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.

LWVUS Media Tips: Maximize Your Visibility!

PRESS RELEASES AND MEDIA ADVISORIES

Gaining League Visibility Around Elections

Does your League deserve media attention this election season? YES! Are you unsure how to pitch your League's election activities to the press? Read these story ideas and alert your local media about the good work your League is doing. You can also email or fax them press releases about your activities. Remember to remind members of the press that the League of Women Voters is where hands-on work to safeguard democracy leads to civic improvement!

Your annual meeting should be an enjoyable social event as well as a business meeting. A catered or potluck meal is always fun, as are featured speakers, awards, skits and other
lighter activities. The meeting can also be a time to recruit new members by demonstrating how the League functions. Check resources on lwv.org to be sure you are prepared.

We have all heard said that ideas are worth a dime a dozen EXCEPT the one that works. After all an idea is just a thought, with no value until it is put into action. EXECUTING THE IDEA is the key to profiting from the idea, not the idea itself.

 

Leaders have noticed, myself included, when there are activities and action items we need to do but we don’t want to do them for whatever the reason, we seem to always “Yes, But!” to the solution. Our “Yes, Buts” paralyze us. I bet you know these "BUTS" and can even add a few!

Here are some typical scenarios:

 

I heard this quote this past weekend and thought it was terrific! You can make it easier on yourself by delegating! Look to your membership for assistance- not just board members. In order to "get a grip" on who will be the ones to tap on the shoulder, you have to know your members.

(Did you know that elected officials can be members!!!!!!)

Just as it is difficult to lead if you do not know where you are going, it is also difficult to lead if you do not know whom you are leading! Members break into four areas.

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