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Title: 2013 LWV Ohio Leadership Training The LWV of Ohio, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues and influences public policy through


1
2013 LWV Ohio Leadership Training The LWV of
Ohio, a nonpartisan political organization,
encourages informed and active participation in
government, works to increase understanding of
major public policy issues and influences public
policy through education and advocacy.
2
Part I The Cornerstones of LWV
Why, oh why, are we here?
3
The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan
political organization
  • that helps make
  • democracy work!

4
Nonpartisan always and forever!
  • A LWV neither supports nor opposes a
  • political party or candidate.
  • Never, not no-how, not nowhere, no!
  • But why not?

5
Political - What does that mean?
  • Plus Its to LWVs advantage to have
  • politically active members. Why?

6
Why is it important that your Leagues
nonpartisan policy be current and be reviewed /
approved every year?
7
Are there limitations or restrictions that LWVs
must follow when.
  • informing and encouraging active participation
    in government?
  • increasing understanding of major public policy
    issues, or
  • influencing public policy?

8
Positions are the cornerstones of our
voter-service, voter-protection and advocacy
work.
  • What are positions? Where the heck do they come
    from?

9
A STUDY the method used to create and update
policy positions.
  • All 3 levels of League do this.
  • Local League studies are the heart of Leagues
    and the action they take !
  • How else might they benefit a League?

10
CONSENSUS How League decisions are reached.
  • Consensus is the overall sense of the group as
    expressed through the exchange of ideas and
    opinions.
  • Win-win situation everyones ideas are
    considered and discussed.
  • Consensus does NOT mean unanimity nor is it
    simply a majority.

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Or by CONCURRENCE Adopt another Leagues
existing position.
  • LWVUS can concur w/ local / state position.
  • State can concur w/ local / other states.
  • Local can concur w/ other local or other states
    position.
  • Note Use with caution! The parent position and
    supporting research must be fully understood and
    applicable at the adopting level.

12
We operate as a 3-tier organization.
  • LWVUS Positions Principles
  • Can be used for advocacy by what Leagues?
  • LWVO Positions
  • Can be used for advocacy by what Leagues?
  • Local League Positions
  • Can be used for advocacy by what Leagues?

13
Part II Taking ACTION The Rules of the Road -
1
  • The LWV always speaks with one voice!
  • Who is the Leagues spokesperson?

Why?
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2 Notty Issues about ACTION!
  • Local League boards may choose not to respond
    to a particular US or OH call to action.
  • BUT local boards may not take action in
    opposition to a LWVUS or LWVO position.
  • Individual LWV members are free to take whatever
    action they wish if they do so.
  • - in their own name
  • - do not speak for the League and
  • - are not limited by the nonpartisan policy.

15
Taking ACTION Rules of the Road 3
  • Sometimes preparing to take action requires
    consultation with other Leagues.

16
Consultation with a neighboring LWV(s) is
required if
  • one Leagues action would affect another League
    / affect something in their turf.
  • Example?

17
Consultation w/ LWVO is required if
  • a local League plans an
  • action that would involve
  • contact with state
  • government officials
  • where the state League has
  • not requested or taken action.
  • Example? Why?

18
Consultation w/ LWVUS is required if
  • a local/state League
  • plans an action that
  • would involve contact
  • with federal government officials
  • where LWVUS has not requested or taken action.

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But wait theres another important thing to
consider
  • 4 LWV The incredible two-headed org!
  • Operating Fund 501 (c) (4)
  • Education Fund 501 (c) (3)
  • Who cares? Whats the difference?

20
LWV Operating Fund
  • is the nonprofit entity known in IRS lingo as a
    501(c)(4) that
  • accepts donations that are not
  • tax deductible.
  • conducts and funds lobbying activities.

21
A LWVs Education Fund
  • is a 501(c)(3), a charitable organization
    funded by tax-deductible donations, that
  • can conduct/fund research on public policy
    issues,
  • can undertake educational and voter-service
    projects, and
  • can advocate but not lobbyon issues.
  • Goal to provide voter services / info to
  • Ohioans and can be used for
  • some membership activities.

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Okay weve got the organizational basics down.
But remember League Lingo (and acronyms) can be
really confusing.
  • How many ways do we use position in League
    Land? Program?
  • And beware of League acronyms!!



