For the Members

League of Women Voters of Licking County
Proposed Budget
July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021

Budget CategoryProposed
Budget
July ’20 –

June ’21
Actual
July ’19 –
June ’20
Approved
Budget
July ’19 –
June ’20
REVENUE
Membership Dues:
-Household3,0003,2223,400
-Single3,6403,5904,290
-Student6010
Donations2,0003,591400
Other Income287100
Total revenue8,70010,7008,190
EXPENSES
Membership PMP5,7605,9286,669
Business Membership420420
Community Relations100150
Events300200
Filing Fees100275
Office Supplies:
-Postage62511250
-PO Box656465
-Supplies250214100
Merchandise For Sale226
PayPal Fees12510850
Printing325147150
Subscriptions150124325
Telecommunications
(ZOOM)
200161
Vote 411 Software250100
TOTAL EXPENSES8,6707,8797,759
EXCESS REVENUE$30$2,821$431
Revised 8/13/2020

Annual Meeting 2020

The members will meet virtually on September 3rd at 7:00.  This is the one “required” meeting each year where we accomplish the essential business to go orward into another year. We will need 24 members in attendance in order to have a quorum, for example, to adopt an annual budget, so please do plan to attend.

We are required to post all materials requiring a vote on the website ahead of time and are aiming to do so by August 3rd.


[LWVLC] LWVUS Convention 2020

6/30/2020
Dear Members and Friends,

The League’s biennial national convention was conducted virtually through Zoom.  Among it helped me better anticipate managing our Annual Meeting which will use the same platform. Watch for an announcement soon about the date and time for that meeting.

Preliminary information sessions and caucuses were held June 22 – 24; the convention itself spanned June 25 – 27. 

I am not sure of the total attendance, but the delegates alone numbered 1,267 including your two delegates, Pam Wilson and myself.  Perusing the schedule linked here you can sense just how rich and varied all these events were.  It would have been impossible to attend everything.

This little report, then, is just my own “take,” not a full and unbiased record, but I hope the embedded links will allow those who want to dig deeper to do so.

These were the major speakers.  The first two can be accessed on the LWV convention website but Dr. Turner’s address was streamed through the LWVUS Facebook page:

  • Nora O’Donnel of CBS News (keynote)
  • Virginia Kase, the LWVUS CEO
  • Deborah Turner, the newly elected President

Many of the pre-convention sessions were recorded and will be great learning resources, for example, the one on hosting candidate nights.

I also enjoyed the one on Youth Voter Registration and Education.  While we have done considerable VR with youth, I gleaned a few useful tips and ideas, including how the pandemic affects the work.

One of my favorites was the session on the National Popular Vote (NPV) Interstate Compact, in part because currently I am reading Let the People Pick the President, by Jesse Wegman, and because of what transpired later with motion #2020-119 (see below).

The daily briefing section of the convention website lists all the resolutions and the vote tallies. Most of the voting takes place in a long plenary session on the last day of the convention.

Surprising to me was the vote to add abolition of the electoral college to the national program of action.  At the convention two years ago, this was hotly debated in opposition to a competing proposal to work on the National Popular Vote.  In 2018, we had approved a compromise, namely to work on the NPV as the more likely to be successful in the short term while still affirming the League’s long-standing desire to abolish the electoral college eventually.  Because of that hard-fought compromise, I suspect, the Resolutions Committee decided not to list abolishing the electoral college among the issues up for a vote, but its advocates managed to override that recommendation.  Delegates voted overwhelmingly to include it in the League’s program of action for 2020- 2022.

Later, I learned that it was added (below in red) to the very end of Motion #2020-119 which is also a good nutshell of the national program for the next biennium.

Motion #2020-119: I move to adopt the proposed LWVUS program for 2020-2022 Campaign for Making Democracy Work®: ensuring a free, fair and accessible electoral system for all eligible voters by focusing on Voting Rights, Improving Elections and advocacy for the National Popular Vote Compact, Campaign Finance/Money in Politics and Redistricting and to continue to work on urgent issues: Climate Change, the Equal Rights Amendment, Health Care, Gun Safety, Immigration, and abolishing the electoral college. 

Stay safe everyone.

Rita


Notes from LWVLC Board, April 2020

At the May board meeting on Sunday, we decided to make the notes of our meetings available to members who might be interested to read them.  These notes from the April meeting were approved then, so here you are:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/10SlXKiT3BveiQsSHyFutbUJW4P__-sKj/view?usp=sharing

Questions?  Let me know if you have any questions.

Rita


LWVLC Bylaws Revised January 2020

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF LICKING COUNTY
BYLAWS
MAKING DEMOCRACY WORK

Democracy is Not a Spectator Sport…Get Involved!

