The League of Women Voters plans annually during the month of January.
Help plan the coming year by attending LWVUV’s annual program planning meeting scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021 at 6PM via Zoom. An invitation will be emailed to you on Jan. 12, 2021, and again on Jan. 15th and Jan. 18th.
To be informed about Program Planning, read this is an article from the state League’s latest Voter newsletter:
TAKE A STAND WITH 2021 PROGRAM PLANNING
By Sheila McGinnis, LWVOR Program Chair
League ‘Program’—proposing a study and developing a position to support advocacy—is on the LWVOR’s winter schedule. For the next few months LWVOR members will consider if changes to current positions are needed and, if appropriate, recommend a potential topic for statewide study. Keep in mind that the state League ‘program’ focuses on study and advocacy, the first step to shaping policy. Studies are used to develop a League position on a statewide issue, which is the basis for advocacy for or against the issue. [Note this review of state positions overlaps with local review of local positions. State study proposals are due to LWVOR February 1; local units have their own local study proposal deadlines].
To conduct a study, a small group of members statewide may spend 12—18 months researching and studying a statewide concern to write a report on the issue. Local units across the state will discuss the report findings to reach consensus on the issue’s policy implications, and then a committee drafts a position for member agreement.
If you’re interested in organizing and leading a study, form a committee (we recommend 5 people) to develop a proposal, organize a work plan, and conduct the study if it’s approved. Submit a written proposal (topic, scope, goals, committee chair/members, rationale, resources, timeline) for LWVOR approval, due February 1.
Your committee may be interested in matters of governance, natural resources, healthcare, or other local service or area of concern. Talk with Action committee members to identify topics that need a position for advocacy. Or examine the positions of other Leagues at local, state, or national levels for possible adoption by ‘concurrence’ (which usually requires obtaining permission from that League). You will study and report on this policy issue to reach member consensus regarding a position on the stance LWVOR will take in advocating for this issue.
Key Deadlines for LWVOR 2021-2022 Program Planning
December, 2020 Program Planning Materials available on LWVOR website
February 1, 2021 Written Study Proposals Due to LWVOR
March-April, 2021 LWVOR Board develops Proposed Program that reflects input from Leagues
May 15-16, 2021 LWVOR Convention delegates adopt 2021-2022 Program after debate and discussion