In This Issue:
November 18, 2010
- President’s Message: Draw on Our Strength! (NEW)
- LWVUS Privatization Study Committee
- Action Alert on DISCLOSE Act: Protect Your Vote (NEW)
- In Support of the New START Treaty (NEW)
- Office of Congressional Ethics under Attack (NEW)
- Open and Civil (NEW)
EDUCATION FUND (Elections)
- Elections: FINAL NOTICE! Celebrate Your Election Work – Apply Online for the 2010 Democracy Award
- Elections: We Want to Hear from You! (NEW)
MEMBERSHIP & LEADERSHIP
- December 1st Deadline: Apply to Become an LWVUS Ruth S. Shur Fellow (NEW)
- Update Your Roster: Summary Sheets Are Now LIVE – Reminder #1 (NEW)
- LWVUS Completes Membership and Leadership Training Series in 11 States (NEW)
***SPECIAL NOTE*** As in the past, there will be no Leaders' Update next week because of the Thanksgiving holiday. Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving!
Dear League Leaders:
As 2010 nears its end, many state League boards are meeting to discuss legislative priorities for the coming year. A lot changed on November 2, so many of you may be looking at a different set of issues and priorities. Based on the political chatter recently, it would appear that many Leagues will be playing defense on core issues, such as proof of citizenship for voter registration and voter ID. And, of course, redistricting will be all important over the next year.
When you meet to set your priorities and develop your strategies, don’t hesitate to reach out to the LWVUS as well as other states. Many state Leagues have already confronted these legislative issues and have much to share. Here in Georgia, for example, the League put up a good fight on voter ID and proof of citizenship without success. So, we have real experience with the unintended consequences and the actual barriers that this type of legislation creates. Those facts may be very useful in legislative testimony or in media pieces.
Our greatest strength is our grassroots, and we should make good use of that strength going into the upcoming legislative sessions. The best support comes from our League family. Let’s make good use of the discussion lists to keep each other informed of our ideas, our challenges, and our successes and be sure to talk up our good work on Facebook!
LWVUS Privatization Study Committee
In accordance with direction from Convention 2010, the LWVUS will undertake a study of “Privatization: the policy agenda to transfer government functions, services and assets to the private sector.” This study will focus on the impact of privatizing government services on local communities. Committee members will be responsible for developing study materials and consensus questions and reviewing/tabulating responses submitted by participating Leagues. Based on the submitted responses, the Committee will recommend position language to the Board. If you are interested in being a member of the Study Committee, please complete the online application form and submit it along with your resume no later than December 16, 2010.
Action Alert on DISCLOSE Act: Protect Your Vote (NEW)
In this year's elections, secret money ran rampant. If we're going cleanse our democracy with a strong dose of transparency that eliminates this kind of spending in our elections then we need action before Congress calls it quits for 2010. This morning at its press conference on Capitol Hill, the League again urged the Senate to pass the DISCLOSE Act during this “lame duck” session.
In Support of the New START Treaty (NEW)
Read LWVUS President MacNamara’s letter to the editor in the New York Times regarding its Nov. 7 editorial, "Plenty of Work for the Lame Duck: And Other Urgent Business."
Office of Congressional Ethics under Attack (NEW)
ABC News cites League’s call to Congress not to shut down the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) and quotes LWVUS Senior Director Lloyd Leonard in “Are GOP Leaders Quietly Trying to Axe Office of Congressional Ethics?”.
Open and Civil (NEW)
See recent e-engagement message from the LWVUS to our members and supporters on the League’s continuing efforts to help our fellow citizens discuss the issues in a civil and fact-based way and fight for transparency, accountability, and disclosure in America’s elections.
EDUCATION FUND (Elections)
Elections: FINAL NOTICE! Celebrate Your Election Work – Apply Online for the 2010 Democracy Award
With Election Day behind us, what better way is there to celebrate your League’s great youth engagement efforts than to apply for the 2010 Democracy Award? The LWVEF and Smackdown your Vote! are still accepting applications for this brand-new award, aimed at celebrating Leagues for their innovative approaches to engaging young people in the political process. Cash awards will be presented in 2011. Fill out the application by November 30 or contact Maggie Duncan with questions.
Elections: We Want to Hear from You! (NEW)
Throughout the 2010 election season, Leagues were busy hosting numerous voter registration events, producing Voters’ Guides and PSAs, and sponsoring local debates and forums. The LWVEF would like to compile these accomplishments and highlight them through the E-Voice, Facebook and other mechanisms. Please send an email to VoterInfo@lwv.org with links to, or attachments of, videos, press releases, articles and/or pictures of your activities so we can showcase your amazing efforts! NOTE: Because this email address also receives many questions from the public, you will receive an automatically generated response from the mailbox that is not relevant to you. Please ignore it.
MEMBERSHIP & LEADERSHIP
December 1st Deadline: Apply to Become an LWVUS Ruth S. Shur Fellow (NEW)
The LWVUS is expanding the successful Membership Recruitment Initiative to new states and is looking for enthusiastic, supportive and articulate League leaders to join our team of Ruth S. Shur Fellows. As a 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. You also can view a webinar about the program, featuring current Shur Fellows, here. Applications must be submitted online by December 1, 2010.
Update Your Roster: Summary Sheets Are Now LIVE – Reminder #1 (NEW)
Summary sheets are now LIVE! The member count will reflect the changes YOU make to the database. Please update your League’s roster in the coming weeks. Remember to include the expiration date in each member record and change the membership status from I (inactive) to A (active)! On January 31, 2011, your League’s member count will be “frozen” and your League will pay PMP for FY2011-12 based on this number. If you have questions, would like to schedule a training session or need help in accessing the database, please email Betty Taira at firstname.lastname@example.org.
LWVUS Completes Membership and Leadership Training Series in 11 States (NEW)
This month, the LWVUS completed its 11-state training tour to teach local Leagues how to become strong, vibrant and visible in their communities. The final trainings were held in Clarksburg, WV and Fayetteville, AR. Representatives from the local Leagues in each state joined their state Board, their national coach/Ruth S. Shur Fellow and an LWVUS staff member for a day-long training to learn best practices from the Membership Recruitment Initiative and leadership development. The LWVUS plans to reach all 50 states with training and support by 2012.
LWVUS/LWVEF Audit (NEW)
The League’s independent auditors, Tate & Tryon, presented the annual audit results to the Executive Committee in October. The auditors’ gave their highest level of assurance, an unqualified opinion, to the League of Women Voters of the United States and the League of Women Voters Education Fund’s financial statements. The League has a long and consistent record of receiving positive reports from its auditors.
90th Anniversary Items: 50%-Off Sale at League Store
Just in time for the holidays! League 90th anniversary items are on sale until December 31, 2010. Key chain with valet key separator (currently $4.25) on sale for $2.00 with purchase of five or more, Luggage tags ($4.00) for $2.00 with purchase of five or more, Lapel pins ($3.25) for $1.25 with purchase of 12 or more, USB Drive ($15.00) for $8.00 with purchase of five or more.
Help Plan for the Next 90 Years of the League!
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