Next FFT (Thursday May 12th, 12:30 – 2:00 PM) Hosted by Ann Ferris, 30 Hale Lane
- Recap April 20th Discussion topic and feedback
- Continued discussion of March FFT discussion “What does the League mean?”
- What is our “brand” (national, state and local)? How should we market it – locally? i.e How to attract a younger membership?
As Background: Thoughts from the March Food for Thought Discussion Group: (Documented by Karla Coe)
We discussed what we thought of the LWV from the national level down to the local level or from the local level all the way to the national level.
Here are some thoughts, discussion points and questions that came up:
The LWV used to be a grassroots organization that fed from the local to the national. The perception now is that the national level takes positions and the local levels decide whether or not to adopt the position.
Is the LWV still relevant or did it serve more of a purpose when it was one of the very few vehicles for women to have a voice?
Did the LWV change when they allowed male members?
Should the national league narrow its focus / should local leagues take on issues specific to them?
As a local level we don’t often do “studies” although we try to educate on subjects.
We are a nonpartisan group that isn’t always perceived that way.
(There was a discussion about some of the past studies such as the charter study and how it was received)
We had a nonmember guest in attendance who shared her view on what the LWV was to her including that she was not aware that there was a national or state organization. She also said she thought of the league as a source for voter information such as candidates’ night.
Suggestions that came up:
Should we try to include our members more often?
Invite them to board meetings
Make board meetings more of an event:
Shorten the business portion, include a subject for discussion on the agenda, include a local guest speaker / issue each month
Should our approach to attracting new members be friendlier?
A friendly and engaging newspaper ad (see attached)
Should we bring back observer-corps or some way of keeping on top of local issues?
Ann suggested running four weekly quarter page ads with copy to the effect of:
We have no party line but we are political.
We are non partisan but we vote.
We are full of information but we are civil.
Join a unique political organization.
The League of Women Voters
DHS Student Video Competition re: Importance of Voting (Oresman)