PMP -- MAL -- ILO -- BOE -- SOS -- c3 -- c4
23
Part III All this takes leadership and youre
part of the leadership team!
  • Uh-oh? You will be managing - Information
    - Time - People
  • Now what??? Where to begin?

24
Tip 1 Learn all you can about your job (whether
its new to you or a repeat).
  • How?
  • What resources
  • can you tap?

25
Including understanding the boards function.
The board
  • Sets priorities and goals for the organization.
  • Sets and follows policies.
  • Carries out overall planning and decision-making.
  • Supports membership, development, advocacy and
    visibility activities.
  • Promotes the LWV in the community.
  • Safeguards LWVs reputation for nonpartisanship.
  • Has overall fiscal responsibility for the LWV.

26
Its the boards responsibility to promote LWV
Best Practices
  • Have bylaws, the first 3 articles of which
    LWVUS. The rest provide for democratic
    procedures.
  • Establish / maintain a nonpartisan policy.
  • Hold an annual business meeting of the
    membership.
  • Hold regular board meetings.
  • Meet financial obligations (per member payment)
    to LWVO and LWVUS.
  • Adopt financial plan for sustainability
    carrying out the Leagues mission.
  • Work to increase membership and promote
    diversity.
  • Act in ways that are consistent with League
    principles, positions and policies.

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Key LWV Resources
  • Best Practices for Leagues
  • Nonpartisan Policy
  • Speaking for the League
  • Best Practices Voters Guide
  • Candidates Debates / Forums
  • Joining a Coalition
  • Conflict of Interest
  • Diversity Policy

28
Tip 2 Herding Cats - Board and Committee
Meetings
  • What strategies do you recommend?

29
Effective Board / Committee Meetings
  • Written timed -- agenda sent out ahead of
    meeting.
  • Begin / end on time.
  • Parliamentary or at least business-like
    procedure.
  • Written reports, motions and background material
    sent (and read and understood) in advance.
  • Full attendance or prior notification if unable
    to attend.
  • Full discussion / consideration of proposals
    all voices heard.
  • Policy-making at board mtgs / committee work at
    committee mtgs.
  • Minutes taken for reference and sent out ASAP.
  • Clear assignment of responsibilities.

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Minimizing Bored Boards / Cmtes
  • - KNOW each other!
  • - HAVE FUN and HAVE FOOD!!
  • - Avoid wasting each others time.
  • - Focus on solutions, not the problem.
  • HAVE FUN
  • and HAVE
  • FOOD!!
  • Examples?

31
Tip 3 Another key to success -
Develop the all-important annual calendar!
Uh? Whats an annual calendar?
32
An annual calendar helps boards
33
Tip 4 A member does not need vast League
experience before s/he can be a League leader.
No youre kidding! Why not?
34
Tip 5 Respect your own (and others)
limitations!
  • Theres no room for
  • martyrsor for those
  • who bite off more
  • than they can do
  • but dont tell anyone.
  • Delegate!

35
Tip 6 Steps to Delegation
  • - Review the assignment.
  • - Organize the task into manageable
  • pieces.
  • - Recruit (enthusiastically)!
  • - Explain how the assignment fits
  • into the total program/its value.

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Tip 7 Grow, Innovate and Improve
  • Treat every new and old --
  • LWV activity as an opportunity
  • to do over.
  • Question the status quo.
  • Send all including yourself
  • searching for new ideas.
  • Add adventure and fun to
  • everyones work.

37
Tip 8 Make it safe for others (and yourself) to
experiment.
  • Dont automatically discard
  • ideas that sound strange.
  • Honor your risk takers.
  • Model risk taking.
  • Debrief every didnt work
  • as well as every success.

38
  • Tip 9 Achieve Small Wins
  • that promote consistent progress
  • and build commitment.
  •  

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  • Tip 10 Celebrate LWV
  • accomplishments regularly!
  • Schedule celebrations
  • regularly.
  • Be an enthusiastic supporter
  • of others and have a support team!

40
  • Bonus Tip Your
  • confidence and
  • genuine enthusiasm
  • for the LWV will be
  • reflected in the boards
  • and members attitudes.

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THE END - Thank you to LWVUS for providing
material used in this presentation.
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