CALENDAR
Monday, July 24
LWVMA Board Meeting, Acton Memorial Library, 11 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.

Thursday, July 27
Deadline to apply for the LWVMA Ballot Question Study Committee
Thursday, Sept. 14
"Extreme Events and Climate Change: What We Know and What We Can Do," New England Aquarium's Simons IMAX┬«  Theatre, 7:00 p.m. 

Tuesday, Sept. 26
National Voter Registration Day
HAPPENING NOW
LWVMA Climate Forum at Aquarium Sept. 14

Ellen Marie Douglas, PE, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Hydrology, School for the Environment, UMass Boston
LWVMA and LWV-Boston are excited to team up with the New England Aquarium and UMass Boston School for the Environment for "Extreme Events and Climate Change: What We Know and What We Can Do."

The forum will be at the Aquarium's Simons IMAX® Theatre Thursday, Sept. 14 at 7 p.m. This event is the second in the LWVMA Climate and Energy Solutions Series, and is also part of the Aquarium's Lecture Series.

The speaker, Dr. Ellen Douglas of UMass Boston, will discuss our changing climate, what changes may be in the future for Boston and beyond, and plans for how to adapt to these changes.

Please add this event to your League calendars and help spread the word. Consider organizing groups to come to Boston via public transportation and carpools.
The event is free and open to the public. Registration is required through the Aquarium's website.
Dates Set for Additional Climate-Energy Forums

The LWVMA Steering Committee for Environmental Action and Advocacy is coordinating the LWVMA Climate and Energy Solutions Series, five regional forums around the state in collaboration with local Leagues and other organizations. The first was held in May in Worcester, and the second will be at the New England Aquarium Sept. 14 (see above).

 Other forums are:
  • Oct. 4, 7 p.m. (6:30 refreshments), Winchester Town Hall: "The Health Benefits of Renewable Energy Choices: A Role for Carbon Pricing"; Speaker: Dr. Jonathan Buonocore (Harvard School of Public Health)
  • Oct. 19, 7 p.m., Lexington Public Library: "Greening the Grid: Preparing for Our Clean Energy Future"; Speakers: Dr. Ariel Horowitz (Synapse) and Megan Herzog (Conservation Law Foundation)
  • Nov. 4, 1 p.m., Falmouth Public Library: "Extreme Events and Climate Change: What We Know and What We Can Do"; Speaker: Dr. Ellen Douglas (UMass Boston School for the Environment)
The first forum, "On the Path to 100% Renewable Energy," was co-sponsored by LWV-Worcester Area. David Ismay, senior staff attorney, Conservation Law Foundation, and Eugenia Gibbons, clean energy program director, Mass Energy Consumers Alliance; presented the case for 100% renewable energy and what is required to reach it. Their presentations have been posted on YouTube.
Apply for Ballot Question Study Committee by July 27
  
The application deadline for the Ballot Question Study Committee has been extended to July 27. To apply, click here.

At the LWVMA 2017 Convention, we approved a new state study of the ballot question process in Massachusetts, which will be conducted over the next two years. We are currently putting together a study committee to develop study materials and questions. Local League consensus meetings will likely be in the fall of 2018 through early 2019, leading to a position presented to Convention in 2019.

For details see the July 14 email. Please send this link to anyone in your League who might be interested. Questions?  Contact lwvma@lwvma.org.
 
Energized by the wave of newly activated members drawn to the League since the November election, 100 state and national League leaders from 43 states came together last month at the biennial LWVUS Council meeting to refine the League's emerging strategy for organizational transformation.

The goal is to create a vibrant and sustainable League for the 21st century, reclaiming our reputation as the premiere defender of democracy and the authoritative voice on the election process - registering and turning out new citizens and the next generation of voters representative of the entire U.S. population.

The working premise is that achieving this vision by 2020 requires Leagues at all levels to speak with one voice and move toward more diversity, a modern infrastructure, the nimbleness of a "movement" mindset, a greater tolerance for risk, and more investment and influence. This, of course, while reaffirming our foundational values.

The assignment at Council was to explore specific action steps on five transformational objectives to advance the journey. The mood was energetic, with the prospect of change viewed as positive and significant for a bright future for the League. Trust and camaraderie were the order of the day.

