January 2017  Ohio League Leader Upd ates
 

Contents

1. Did you attend the Women's March in DC or local Sister Marches? 
Please share your photos 
& experiences! 

2. Congressional Redistricting Reform Campaign Update

3. Statehouse Day - Tue. March 7th - Register 
today!

4. State League Convention - May 5-7 in Cuyahoga Falls near Akron, OH - registration & hotel information

5. LWVO Board Nominations - Responses due Jan 31

6. LWVO Bylaws 
Committee request

7. Reminder: Primary Election Study consensus responses due Jan. 31

8. Reminder: State 
Program Planning responses due Feb. 24

9. February All-Member 
Call

10. Final Reminder from 
the LWVUS - All Roster Updates Due January 31

11. Announcement from the LWVUS - Grants Available: New Citizens Voter Registration, Applications Due Feb. 17

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1. Did you attend the Women's March in DC or local Sister Marches? 
Please share your photos & experiences!  Thank you to all of the League members and friends around the state who attended the Women's March in Washington, DC and local Sister Marches on January 21st! League of Women Voters was proud to be a part of this inspiring tour for preserving voting rights and the rights of women. Please share your Women's March photos and videos with us in our Facebook album here. To upload your own photos, click on the link and then on "+ add photos".

2. Congressional Redistricting Reform Campaign Update
On Wednesday, the Columbus Dispatch reported that state legislative leaders are ready for a "serious discussion."  Of course, voters have been waiting a long time while lawmakers talk. And talk.

Redistricting reform has been on the legislative agenda for more than 10 years.  Redistricting reform resolutions passed out of the Ohio Senate in 2009 and the Ohio House in 2010 and both chambers came together to put state legislative redistricting reform on the ballot in 2014.  The Legislative Branch and Executive Branch Committee of the Constitutional Modernization Commission have been exploring redistricting reform since July 2013.

Yesterday, the Dayton Daily News reported that Governor Kasich no longer intends to put congressional redistricting reform in the state budget.  His press secretary says that he is working with legislative leaders "to find the best path forward."

Rest assured, LWVO together with our partners in the Fair Districts = Fair Elections coalition remain committed to pushing Congressional redistricting reform. We welcome interest from the governor and legislature, but we can't afford to wait indefinitely. We'll keep you apprised of our plans to keep this issue moving forward and how you can take action.

Articles from the last few days: 
If you haven't already, please sign up for the Fair Districts coalition google group for email updates, and those on social media are encouraged to like the  Fair Districts = Fair Elections Facebook page  and follow  @OhFairDistricts  on Twitter.

Our next coalition meeting will be on Wednesday, February 1 at 2:00 pm at 35 E. Gay St., Suite 404, Columbus, Ohio 43215.Can't join us in-person?  Join us by phone by calling 203-680-8765.  No passcode required. 

3. Statehouse Day - Tue. March 7th - Register today!
Join us for LWV Ohio Statehouse Day on Tuesday, March 7, 2017. We will be hearing about important public policy issues directly from key policy-makers and experts, and will have the chance to ask them your questions.
Click here to register today!

When: Tuesday, March 7, 2017, 9:30 am - 4:00 pm -- with registration beginning at 8:30 am.

Where: Sheraton on Capitol Square, 75 East State Street, Columbus, OH 43215

You are welcome to join us for the entire day, a half day, or just for lunch. Meetings with legislators will be scheduled throughout the day upon request.

Registration Fees:
Registration is $45 for members, $50 for non-members, and $25 for students. Registration closes one week before the event, and a flat fee of $55 will apply to any walk-ins who are not registered. Online registration is now open. Click here to register.

Hotel Information:
If you prefer to drive in the night before, we have a discounted room rate at the Sheraton on Capitol Square (same hotel as the Statehouse Day event). We secured a discounted rate of $154/night for the night of Monday, March 6. Our rate is guaranteed until 2/12/17 and after that date based only on availability. Click here to make your room reservation.

Sponsorship Opportunities:
Sponsorship opportunities are available! Click here to learn more. Please contact the LWVO office at 614-469-1505 if you, your local League, another organization you belong to, or your business is interested in sponsoring this event. Due to our nonpartisan policy we cannot accept sponsorships from political parties, candidates, or campaigns.

Watch your email for future announcements about our exciting line-up of speakers.

4. State League Convention - May 5-7 in Cuyahoga Falls near Akron, OH - registration & hotel information
Join us for LWVO's 62nd State Convention! 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.  Click here to register today!

