Opening Remarks from LWUVS President Elisabeth MacNamara

Good evening and welcome to Council 2011. We are very excited about this meeting because with this format and location, we are trying something new. This is the last year in which Council will have a business component – that is the budget to adopt.

One of the reasons that we proposed going to a biennial budget was to allow us to re-imagine this meeting in every possible way – from where we hold it, to who attends and what we accomplish. This format is the first step.

Please see below for a list of Council 2011 materials that can be downloaded for your information and use. For more information regarding materials, please contact Cheryl Graeve at


Below you'll find:

  • Presentation of the Budget
  • "What is Your Leadership Style?" presentation
  • Treasurer's Report
  • Nominating Committee's presentation.

Greetings from the Budget Committee!


The proposed LWVUS/EF budgets for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2011 and ending June 30, 2012 are available for download at the bottom of the page.  Delegates to Council will approve the LWVUS budget. The Board of Trustees will formally approve the LWVEF budget at its meeting immediately following Council. 

The League and coalition groups sent a letter to the White House expressing deep concern that the Environmental Protection Agency will not meet its commitment to propose long- overdue Clean Air Act standards limiting dangerous carbon pollution from new and existing power plants. The groups also asked the President to reaffirm the administration’s commitment to issue strong standards that significantly reduce carbon emissions from both new and existing power plants as the Clean Air Act requires.

Below are copies of the LWVUS IRS Form 990: Return of Organization Exempt From Income Tax for the years 2008-2009, 2009-2010, 2010-2011 and 2011-2012. Additionally, copies of the LWVUS consolidated audit reports are available for the following years:

By Donna Ewing, LWVWA

“DO A LITTLE, CHANGE A LOT” is a program1 to guide citizens of Northern Scotland in their efforts to reduce an individual’s or a family’s carbon footprint. An individual’s carbon footprint is defined as the amount of carbon a person generates per year through daily activities such as driving an automobile, doing laundry, showering and maintaining a comfortable indoor temperature.

The League of Women Voters of the United States joined the League of Women Voters of Texas in urging Attorney General Eric Holder to reject the congressional redistricting plan submitted by the state of Texas on the grounds that it would disenfranchise minority voters and is in clear violation of the landmark Voting Rights Act.



The Education Study scope is broad and includes the following areas under the role of the federal government in public education (preK through grade 12): the history, funding and equity issues which are addressed under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, and the common core standards/assessments which are required for many federal grant programs but are national, not federal. The culminating position will address only those issues delineated in the scope.