The League and coalition partners sent a letter to the Senate urging them to oppose S. 1786, which would block the EPA’s ability to clean-up life-threatening toxic air pollution.

United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510

Dear Senator:

Every community has topics of interest that are unique and important to its citizens. What are the challenges that face your community today? What is the hot button issue that everyone is talking about at local government meetings? Consider using the “Hot Topics” Lunch as a venue to discuss these timely issues, while also bringing a spotlight to the League and its work.

Think back to when you first joined the League. Were you familiar with League lingo? Did you know everyone at the meeting? We all know that first impressions mean a lot. Creating positive initial experiences of new and potential members—and new and potential leaders— is crucial to the success of the League in recruiting and retaining members and developing new leaders.

Being welcoming should be a priority for every League before, during and at each event. Engage all individuals, including non-members, members and leaders.

The LWV Making Democracy Work Award is a signature award program. This is a visibility mechanism. It is a way to get media attention and provide your League with an opportunity to talk about its good work.

These recommendations are meant to be a guide, not a mandate. We know that “one size does not fit all.” You know your community, your League members and what will succeed in your area. This guide is offered as a resource; it is not meant to limit creative approaches or interfere with existing successful programs.

Leagues should examine how they welcome potential members and new members. This sounds very simple, but it is a critical piece to recruitment and retention. Think back to when you first joined the League – Were you familiar with League lingo? Did you know everyone at the meeting? We all know that first impressions mean a lot, so make the initial experiences of new and potential members great ones. Make individuals feel welcome and eager to join.

Leagues who have used the membership recruitment best practices have reported that one of the key components of their success is being more visible in their communities.

By having a consistent presence in the public eye, Leagues are able to reinforce the value of membership in the organization and debunk the myth that we are an elections-time only organization.

Under a contract with Democracy International (DI) the League will advise DI-Bangladesh on different activities that will be created to demonstrate to party leaders the value of increasing their share of women’s voters and of supporting and backing women candidates. To accomplish this goal DI-Bangladesh will create seven Women’s Centers that will undertake outreach,  training, and create a women’s awareness program to enhance the Centers’ work.

In 2011 the League of Women Voters, in partnership with the Leagues of St. Paul, MN; Baltimore County, MD; White Bear Lake Area, MN and Door County, WI organized hosting programs on the theme of Accountable Governance with subthemes on Municipal Governance, Elections, and Media and Participatory Government. During the year 24 visitors from Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Tajikistan were hosted for one week of intense programming on the themes.

Sample Questions: Debates/Voters' Guides


• In this time of high unemployment, what are the most important things that should be done to improve our nation’s economy?

• What should the federal government do about the growing economic disparity between the poor, the middle class and the wealthy?

• What do you believe the federal government should do to limit the impact of global climate change?

LWVUS/LWVEF Mission Statement and Core Values

The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

Vision, Beliefs and Intentions

The goal of the League of Women Voters is to empower citizens to shape better communities worldwide.