When: May 5-7, 2017

Where: Sheraton Suites Akron Cuyahoga Falls, 1989 Front St, Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44221

Registration Fees:
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
Special! $10 off for all 3 - $100

Please note: Registration closes on Friday, April 28. 

Hotel Information:
For the Sheraton Suites Cuyahoga Falls, where we are holding convention, there are two types of rooms available - a traditional suite with 2 double beds or one king plus a living room area with a pullout sofa, or a king multi-level suite with a king upstairs and living area with pullout sofa downstairs. The rate for traditional suite is $139 single occupancy, $139 double, $154 triple, and $169 quad. For the king multilevel the rate is $309 single, $309 double, $324 triple, $339 quad.

Please note: The cut-off date for reserving rooms in our room block is Monday, April 17. After that date, it's subject to availability.

Convention attendees must make their own reservations at the hotel. Guests can make reservations by going online here or by calling central reservations at 1-800-325-3535 and asking for League of Women Voters Room Block.

Please watch your email for additional Convention announcements.

5. LWVO Board Nominations - Responses due Jan. 31
In November 2016, the LWV Ohio Nominating Committee sent an invitation to League presidents, asking them to look around their League and recommend members they believe may be well-suited for the Board of Directors. We want to hear from you!  Do you know someone (perhaps yourself!) who would be capable and effective as a state board member?

It is vital that we have a strong board including League members from around the State with different skills and passions. In particular, we are looking for someone interested in serving as treasurer, to review financial reports prepared by our Executive Director and contract accountant to ensure we stay on budget. Service on the State Board is a wonderful opportunity to advance the work of the State League and meet and interact with fellow Leaguers around the State. 

Please complete this nominating form and return it to the LWV Ohio nominating committee at nominating@lwvohio.org by January, 31, 2017.

6. LWVO Bylaws Committee request
The Bylaws Committee welcomes your suggestions for possible changes to consider to the LWVO Bylaws. In December 2016, the state League Bylaws Committee sent an invitation to local League presidents to review and suggest changes to the current state League bylaws. The deadline to submit suggestions is January 31, 2017. Suggestions can be submitted using this Google form. Proposed changes will be discussed and voted on at the state convention in May.

7. Reminder: Primary Election Systems (PES) Study consensus responses due Jan. 31
The PES Study Guide and Consensus questions were sent to local Leagues in September. Responses are due no later than January 31, 2017. Leagues are asked to submit their responses using this online consensus question response form here.

As a reminder, the PES Study Guide, Consensus Questions, and supplemental materials are available on the LWVO website here.

8. Reminder: State Program Planning responses due Feb. 24
2017 is a state convention year which means it is state program planning time. The Program Planning process lets local Leagues review League positions and recommend changes. Program Planning meeting responses will be due back to the state League no later than February 24, 2017.

Program Planning Packets are available on the state League website here. We will be reviewing LWV Ohio positions, which are online here. LWVUS positions are available online here.

We are only reviewing state positions this year, not national positions. However, if your League is contemplating proposing a study or update, you may want to consult LWVUS positions to make sure that topic is not already covered. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the state office at 614-469-1505 or lwvoinfo@lwvohio.org.

9. February All-Member Call
Our February all-member conference call will be on Tuesday, February 7, 12-1 pm.

Topic: The Women's March on Washington - share your experiences, hear from League members who attended marches in DC and locally, and join us for a discussion about how to harness this energy to advocate for our positions going forward.

CALL-IN NUMBER: 866-740-1260
PIN NUMBER: 4691505#

The recording of the all-member call will be available following the call until the end of the month. Please note that the call recording is intended for LWV members and guests and therefore, should not be shared with anyone outside the League family. Thank you.

10. Final Reminder from the LWVUS - All Roster Updates Due January 31
Time is running out to update your League's membership roster! For assistance on working in the database you can download the user manual or contact rostersupport@lwv.org. Remember that your "official membership count" (i.e., the numbers in the database on January 31, 2017) will be used to determine your League's per member payment (PMP) for FY 2017-18.

11. Announcement from the LWVUS - Grants Available: New Citizens Voter Registration, Applications Due Feb. 17
The League of Women Voters Education Fund (LWVEF) is pleased to announce a 2017 New Citizens Voter Registration Project. As part of this project, LWVEF will award pass-through grants to state and local Leagues to undertake voter registration activities at naturalization ceremonies for new citizens. Applications are due February 17, 2017. To apply, please see the application guidelines here.

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