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In This Issue:

December 9, 2010

PRESIDENT’S CORNER

  • President’s Message: We’re on the Same Page! (NEW)
  • LAST CALL: LWVUS Privatization Study Committee Application Deadline is December 16!

ADVOCACY

  • The DREAM Lives On (NEW)
  • Congressional Interview Tools Now Available Online (NEW)
  • 2011 LWVUS Advocacy Priorities: Time to Submit Your Suggestions (NEW)
  • League Comments Submitted to the Election Assistance Commission (NEW)

EDUCATION FUND (Elections)

  • FINAL CALL: 2010 Democracy Award Application Deadline Is December 15!
  • Make Fundraising Easy and Effective: Open an LWV Education Fund (NEW)

MEMBERSHIP & LEADERSHIP

  • Have Some FUN this Holiday Season! (NEW)
  • There Is Still Time to Recognize Bill of Rights Day
  • Thank You for Continuing to Update the Membership Database! (Reminder #3)

OTHER

  • League Store 50%-Off Holiday Sale!
  • Update Your Will

 

PRESIDENT’S CORNER

Dear League Leaders:

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights held its quarterly meeting this week in Washington, and I was able to attend. The League sits on the Executive Committee for this coalition of over 200 organizations. In addition to an opportunity to meet many key leaders in this area, I had the chance to hear a report on a poll of Americans who voted in the 2010 Election. The coalition commissioned this poll.

It was heartening to learn that an overwhelming majority of those voters support comprehensive immigration reform that includes a path to citizenship, and while there are many reservations about health care reform, the majority of those reservations did not focus on repeal, but on expansion or contraction of the reform. Furthermore, there was overwhelming support not just for quality public education, but also for a Federal mandate that all children have access to that education.

Included in this update under the Advocacy section below are congressional interview tools now available online. As you make your appointments to meet your new or continuing congressional representatives, keep these statistics in mind. We have a representative government that is of the people, by the people and for the people, and it seems that the people are on the same page as the League with respect to issues of concern to us.

Finally, please continue to follow my blog, including today's posting about Gracia Hillman’s retirement from the Election Assistance Commission (EAC).

In League and with the people,

Elisabeth

LAST CALL: LWVUS Privatization Study Committee Application Deadline Is December 16!
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.

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ADVOCACY

The DREAM Lives On (NEW)
Last night, the House passed the DREAM Act by a vote of 216-198, and today the Senate delayed action. The League supports this bipartisan legislation that would provide a path to citizenship for young immigrants who complete a college degree or serve in the military, thereby enabling them to be a fully productive part of American society. Please contact your Senators and urge them to join the House and vote in support of the DREAM Act.

Congressional Interview Tools Now Available Online (NEW)
As you prepare to meet with your congressional representatives, please review and use these online tools we have developed for you: a guide for conducting interviews, questions relevant to the 112th Congress, and a post-interview report form.

2011 LWVUS Advocacy Priorities: Time to Submit Your Suggestions (NEW)
The LWVUS Board will be determining Advocacy Priorities for 2011 at the Board Meeting in late January. Once again, we are soliciting suggestions for advocacy priorities from members. If you are interested in submitting a suggestion, please read this memo.  Please indicate whether your suggestion is submitted as an individual or the result of a committee or League meeting. All suggested advocacy priority topics will be compiled into a report to the Board for consideration.

Comments Submitted to the Election Assistance Commission (NEW)
In its comments to the Election Assistance Commission (EAC), the League strongly supported online voter registration, proposing that the EAC provide the registration application form in electronic format. The Election Assistance Commission (EAC) has proposed some minor changes to the mail-in voter registration application form. A number of state Leagues also submitted comments to the EAC.

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EDUCATION FUND (Elections)

FINAL CALL: 2010 Democracy Award Application Deadline Is December 15!
The deadline for submitting applications for the 2010 Democracy Award is next Wednesday. The award will provide cash prizes to Leagues who engaged young people in the political process during the 2010 election season, and is made possible through the League’s partnership with Smackdown Your Vote! Don’t miss this chance to showcase your League’s incredible work! Fill out the application by December 15; contact Maggie Duncan with questions.

Make Fundraising Easy and Effective: Open an LWV Education Fund (NEW)
This FREE service, available through the national League of Women Voters Education Fund, allows Leagues to fundraise tax-deductible dollars for educational projects while relieving Leagues of the administrative burdens connected with maintaining an education fund. It is open to all state and local Leagues, and setting up an account is quick and easy! Contact Sarah Peterson at GrantServices@lwv.org to set up an account. Find more information here.

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MEMBERSHIP & LEADERSHIP

Have Some FUN this Holiday Season! (NEW)
This holiday season is the perfect time to add some FUN to your League’s agenda! In conjunction with traditional year-end celebrations (Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, the New Year; etc.), enjoy some food and conversation at your next meeting, while recognizing the work and achievements of your members. The LWV of Pulaski County (AR), for example, is planning to decorate a small holiday tree with League pins at their December event; all attendees will take a pin home as a holiday gift! Remember to invite new and potential members and welcome them into the League. This also is the perfect time to THANK League volunteers for their efforts in 2010 and engage new members in the priorities for 2011.

There Is Still Time to Recognize Bill of Rights Day
December 15 is Bill of Rights Day. Customize this media template to generate visibility for your League during this busy holiday season. It’s an easy way to remind your community about the work we are doing, speak to the value of being a member of the League and generate free publicity!

Thank You for Continuing to Update the Membership Database! (Reminder #3)
The member count (determined by your updates to the LWVUS membership database) will “freeze” on January 31, 2011. This number will determine the amount your League must pay in PMP for FY2011-12. To update your member count, update your roster, including the expiration date and status (“inactive” or “active”) in each member record. If you have questions or would like a database tutorial, email Betty Taira at membership@lwv.org.

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OTHER

League Store 50%-Off Holiday Sale!
New Fleece Set available just in time for the cold weather! Stay warm and cozy with style in your own matching ivory colored fleece hat, gloves and headband with the LWV logo. At only $5.50 for a limited time, this bargain cold weather set makes a perfect gift for your family and friends this holiday season. Place your order now before we run out! Everything, including 50th anniversary items, is 50%-off through December 24.  Order today for prompt delivery!

Update Your Will
Have you recently moved to a new state? Had a child? Did you get married this past 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 by email or at 202-263-1355.

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