Program Planning

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. 25, 2022 at 2PM via Zoom. An invitation will be emailed to members prior to Jan. 25.

January is the time to propose studies. If you would like to propose a study, here’s more info from sister League LWV Rogue Valley. Studies are important beginnings for unified action and advocacy for the League.

Basically there are three kinds of studies, all vary in length from one year to two years, and all begin in January:

  • National – These studies are adopted (or not) at national conventions held every other year. If adopted, all Leagues in the nation are asked to participate.
  • State – State studies begin with proposals submitted by local Leagues that are approved as recommended or non-recommended at state conventions held every other year. The studies are voted on and approved by the local League representatives present at convention. Then all local Leagues are asked to participate.
  • Local – Study proposals are discussed at local League meetings held in January of each year. These studies are achieved with the help of local League membership, and may take a year or two to complete. The League is thorough.

Take a look at many studies done across the country by local, state and the national League here –>

This is the official planning form from the state League LWVOR that we used in Jan. 2021.

Here is a look back at 2021’s 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

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