Adopted: August 2018

Revised:  January 2020

We, the undersigned, all of whom are citizens of the State of Ohio, desiring to form a corporation, not for profit, under the general corporation laws of said State, do hereby certify:

FIRST:      The name of said corporation shall be League of Women Voters of Licking County.

SECOND: Said corporation is to be located in Licking County, Ohio, and its principal business there transacted.

THIRD:     The business and objectives of said corporation shall be to promote political responsibility through informed and active participation of citizens in government; to render such other services in the interest of education in citizenship as may be possible; and to do every act appropriate or necessary to carry out any of the foregoing objects. 

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, we have hereunto set our hands, this 30th of August, A.D. 2018.

Rita Kipp, President

Carol Apacki, Vice-President

Jane Wilken, Treasurer

Kimberly Byce, Secretary

Filed:  August 31, 2018

Recorded:   Granville, OH 430232

Records of Incorporation and Miscellaneous Filings


Article I:  Name

Section 1. Name.  The name of this organization shall be League of Women Voters of Licking County (Ohio), hereinafter referred to as LWVLC.  This Local League is an integral part of the League of Women Voters of Ohio (LWVO) and the League of Women Voters of the United States (LWVUS).

Section 2. Form.  LWVLC shall be a nonprofit domestic corporation incorporated under the laws of the state of Ohio.

Article II:  Purpose(s) and Policy

Section 1. Purpose.  The purposes of the LWVLC are to promote political responsibility through informed and active participation of citizens in government and to act on selected governmental issues.  LWVLC is organized and operated exclusively for charitable and educational purposes under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding section of any future federal tax code.  Notwithstanding any other provision of these Articles, LWVLC shall not carry on any other activities not permitted to be carried on by a corporation exempt from Federal Income Tax under such provisions of the Internal Revenue Code.  No substantial part of the activities of LWVLC shall be the carrying on of propaganda, or otherwise attempting to influence legislation. 

Section 2. Political Policy.  The LWVLC shall not support or oppose any political party or any candidate.

Article III:  Membership

Section 1. Eligibility.  Any person who subscribes to the purpose(s) and policy of the LWVLC shall be eligible for membership.  LWVLC encourages members, who are eligible, to be registered voters.

Section 2. Types of Membership.

  • Individual Members. Persons at least 16 years of age who pay annual dues to the LWVLC are voting members.  When joining LWVLC, they automatically join the League of Women Voters of Ohio (LWVO) and the League of Women Voters of the United States (LWVUS).
  • Household Memberships.  When two or more persons reside at the same address in a common household, they may join as a unit and pay dues in common. Within the household, one member is designated as primary and the second as additional. Supplementary members (over the primary and additional) pay a reduced membership fee.  Each household member, whether primary or additional, enjoys voting rights and also belongs to LWVO and LWVUS.
  • Student Members.  Students, defined as 16-25 year olds enrolled full or part time in accredited schools, pay annual dues at a reduced level and enjoy voting rights.
  • Life Members. Members of the LWVLC for 50 years or more shall be life members excused from the payment of dues.

Article IV:  Officers

Section 1. Election, Qualifications and Term.  The Officers of the LWVLC shall be:  President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer, who shall be elected for terms of two years by the general membership at the Annual Meeting and take office immediately.  The President shall be elected in the same year as the Secretary, and in the following year, the Vice-President and Treasurer shall be elected.

Section 2. The President.  The President shall preside at meetings of the Organization, Officers, and the Board of Directors.   The President may, in the absence or disability of the Treasurer, sign or endorse checks, drafts and notes.   The President shall be, ex-officio, a member of all committees except the Nominating Committee.  The President shall have such usual powers of supervision and management as may pertain to the office and perform such other duties as may be designated by the Board of Directors.  The office of President may be held by more than one person at a time.

In the event of the absence, disability, resignation or death of the President, the Vice-President shall assume the office. If no Vice-President is able to serve as President, the Board of Directors shall fill the vacancy from among the elected Board members.

Section 3. The Vice-President.  The Vice-President shall, in the event of absence, disability, resignation, or death of the President, possess all the powers and perform all the duties of that office, until such time as the Board of Directors shall elect one of its members to fill the vacancy.  The Vice-President shall perform such other duties as the President, Officers, or Board of Directors designate.

Section 4. The Secretary.  The Secretary shall keep minutes of the LWVLC Annual Meeting and of meetings of the Officers and Board of Directors.   The Secretary shall perform other functions, as may be incidental to the office.

