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January News for League Leaders

Interested in raising funds for your local League? Participate in this year’s Phonathon!

Participating in the annual Massachusetts League-wide Phonathon is a great way to raise money for your local League and the LWVMA. For each donation LWVMA receives as a result of your Phonathon call/email, your local League will receive 10% of that donation. All the Phonathon materials will be ready during the week of January 10th. If you are interested in participating in Phonathon, contact Taylor here.

Seeking volunteers for a joint Diversity, Equity & Inclusion/Membership Task Force

Are you interested in working on new member recruitment to grow and diversify your own League and deepen the collective impact of the League state-wide?  Do you have ideas about how we can turn our commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) into action so that our membership reflects that commitment?  LWVMA is forming a new DEI/Membership Task Force to work on the membership goals outlined in our 3-year strategic plan.  If you are interested in joining this new task force, please reach out to Pattye Comfort at pcomfort@lwvma.org.

Volunteer to Collect Data on Your League’s Activities

Numbers matter and by collecting data on a state-wide basis, we will be able to measure our collective League impact. This, in turn, will help bring in new members and leaders, do more effective fundraising and ultimately sustain the League throughout Massachusetts.
To achieve this goal, we need a designated person from every League to submit data for each local League activity. See the data collection form, the user guide and other materials here.
Check in with your local League leadership to volunteer for this crucial task and then notify Brynne Gorman.

 

Nominating Committee Seeks Candidates

Please complete this form to nominate an individual to the LWVMA Board of Directors or Nominating Committee.  Feel free to nominate more than one person.  Your nominee may be yourself, a current Director or Nominating  Committee member, someone entirely new, or someone not yet an LWV member.  Terms to be filled in June 2022:  Six Directors (including Treasurer) and one Nominating Committee member.

Racial Justice Resources Available

Not sure where or how to start work on Racial Justice? This LWVMA compendium contains a wealth of information whether you are just beginning to explore the topic on a personal level, or as a League seeking partners for change in your community. Browse materials here.

 

Looking for Motivated LWVMA Activists to be Legislative Envoys

Our Legislative Envoy Program is designed to ensure that our voice is heard on Beacon Hill and our members are kept informed about the progress of our League bills. Our Senators and Representatives should know what the over 3,000 LWVMA members ask of them and why. At the same time, our members should know what our priority legislation is and how it is progressing in the legislative process. The Legislative Envoy Program keeps information flowing and our legislation moving through the legislative process.
The Legislative Envoy Program is designed to have at least one member from each League as its Legislative Envoy serving as a conduit, connecting the state League, local Leagues and legislators. Envoys will be connected to the Legislative Action Committee (LAC) for periodic updates from legislative specialists. Envoys will receive instruction in best practices for advocacy and briefings on the legislative process.
Legislative Envoys are the voice of their local League. They develop a working relationship with their League’s State Senators and Representatives and keep up with the progress of LWVMA priority bills on Beacon Hill. See the program description here. Please notify your League’s leadership that you are volunteering to represent your League and contact Envoy Coordinator Mary Cummings to join the program. We are seeking at least one Envoy from each League.