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March 1973

State Leaguers Tell About What They're Doing at the Capitol
February Calendar
Letter to the Editor (Evelyn Oishi)
Vote Scope
Foreign Trade Background
Finance (Edna Shoup)
Membership Memo (Susie Orient)
Call to all Husbands
National LWV - Report from the Hill
People's Conference on Housing Was a Success! (Vangie Lambert)

Membership Memo

Do you often wonder how your thoughts and ideas voiced at a unit consensus meeting become translated into a League position statement?

The recorder's notes from within a League are gathered by the study committee. They then analyze those notes to see where there are the strongest areas of agreement. They also look for good individual suggestions that may not be consensus, but should not be lost. (This is where the recorder is so important).

The committee then puts together a report for the board showing the areas of strength and the input of additional ideas. Some committees present a tentative wording for the statement. Others like the board to draw their own conclusions from the material.

At the board meeting particular attention is paid to the strength and repetition of certain key ideas. The wording of the final statement is studied carefully to see that it offers a good platform for action and is truly representative of the members' thoughts, not just the committee's. Often the consensus statement will have an additional list of suggestions which go beyond the actual consensus.

If the item is a local one, such as City Planning, the board then releases the final result to the League and the public. However, if it is a State or National item, this statement is sent on to the State Board or National headquarters. State board must go through the same process using the statements from Honolulu, Hawaii County and Kauai before releasing a final consensus statement. Our recent Housing Consensus falls into this category. On the national level, statements from all local leagues must be weighted.

Once a consensus position is reached, we may continue to act on it for years to come. From time to time these positions are re-evaluated and may be restudied or dropped.

Susie Orient

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