Section 5. The Treasurer.  The Treasurer is the chief financial officer of the LWVLC and shall keep and maintain adequate and correct accounts of the properties and business transactions of the LWVLC. The Treasurer shall present statements to the Board of Directors at its regular meetings, a financial report to the members at the Annual Meeting, and a year-end financial report. The Treasurer shall be responsible for filing federal, state and local government forms and payment of taxes and fees, as required by law.

Article V: Principles and Program

Section 1. Principles.  The principles are governmental standards and policies adopted by the national convention and supported by LWVUS as a whole. They are the authorization for the adoption of the national, state, and local Program.

Section 2. Program.  The Program of the LWVLC shall consist of actions to implement the principles, priorities and designated issues, as established at its Annual Meeting, for concerted study and action, provided that the LWVLC shall act only on existing local positions or state or national positions.  The Board of Directors may recommend to the membership, at the Annual Meeting, a Program of Work focused on the local community.  Program of Work, as used in these bylaws, may be in the form of observing local government, advocating on a local issue, or educating the membership and the community on the structure and services of local government.  At the Annual Meeting, the membership may adopt the Board’s recommended Program or any similar Program of Work provided that the Program meets the objectives of the LWVLC.

Section 3. Changes in Program.  Changes in Program, in the case of altered conditions, may be made provided that:

  1. Information concerning the proposed changes has been sent to all members at least two weeks prior to a general membership meeting at which the changes are discussed,
  2. Final action is taken at a succeeding meeting.

Section 4. Program Action.  Members may act in the name of the LWVLC only when authorized to do so by the Officers and Board of Directors.  They act only in conformity with, and not contrary to, a position taken by the LWVLC, the LWVOH and the LWVUS.

Article VI: Board of Directors

Section 1. Selection and Term.  The Board shall consist of six elected directors and no more than five appointed ones.  Elected are the four Officers of the LWVLC, and chairs of the Nominating and Voter Education Committees. The Officers and elected members of the Board may appoint up to five other directors. All directors shall be voting members of LWVLC.  Except for the chair of the Nominating Committee, all directors shall serve for a term of two years or until successors have been elected or appointed and qualified.  The chair of the Nominating Committee shall serve for a term of one year.  Board members shall assume committee chair/co-chair responsibilities as deemed relevant to the Program of Work.  Vacancies, other than the Presidency, may be filled by vote of the remaining members of the Board.

Section 2. Qualifications.  No person shall be elected or appointed or shall continue to serve as an officer or director of this organization unless he or she is a voting member of the LWVLC in good standing.  Three consecutive absences from a Board meeting of any member without a valid reason shall be deemed a resignation.

Section 3. Vacancies.  Any vacancy occurring in the Board of Directors by reason of the resignation, death, or disqualification of any officer or elected member shall be referred to the Nominating Committee.  Following a recommendation from the Nominating Committee, the vacancy may then be filled until the next Annual Meeting by a majority vote of the remaining members of the Board of Directors. 

Section 4. Powers and Duties.  Subject to the limitations of law, the articles of incorporation, and these Bylaws, the activities and affairs of LWVLC, and all corporate powers shall be exercised by or under control of the Board. The Board shall plan and direct the work necessary to carry out Programs on selected governmental issues as adopted by the LWVUS Convention, the LWVO Convention, and the LWVLC Annual Meeting.

Article VII: Meetings

Section 1. Annual Meetings.  There shall be at least one meeting of the membership each year.   In the Annual Meeting, the Program of Work for the coming year shall be adopted; the election of Officers, directors and members of the Nominating Committee shall take place; and a budget will be set, including membership dues.  The Board shall determine the time and place. 

Section 2. Additional Meetings.  Other meetings of the members may be called by the President, the Board of Directors, or upon written request of ten percent of the voting members.

Section 3. Quorum.  Twenty percent (20%) of the voting members shall constitute a quorum at all business meetings of the membership, provided notice of the meeting is sent to the membership at least two weeks in advance.

Section 4.  Board of Director Meetings. 

  1. Regular Meetings. There shall be at least four regular meetings of the Board annually. No action taken at any regular Board meeting attended by three-fourths of the directors shall be invalidated because of the failure of any director to receive a properly sent notice or because of any irregularity in a notice actually received.
  2. Special Meetings. The President may call special meetings of the Board and shall call a special meeting upon written request of five members of the Board.
  3. Quorum. A majority of the directors in office constitutes a quorum of the Board for the transaction of business.
  4. Participation in Meetings by Electronic Means. One or more members of the Board may participate in a meeting by use of conference telephone or similar communications equipment, so long as all participants in the meeting can simultaneously hear each other.
  5. Action Without Meeting. The directors may take action between meetings by mail or an e-mail ballot, when necessary, provided that notice of the proposed action sets forth the proposed action, provides the opportunity to specify approval or disapproval of the proposal, and allows reasonable time in which to return the ballot. Notice, quorum, and other requirements for the conduct of meetings shall apply. Ballots shall be filed with a report of the action and shall be a part of the minutes of the next meeting of the Board of Directors.

