The League of Women Voters
What's it All About?
Any person who believes that it is important for informed citizens to participate actively in government may join the League of Women Voters. The three types of members are voting members, women citizens of voting age who have paid their dues to a local League; associate members, men, persons under voting age, and women who are not citizens and members-at-large, members who live outside the area of a local League but who wish to be League members.
There are no educational, social, economic, political, or racial barriers to membership in the League. Inclusion of a broad cross section of persons in the community insures that the League will act in the interest of the entire community and not of any one group.
On payment of dues, a member of the League automatically receives a subscription to The National Voter and the Aloha Voter. In addition, she is given many opportunities to increase in stature as a citizen. As she enters into discussion groups and participates in conducting surveys and research on governmental problems, she begins to speak more effectively and with greater ease, a natural outcome of her speaking on
facts she has helped to gather and on subjects she has discussed with others.
There are a number of roles for the interested Leaguer. In the Unit she acts as hostess, recorder, Unit Chairman, Membership Chairman, or publications Chairman; in the resource committee she studies and analyzes, interviews public officials, and testifies for the League position at public hearings and in the community she uses her increased awareness of civic problems and their solutions to make her a more effective member of other groups.
The League Membership Chairman keeps a file of member interests and acts as a clearinghouse to help committees find members and members find League jobs they will enjoy. The new member should contact her directly or through the Unit Membership Chairman soon after she joins. Whether she can spend only a few hours on a "one-shot" effort or many months in intensive research, she will find her League experience more rewarding for this extra effort.
BE AN ACTIVE MEMBER
Attend meetings regularly! Read the background material and participate in the discussion!
Sell the League to nonmembers!
Take time to call or write legislators as an individual!
Volunteer for the job where your chief interest lies!
Express your views: Your opinion is important in establishing League positions!
Make a voluntary contribution over and above the payment of your dues if you can!
Try to attend meetings of the Planning Commission, City Council, and Legislature.
Offer suggestions for areas of work and study!
Tell the Board or Your Unit Chairman your ideas for League improvement!
IF YOU MUST BE INACTIVE