CALENDAR
Tuesday, January 14 Scharfman Citizen Education Grant Application Deadline
Friday, January 31 Deadline to update roster with LWVUS
Wednesday, February 12 Deadline to register to vote in March 3 Presidential primary election
Friday, February 14 League Day of Action
Monday, February 24 First day of early voting for Presidential primary election
HAPPENING NOW
LWVMA and the League Day of Action
 
LWVUS has designated Feb. 14, 2020, the actual 100th anniversary of the League's founding, as a Day of Action (see information from LWVUS below).
 
LWVMA is working on a Day of Action program focused on events at the State House and a social media campaign for all members to participate in.  Look for details in the January League Leader Update.
 
We encourage all local Leagues to participate in a local Day of Action. Here are some ideas for local Leagues to get the brainstorming started: obtain a proclamation from local officials celebrating the League's 100th Anniversary, hold a voter registration and education event the week of Feb. 10, promote voting in the Presidential Primary March 3, hold a birthday party with a cake cutting inviting local media and officials to participate, hold a postcard-writing event to state legislators advocating for Election Day Registration or other LWVMA-supported legislation, or do a tabling event promoting participation in the 2020 Census. Be sure to tell LWVUS of your plans. Check out the LWVUS toolkit link below for more ideas.
 
Our local Leagues continue to celebrate the centennial. Check out upcoming 100th Anniversary events on the LWVMA website Anniversary Calendar. Winter events are planned in Hingham, Marblehead, and Walpole. Submit your events to 100thanniversary@lwvma.org.
LWVUS Sets Feb. 14 Day of Action
 
LWVUS announcement: On Feb. 14, the League of Women Voters will celebrate its 100th anniversary-an achievement and historic moment that would not be here without each and every one of our League members. To celebrate our legacy, support the anniversary plans already scheduled, and leverage our power to amplify our League voice-we are holding an official Day of Action on Feb. 14 that can capture all of the activities Leagues have planned across the country.
  1. Check out our Day of Action toolkit
  2. Tell us your plans by filling out our survey.   
Every League that registers its Day of Action activities in our day of action sign up form by Friday, Jan. 10, will be automatically eligible for a $1,000 award. Shortly after Jan. 10, LWVUS will randomly select five Leagues to receive a $1,000 award that can be used for any League-related activity! Simply register your event(s) by Jan. 10 to be eligible.
 
LWVUS will hold a community call on Friday, Jan. 17, at 7 p.m. to share the excitement of work around the country.  For those unable to participate in the Day of Action webinar earlier in December, you can listen to the recording.
LWVUS Program Planning
 
It's program planning time leading up to the June national Convention. State and local Leagues can offer program planning input for the 2020-2022 biennium by March 10. The program planning process is one of the important ways we focus our grassroots work to align the organization on our issue priorities and our mission. Program planning will culminate with adoption of a program of education and action at Convention 2020 in Washington, DC. You will find an overview as well as the survey to weigh in for convention. If you have questions, you can email us at progplan@lwv.org. Read more on the League Management Site.
 
LWVMA asks our local Leagues to consider waiting until February to fill out the LWVUS program planning form. The LWVMA board is considering proposing an addition to the proposed program that LWVUS has posted and will be making a decision at our board meeting in late January. We would like to send any additions we propose as a state League to our local Leagues in case you would like to endorse those additions in your own program planning response as well.
Plans for Moderator Trainings
 
Expecting that 2020 will be a busy year for LWVMA moderators, the Voter Engagement subcommittee on candidate forums surveyed current moderators for ideas on improving resources. We will be rolling out new moderator trainings in the first quarter of 2020.  We will also be holding a meeting with current moderators to discuss best practices, how to design a program for experienced moderators to support new moderators, getting real life scenarios to be used as we develop a "mock" moderator training program, and refresher training.

We will be reaching out to local League members who coordinate their candidate forums and asking them to join us and add their own additional resources needed for moderators and for those organizing candidate forums.
 
If you are interested in becoming a moderator or attending a training program, please email Elizabeth Foster Nolan.
Nominating Committee Seeks Board Members
 
The LWVMA Nominating Committee is preparing a slate of nominations for LWVMA officers and directors, to be presented to League members at the 2020 Council meeting this spring. Our convention in June voted to create staggered two-year terms for board members, so that approximately half the board seats will be open for nominations each year. The goal is to have "two deep" leadership, as experienced board members cover important functions, with newer members serving alongside them to be ready to move into leadership in their turn. This year we are looking for candidates for co-president, treasurer, and secretary as well as directors with a variety of skills.

Click here for a description of the board member position and here for a nomination form. Please think about which of your fellow League members would be well-suited to serve at the state level, then fill out a nomination form (or several) to nominate yourself or another committed local Leaguer to serve on the LWVMA board of directors and/or the LWVMA nominating committee. Forms should be sent to the nominating committee at nominating@lwvma.org: Wendy Manz, Chair, Lee Bona, Sharon McCarthy, Jean Cherdack and Kathy Leonardson.

Members of the nominating committee will be reaching out to local Leagues in the next few weeks directly and at Field Service meetings. We need your input!
DEI Resources on Website
 
LWVMA is fully committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in principle and in practice. Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) are central to the organization's current and future success in engaging all individuals, households, communities, and policy makers in creating a more perfect democracy.
 
