bottom of the webpage).

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EDUCATION FUND (Fair Judiciary; Global Democracy)

Fair Judiciary: "Quest for a More Diverse Judiciary" Makes News in Kansas and South Carolina (NEW)
Kansas: The LWV of Kansas lauded the Supreme Court Nominating Commission of Kansas for nominating a female candidate when it submitted three names for the Kansas Supreme Court vacancy on the death of its Chief Justice. The League will continue to advocate for increased diversity among all nominees. Read The Kansas City Star's October 1 article, "Diversity Remains Elusive on State High Courts." South Carolina: The upcoming launch of "Quest for a More Diverse Judiciary" in South Carolina on October 8 has put the LWV of South Carolina in the media spotlight: "League Looks to Diversify Courts," The Post and Courier, October 4; and a public radio interview of Professor Constance Anastopoulo, a longtime LWV of South Carolina member, on September 30.

Global Democracy: Rochester (NY) League Hosts Tajik Delegation (NEW)
The LWVof the Rochester Metropolitan Area (NY) hosted a delegation from Tajikistan last week. League members worked hard to provide the delegates with a comprehensive program on accountable governance. The delegates were able to meet with academics, lawyers, municipal leaders and journalists throughout the Rochester area, as well as learn about the League. This is the fourth Open World delegation that the Rochester League has welcomed to its community.

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MEMBERSHIP & LEADERSHIP

Learn How to Become an LWVUS Ruth S. Shur Fellow (NEW)
Tune in to the LWVUS-presented virtual seminar on October 20, 2010, 3:00pm ET, to learn how to become a Ruth S. Shur Fellow and join the National Coaching Team in mentoring states to become strong and vibrant! Register for the webinar now. As a Ruth S. Shur Fellow, you will receive training in membership recruitment, leadership development and coaching best practices; have the opportunity to network with League leaders from around the country; and make lasting friendships along the way. Applications and background information are posted on our website. Applications must be submitted online by December 1, 2010.

Have a New Project? Wonder What Other Leagues Have Done? (NEW)
If you missed the notice in last week's Update, the LWVUS Ad Hoc Clearinghouse Committee is exploring the establishment of a website for sharing League study materials, such as study reports, study kits, consensus questions and resulting positions. Please take this short survey to give your input on the information your League would like to see shared. The committee has noticed that some members might be reluctant to complete the survey for their League. Please note that we are not asking for an "official" response and we do value the input of individual members. If you left your form partially completed last week, please go back and complete the survey.

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OTHER

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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