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January News for League Leaders

Volunteer for Phonathon: Bring Us Over the Finish Line of Raising $100K for 100 Years!

It’s not too late for your local League to sign up for the LWVMA Phonathon. This is a great way to enhance your local League’s fundraising efforts, as a portion of the funds raised will go back to your local League. Please contact Taylor Grenga who will supply you with everything you need to participate.
 

Do you have “Issues?” You need LWVMA Program Planning…

Are there issues you consider especially important? Are there others you’d like to see added? Soon it will be time for local Leagues to participate in planning what LWVMA will focus on in 2021-2023.
 
Every other year, the LWVMA Board, with the help of the Legislative Action Committee, proposes 4 or 5 main areas of action and advocacy and suggests possible issues for attention within these action priority areas. Local Leagues are asked to approve or suggest changes to the action priorities, and to respond to the suggested issues for attention. This is also the time for local Leagues to suggest studies for LWVMA for the next biennium. Final decisions are made at Convention.
 
The materials for Program Planning will be available in late December. Local League leaders will schedule program planning activities. For those new to Program Planning or wanting a refresher, a webinar is scheduled for January 12. Information on registration will be available later.
 
Questions? Contact the co-chairs, Marie Gauthier or Susan Millinger.
 

Nominating Committee Seeks Candidates

The Nominating Committee is seeking suggestions for nominations to the 2021-2023 LWVMA Board. This is an opportunity for League members to step up and help carry us into the new decade. Contact the Nominating Committee at nominating@lwvma.org to suggest yourself or another League member or for more information. 
 

Join Statewide DEI Peer Discussion Group

Join your LWV colleagues across the state to learn more about what your local League can do to further its work on issues of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. We will meet online several times a year to share ideas, experiences, and resources. The group will be coordinated by Patty Shepard (Winchester) and Amy Cooper (Central Berkshire County), both of whom are members of the LWVMA DEI Committee. If you would like to participate, please email Patty Shepard and/or Amy Cooper.
 

Did You Miss LWVMA “Cheers to 100 Years” Gala Celebration?

If you registered for LWVMA’s 100th Virtual Birthday Celebration, but were unable to join us on December 13th (technical difficulties? too busy that day?), you can view the recording on our unpublished YouTube channel. Please email Brynne Gorman to obtain the viewing link and password.
 
And click here for the powerful sizzle reel highlighting 100 years of LWVMA accomplishments – please feel free to share this far and wide! 
 

Scharfman Grant Deadline

The next deadline to apply for a Scharfman Citizen Education grant is Monday, Jan. 11. Find information and an application here.

 

Join Statewide DEI Peer Discussion Group

Join your LWV colleagues across the state to learn more about what your local League can do to further its work on issues of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. We will meet online several times a year to share ideas, experiences, and resources. The group will be coordinated by Patty Shepard (Winchester) and Amy Cooper (Central Berkshire County), both of whom are members of the LWVMA DEI Committee. If you would like to participate, please email Patty Shepard and/or Amy Cooper.
 

Remove Images that May Have Copyrights

One Massachusetts League has already had to pay for using copyrighted images on its website. Please click here for LWVUS guidance on avoiding the problem. Pattye Comfort, LWVMA executive director, will be sending additional information shortly; if you have a question meanwhile, email Pattye.