As part of this effort, the DEI committee put together a list of resources that complement those provided by LWVUS. These resources are now on our website here . These resources are designed to provide information for members for personal education and to help raise awareness and meet the goal of LWVMA and local Leagues to reflect and include all voices in their communities. These resources include webinars, books for individual reading or book clubs, TED Talks to jump start discussions at local meetings, and links to webinars.

The DEI Committee hopes that you will share this information with your members and consider using some of the material for discussions at your meetings to help us continue our commitment to becoming a more welcoming, inclusive, and diverse organization.  

The resource list is a "living document," and we will add items as we become aware of them. If you have a recommendation, question, or comment, please email our DEI committee. Thank you!
ELECTIONS & VOTING
Watch LWVMA's Webinar on Census Effort

LWVMA hosted a webinar Dec. 5 on helping with the 2020 U.S. Census. Carly Bari, partnership specialist for the Census Bureau, explained how the census will be conducted, the resources available on the Census Bureau website and answered questions. You can watch the recording here.
LWVUS on Presidential Candidate Actions

LWVUS notes that the national League will handle all outreach and activities involving Presidential candidates. Here's an update on that activity from LWVUS:
 
The creation of the LWV Presidential candidate voters' guide is well underway. The LWV Education Fund (LWVEF) manages all outreach to the Presidential candidates and will publish the questions and answers for all states on VOTE411.org, as well as share the information with state and local Leagues for their printed and other online voters' guides. Please note: if you are interested in undertaking any activities that involve the Presidential candidates, you must first submit a proposal to LWVEF. Please see guidelines for this process  here. All requests should be sent to Jeanette Senecal.

For the Presidential voters' guide, outreach to candidates who meet our criteria for inclusion has begun. LWVEF will publish the Presidential information on VOTE411 in early January for both Iowa and New Hampshire and will publish additional states on a rolling basis depending on when each state's primary/caucus is held. For the first time ever, LWVEF is asking the candidates to answer our questions in both English and Spanish. Both languages will be published on VOTE411, and voters will be able to view the information in the language of their choice.

Only candidates who meet the criteria for inclusion will be asked our questions. All other candidates will be listed on each states' guide; however, they will not be contacted by LWVEF. At this time, LWVEF will only be reaching out to Democratic candidates, since there is only one Republican candidate who meets our criteria for inclusion. If any other Republican candidate meets the criteria, we will immediately begin outreach to these candidates and provide that information on VOTE411 and elsewhere. If you have any questions about the Presidential race, please contact Megan Brown.

THE TO-DO LIST
Scharfman Grant Deadline

The next deadline to apply for a Lotte E. Scharfman Citizen Education Grant is Tuesday, Jan. 14.  Details and an application are available  here .
Roster Updates Due Jan. 31

The member count deadline is fast approaching! Roster managers must update League rosters in the LWVUS membership database by Friday, Jan. 31, to ensure correct per-member-payment billing for FY2020-2021. To access the database, click here. If you are a new roster manager or if you have any questions about how to use the database, please review Brynne Gorman's user guide and email her to schedule database training.
LWVUS Grants Available

The League of Women Voters Education Fund (LWVEF) announces the 2020 New Citizen Voter Registration project. LWVEF will award pass-through grants to state and local Leagues to undertake voter registration activities at naturalization ceremonies. Grant applications are due by midnight Jan. 31, and grant decisions will be announced mid-February. Grants will only be considered for Leagues attending at least five naturalization ceremonies within the grant year (January-November 2020). Leagues must agree to undertake activities in a nonpartisan fashion and must also agree to collect contact information from registrants, as allowable, in order to conduct get-out-the-vote follow-up. See the application for additional information.
LWVUS Convention News

The 54th National LWV Convention will be in Washington, DC, June 25-28. Please check the Convention section of the League Management Site for these newly added items:
  • Caucus Application Form. We have a limited number of rooms reserved for state and local Leagues to host caucuses. If you are considering a caucus, please carefully review our criteria.
  • Hardship Designation Request Form. Use if your League is unable to fulfill per-member-payment requirements due to serious financial hardship.
  • Wares Market Application Form. We will have a limited amount of space for Leagues to reserve a table to sell League-related merchandise.
  • Process to Propose Bylaws Amendments.
LWVUS will open registration and the portals to book hotel rooms early in 2020.
Just a Reminder...

LWVMA created a League leaders Google group, leagueleaders@lwvma.org, so local Leagues can share successes, events, problems, and other points of interest with each other. Discussion in the group is encouraged; feel free to send a question or announcement or raise a topic that will be relevant to other League leaders.

When you reply to the Google Group address, your email goes to everyone in the group. Therefore: 
  • Reply to the group address only to add to the conversation. If you need to have an off-line conversation with an individual, respond to that person's individual email address and not the group address.
  • Include your name, League, and email address in your message and your reply.
  • If you would like to unsubscribe or if someone else from your League would like to join, please email Brynne Gorman.
Best Wishes for the Holidays and Happy New Year!
The LWVMA Board and Staff
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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