Article VIII:  Nominations and Elections

Section 1. Nominating Committee.  The Nominating Committee shall consist of a chair and two additional members all of whom shall be elected at the Annual Meeting.  The chair shall be a member of the Board of Directors.   The term of office for the chair and members of the committee shall be one year.  Vacancies shall be filled by appointment of the Board.

Section 2. Report of Nominating Committee.  The report of the Nominating Committee containing its nominations for Officers, directors and the members of the succeeding Nominating Committee shall be sent to the members within two weeks of the Annual Meeting.   The report of the Nominating Committee shall be presented to the Annual Meeting.  Nominations may be made from the floor immediately thereafter, provided the consent of the nominee has been obtained.

Section 3. Elections.  The election shall be by ballot except that if there is only one nominee for each position, it shall be by voice vote.  A majority vote shall constitute an election. 

Article IX: Committees

Section 1. Creation.  The Board, by a majority vote of the Officers and Board Directors, may create one or more committees.

Section 2. Executive Committee.

  1. The Board of Directors shall appoint an Executive Committee consisting of the four officers.   Three members shall constitute a quorum.
  2. The Executive Committee shall transact emergency business between meetings of the Board of Directors. The proceedings of the Executive Committee shall be reported to the Board of Directors at its next meeting for ratification.

Article X:  Amendments

These Bylaws may be amended by a two-thirds vote of the voting members present at the Annual Meeting, provided the amendments were submitted to the membership in writing at least two weeks in advance of the meeting. 

Article XI: Financial Administration

Section 1. Fiscal Year.  The fiscal year of the LWVLC shall commence on the first day of July each year.

Section 2. Dues.  Dues shall be collected annually based on the member’s date of joining LWVLC.  A member whose dues are three or more months late is not eligible to vote and will not be listed when membership reports are due to the state or national office.  Dues will be set or modified at the Annual Meeting.

Section 3. Oversight.  Annually, a non-board member will be appointed by the Board to review the financial statements and records.  During the transition of the officers, all relevant materials, including electronic files, will be provided to the incoming Treasurer.  A report of good order shall be presented at the Annual Meeting and a vote to accept taken.

Section 4.  Budget.

  1. The budget shall be developed under the leadership of the Treasurer with input and guidance from the Officers.
  2. The Board shall submit the budget to the members for adoption at the Annual Meeting. A copy of the proposed budget shall be sent to each member two weeks before the date of the Annual Meeting. The budget shall provide for the support of the LWVLC.

Section 5. Fiscal Report.  The Board shall send the members an annual financial report, not later than 120 days following the end of the LWVLC fiscal year.

Section 6. Indemnification.  LWVLC is empowered to indemnify its Officers, Directors, and agents to the extent provided, and within the limitations imposed, by law.

Section 7. Distribution of Funds on Dissolution.  In the event of merger or dissolution of the LWVLC for any reason, all money and securities which at the time be owned or under the absolute control of the LWVLC shall be distributed at the discretion of the Board of Directors, or such other persons as shall be charged by law with the liquidation or winding up of the LWVLC and its affairs, to any member organization of the League of Women Voters national organization which is exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or the corresponding section of any future federal tax code; or if none of these organizations are then in existence or exempt under those tax provisions, then, at the discretion of the Board of Directors, to another organization which is organized and operated exclusively for charitable and educational purposes and which has established its tax-exempt status under such designated tax provisions.

Article XII:  Rules of Order

Section 1. Parliamentary Authority.  The rules contained in the current edition of Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised shall govern the organization in all cases to which they are applicable and not inconsistent with these bylaws.

#### End of Bylaws ####


Cancellations and Continuity

Dear Members and Friends,

The Annual Meeting, scheduled for April 23rd, has been cancelled.  We will certainly reschedule but at this time I cannot specify a date. 

At least 20 days in advance of each Annual Meeting we must provide the members with any materials requiring a vote.  The board has advised me to go ahead and send those.  Perhaps our enforced time at home will give more opportunity to read and digest them.

