March 1 Deadlines Fast Approaching!

There are a number of deadlines relating to Convention that are fast approaching, including Program Planning, Bylaw Amendments, and Award applications.  Visit the Convention 2014 area for more information.

Big News!!

The updated Member Resources site is coming soon – very soon! The Forums site will be unavailable today, February 19th, as the content of both the Members Area and the Forums websites are merged into one, integrated Member Resources site. The whole process will take several hours with the site re-opening on Thursday, February 20, 2014.

  • If you would like to download a PDF copy of League Basics, please click more. If you prefer to read League Basics on the web, click on League Essentials, then click Basics and choose League Basics.
  • The Management Team has four or more persons doing the work as listed under the Traditional Presidency. Leagues that use this model often have the rest of the board follow the traditional model: one or more vice-presidents, a secretary and treasurer, or secretary/treasurer, and a pre-determined number of elected and appointed directors.

    Learn more about running a successful management team here.

  • Book page

    League Basics

    League Basics contains essential policy and organizational information applicable to every local and state League. League Basics offers advice, guidelines and more detailed information to help leaders develop specific methods of operation to enable a League to accomplish its goals.

  • Utah League members with Shur Fellow, Haley Richards

    EDITORIAL NOTE: This guest blog post was written by Haley Richards, a Ruth. S. Shur Fellow and a member of the League of Women Voters of Pensacola Bay Area.

  • Spring 2013:

    Nominating Committee begins outreach to League leaders across the country to solicit nominations for LWVUS Board and Nominating Committee.

    LWVUS Board Members and Nominating Committee members attend League conventions where possible to meet and observe League leaders.

    June 2013:

    Nominating Committee participates in LWVUS Council to report on progress and to solicit nominations.

    Summer – Fall 2013:

    Continue contact with League leaders to solicit nominations.

  • How long is the LWVUS Board or Nominating Committee term?

    Officers, directors, and Nominating Committee members are elected at Convention for a two-year term.


    When and where does the LWVUS Board meet?

  • A good orientation informs board members about the League, acquaints them with one another, and builds a sense of total board responsibility. New board members gain confidence in carrying out their responsibilities and learn policies and procedures expected of board members. It is a time for the board to begin to build their team as they get to know each other better. Local League boards may conduct their own orientation sessions, call on seasoned local League leaders to facilitate, request state League assistance, or in some states, participate in sessions planned on a regular schedule. Similarly, a state board can ask the national board for facilitator assistance. Alternatively, some Leagues hire consultants to present leadership development sessions or to facilitate discussions to restructure their boards or set priorities during board training or retreats.

    Whatever the design, the board's basic orientation session should be scheduled as soon as possible after the new board is elected.

  • Shur Fellows, April 2013

    To be honest, I really wasn’t sure what to expect when I headed to the 4th annual Ruth S. Shur Leadership Institute last Thursday. The Leadership Institute is a three day training program for 28 exceptional League leaders selected to act as national coaches for the Membership and Leadership Development (MLD) Program.

  • Catherine Sorge (New Jersey Coach), Ruth Gormanns (LWV of Fair Lawn), Ilene Kahn (LWV of Fair Lawn), and Sara Sanders (LWVUS staff)

    At our Membership and Leadership Development (MLD) Program trainings, where we partner with local and state Leagues to grow and strengthen the League nationwide, we always finish up with a quick discussion about change.