Leaders Update
In this Issue:                                                                      1/25/2017 *Corrected
2017 Member AppealAppeal and Phonathon

Local leagues are invited to participate in the state wide effort to support LWVIL programs and activities by soliciting donations from our membership. LWVIL initiates the effort by mailing solicitation letters and local leagues participate by making follow up telephone calls - the Phonathon. Local leagues that participate in the Phonathon are eligible to receive a share of the donations made to LWVIL or to the LWVIL Education Fund.

The 2017 Member Support effort is scheduled to begin on February 15, 2017 when letters will be mailed to League members and friends. If your local League participates in making calls during the calling phase (scheduled for March17 - April 29, 2017), any donations received by LWVIL from members of your local League between December 1, 2016 and May 23, 2017 will be counted toward the total member support donations on which your share is based.

For 2017, the sharing percentage is 15%. For example, if members of your league contribute a total of $300 to LWVIL between December 1, 2016 and May 23, 2017, your league would receive $45.

In addition, your League can volunteer to call members of other local leagues who are not participating in the Phonathon. Your League would receive 15% of the donations received from those other local league members between March 17th and May 23rd in response to your calls.

Participating local Leagues must designate a local coordinator who is responsible for the following:
  • receiving and distributing all materials sent by LWVIL
  • ensuring that callers are trained and that they conduct calls in accordance with state League policy and instructions
  • collecting, organizing and returning all Member Support paperwork to LWVIL no later than Friday, May 16, 2017.
Click HERE for the timeline and participation agreement
AfterAfter the March: How to Keep the Momentum
5 days ago millions of women, men and children joined others in cities across the United States, including a march and rally in Chicago. Among those participating were scores of League of Women of Illinois members. Many local leagues joined with banners, signs and chants where they marched for core LWV issues: voting rights, clean water and air, sensible gun reform, the Affordable Care Act & Medicaid, immigration reform and Illinois' state budget.
Here at LWVIL we have a few ideas for using the energy built on Saturday, the 21st:
  1. Send LWVIL pictures taken of your league's participating on Saturday. We will post them to the revolving picture show on our website.
  2. Circulating and sharing circulating and sharing Making Your Voice Heard. It is available on LWVIL's website http://www.lwvil.org/making-your-voice-heard.html
  3. Consider ways in which you could sponsor an event or gathering at which you might recruit members.
  4. Feel free to use the following language (perhaps a letter to our local newspaper's editor) and add the date, time and location of upcoming event - candidate forums & other local gatherings.
Looking to keep the Women's March alive? Join the League of Women Voters, one of the sponsoring organizations of the January 21st March and Rally. Sign up to get the latest information on the issues for which you marched. 

Get Action Alerts on pending legislation right now by signing up here:  http://www.lwvil.org/tfa-time-for-action.html.  Use our free and excellent advocacy guide, Making Your Voice Heard available here:  http://www.lwvil.org/making-your-voice-heard.html

League members marched for Women's Rights, Voter Rights, Clean Water and Air, Common Sense Gun Reform, Ethical Campaign Finance Reform, the Affordable Care Act, Criminal Justice Reform, Immigration Reform and a Responsible Illinois Budget. 
And League members marched to honor the legacy of our founding mothers who marched for suffrage on March 4, 1913, a day before President Woodrow Wilson's inauguration.  The League has been doing this for a while - we have a 97-year track record of educating, engaging and empowering citizens on issues.  And we're not backing down or going away!
Remember Susan B Anthony's refrain:  Organize, agitate, educate, must be our war cry.
The website for the Illinois League of Women Voters is www. lwvil.org   Contact us through    info@lwvil.org  
IssuesIssues Briefing 2017
Follow this link for up-to-date information about the 2017 Issues Briefing on Saturday, March 4, 2017 at the University Center, 525 South State Street, Chicago: 

From this web page, as well as HERE, you can print the registration form to mail in as well as the agenda. You can sign up on-line with a credit card from the web page, as well. 

 A Note on the Mullen Fund
Jeanette Mullen (1926 - 1998) was a member of the League of Women Voters of Illinois Board of Directors and its Legislative Chair from 1961 to 1969 and spent time in Springfield advocating League issues with legislators.
From 1969 to 1970, Jeanette represented the 32nd Senatorial District at the Illinois Constitutional Convention - she donated the desk she used during the Convention to LWVIL where it remains today.

One of the issues about which she was particularly passionate was a fairer tax structure in Illinois.
Shortly after Jeannette's death on May 21, 1998, several friends and colleagues established a fund in her memory to raise contributions to support LWVIL's advocacy efforts, hence the Jeannette B Mullen Advocacy Fund. Solicitation of funds is ongoing.
Please consider contributing $20 to support the Mullen Fund and thereby insure the availability of funds for the League's advocacy work.
ProgramProgram Planning
As a reminder, instructions and guidelines were sent to you in the last Leaders Update to help you navigate program planning for 2017-19. This information is also available on the website here:  http://www.lwvil.org/program-planning.html 

The deadline for submitting program recommendations to LWVIL is Tuesday, March 14, 2017 .
LegislativeLegislative Interviews 
The LWVIL Issues Committee annually encourages members of local leagues to contact their members of the Illinois General Assembly to schedule an in-person interview.  Guidelines and interview questions as well as the feedback form are available on the website here:

Please note we would like your local leagues feedback form submitted no later than Monday, April 3, 2017.


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Phone:  312-939-5935 | Fax:  312-939-6887 |  info@lwvil.org