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March 10, 2011

THIS WEEK: March 9, 1976 – West Point Military Academy accepts its first female cadet.

PRESIDENT’S CORNER

  • President’s Message: Women, Sunshine and Shamrocks (NEW)

ADVOCACY

  • League Urges Support of Appropriations for International Climate Investments (NEW)

EDUCATION FUND (Elections; Openness in Government)

  • Elections: VOTE411Online Voters’ Guide (NEW)
  • Elections: Public Advocacy for Voter Protection (PAVP) Project (NEW)
  • Sunshine Week 2011 – Turnkey Opportunity for Leagues
  • March Visibility Tools Available to Leagues: Sunshine Week (NEW)

MEMBERSHIP & LEADERSHIP

  • March 17th Webinar: Making Your Annual Meeting Productive and Fun
  • Membership Brochures in Stock for Your League’s Annual Meeting (NEW)
  • Maximize Your League Fundraising with an Education Fund (NEW)

OTHER

  • Leaving a Legacy

 

PRESIDENT’S CORNER

Dear League Leader:

Yesterday was International Women’s Day. This year’s theme is equal access to education, training and technology: “Pathway to decent work for women.” This is a good time to celebrate the role the League has played in global programs to improve the lives of women around the world. Currently, our Legislative Fellows exchange program in Colombia and Brazil is examining women and minorities in government. But the League has also played a vital role in securing decent working conditions for women in this country. One of the League’s earliest efforts was to support wage and hour laws and enact child labor laws.

Next week is Sunshine Week! Don’t miss the Annual Sunshine Week National Dialogue event next Friday. This event, co-hosted by the League, goes hand-in-hand with League efforts to let the sun shine on the redistricting process. By gathering friends and members to watch this webcast, “The Road Forward to Open Government,” Leagues have an opportunity to encourage community dialogue and civil discourse on a topic vital to the continued health of our government. See the Education Fund section below for more information.

Since my name is MacNamara, I can’t resist mentioning next Thursday is St. Patrick’s Day, and the League will celebrate by offering a webinar on making your annual meeting productive and fun. Please register to participate, don your shamrocks and dial in! Unfortunately, we can’t offer any virtual green beer.

In League,

Elisabeth

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ADVOCACY

League Urges Support of Appropriations for International Climate Investments (NEW)
The League sent a letter to leaders of the Department of State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs Subcommittee in the Senate urging them to support appropriations for international investments to address the causes and consequences of a changing climate.

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EDUCATION FUND (Elections; Openness in Government)

Elections: VOTE411 Online Voters’ Guide (NEW)
As part of the LWVEF’s ongoing commitment to improving VOTE411 in response to Leagues’ feedback, we introduced new software for the “On Your Ballot” feature in 2010. In partnership with Leagues from 22 states, hundreds of thousands of voters found the candidate and ballot measure information they needed through the new software.  Please contact Allison O’Flinn (AOFlinn@lwv.org) to learn how your League can participate in the new software and send her any voters’ guides your League has created through another mechanism so we can link to them through VOTE411. Each League plays a vibrant and vital role in educating voters in their communities, and we want to help you succeed in that effort.

Elections: Public Advocacy for Voter Protection (PAVP) Project (NEW)
In our continuing battles against voter photo ID bills across the country we have been focusing on the cost of implementing these new government programs as well as the impact they will have on individuals. For a good example of the impact these bills will have and how to find and use stories of the people negatively affected by this legislation, check out Democracy North Carolina's website.

Sunshine Week 2011 – Turnkey Opportunity for Leagues
Get visibility for your League and the important issue of open government next week!  On Friday, March 18, 12:00-1:30 PM ET, the LWVEF again co-hosts the Annual Sunshine Week National Dialogue. "The Road Forward on Open Government" will be broadcast live via the web. Panelists will take questions from the live and viewing audience. For details, visit our event partner at www.OpenTheGovernment.org.

March Visibility Tools Available to Leagues: Sunshine Week (NEW)
For Sunshine Week, a letter to the editor template is available for Leagues to customize and submit to local media outlets. This month, Leagues also may want to ask a local government body to issue a proclamation committing to transparency in records and meetings. Sample language is available here. Once issued, be sure to promote the proclamation through the League’s network (e.g., website, Voter, and email) and share it with local media outlets.

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MEMBERSHIP & LEADERSHIP

March 17th Webinar: Making Your Annual Meeting Productive and Fun
Is your League ready for its annual meeting? Join us on Thursday, March 17, 3 PM ET, when we present our popular webinar, "Making Your Annual Meeting Productive and Fun." Register here. Leagues are also reminded to update any officer changes in the LWVUS member database immediately following their annual meeting.

Membership Brochures in Stock for Your League’s Annual Meeting (NEW)
The annual meeting is a perfect time to invite potential new members to join the League and to set an expectation among current members that they are your League’s membership ambassadors. Share the value of League membership at the meeting for any prospective members present and teach your members how they can (and SHOULD) ask individuals to join. Purchase membership brochures here and visit here for ideas about how to talk about the value of League membership. 

Maximize Your League Fundraising with an Education Fund (NEW)
The LWVUS has an education fund service available to all Leagues through the League of Women Voters Education Fund (LWVEF). This FREE service allows Leagues to fundraise tax-deductible money for educational projects – including voters' service activities – 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 today.

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OTHER

Leaving a Legacy
Including the League of Women Voters Education Fund in your will is among the easiest ways to offer support of the LWVEF's work for years to come. We suggest the following language to include the League as a beneficiary of a will or trust: " I give, devise, and bequeath to the League of Women Voters Education Fund, a charitable organization formed in the District of Columbia, with offices at 1730 M Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, {the sum of $___ } {___ percentage of my residuary estate}." If you already have a will, you can have your attorney add a codicil to include the LWVEF. After you've added the League, please contact Lauren Frank so we can list you as a member of our Carrie Chapman Catt Legacy Society.

"Like" the League on Facebook at www.facebook.com/leagueofwomenvoters
Donate to the League on our Facebook Causes page.

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