In This Issue:
TODAY: May 12, 1820 – Birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing
- President’s Message: Empowering the Voters of Tomorrow (NEW)
- League Continues Clean Air Defense Project (NEW)
MEMBERSHIP & LEADERSHIP
- Looking for Basics on Running Your League? (NEW)
- Remember to Update Your League’s Officers
EDUCATION FUND (Elections; Global Democracy)
- Elections: Redistricting Posters Available (NEW)
- Global Democracy: LWVUS Deputy Executive Director to Present Paper in Cuba (NEW)
- Global Democracy: Civic Hosting of Leaders from Eurasia Update (New)
- LWVUS Annual Telemarketing Outreach Program Runs April 19 to May 20
- Do You Need to Update Your Will?
Dear League Leader:
Last week I closed my message evoking the “Power of the Voter.” I’d like to continue in that vein today and turn the spotlight on our work in empowering voters of all ages and from all walks of life through our core election priorities: voter registration, voter education and voter participation. Today, let’s begin with voter registration, in particular.
I wish all of you could have been present to witness the exciting, strategizing event with other stakeholders that the League sponsored in mid-April. During two energizing days of presentations and discussions, we focused on how all of us could work together to help high school students become more engaged in our democracy by taking the steps to register and vote. Why high school? Because: Our goal is to build a more diverse and representative electorate, and often high school is the last opportunity to reach the largest number of diverse youth, especially those who are not likely to go to college.
To top things off, I was so excited to observe what happens when our Leagues are in action and working together: The LWV Education Fund and local Leagues collaborated on the 2010 High School Registration Project, a first-of-its-kind research and field program. This challenging joint effort led to the publication of Empowering the Voters of Tomorrow. This comprehensive step-by-step guide provides Leagues with field-tested tips and a range of planning, training and outreach tools.
I strongly urge Leagues to use this superb manual and undertake high school voter registration activities. Copies are available for purchase on the online store ($1/manual, s/h included!) or for free download here. If a League is interested in receiving 10 or more copies, please email Allison O’Flinn at email@example.com.
Let’s roll up our sleeves again and do what we do best, making democracy work!
In League and proud of it,
League Continues Clean Air Defense Project (NEW)
In the past two weeks the League has called attention to votes by Senator Scott Brown (R-MA) and Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) that blocked new air pollution standards. Accountability ads call on both Senators to “protect the people, not the polluters.” The ads also can be viewed at www.peoplenotpolluters.org. Among the letters-to-the-editor that have been published is one from Dr. Douglas C. Johnson, a Massachusetts pulmonary physician, who wrote to The Boston Herald saying, “…LWV should be applauded for asking that Brown protect the people, not the polluters, and for presenting the truth about his disregard for the health of 134,000 Massachusetts children with asthma.” Today The Boston Globe published a front page article quoting Elisabeth MacNamara and LWVUS Board Members Judy Davis and Janis McMillen. This effort has made an impact on this vital public health issue and raised the importance of protecting clean air.
MEMBERSHIP & LEADERSHIP
Looking for Basics on Running Your League? (NEW)
You can find information on the basics of operating your League in the “For Members” section of the LWVUS website, under “Tool for Leaders.” This includes information based on your leadership position and “Essential League References” for all. Find out about bylaws and policies here, and access the publication League Basics here.
Remember to Update Your League’s Officers
With convention and annual meeting season upon us, make sure new leaders do not miss communications from your state and the LWVUS. Please update your new officers’ information in the LWVUS database. If you need assistance, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or review the online database manual here.
EDUCATION FUND (Elections; Global Democracy)
Elections: Redistricting Posters Available (NEW)
The Brennan Center has released “Know Your Lines”, an informative fold-out poster that explains the redistricting process, its importance, and how community organizations and groups like the League can best influence the process. Free copies of the poster are available in limited quantities. Order yours today and use it to inform your membership, showcase the importance of redistricting at an upcoming public event, plan your redistricting advocacy strategy and/or educate media in your area.
Global Democracy: LWVUS Deputy Executive Director to Present Paper in Cuba (NEW)
Next week, LWVUS Deputy Executive Director and Senior Director of Global Democracy programs Zaida Arguedas is presenting a paper on “Women in the Americas: Sharing Experiences” at the VIII International Conference, “Women in the Twenty-First Century,” in Havana, Cuba.
Global Democracy: Civic Hosting of Leaders from Eurasia Update (New)
This week, the Global Democracy Program is excited to host delegations of municipal leaders from Azerbaijan under the theme of “Accountable Governance”. The Leagues of Door County (WI) and Baltimore County (MD) will be providing Azeri leaders with a unique look at American life and culture, including meetings with county officials and visits to local nonprofits. The national office was pleased to host Baltimore League members and Azeri delegates for an informal lunch and gathering. Don’t forget to ‘Like’ LWV of Door County on Facebook to follow delegates’ activities throughout the week!
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 email@example.com.
Do You Need to Update Your Will?
Have you moved? Had a child? Gotten married recently? 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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