I will not send the agenda or the Treasurer’s report yet since those may change in the months to come, but LWVLC members can look to receive separate emails in the near future with the following materials attached:

  1. A new version of the bylaws
  2. A proposed budget for the coming year
  3. The minutes from the Annual Meeting of August 2019

Observer Corps Report

The LWVLC board met yesterday by computer using Zoom.  We heard a report from Lyn Roberston, the Observer Corps Director, about how that initiative is faring during this extraordinary time.  Following two meetings for training and orientation in January, Lyn developed a process for observation, communication, and reporting.  Here are the main achievements to date:

·        Bob Blomeyer and Becky Clemente developed a mobile app for the reporting form that can be used on a phone or other device and that automatically enters the reports into a data base.

·         Observation of the LC County Commissioners has begun. They have welcomed us and been very accommodating.

o   Four observers have submitted at least one report each. 

o   In consideration of the pandemic and the cramped space, the Commissioners have set up a room across the hall where their meetings can be projected to visitors and to our observers.

·         No official relationship exists yet with the Board of Health, but some of our members continue to attend as individuals. We will bring this agency into our official observations in the future when conditions are more favorable. Meanwhile, those meetings are currently being projected online through facebook.

·         We need to push the message that the Corps’ purposes are encouraging citizen involvement in government and supporting the Sunshine Laws, not catching officials in “gotcha” moments.

·         Lyn has instructed the volunteers that none are expected to carry out in-person observations during the health emergency or even travel to the courthouse to attend the Commissioners’ meetings virtually.  Those who can and wish to observe virtually, however, are encouraged to do so as much as their circumstances allow.

Thank you Lyn and all the volunteers for this forward momentum.  Thanks especially to Bob and Becky for the hours they devoted to developing that amazing app.

Stay well, stay centered during this stressful time.

Rita


Annual Meeting Moves to April

Dear Members and Friends,

Please mark your calendars for the LWVLC’s Annual Meeting:

April 23, 2020, 6:00 p.m.

Newark Schools Administration Building, 621 Mt. Vernon Rd, Newark. 

The Board of Directors has determined that April will be better than August for this annual event.  The very first gathering to organize ourselves occurred at the end of August 2017 and we just followed that pattern over the next two years.  We have found that September is not a great time to orient newly elected leaders, however, especially those in election-related voter services. This change will affect the terms of office to which some current leaders were elected, and I will share more about that later along with the materials that LWVLC members will want to see before the meeting.

Let them eat cake!   This year we will share birthday cake in celebration of the League’s Centennial.  We will start at 6:00 with the cake and socializing before getting down to business at 6:30. As always, we welcome friends, spouses, or partners to this event, but only LWV members in good standing may vote. I believe we can finish the work at hand well within an hour.

Finally, starting around 7:30, we will hear a speaker, Denison University’s Dr. Megan ThrelkeldAs her bio shows, she is imminently qualified to talk about the women’s movement during the era in which the League was born.  Those of us who have heard her elsewhere can promise, too, that she is an excellent speaker.

You will not want to miss all this.

Rita


Statehouse Day Registration is OPEN!

Dear Members of LWVLC,

I just registered for Statehouse Day.  You are welcome to join me and the others from Licking County, numbering around 6 in past years.  But the more the merrier!  We will arrange at least one car pool from Granville.

I checked the box saying that I would like for the LWVO to arrange a meeting with one of our representatives on that day.  Last year, a small group of us met with Scott Ryan (then House district 71’s rep); the year before we met with our state senator, Jay Hottinger. Note that Licking also includes some of District 72, Larry Householder’s, so I listed that information as well.  We have to take whomever they assign to us.

The cost is $50 for members, and is more than than for non-members ($65?).  Students can attend for $35. The price includes a nice luncheon with a speaker.

Rita

See the Calendar at the right for date and place details.

REGISTER: https://default.salsalabs.org/T1b5f7513-d420-400f-baa6-7ec98408d24f/0f7b47bf-2ad8-4d16-937a-f608d46ce2da


Day of Action Report

From Rita Kipp, President
2/16/2020

Dear Members and Friends,

Those of you on facebook may have seen the photos from three Days of Action this past week, our unique way of celebrating the League’s Centennial. Here is a column I wrote for the Newark Advocate on the subject. After I submitted it, Vertical 196 pulled out of the agreement but we did good work with the remaining four nonprofit partners. 

While the total registrations over these three days – 39 — pales in comparison to what Anne Goodge is reporting from county high schools this spring, we are pleased enough with the number.  This was outreach to the “under served,” after all, those who are difficult to reach by definition.

I am especially pleased with the number of members and friends who participated in some way, whether by donating in-kind or by tabling.  I can’t list all those who left donations at my door because I didn’t see everyone.  I did see and thank some of you.  Know that the volunteers were happy to tote all that food, warm clothing, over-the-counter meds, and toiletries into the partner sites, and that the staff who received these were grateful.

