CALENDAR
Tuesday, April 23 "Driving Down Emissions: Massachusetts and the Regional Transportation and Climate Initiative" webinar, 4-5 p.m.
Tuesday, April 30 Deadline to submit Globe GRANT vouchers
Friday, June 7 - Saturday, June 8
LWVMA 2019 Convention
HAPPENING NOW
Convention 2019 Local League Checklist
 
Local Leagues should plan now to participate in the LWVMA Convention 2019: "100 Years: Looking Back, Moving Forward" at the Westford Regency Inn Friday and Saturday, June 7 and 8. Use the Checklist below to get your League ready for Convention!

Delegates:
All League members are welcome and encouraged to participate in Convention. Only official delegates from local Leagues and MAL units vote in the plenary sessions. Please check the delegate count for your League here and use this form to register your delegates. The League office will facilitate transferring delegate credentials from Leagues with delegate slots they aren't using to Leagues interested in sending more members than they have delegate slots. Please contact Brynne Gorman if you are interested in releasing delegates or need additional slots.

Overnight Accommodations at the Westford Regency:
Rooms for Friday night are available at the Westford Regency for $129 (plus tax), a special rate for LWVMA available until  May 8. To receive our special rate, you must call 978-692-8200 and ask for the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts Convention rate. You will not receive this rate if you book directly on the hotel's website or a third-party website.  

Local League Showcase:
During the Local League Showcase, each League will give a one-minute presentation of an event or initiative from the past two years. Be prepared to share your good ideas!

Local League Gifts:
Traditionally, local Leagues make donations to LWVMA at Convention. Please consider a donation, perhaps in honor or in memory of a special person in your League. At Convention, the names of contributing Leagues will be listed on a poster, so please return this form to the LWVMA office by May 20 if your League will be making a gift.

Local League Historical Pictures:
We are assembling a slideshow, past and present, from local Leagues. If your League would like to contribute, please email one historical photo and, if you wish, one current photo, to  Brynne Gorman.
 
Local League Sharing Table:
There will be a local League sharing table at Convention. If you have anything that you would like to share, please bring it along. We enjoy seeing what other Leagues are doing!

For more information and to register for Convention, please click here.
Guidelines for Working with Other Organizations
 
A heightened interest in civic activism has led to the emergence of new advocacy groups in our communities. These groups offer an excellent opportunity for collaboration and spreading the League's mission and message to a wider audience.
 
LWVMA has developed guidelines to help local Leagues work with other organizations. LWVMA recognizes that every community has its own culture and League history that local Leagues should also consider when making decisions about collaborations. The LWVMA Guidance for Local League Collaborations with Other Organizations is available on the LWVMA website under League Management.

If you have questions related to collaborating with non-League groups, please contact LWVMA.
Join a 100th Anniversary Subcommittee
 
The 100th Anniversary Committee has formed four sub-committees to focus our work and is looking for volunteers for these sub-committees:
 
Local League Engagement: Provide a framework to share ideas and materials so every local League will celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the League and the ratification of the 19th Amendment. Through regular communication among Leagues, the committee will highlight tools, templates, and programs; and encourage cross-League sharing and collaboration. Already have something planned? Let the 100th Anniversary Committee know so we can coordinate schedules and support your efforts.
 
Major Events: Plan for Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 major events. Both events will celebrate LWVMA's achievements over the past 100 years and present our compelling vision for the next 100 years. 
 
Exhibits & Promotions: Determine the feasibility of researching the history of the LWV, planned exhibits and displays, overseeing exhibit development, and providing mechanisms for dissemination of materials for public distribution, promotion, and display in celebration of the history of the LWV, working closely with LWVMA staff, members, and supporting organizations.  
 
Civics Education: Develop toolkits and activities for student and community education about the passage of the 19th Amendment and the women who were part of that effort, as well as the ongoing fight to eliminate barriers to voting.  Volunteers are needed to help develop fun and engaging activities for all ages to learn about the history and how to make a difference in the future. 
 
The 100th anniversary is fast approaching, we seek your input, recommendations, and participation!  Contact us at 100thanniversary@lwvma.org.
DEI Committee Begins Work
 
The LWVMA Board established a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee to develop strategies to continue to move the League toward being a more diverse, equitable and inclusive organization. LWVMA initially started this work in 2001 and has had multiple committees over the years. The new committee reviewed the earlier efforts and started its work in January.
 
