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March 31, 2011

TODAY: March 31, 1776 – Abigail Adams wrote a letter to her husband, John Adams, asking him to “remember the ladies” in the anticipated “new code of laws.”

PRESIDENT’S CORNER

  • President’s Message: In Remembrance (NEW)

ADVOCACY

  • LAST CHANCE ACTION ALERT: This Is Your Chance to Be Heard! (NEW)

MEMBERSHIP & LEADERSHIP

  • Register Now: Webinar on How to Conduct a National Study, Thursday, April 21, 3:00 PM Eastern
  • Northeast Region State Coaches Trained in Growing the League, Mentoring Local Leagues (NEW)
  • Leadership Change? Update Your League Officers in the Database

EDUCATION FUND (Elections, Fair Judiciary)

  • Elections: Free Voter Education Materials from U.S. Election Assistance Commission (NEW)
  • Fair Judiciary: LWV of Kansas in Action (NEW)

OTHER

  • Leaving a Legacy

PRESIDENT’S CORNER

Dear League Leader:

A political pioneer passed away this week. Many of us remember the excitement when Geraldine Ferraro stepped up to the podium in 1984 as the first woman on a major party’s presidential ticket. In that moment, it seemed as though all things were within reach for American women and girls.

By 1984 there had been other important firsts – Sandra Day O’Connor was a justice of the Supreme Court and Jean Kirkpatrick was serving as U.N. Ambassador. Two women, Margaret Chase Smith and Shirley Chisholm had already vied for a presidential nomination.

After 1984, women in high office somehow seemed more natural. Three women have served as Secretary of State, and one has been in serious contention for a presidential nomination. Both parties have now nominated women for vice president.

We owe a lot to the pioneers, including Geraldine Ferraro. Reading and watching the tributes this week, we are reminded of her courage, her humor and her unfailing belief in the democratic system. She will be missed.

As we close Women’s History Month, we remember and salute our pioneers.

In League,

Elisabeth

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ADVOCACY

LAST CHANCE ACTION ALERT: This Is Your Chance to Be Heard! (NEW)
The Senate is scheduled to vote very soon on amendments that would limit the ability of the EPA to keep our air clean. Contact your Senators now and voice your concern! If you want more information on the legislation please read this letter to Senators, sent by the League and coalition partners, urging them to oppose amendments to S. 493 that would dismantle the Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to address life-threatening pollution.

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MEMBERSHIP & LEADERSHIP

Register Now: Webinar on How to Conduct a National Study, Thursday, April 21, 3:00 PM Eastern
If you would like to learn more about the process surrounding a national study, we welcome you to sign up for this webinar. Learn how to help your League get ready to participate in national studies directly from Education Study Committee chair Peg Hill and national Education Fund and Privatization Committee chair Janis McMillen.

Northeast Region State Coaches Trained in Growing the League, Mentoring Local Leagues (NEW)
State coaches from across the Northeast Region and Ruth S. Shur Fellows joined LWVUS Board members and staff in Providence, RI, for a three-day intensive training in best practices to grow the League, develop new leaders and hone mentoring skills. In the months to come, these state coaches will help the national League train local Leagues within their states to grow the organization from the grassroots up. Find more information here. These trainings are made possible by the Leaders for Leadership Fund.

Leadership Change? Update Your League Officers in the Database
If your League has a change in leadership, don’t forget to update your League’s officers’ information in the LWVUS database. Find instructions on how to make these changes here. If you have any questions or need help, contact Betty Taira.

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EDUCATION FUND (Elections; Fair Judiciary)

Elections: Free Voter Education Materials from U.S. Election Assistance Commission (NEW)
The U.S. Election Assistance Commission has a variety of new materials available to help voters and elections officials navigate the elections process. Visit the EAC’s election resource library to see what materials are available. To order free printed materials for your League’s voters service work, call the EAC toll free at 866-747-1471 or submit an email request here.

Fair Judiciary: LWV of Kansas in Action (NEW)
The LWV of Kansas highlighted its successful state-wide education campaign, “Quest for a More Diverse Judiciary,” at a press conference on March 24, attracting more than 100 attendees. This “League Day at the Capitol” event featured Washburn University Professor Jeffrey Jackson and Kansas Supreme Court Chief Justice Lawton Nuss. Local television stations WIBW and KTKA provided coverage. On March 25, the LWV of Kansas, the Office of Judicial Administration and the American Judicature Society co-sponsored a training day for about 60 judicial nominating commissioners, who represent districts from across the state.

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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.


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