Good Evening. I am NAME AND TITLE (e.g. Marcia Merrins member of the LWV Chautauqua County and director on the national level of the League). I am moderator with Judy Reynolds for this evening’s Meet the Candidates Forum.
Today I chatted with a president from a local League in Virginia about a new member orientation she was planning for November. My discussion with her prompted some thoughts. I am sure you can share yours ideas on this discussion list too!
Integrate the member as soon as possible into the League process.
Call the member to welcome him/her. Having the president call is veryeffective.
The Making Democracy Work (MDW) Award is an excellent tool for use during the League of Women Voters 90th anniversary year, as well as future annual events. The MDW Award program is designed to both highlight the value of membership to potential League members and to increase the visibility of the League’s contributions to the community.
as formulated at Pocantico Redistricting Conference July 2009
The statement below was agreed upon by attendees of the Pocantico Redistricting Conference on July 22-24, 2009. Additional organizations and individuals have signed on as well. All signatories are listed below. The essential principles are:
This is the time of year when we are out and about...especially in climates that have snowy winters...like mine! Even though "League" may be far from your mind, it is important to take advantage of summer socializing and "sell" the League. Membership recruitment is every member's main contribution for sustaining your League.
The "sale" hinges on you and your communication ability.
We are coming into the time of year when we are very visible. Leagues are engaged in summer visibility activities (perhaps a celebration on August 26th for the passage of the 19th amendment, staffing a table at a festival or marching in a parade). They are also planning their educational programming and voter service activities.
Now is a good time to think about our members...the heart of our League.
Ever had a "great" idea for your League and tried it, only to find that it didn’t work? How many times do we hear from experienced board members, that "We've tried that and it didn't work." Have you tried to never have a "great" idea since that fiasco?
The League of Women Voters has hosted delegations of Russians in the United States as part of the Open World Leadership Center (OWLC) since 2005. From May 11th - May 23rd, 2009, a League delegation traveled throughout Russia to the cities of Moscow, Kaluga, and St. Petersburg to visit with local partners and with twenty three former participants of the hosting program.