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.

One way to retain members is to engage them in your League. This may be the time of year to encourage members to get involved whether they chair a committee stuff envelopes.

Here is a sample of a survey that may help you (and them) identify interests, skills and other informa­tion to customize your activities and jobs. It is a page that can be folded and mailed back to you!

League of Women Voters of YOUR LEAGUE - MEMBER PROFILE

Please complete and return.

Name: Date:



Healthy Leagues usually welcome any kind of outside help. However, some presidents may feel that their boards do not need training, that they can handle it themselves, or that they simply do not have the time. Ironically, boards have spent so much time coddling their boards with words like “they’re just volunteers, we can’t ask them to do that,” that we have failed to realize a critical error in that thinking. And in a strong League, that training is ongoing, just as it is in the corporate world.

LVW Climate Change Taskforce
Chad A. Tolman, lead writer

By Eleanor Revelle (LWVIL and LWVUS Climate Change Task Force Member)

Reform Groups Strongly Praise President Obama’s Government Integrity Reform Measures during First Hundred Days

Statement Issued by Common Cause, Democracy 21, League of Women Voters, Public Citizen and U.S. PIRG

Many of you are seasoned League leaders and probably know everything there is to know about running the business part of your annual meeting. When I was a new president, I found a script for the annual meeting which proved to be so helpful. To save you time and worry I've included a sample script below.

Some of you may be leaving the presidency and I hope you will continue to use your hard learned skills and talents to benefit this remarkable organization.

Some of you will be transitioning from member to leader. In some ways leadership is like swimming-- there are a few who are 'naturals' and a few who struggle to be able to do it at all, but the vast majority with a little training, thought, encouragement and experience, can make a reasonable go at it.

2007-2008 Annual Report

The 2007-2008 Annual Report of the League of Women Voters of the United States and its Education Fund provides a financial report on the fiscal year of July 1, 2007 -June 30, 2008. For the historical presidential election year, the narrative report on our activities extends through Election Day, November 4, 2008.