Here are the excuses. Here are the answers. Scott Britton gets the prize! I hope you will all be at Convention!

  • I'm involved with other activities

The League’s support of transparent information and open dialogue helps strengthen the work of all other issue-oriented organizations. Your support of the League is-- in other words-- yet another way to support those other organizations with which you are already involved.

While we always like to see real active involvement, everyone understands busy schedules. So while of course you can be as active in attending Saturday morning and other General Membership meetings as you’d like, there’s no mandatory attendance. Showing your support through membership allows the work of candidate info, debate sponsorship, issue oversight, government transparency support, etc. to continue.

That is great that you are already doing good things with other groups. If you join us, we will keep you informed about many issues, and, if you read something that you would like to help with, great. Just being aware is really important. And, just being a member, helps the League by increasing our influence on issues.

*That's great. Many of our members bring connections with other organizations, and we've used those connections to form excellent community partnerships.

When someone says they don't have time for another organization, I just smile really big and say "That's ok. We'll take your membership dues, anyway if you don't have time to be active." I've gotten several members that way who are then financial supports at various fund raising times, also.

Not all of our members are active, but you can still support the LWV with your membership.

You can keep informed with our website and e-VOTER newsletter.

Your support of the LWV makes our voice stronger, even if you can't be active.

  • No time for another organization

That is great that you are already doing good things with other groups. If you join us, we will keep you informed about many issues, and, if you read something that you would like to help with, great. Just being aware is really important. And, just being a member, helps the League by increasing our influence on issues.

You can be as involved as you want with the League. Some of our members contribute because they believe in our nonpartisan mission; others may only show up at one meeting a year; some are members for years before they get involved on a committee or with an issue. Do you have 10 minutes a week to give us? You could respond to an action alert in 10 minutes by e-mailing your elected officials. How about an hour a week? You could staff a voter registration table during election season. Two hours? Attend our next public forum or candidate debate.

Our Voter newsletter keeps you informed.

  • Costs too much

We would be happy to accept any sized donation, which by the way, is tax deductable. And, if you have some time to give, we can always use the help.

When you join the League, you are joining three organizations in one: local, state, and national. The dues are much more reasonable than for most business networks, sorority/fraternity organizations, and professional associations. Plus we have a sliding scale for people living on fixed incomes.

I'll find someone to sponsor you for the rest.

Actually, dues haven’t been raised since ___. The local LWVNO chapter has really stretched revenue and cut costs to keep dues as low as possible. And of course the benefits to the community make dues cheap at even double or triple the current cost, wouldn’t you say? (E.g., the single tax assessor advocacy should save the City millions of dollars and let the millage rate be lowered considerably, making us more attractive in business recruitment. That’s a great return on dollar investment supported through $60 a year)

  • Family responsibilities keep me from joining

That is great that you are already doing good things with other groups. If you join us, we will keep you informed about many issues, and, if you read something that you would like to help with, great. Just being aware is really important. And, just being a member, helps the League by increasing our influence on issues.

I stay involved in part because of my family. The League allows me to advocate for quality schools for my son, and for democratic reforms that will ensure he grows up knowing that we all play our part in holding government accountable.

Supporting LWV is a real “pro-family” opportunity.

  • Business requires all of my time

That is great that you are already doing good things with other groups. If you join us, we will keep you informed about many issues, and, if you read something that you would like to help with, great. Just being aware is really important. And, just being a member, helps the League by increasing our influence on issues.

The League is a great networking opportunity. We have members with ties to state and local government, small business, education, and many other fields. I know many League members who owe their jobs to their League network.

Supporting LWV is a real “pro-business” opportunity

  • I am away for the winter

No problem, enjoy your winter vacation and stay current by with The Voter and monitoring us via the web. We look forward to your return in the spring.

We'll keep you up to date while you're away, and we can even help you find a local League where you live in the winter in case you want to stay active there.

No matter where you are, the work of the League continues and you can support the Chapter 12 months a year even while away, simply with the annual membership investment.

  • My mom belonged to the League they are all old women.

This is a myth as we have younger folks joining all the time. And, not only women, but some of our active members are men, so we welcome all. But, we certainly are looking for younger people to get involved, so please join us, and bring along some of your friends. This is a great way for folks to start to get involved in community service. Those old women are all dedicated, knowledgeable and work hard.

We have a mix of women and men of all ages.

While our demographics may skew toward older women, I've found that the League remains a diverse organization -- in terms of age, race, and political philosophy. There are two men and four people under 40 on our local League board of trustees, for example.

There are incredible opportunities for professional and personal development available to people of all ages through the League. But younger members will particularly find great opportunities to grow themselves, their community, and the League

And it’s not THAT much time or money.

I wouldn't have a response for any of them except "we're not THAT old!"