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League to Launch Nation-Wide Membership Drive (Mary Ellen Reed)
President's Message (Arlene Woo)
No Funeral for ERA (Dorothy Ridings)
Convention Report (Arlene Woo)
Candlelight and Wine (Melvia Kawashima, Jean Ko & Claudia Patil)
League Keeping Eye on Charter Review
League to Produce Publication on Hazardous Waste in Hawaii
Board Training
Tell Them We Support a Strong Clean Air Act!
News Bits
Extended Hand of Apartheid (Richard Gulicksen)
Citizens for Initiative
Available at League Office
Membership Update
League Members Running for Political Office
Mata Aimashoo (Dottie Gulicksen)

Convention Report

We are still the League of Women Voters even though there was another attempt to change the name to "League of Informed Voters" or "League of Wo/Men Voters."

Some 1300 delegates met in Houston to consider program, budget, and by-laws for the League of Women Voters.

The National Board did not recommend any new program items; they merely made some wording changes in the descriptions of the items. (See Convention Workbook 2)

However, the convention body voted 732 to 493 to adopt a new study. The focus of the study will be to evaluate U.S. national security policies and their impact on our domestic programs and our relationships with other nations. The scope will be: 1), to define the nature of national security and its relationship to military spending, 2), to assess the impact of U.S. military spending on the nation's economy and our ability to meet social and environmental needs, and 3), to determine the effects of U.S. military policy on our relationship with other countries.

A motion that local Leagues be asked to concur with the following statement which reflects the conclusions of the 1982 LVW of New Jersey and the 1972 LWV of Massachusetts consensus positions concerning public policy on reproductive matters: "The League of Women Voters of the United States believes that public policy in a pluralistic society mus affirm the constitutional right of privacy of the individual to make reproductive choices" was carried 753 to 472.

Although the health care group lobbied strongly for the adoption of health care as a study item, it was defeated 818 to 426.

The by-laws were changed to include a new type of membership. Article III, Section 2 shall read:

Voting Members. Citizens at least 18 years of age residing within the United States, a territory or an associated commonwealth, who join the League shall be voting members of the local and state Leagues of their place of residence and of the League of Women Voters of the United States; (1) those who reside outside the area of any Local League shall be state members-at-large; (2) those who have been members of the League for 50 years or more shall be life members excused from the payment of dues.

This by-law change reflects a national board plan to seek members at a national level through a direct mail recruitment program. $50,000 will be spent to increase LWV membership. Members gained through this method will be national members, paying $30.00 for dues the first year. The second year, they will be picked up by local leagues. This by-law change was defeated in the first vote but passed in the second.

The second by-law change increased the PMP to $12.00 for the next two years.

Although the motion to disenfranchise delegates of leagues who had not paid their PMP's was defeated, there was much bitterness about non-payment. $62,358 is outstanding. Some of the big city leagues feel they contribute enough without paying the PMP.

Budget changes include $30,000 for long range planning. This expenditure reflects LWVUS' concern for the health of the League. Florida League advocated an effectiveness study at the cost of $100,000, but the plan was defeated. There was also an increase for PR in the budget.

National has also planned an intensive membership campaign for September and October. "Action-Packed Politics" is the theme. There are public service announcements for radio (and perhaps for TV), posters, fliers, and detailed instructions for the four-week campaign. LWVUS membership as dropped from 155,000 to 109,000. Thus, National felt the need for active recruitment.

There was also a media exchange during two noontime perios when films and spots were reviewed. Our videotape Slowly Dying Embers was well-received.

There may have been disagreement and different points of view at the convention, but there was an overall sense of unity toward a common goal. During the membership discussion, there was much talk about National and what "they" had decided until one woman stood up and said, "We are National." The myriad of buttons, the impassioned pleas in caucus, and the friendly exchanges over meals make attending Convention a memorable experience.

Convention materials and reports from National are in the office for all League members to read. Remember, YOU are the League.

Arlene Woo

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