On June 5, the Resolutions Committee will meet at 8 p.m. to discuss any proposed resolutions for the Convention to consider. If you are interested in attending that meeting, please register HERE.
On June 6, from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. there will be an opportunity for Q&A on the proposed budget for fiscal years 2024 and 2025; the proposed Program & Action for the next biennium and the proposed amendments to the by-laws. From 8:00 to 8:30 p.m. there will be a “meet & greet” with the nominees for the LWVMA board of directors. Please join us! Click HERE to register.
Miyabi joined LWVMA this week as our summer intern. She’ll be with us on a part-time basis through August 4.
Miyabi is a sophomore at Wellesley College, studying Political Science and International Relations. She was born and raised in California until her family relocated to Tokyo, Japan. She has been passionate about civic engagement from a young age and hopes to contribute to LWVMA’s mission through her internship. In her free time, Miyabi is a part of the Wellesley Squash and Equestrian team as well as the Chamber Music Society.
The Lotte E. Scharfman Memorial Fund (“Scharfman”) grant program can help Leagues cover costs for voter education programs. Successful Scharfman grants have funded art exhibits, Know Your Town programs, Town Meeting informational handbooks as well as technical infrastructure including Zoom. Need some ideas? See a display at Convention, or a list of previous grants here. The application is easy to complete and your League can receive up to $300. Working with two other Leagues? Scharfman grants for three or more Leagues may receive up to $600. The deadline for the last grant cycle of the fiscal year is June 12. Questions? Contact Sue Abrams at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please join us for the LWVMA Convention on Saturday, June 10th! While the in-person portion of Convention has sold out, we’ve invested in presenting a high quality online version of Convention, so please consider joining us virtually. A local League’s voting delegates will be able to vote whether they attend in person or virtually.
We are excited to welcome Danielle Allen as our keynote speaker.Building on the experiences and challenges she encountered running for Governor, Danielle has foundedPartners In Democracyto “renovate our democracy,” starting in Massachusetts.
Pre-Convention materials can now be found on the Convention landing page on our website (note: budget documents will be available soon).
Delegate Registration: All LWV members are welcome to attend Convention, but only delegates can vote. The bylaws specify the number of delegates based on each League’s Feb. 1, 2023 membership total. An information sheet with local League delegate counts is available here.
“League Night” at the Woo Sox, Friday, June 9th: Please join us for some pre-Convention fun at Polar Park to watch the Woo Sox play – there will be fireworks at the conclusion of the game! Our seats are on the first-base line and the cost per ticket is $25. Please feel free to bring friends and family along! Click HERE to buy your tickets.
Holding a caucus: We are reserving time during the week of June 5 in the LWVMA Zoom account for anyone who is interested in holding a caucus. Please contact Lily Sweeterman (email@example.com) to schedule a caucus during your preferred time slot that week. Anyone who wants to hold a caucus will be responsible for promoting it as well as running it on Zoom.
Local League Gifts to LWVMA: This is the final year LWVMA will ask local Leagues to make a gift. As you know, it has been our practice to ask local Leagues to make a gift to LWVMA at the time of Convention and Council. We have appreciated the generosity of local Leagues in making these gifts over many years – thank you so much for your consistent and generous support of the League’s state-wide work. This decision was made with the understanding that local Leagues have their own fundraising challenges, so rather than add to those challenges, LWVMA’s development work is shifting toward focussing on growing our individual giving, foundation grants and corporate sponsorships. As is our usual practice, any local League making a gift to LWVMA this year —or at any future time, should you chose to continue your gifts–will be recognized at Convention. You can find the local League gift form HERE. Thank you!