2015 Shur Fellows

Not even six inches of new snow that temporarily closed the airport in Baltimore could stop the League’s Ruth S. Shur Fellows from coming together last weekend for training in Membership and Leadership Development (MLD). The 6th annual Ruth S. Shur Leadership Institute trained the Fellows in new techniques to support state and local Leagues in their efforts to engage with their communities and attract new volunteers to the League.

The 26 Shur Fellows are an elite group of League members from every corner of the country and each represent a different League experience; some with over 30 years in the League and others are new to League – all bringing with them new and different perspectives on the League. It is this combination of varied experiences that helps make the Shur Fellows such a tremendous resource to the organization.

The three-day training focused on how to equip Leagues to tackle the challenges of the changing landscape of the civic environment to ensure that the League remains at the forefront of the fight to protect our democracy. Coaches also spent time conferring with LWVUS President Elisabeth MacNamara and national board members Anne Schink and Anita Loch, strengthening communication between the national board and the Leagues in the MLD program.

With the training coinciding with two major milestones – the 50th anniversary of the pivotal civil rights march in Selma on Saturday and International Women’s Day on Sunday, Fellows were reminded about how vital the League’s role is in combating the challenges that still face our democracy. As MacNamara told participants when speaking of the League’s 95th anniversary, “It seems there could be no more opportune time, as we are celebrating our past, to really, once and for all, embrace the future.”

The Shur Fellows left the training enthusiastic about what they can and will do to help strengthen the League at all levels to have an even greater impact on our democracy as we move to our 100th anniversary and beyond.


Through the MLD program, the League is becoming more effective and more powerful in communities throughout the nation. Watch this short video to learn more.

The MLD program is funded by the Fund for Local League Growth. Give to the fund and help grow the League in your community.

The League of Women Voters is celebrating 95 years of Making Democracy Work® at every level of government. In 1920, the League was founded as an outgrowth of the movement that secured women the right to vote to help new voters engage with their government. Today, the League empowers all voters to improve their local, state and national government. Learn more about the League of Women Voters and join our celebration!