Pillars of a Successful League
Membership Moment #3-- Spicing Up Candidates Debates
Posted: July 11, 2008
Is your League planning candidates' debates or forums this fall? Spice it up! Make your candidates night something special. Who said it has to be a group of politicians giving lengthy talks? Invite a high school band that welcomes folks with patriotic music as they arrive.
Ask a high school student to be one of the panelists asking questions. Decorate with red, white and blue crepe paper streamers. Add balloons. Give away League pencils so audience members can keep a "scorecard" on the responses from the candidates. (Provide the scorecard.)
The League CAN have a good time!
Tip: Don't forget to include an invitation to join the League in the moderator's opening remarks.
Here's a sample:
"The League of Women Voters is a trusted, nonpartisan political organization. Our members do the hands-on work to safeguard democracy. While we never endorse a candidate, we are directly involved in shaping the important issues to keep our community strong. As an LWV member, I have the opportunity to contribute in a leadership role (such as this one) that has a great impact on local, state and even national issues. If you are interested in learning about how you can make a similar impact, I would encourage you to pick up some of the League's information available here tonight or visit our web site at lwvyourleague.org."