Thanks to all who supported this effort.

Day of Action Volunteers

  • Jill Andrews
  • Nathan Andrews
  • Robert Blomeyer
  • Marsha Crawford
  • Beth Ehrman
  • Anne Goodge
  • Rich Kipp
  • Trish Koons
  • Barbara Lechner
  • Ann Lighthiser
  • Jan MacAuley
  • Emily Rutherford
  • Linda Scott
  • Mary Tuominen
  • Emily Vermillion

Pictured here at Newark Homeless Outreach are Jill and Nathan Andrews and Robert Blomeyer.

Pictured here at Newark Homeless Outreach are Jill and Nathan Andrews and Robert Blomeyer.
Pictured here at Newark Homeless Outreach are Jill and Nathan Andrews and Robert Blomeyer.

Minutes of the Annual Meeting
August 29, 2019

League of Women Voters of Licking County

Annual Meeting

August 29, 2019

Meeting was called to order at 6:30.

I.  President’s Report

The President reminded us of achievements and landmarks of the past year, including membership growth, steady donations from members, and an award from LWVO for Voter Outreach.

II. Minutes from Annual Meeting, August 30, 2018

No corrections or additions.

Carol Apacki moved and they were approved by voice vote.

III.  Treasurer’s Report – Jane Wilken

For the period ending June 30, 2019

Total revenue: $7,771

Budget: $5,630

Total expenses: $7,174

Excess revenue/expense: $597

Now that we are a local league, we do not get to keep as much of the membership dues as we had expected. After making per member payments to LWV Ohio ($25) and LWVUS ($32), we keep only $3 from each $60 membership.

After discussing how we benefit from the national and state levels, the report was approved by unanimous voice.

IV.  Old Business: None

V. New Business

A. Amendments to bylaws: Articles II and X

The Board recommends changing our tax status from 501(c)(4) to 501(c)(3), enabling tax exempt donations and access to foundation grants limited to mainly educational nonprofits.

An attorney who serves as a consultant to the national LWV advised about amending our bylaws to effect this. New wording was proposed for Article II (Purposes and Policy, Section 1; organize as a 501(c)(3) non-profit) and an Article X (Financial Administration, Section 4 (distribution of funds on dissolution).

The vote on both amendments was unanimous.

B.  Amendments to Bylaws: Article XII.

The Board offered a motion to limit the strictest nonpartisan requirements to the President and Chair of Voter Education, removing that stringency from the other officers.

Tracee Laing moved to amend the motion to include the Chair of Membership among those required to follow strict nonpartisanship.

Discussion pro and con ensued, but the motion to amend passed overwhelmingly. In summary: Those included under the strictest nonpartisan rules will include the President, the Chair of Membership, and the Chair of Voter Education.

This fruitful discussion reminded us that when representing or speaking for the League, whether as an officer, committee chair or a regular member, nonpartisan behavior is required of everyone.

The amended motion passed unanimously.

C.  Amendments to Bylaws: Article V. Board of Directors

The Board moved that the chair of Voter Education (instead of the Chair Membership) be elected rather than by appointed to the Board.

The motion passed with unanimous voice.

D. Article XIII (Clerical error in numbering)

E.   Election of Officers and Other Leaders

Michelle Newman, Chair of the Nominating Committee, proffered a slate for election on behalf of the Committee.  There were no additional nominations from the floor:

Vice President, Pam Wilson

Treasurer, Jane Wilken

Voter Education Chair, Charlie O’Keefe

Nominating Committee, Chair, Jim Bidigare

            Member – Barbara Lechner

            Member – Michelle Newman

The slate was approved unanimously.

The President thanked those stepping off the Board who had rendered great service over the last year: Maija Bamford, Marsha Crawford, Susan Haas, and Michelle Newman.

Serving by appointment to the Board in the coming year will be: Beth Ehrman and Susanna Snyder.  Continuing are Anne Goodge and Carol Apacki.

F.  Budget for 2019-2020

On behalf of the Board, Treasurer Wilken proposed a budget based on raising the membership dues to $65 for individuals and $100 for a family membership.  Student membership remains at $5, consistent with state-wide practice.

Proposed revenue: $8,190

Proposed expenses: $7,759

Excess revenue: $431

The motion to increase the dues was voted first, and then the budget predicated on those dues.  Both passed unanimously.

G.  Program

The Campaign for Making Democracy Work was adopted as our program for 2018-2020. We will continue to apply our energy to voting rights and improving elections.

Pam Wilson described the plans for commemorating the Centennial of Women’s Suffrage.  

