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A calendar is an essential planning tool that helps League leaders articulate their important work; enlist the help of others in accomplishing the work; and plan effectively to carry out their goals and priorities. It is a guide to League activities that is flexible enough to allow for changes during the course of the year.
Developing a calendar helps League leaders think about what they hope to accomplish during the year and the steps they will take to achieve those goals. It helps them to organize the year's work to make sure the responsibilities for carrying it out are shared. A good plan illustrates the value of the League and attracts new members. Printing the calendar in your newsletter and on the website also encourages members and prospective members to put League events on their own personal calendars and illustrates the variety of ways they can be active in the League.
Your leadership team should set your community outreach in motion by creating a calendar that includes at least 6 meetings annually (public and membership), such as; Voters Service activities like candidates forums; Public forums to educate citizens on important issues or on local government and services; and skill-building sessions to help members and others be more effective in their political and organizational work. Use the following section on “Events and Activities” to help you choose your events.
For calendar drafting ideas and a sample calendar see Appendix B Calendar Planning.