Click here to download a graphic overview of the work ahead as we endeavour to collaborate across all levels of the League to strengthen our organization, raise our profile and increase our impact. We were honored to attend Council and are excited for the LWVMA to be part of this forward-looking effort.

Linda Matys O'Connell and Mary Ann Ashton, LWVMA Co-presidents
LWV 100th Anniversary Toolkit Available
 
From LWVUS: The 100th Anniversary Committee has developed the 100th Anniversary Toolkit 
to help every League participate in our centennial campaign as we approach 2020. This Toolkit includes anniversary logos, social media graphics, messaging guidelines and more to help you get started with the celebration. This is just the first piece in the collective campaign-so stay tuned for more tools and tricks to celebrate in the months ahead.

If your local League is planning an event related to the 100th Anniversary - or if there's something from our rich history you think is important to highlight - we want to know about it. To share your stories or if you have any questions about the Toolkit, please contact our communications team:
media@lwv.org.
Changes in LWVMA Board
  
For personal reasons, three Board members have recently resigned. We are sorry that Roz Broch and Shelley Drowns will not be continuing their service. Jean Cherdack resigned from the LWVMA Board but will continue as a Scharfman Trustee.

We thank Jean, Shelley, and Roz and trust they will find other ways to work with LWVMA in the future. Roz served on the Board for two years, and contributed her perspective and enthusiasm, especially in the areas of membership and on the Scharfman Grant Committee. Shelley served for two years as board secretary and chair of the Charter School Study Committee. Jean has done yeoman service as president for the last two years, and we are extremely grateful for her commitment to the League.

The Board remains very strong. We continue to think about others who might consider joining the Board and are committed to adding members as seems timely and appropriate. If you have an interest in Board service or know someone who does, please reach out to co-presidents Mary Ann Ashton or Linda Matys O'Connell.
ADVOCACY
New The Citizen Lobbyist Handbook Available
 
 
LWVMA has created a new handbook, The Citizen Lobbyist, explaining the legislative process in Massachusetts and detailing the most effective ways to communicate with legislators at all levels-local, state and federal. Take a look here and share this link with your members.

And we hope you have seen our newest publication, Mass. League Action Newsletter, emailed to all members the first of each month. If it isn't in your inbox, please let us know, and we'd also love your feedback at lwvma@lwvma.org. The Action Newsletter offers ways League members can take action in areas they are interested in. Please urge your members to check it out.
Send a Letter to the Editor on Automatic Voter Registration
   
To keep the momentum on automatic voter registration (AVR) going during the legislature's August recess, we are asking local Leagues to send a letter to the editor of local papers from their League urging the legislature to pass AVR and asking voters to contact their Senator and Representative.

Here's a template you can use for such a letter.
VOTING & ELECTIONS
Prepare for National Voter Registration Day
  
National Voter Registration Day
National Voter Registration Day is Tuesday, Sept. 26.

If your League would like to participate this year, perhaps registering voters at a nearby college or in cooperation with a community group, you can learn more about the day's activities, the support and materials available, and how to register
here .

The League of Women Voters is a major partner nationally in National Voter Registration Day, and the League has been the single largest on-the-ground partner in this event since 2012.
 
THE TO-DO LIST
What Would Alice Paul Do?
  
Take a look and listen to these fun podcasts, What Would Alice Paul Do?, from a couple of national League volunteers, with tips on how Leagues have dealt with areas such as advocacy, membership, engaging new volunteers, and the nonpartisan issue.
Helpful Information for Your Board
  
Make sure your new Board members have the information they need to be successful. Please share these important LWVMA publications with them: Local League Basics , Treasurer's Handbook , and New Member: Welcoming, Engagement and Retention . We recommend that returning Board members review these documents as well!

And if you are planning a forum for the fall, there are two useful documents available -- a
how-to guide from LWVMA, and an event checklist from LWVUS.
LWVUS Annual Report Available
  
LWVUS has published its annual report highlighting 2015 and 2016. If you have any questions on the report, feel free to contact, Kate Kennedy, CDO.

And you can see the LWVMA's annual report here.
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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