Carol Apacki announced an educational event by the Ohio Fair Courts Alliance, October 2, at 6:30 at the Granville Historical Society.

In the coming year, the Board will undertake to learn about advocacy and action within the League in preparation for studying local issues and adopting a program of local action and advocacy in the future.

H.  Discussion: Should we Form an Observer Corps?

After table discussion, the consensus was yes – forming a local observer corps, starting on a small scale, would be worth doing.

Meeting adjourned around 8:20

Submitted by Secretary Kim Byce.


Amendments to Bylaws August 29, 2019

Article II:  Purpose(s) and Policy

Sec. 1. Purposes.   The purposes of the LWVLC are to promote political responsibility through informed and active participation of citizens in government and to act on selected governmental issues. The League is organized and operated exclusively for charitable and educational purposes under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding section of any future federal tax code.  Notwithstanding any other provision of these Articles, the League shall not carry on any other activities not permitted to be carried on by a corporation exempt from Federal Income Tax under such provisions of the Internal Revenue Code.  No substantial part of the activities of the League shall be the carrying on of propaganda, or otherwise attempting to influence legislation. 

Article V: Board of Directors

Sec. 1. Selection, Qualifications and Term.   The board of directors shall consist of the officers of the LWVLC, the chairs of the nominating committee and the voter education committee, both of whom shall be elected at the annual meeting; and not more than five directors appointed by the officers and elected members of the board.  All directors shall be voting members of the league.  Except for the chair of the nominating committee, all directors shall serve for a term of two years or until successors have been elected or appointed and qualified.  The chair of the nominating committee shall serve for a term of one year.  Board members shall assume committee chair/co-chair responsibilities as deemed relevant to the program of work.  Vacancies, other than the presidency, many be filled by vote of the remaining members of the board.

Article IX: Financial Administration

Section 4. Distribution of Funds on Dissolution.  In the event of merger or dissolution of the LWVLC for any reason, all money and securities which at the time be owned or under the absolute control of the LWVLC shall be distributed at the discretion of the board, or such other persons as shall be charged by law with the liquidation or winding up of the LWVLC and its affairs, to any member organization of the League of Women Voters national organization which is exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or the corresponding section of any future federal tax code; or if none of these organizations are then in existence or exempt under those tax provisions, then, at the discretion of the board, to another organization which is organized and operated exclusively for charitable and educational purposes and which has established its tax-exempt status under such designated tax provisions.    

Article XII.  Non-Partisan Policy Statement

The league may take action on governmental measures and policies in keeping with existing LWVUS, LWVO, or LWVLC positions.  However, it shall not support or oppose any political party or any candidates. Ballot issues, particularly those endorsed by the LWV, may well be supported.   Recognizing that the league experience uniquely equips members for public life and wishing to encourage members to utilize their knowledge and abilities, members are urged to participate fully in party activities (on an individual basis). 

However, the protection of the non-partisan policy is critical.  Therefore, due to the visibility of the president, the chair of voter education, and the chair of membership, additional guidelines apply; these leaders will refrain from seeking or holding political office, participating publicly in political campaigns, including the circulation of petitions or the display of campaign materials.  They may sign petitions, attend campaign events, and support candidates, if done so privately and in a discreet manner.


Get ready for the Annual Meeting!

Thursday, August 29th, 6:30 p.m.
at 621 Mt. Vernon Rd. in Newark
Newark School Administration Building

Find parking at the side or back of the building, once the classic Roosevelt School and now the Newark Schools Administration.  

Newark Schools Administration, Map 

Enter through the back door at 6:00 pm to meet and greet before our work starts at 6:30.  

Also, bring cash or your check book.  We will be selling a couple of items as fund-raisers, a coffee commemorating the Centennial of the LWV and of women’s suffrage (Ballot Blend from Silverbridge) and jewelry from Peace+Love+Bling in Columbus.

We have so much to celebrate this year, and also important work to do as we imagine our next steps. Changes are underway!  I will send materials for the meeting in separate emails, giving you time to read and understand the decisions requiring a vote. Note: While only LWV members may vote, all are welcome to attend, especially anyone thinking about joining the League.

Here I include the agenda and the slate prepared by the Nominating Committee(below on this web page).  I will also ask for other nominations at the meeting, but you must have already secured the nominee’s agreement before making a nomination from the floor. 

