League of Women Voters of the United States Board of Directors

Board Meeting

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Marriott Metro Center

Washington, DC




Board Present

Elisabeth MacNamara

Peggy Appler

carolyn Brown

Patricia Donath

Mary Klenz

Toni Larson

Janis McMillen

Karen Nicholson

Anne Schink

Norman Turrill

Linda Wassenich

Susan Wilson


Staff Members Present

Nancy Tate

Zaida Arguedas

Greg Leatherwood



MacNamara called to order an Executive Session of the Board at 8:30.


Performance Goals


MacNamara explained the performance review process for the Executive Director.


Wilson moved that the performance goals for FY 2012-13 for the Executive Director be accepted.

Seconded. Passed.


MacNamara called the Board into regular session at 8:41.




Discussion: The minutes should be amended under “Financial Report” to change the word “approved” to



Donath moved that the minutes of the June 8, 2012 meeting of the LWVUS Board be accepted as amended. Seconded. Passed.


Donath moved that the minutes of the June 12, 2012 meeting of the LWVUS Board be accepted as presented. Seconded. Passed.




Donath moved that the financial report of the LWVUS dated June 30, 2012 be accepted and placed on file. Seconded. Passed.


President’s Report


MacNamara gave a short report on her activities since Convention and the June Board meeting.




Larson moved that the Board appoint Judy Schachter (NJ) and Elizabeth Santeramo (NJ) as unbudgeted UN Observer alternates. Seconded. Passed.


Larson reported on the activities of the Campaign Finance Task Force. She explained that the three main thrusts of its work are the issue of a Constitutional Amendment, creation of a toolkit for Leagues, and messaging.  Other items, like providing a short history of campaign finance reform efforts and advising Leagues on how to respond to requests related to endorsing a Constitutional Amendment, will also be addressed.




Schink moved that the Board accept the Organization Services report for the period dated July 1, 2012

– July 27, 2012. This includes only one item, a name change for the LWV Cedar Rapids – Marion to LWV

of Levin County.  Seconded. Passed.




Tate and MacNamara summarized the problems caused by Leagues not using the approved League name and/or logo. The Governance Committee will be responsible for seeing that a letter to Leagues on this subject is prepared soon. A conference call with the LWVUS lawyer will be scheduled for August 8.


McMillen indicated that questions raised about the new policy on Convention caucuses will be discussed at the October Board meeting.




MacNamara and Wassenich talked about the importance of giving by Board members. Pledge forms were distributed.


Guidance to the Board


McMillen gave an overview of how the process for preparing responses will work. She will have the main role of organizing the comments, getting responses drafted, and reviewing them for consistency. Appler, Klenz, Turrill and Wilson agreed to help. Board members will send the replies directly to those who made the comments. The staff will post all responses on the website.




Arguedas explained such administrative issues as reimbursements and conflict of interest forms. The conflict of interest forms were distributed, since all Board members and several senior staff members are required to complete the form each year.


MacNamara adjourned the meeting at 11:05 a.m.

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