President's Message (Suzanne Meisenzahl)|
Report on Council '95
League Celebrates 75th Birthday of Ratification of the 19th
LWVUS Seeks Nominations for League Leadership Positions
All Aboard for Convention '96
Appointment to State Board
Teamsters Election Sets League Record
League Forms Con-Con Committee
Planning Officer Meets with P&Z Committee
World Conference on Women Meets in Beijing
Report on Joint Committee on Human Resources
Newly elected State President Jackie Kido and I attended this year's 35th National Council meeting in Washington, D.C. National President Becky Cain opened the session by posing the challenging question: "Can we do what is necessary to guarantee a dynamic future for the League of Women Voters?" This remained the theme for the whole Council.
One of the main items on the agenda was the budget. The priorities for this budget include maintaining the current level of advocacy activities, continuation of the membership campaign and visibility. Even this level of activity will be an effort due to deficits caused by decreasing direct mail income, a smaller donor base, and most important, declining PMP. Current national membership stands at 85,523, the lowest since 1950.
Each state league was asked to announce their plans for increasing membership during the role call of states. Hawaii was proud to announce that our membership had increased by 10% and that we planned for the same in the year to come. Only eight other states showed any increase at all, and none were as high as ours.
Our thanks to all the new members who chose to support the League this year. Please continue to do so, and invite your friends to join one of the few truly grassroots political organizations in existence today.
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