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April 28, 2011

TODAY: April 28, 1993 – First “Take Our Daughters to Work” Day sponsored by the Ms. Foundation; in 2003, became “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work” Day.

PRESIDENT’S CORNER

  • President’s Message: State Conventions and Working Together (NEW)
  • UN Observer and Alternates Named (NEW)

EDUCATION FUND (Elections; Fair Judiciary)

  • Elections: Empowering the Voters of Tomorrow Ordering Error Corrected! (NEW)
  • Elections: LWVUS Denounces DOJ Decision (NEW)
  • Fair Judiciary: Law Day Press Template Available (NEW)

ADVOCACY

  • League Expresses Concern Regarding Federal Budget (NEW)

MEMBERSHIP & LEADERSHIP

  • Did You Miss the Webinar on LWV Studies? (NEW)
  • Update Your League’s Officers and Dues Rates Today!

OTHER

  • LWVUS Annual Telemarketing Outreach Program Runs April 19 to May 20
  • Is Your Retirement Plan Up for Double Taxation? (NEW)

 

PRESIDENT’S CORNER

Dear League Leader:

State Convention season is upon us! I know some of you have already had your Convention and are gearing up for new projects and new challenges, but the next six weeks will be jam-packed with great meetings, good program and stimulating discussion and sharing. Your LWVUS Board is very excited that we will be able to attend so many state conventions. Between Board members and staff, we will be attending more than 40 conventions! Some Board members, myself included, have already been able to join you as you plan for the next two years.

The 2011-2013 biennium promises to be interesting, offering the League at all levels many challenges and even more opportunities.  Our history demonstrates that we are at our best, in League, when the issues are the most challenging.

Just this week we have compelling evidence of how working together at the state, local and national levels of the League gets us high visibility and great press hits on the incredible work we do, such as our challenging voter ID and groundbreaking voter registration projects. This week, a NYT editorial notes that new voter ID requirements are unnecessary and will suppress the vote. It highlights the League’s High School Voter Registration project and quotes a Florida League member on voter ID. The League also received mentions on the April 26 Rachel Maddow show during its coverage of the Florida Voter ID bill.

This convention season, we look forward to working together to put our best efforts forward for our communities and underscore the “Power of the Vote.”

In League,

Elisabeth

UN Observer and Alternates Named (NEW)
The LWVUS Board has appointed Rosalee Keech (LWV of Montville Area, NJ) as the League’s UN Observer and Suzanne Burdette Maxson Maltz (LWV Newcastle, NY) as the First Alternate. Margery Cohen (LWV of Maplewood and South Orange, NJ) , Mary Fox (LWV of Newcastle, NY) and Nancy Orem Lyman (LWV of Newcastle, NY) were appointed as alternates.

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EDUCATION FUND (Elections; Fair Judiciary)

Elections: Empowering the Voters of Tomorrow Ordering Error Corrected! (NEW)
Voter registration is a key element to getting voters to the polls on Election Day. People depend on Leagues to educate, mobilize and register voters of all ages. To help facilitate your voter service efforts, the LWVEF has produced Empowering the Voters of Tomorrow, a comprehensive manual which provides a step-by-step guide to developing winning high school voter registration programs and encouraging young people to register and vote. The guide provides field-tested tips and a range of planning, training, and outreach tools to help you succeed. Thank you to those of you who alerted us to a technical problem you encountered when ordering this publication. We have corrected the error and are now happy to make copies available for purchase in the online store (just $1 per manual, including shipping and handling!). The manual is also available for free download here. If your League is interested in receiving 10 or more copies, please email Allison O’Flinn at aoflinn@lwv.org.

Elections: LWVUS Denounces DOJ Decision (NEW)
Earlier this month the U.S. Department of Justice gave approval to the state of Georgia, allowing them to implement their new law that would require individuals to prove their citizenship when registering to vote. The League of Women Voters has been fighting such laws across the country and believes that this new law could disenfranchise thousands of citizens by creating insurmountable barriers to voting. Read the LWVUS response here.

Fair Judiciary: Law Day Press Template Available (NEW)
Law Day is May 1st. It celebrates the impact of law in our history and its continued significance today. Customize and use this Law Day Press Template to educate your community on law’s impact on our democracy and the League’s impact on your community! 

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ADVOCACY

League Expresses Concern Regarding Federal Budget (NEW)
League President Elisabeth MacNamara sent a letter to Senators urging them to carefully contemplate the underlying equity and policy decisions that are reflected in the budget. The LWVUS Lobby Corps members have been visiting Senate offices with the League's message.

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MEMBERSHIP & LEADERSHIP

Did You Miss the Webinar on LWV Studies? (NEW)
The very popular and informative LWV Studies Webinar, conducted by LWVUS Board members Peggy Hill and Janis McMillen, is now available online. Other archived sessions on a range of topics from planning your annual meeting to understanding nonpartisanship also are available in the League’s Webinar Library.

Update Your League’s Officers and Dues Rates Today!
Please update your new officers’ information in the LWVUS database to ensure new leaders do not miss communications from your state and the LWVUS. Remember to record your League's dues rate by following the instructions to UPDATE LEAGUE officers. Find instructions on how to make these changes here. If you have any questions or need help, contact Betty Taira.

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OTHER

LWVUS Annual Telemarketing Outreach Program Runs April 19 to May 20
The LWVUS Development Office wants to alert League leaders that the LWVUS annual telemarketing outreach program runs from April 19 to May 20, 2011. During this campaign, national donors, as well as those local members who contribute to the LWVUS, are contacted by phone with a request for support. In addition, local members who are lapsed more than 24 months will be contacted. They will be given the opportunity to renew membership with their local League. Questions should be directed to Rose Simmons at rsimmons@lwv.org.

Is Your Retirement Plan Up for Double Taxation? (NEW)
Did you know that many retirement plan assets, like IRAs, face double taxation when they’re paid out to your heirs as part of your estate?  That’s because assets in retirement plans funded with pretax dollars are considered "income in respect of a decedent."  So, not only might estate taxes take a bite out of the amount left to your heirs, but your heirs will have to pay income tax on the amount as well! If you’re in a position to do so, you might consider instead leaving your retirement plan assets as a charitable gift to the League of Women Voters Education Fund. Your gift will provide much needed support for the League’s work and reduce the tax burdens on your heirs. We recommend that you first consult your estate planning advisor, then contact the retirement plan administrator about your decision.  It might just be a matter of signing new beneficiary forms. For more information on this and other planned giving opportunities, please contact the League at 202-263-1355 or plannedgiving@lwv.org.


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