Any League member who has a passion for and interest in building the League and mentoring League leaders may apply to become a Ruth S. Shur Fellow. Current members of the LWVUS Board or currently sitting State League Presidents may not apply for this position. Please note that being a Ruth S. Shur Fellow is a two-year commitment; League members who would like to pursue being an LWVUS Board member or State President in the next two years should not apply for this position.
The Young People's Task Force (YPTF) was created as a collaborative effort between LWVUS President Elisabeth MacNamara and LWVUS staff in response to Leagues’ desire to attract the next generation of League leaders. This document is the first in a series of pieces that the Task Force has created to help Leagues understand this important demographic and the ways in which young people can help invigorate the League.
All 50 states and the District of Columbia have been invited to receive coaching from the Ruth S. Shur Fellows national coaching team and participate in the succesful membership and leadership development program (based on the successful Membership Recruitment Initiative). The Fellows mentor and develop relationships with state coaching teams who, in turn, coach local Leagues in best practices to recruit new members, gain visibility in the community, and develop new leaders.
The national League board has created a listing of best practices as a way of sharing techniques for running your League successfully. The list is meant to be a reference for organization and planning. For more information on League best practices contact the LWVUS membership team.