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Dear League Leaders,
Your National Board will be engaging in a retreat in the beginning of August. I am looking forward to it. Is your League having a retreat too?
Working in the League of Women Voters should be challenging, educational, stimulating, rewarding, and most of all—FUN! Sometimes boards get so involved with day-to-day operation that they forget this. The "retreat" was developed to give boards an opportunity to get away from it all, look at themselves from the outside and come to terms with the changing role of volunteers in the League today.
At a retreat:
Leagues talk about:
League Policies and Procedures
Use the “Annual Checkup for Local or State Leagues” to start off a board retreat or board orientation. Discuss answers to evaluate the local League activities.
Prepare cards with phrases on them such as Doing it the League Way, Flexible Meeting Schedule, Creating Inclusion, Seeking Change, Diversity, Board Tenure, Growing Membership, and Growing Financially. Pair off the board members, have them look at the card and tell what the phrase means to each of them. Then show the card to the group for further discussion. The board can decide if any of the subjects will be integral to their planning.
If the board or, group of members, is new to League, an exercise similar to that above might use basic League terms chosen from the “Glossary.” This is a good way to learn “League Lingo” and the processes unique to the League.
Most of all, feel free to call me at any time if you need more guidance or resources.
If you have any ideas for trainings, workshops or webinars in the coming year, please let me know offline!