April 2017  Ohio League Leader Upd ates

1.   LWV Ohio State Convention is next week! 
- May 5-7


a. Deadline to Register 

is Friday, April 28 at 5pm


b. Speakers and Workshops for Convention Announced


c.  Convention Sponsorship 

Opportunities Still Available


d.   Has your League chosen delegates? Let LWVO know


2.  Fair Districts 

Campaign Updates


3.  Updates from 



a.  Annual Meeting 

Time: Ensure your Bylaws are Up-to-date


b.  Bylaws Review Available for State 



c.  Tips for Treasurers


4.   Roe Together:  Freedom of Choice Ohio  Statehouse Advocacy Day


5.  All-Member Conference Call for May Cancelled


1. LWV Ohio State Convention is next week! - May 5-7

a. Deadline to Register is Friday, April 28 at 5pm
State Convention is a wonderful time to come together in League, participate in dynamic workshops, share ideas and successes, plan for our League's future, catch up with old friends and make new ones.
Make a mini-vacation out of your trip to Convention and explore the beauty of Cuyahoga Valley National Park. The LWV of Akron Area Convention host committee has compiled local information, including driving directions, dinner arrangements for Friday evening, and activities nearby. Check it out at the  Convention page under "Things To Do in Akron/Cuyahoga Falls."

Click here to register today!

Registration rates are: Whole Weekend - $150, Saturday only - $100, Sunday only - $50

Meal Tickets: Friday Pre- Convention Meet and Greet - $35, Saturday Keynote Luncheon - $30, Saturday Keynote Dinner - $45, or bundle all 3 meals and get a $10 discount - pay only $100!

Please note that anyone registering after 5pm on Friday, April 28 will be subject to a $10 late fee.

b. Speakers and Workshops for Convention Announced
We are delighted to announce the final line-up of speakers and workshops for Convention. You can find the full schedule including timeslots here.

Saturday Keynote Lunch featuring LWVUS President Chris Carson -- Ms. Carson's talk "Back to the Future" will discuss the importance of nonpartisan advocacy and engagement in this political climate and her vision for the future of the League.

Saturday Keynote Dinner featuring Barbara A. Sykes, State Director for AARP Ohio -- Ms. Sykes will discuss the current debate over the future of the Affordable Care Act and its impact on Ohioans.

Remember lunch and dinner tickets are priced separately from convention registration, so please share this with any non-League members who might be interested. There will also be a FREE seating area for guests wishing to hear the speakers only and not have lunch or dinner.

We will also be offering these workshops:
  • From Non-Discrimination to Inclusion: One League's Journey
  • Citizens' Climate Lobby: Activating Ordinary Citizens for Climate Solutions
  • Fact or Fake? News Literacy in the Post Truth Era
  • So You're Thinking About Running for Office - Campaign 101
  • Common Sense and Climate Change Mitigation
  • Engaging New Members
  • The Civility Project
  • Where Have All the Voters Gone?
  • Fair Districts Training
c. Support the League's work & promote your cause or organization -- Convention Sponsorship Opportunities Still Available

Have you, your local League, your association, organization or business considered being a sponsor of LWVO Convention? You should. Event sponsorship is a great way to support LWV's work to educate and engage voters on issues central to our democracy. In return, we offer public recognition and great visibility.

We have a variety of sponsorship packages available - buy a table at the lunch or dinner, receive complimentary lunch or dinner tickets, or choose one of our premier signage options for extra visibility. Packages range from $100 to $5,000, ensuring there is an option for everyone.

The deadline to be a sponsor is  Monday, May 1.

Click here for more information about sponsor levels.

Please note that due to LWV Ohio's strict nonpartisan policy, we are unable to accept sponsorships from political parties or candidates.

d. Has your League chosen delegates? Let LWVO know
As soon as your League has finalized selection of your delegates for Convention, please notify the state office at lwvoinfo@lwvohio.org or (614) 469-1505.  Questions about how many delegates you may send?  Consult Article VIII, Section IV of the LWVO Bylaws here

2.  Fair Districts Campaign Updates
The last few months have been a time of rapid advancement for the Fair Districts campaign! We have finalized the legal language of the proposal, which you can view here.

Now we begin the multi-step process toward collecting signatures to place our Fair Congressional Districts for Ohio reform proposal on the ballot:
  1. The campaign committee must collect 1,000 signatures from qualified Ohio voters.
  2. Those signatures are submitted along with the proposed amendment to the Attorney General, who then has 10 days to review the proposal and determine whether the summary presented by the committee is true and accurate.
  3. After the Attorney General makes a determination on the amendment summary, the Secretary of State calls a meeting of the state Ballot Board. The Ballot Board then has 10 days to review the proposal to ensure it deals with no more than one issue and does not establish a commercial monopoly.
  4. Then the campaign committee can begin collecting the necessary signatures to qualify to appear on the ballot. We need to file a little over 300,000 signatures, including a minimum number in 44 of the 88 counties. In reality, that means we need to collect double that (600,000) to be safe.
The Fair Districts campaign filed the first 1,000 signatures on Monday, April 24, which gives Attorney General DeWine until May 4 to review the proposal summary. Read more about the filing here.
The campaign cannot begin collecting signatures until the Attorney General's office and Ballot Board make their decisions, but there are still ways to get involved now. Sign up to volunteer and get started building teams and fundraising so the campaign is ready as soon as petitions are printed. Attend one of our trainings across the state, including at LWVO Convention May 5-7. If you are part of a group that wants to get involved with the Fair Districts effort, get started by designating one person to serve as a liaison to the campaign and coordinate your group's efforts.

3. Updates from LWVUS


a.  Annual Meeting Time: Ensure your Bylaws are Up-to-date
2016 LWVUS National Convention delegates approved amendments to Article III, Section 2 of the bylaws pertaining to Types of Membership. Requirements around voting membership in League were changed. League policy requires consistency in the first three articles of the bylaws of all Leagues, and this memorandum explains how state and local Leagues and ILOs should amend their own bylaws to reflect those of LWVUS. Each League board should review and approve the language. If your League has not yet done this, annual meeting time is a great time to make these updates. Because this is a conforming amendment, it is not necessary to bring this issue to all members.
b.  Bylaws Review Available for State and Local Leagues
The LWVUS Governance Committee has discussed the importance of state and local Leagues to review and update their bylaws on a regular, if not annual, basis. The committee is able to provide guidance and suggestions in developing effective bylaws. Contact the LWV Ohio office if your local League would like guidance regarding bylaws.


  Tips for Treasurers
Does your League have a new treasurer? The Membership & Leadership Development (MLD) program offers this handy tip sheet for treasurers on good budget management for your League.
4. Roe Together: Freedom of Choice Ohio Statehouse Advocacy Day
The Freedom of Choice Ohio coalition, of which LWVO is a member and sponsor, is holding its annual Advocacy Day on May 3, 2017. This year, attendees will gather at the Statehouse to urge Governor Kasich and the legislature to respect Ohioans' reproductive rights, health and justice. Recently the legislature has passed and the Governor signed bills to ban abortion, defund family planning, and encourage the Ohio Department of Health to target abortion providers.
Attendees will learn more about the current threats to reproductive health care and a forthcoming proactive policy agenda. Armed with information and training, participants will engage their legislators to show that their constituents oppose abortion bans and attacks on funding.
5. All-Member Conference Call for May Cancelled
We will NOT be having an all-member conference call on the first Tuesday of May - May 2 - as that is primary election day for many counties in Ohio. Instead, we hope to see you at LWVO Convention later that week - Friday, May 5 through Sunday, May 7 - in Cuyahoga Falls.  
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