ADDRESS BY NEWLY-ELECTED LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF THE U.S. PRESIDENT ELISABETH MACNAMARA TO THE 51ST NATIONAL CONVENTION

DALLAS, TEXAS, JUNE 10, 2014

 

Thank you for your faith in me and in this team, but most of all, in the League and the future. We came into this Convention united and we are leaving this Convention united. United in our commitment to keep the League strong because together and united we have impact on the issues that matter to us and to our democracy.

At this Convention, we learned that from border to border and sea to sea our Leagues are growing, our voices are being heard, and our communities are stronger because the League is there! We learned that the face of America is changing. We looked around this Convention hall and saw that the faces of the League can change along with our country. That changing demographic in America and that changing demographic in the League has different needs that must be addressed.

Civic participation in our communities and in our organization is essential to meeting those needs but we can adapt to that changing environment by relying on our core values of nonpartisan grassroots consensus building which are after all the core values of our democracy. In the end, we are the ones we’ve been waiting for.

As always, at this Convention, we have given ourselves a big assignment. We have committed ourselves to going back home not afraid to get in the way of big moneyed interests on voting rights, campaign finance reform, redistricting  and climate change. We have committed ourselves to growing and strengthening the League by broadening our Membership and Leadership Development (MLD) network, strengthening our connections to each other in our digital new world, and embracing new systems to lighten our workload, attract new leaders and new members. We make this commitment because we are the League of Women Voters.

In just six years, we will look back on 100 years of making democracy work and I am confident when we meet at convention in 2020, we will be stronger, more diverse and more adaptive to our changing universe but we can never be more committed than we are now to each other, to our cause and to the League of Women Voters.