The committee will address LWVMA DEI policy, member resources, possible advisory board, educational workshops and forums, collaborating and partnering with our community members, and other strategies that can be implemented by LWVMA and local Leagues as appropriate. Committee members are Kate Boland, chair, Vedna Heywood, Patty Shepard, Karen Callanan, Nicole Castillo, Cindy Ku, and LWVMA Executive Director Michelle Kweder.   
 
We encourage all League leaders and members to listen to the LWVUS Diversity, Equity and Inclusion webinars. There are two more, scheduled for April 25 and May 23, so sign up and join the conversation!
ADVOCACY
Participate in Local Environment Action Forum

LWVMA is co-sponsoring the Local Environmental Action Conference again this year. The conference is at Worcester State University, 486 Chandler St, Worcester, Saturday, April 27 from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
 
As a member of the League, you can get discounted tickets by registering here . Your $35 ticket gives you a full day of learning and inspiration and includes lunch. Please note that the deadline for discounted tickets is Monday, April 22.
Two Climate Change Webinars

Two April webinars, one from the state League and one from LWVUS, will boost your knowledge of climate change-related issues.
 
LWVMA's Environmental Action and Advocacy Committee is sponsoring a new webinar, "Driving Down Emissions: Massachusetts and the Regional Transportation and Climate Initiative," on Tuesday, April 23, 4-5 p.m. Registration for the webinar is required. After registering you will receive an email with a link to join. Register here.
 
Jordan Stutt, carbon programs director for regional and state initiatives, Acadia Center, and State Rep. Lori Ehrlich will present an overview of the Transportation and Climate Initiative and legislative efforts to ensure sustainable and equitable solutions. For more information, check our website here.
 
The LWVUS Price on Carbon task force is sponsoring a webinar, "Cap and Trade is Alive and Well: Carbon Markets Around the World," Thursday, April 25, 2-3 p.m. Eastern time. Sign up here for this webinar.
U.S. Census Update

LWVUS submitted substantive comments to the U.S. Census Bureau on the 2020 Address Canvassing operation. The comments addressed the use of technology and intended use of citizenship data with regards to the 2020 Redistricting Data Program.
 
LWVMA is part of a coalition working on Census operations in the state, and we will keep local Leagues posted on opportunities to help with the Census as they become available.
THE TO-DO LIST
Invite Michelle

Our new executive director, Michelle Kweder, is crisscrossing the Commonwealth meeting League members and learning about local issues.She is looking for opportunities to attend local or regional gatherings to share ideas, give brief remarks at Annual Meetings, learn and listen at local League sponsored events, or just about anything that offers an opportunity to meet YOU. Reach out and ask! Planning ahead is preferred but she'll also accommodate last-minute requests if possible. You can reach Michelle directly at   mkweder@lwvma.org.
 
You can also meet Michelle at the Election Day Registration Lobby Day on June 5 on Beacon Hill and, of course, at our  LWVMA Convention
Need a Speaker?

Some of the organizations we work with on legislation can also provide speakers. Two such groups are Transportation for Massachusetts (T4MA) on transportation issues, and Voter Choice Massachusetts on ranked choice voting. If you're interested in speakers in other areas, contact our legislative specialist at specialists@lwvma.org and see if she knows someone.
 
T4MA is a coalition of over 70 organizations working to improve transportation across the Commonwealth. The coalition advocates at the state, federal, and local levels for transportation policies that are innovative, sustainable, and environmentally friendly. Representatives from T4MA or one of its member organizations are available to speak at local League events. Contact Josh Ostroff, T4MA partnerships director, 508 654-3330,  jostroff@t4ma.org.
 
Voter Choice Massachusetts is working to bring ranked choice voting to the state. The group has a speakers bureau and can provide speakers to explain how ranked choice voting works and what it would do. Contact speakers@voterchoicema.org.
Update on Per-Member Payments

As you develop your budget for the next fiscal year, please note there will be no change in per-member payments (PMPs) at the state or national level for the fiscal year starting July 1.  The national PMP remains $32.  LWVUS will not charge any PMP for members who are students through January 2021. State PMP remains individual, $23; second in household, $5.75; and no charge for members who are students through 2019; any adjustment to state rates will be made at the June convention, but no increase is being recommended in the proposed budgets. 
The  League Leader Update is  distributed to local  League  board members and LWVMA  leaders . Anyone can request the  Update  by  clicking here . Please review this  Update  for articles of interest to your  League  and include them in your local Bulletin.
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