Every two years state and local Leagues and ILO’s participate in the LWVUS Program Planning process by making recommendations concerning program issues – this is one of the ways we remain a grassroots organization.  This biennium, the LWVUS Program Planning Committee is chaired by LWVUS Board member Pat Donath and includes Advocacy Chair Toni Larson and Education Fund Chair Karen Nicholson.  Should you have questions about program planning and the process, you may contact Pat Donath or progplan@lwv.org.

The Program Planning process is an important League tool for identifying issues for study, review and update, and/or concurrence.  It gives members and Leagues the opportunity to balance the pros and cons, assess possible support, and consider the viability of issues. During the process, members have the opportunity - especially with email and forums - to organize support based on factual materials before the Program Planning reporting deadline of March 1, 2014.

Waiting to gather support for issues at Convention often results in limited discussion and incomplete information. Furthermore, raising issues at Convention instead of through the Program Planning process dilutes the voices of Leagues that do participate in the process.

We’re also asking Leagues to let us know what LWVUS positions, if any, your local or state League or ILO has used in your work in the community.  The response form will include a section where you can provide that information.