With the exciting introduction of our new executive director, Azisti Dembowski, and Convention 2021 right around the corner, it seems appropriate to think about the upcoming biennium.
The challenges of the past year have pushed us to take new approaches to time-tested strategies for some of our most basic mission work. We have not only adapted, we have moved ahead - the need for social distancing serving as a catalyst for acquiring new tools that we now can't imagine working without.
Online meetings, candidate forums, and educational events have given us scope and accessibility that we are not going to give up. They help us bring more people to the table - we can be inclusive and equitable as never before.
We are building our plans for the next biennium with powerful new skills and methods. We are able to set those plans upon a solid foundation thanks to two years of hard work by our LWVIL board. And now we can add to this the guidance and expertise of our executive director, who said:
“I hope to enhance and raise our profile to the outside world, fundraise and continue to grow our membership, optimize our financial operations, and provide leadership and implement policies and programs to carry out the mission work of LWVIL.”
Together, from border to border, LWVIL members are entering our second century stronger than ever. As a force, your dedication to protecting our democracy is both humbling and pride-instilling.