Here is a preview of the main things up for discussion:

  • The Board of Directors recommends an increase in dues from $60 for individuals to $65; and for household from $90 to $100. The budget developed for next year, requiring your approval, is built on this change. I will communicate about the rationale for this increase in a later email.
  • The Board has determined that we should change our tax status from 501 (c)(4) to 501 (c)(3), a significant legal difference with implications for fundraising as well as for our perception in the community.  This will require some amendments to the bylaws.
  • The Board is recommending changes to the wording of our non-partisan policy, perhaps the policy that is most fundamental for our identity.

Finally, and now that we have our roots well-established in voter services (the basic work of any Local League), it is time to think about engaging in action and advocacy following “the League way.”  The Board will use the coming year to learn how the League defines and organizes advocacy, especially when championing issues at the local level.  At the Meeting I will ask you to enter into structured discussion about one possible step toward shaping an activist agenda: starting an Observer Corps.

Our bylaws require that we meet together only once annually, meaning that many decisions need to be affirmed at this meeting.  A lot of material will be coming your way, first in my emails and then posted to our website.  I know you will want to be prepared to take part fully.

Looking forward to our work together.

Rita Kipp, President
E-mail 7/31/2019


League of Women Voters of Licking County
Annual Meeting Agenda
Thursday, August 29, 2019, 6:30 p.m.
at 621 Mt. Vernon Road, Newark, OH

  1. President’s Report
  2. Approval of the Minutes of August 30, 2018
  3. Treasurer’s Report
  4. Unfinished Business
    1. None
  5. New Business
    1. Amendment to the Bylaws (Article by Article changes below)
      1. Article II. Purpose and Policy – Insert language about 501(c)(3) tax status
      2. Article V. Board of Directors – Elect the Chair of Voter Education instead of the Chair of Membership.
      3. Article X. Financial Administration – Dissolution of funds, per 501(c)(3) rules.
      4. Article XII. Non-Partisan Policy – Reserve the most stringent non-partisan requirements for President and Chair of Voter Education
      5. Article XIII. Candidate Forums – Clerical error had it as Article III
    2. Budget for 2019-2020, Including Raising Membership Dues
    3. Electing Officers and Board Members
  6. Report and Discussion on Turning to Advocacy
    1. Reviewing our “Program” (Action Agenda) for 2019-2020 — Making Democracy Work
    2. Introduction to How the League Tradition of Advocacy Works
    3. Structured Discussion: Should We Start an Observer Corps?

2019 Nominations for LWVLC Leadership Positions

  • Vice President, Pam Wilson
    • Nominate for 2 year term
  • Treasurer, Jan Wilkens
    • Nominate for a 2-year term as planned in 2018 to stagger the officer terms.
  • Voter Education Chair, Charles O’Keefe
    • Nominate to a 2-year term on the Board of Directors.
  • Nominating Committee (all for a 1-year term)
    • Jim Bidigare, Chair, also serves on Board of Directors.
    • Barbara Lechner
    • Michelle Newman

Proposed Amendments to the Bylaws for August 2019

Amending bylaws always looks a little daunting, but there are really only two main issues to understand here.

First, we intend to become a 501©(3) nonprofit.  Currently our nonprofit tax status is 501©(4).  The new status will enable tax-deductible donations and applying to foundations that award grants only to educational nonprofits. The proposed amendments to Article II and Article X speak to this change of tax status.  Both insert the exact wording provided by an attorney with the LWVUS who advised us. 

Second, the Board recommends changes to Article XII, our nonpartisan policy, and as a consequence, proposes changes to Article V, i.e., to the specifications about which members of the board will serve by election.   

Currently the nonpartisan policy (Article XII) applies equally to all four elected officers, although three officers rarely play any public role.  Furthermore, our current policy does not mention any other members of the Board, although the Chair of Voter Education, along with the President, plays a public role in working closely with candidates to produce voter guides and organize candidates nights. The amendment to Article XII proposes to impresses the most stringent nonpartisanship only on the President and the Chair of Voter Education.

Article V specifies who is elected and who serves by appointment on the Board of Directors.  Currently we elect the chairs of the Membership Committee and the Nominations Committee. The Board recommends that we elect the Chair of Voter Education instead of Membership, signaling the greater visibility of the person who leads Voter Education and who should be nonpartisan.

From Rita 8/5/2019

Article by Article changes below:


Article-by-Article Changes –
August 2019

Article II:  Purpose(s) and Policy

[Add new text for 501 (c) (3) tax status]

Sec. 1. Purposes.   The purposes of the LWVLC are to promote political responsibility through informed and active participation of citizens in government and to act on selected governmental issues.  The League is organized and operated exclusively for charitable and educational purposes under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding section of any future federal tax code.  Notwithstanding any other provision of these Articles, the League shall not carry on any other activities not permitted to be carried on by a corporation exempt from Federal Income Tax under such provisions of the Internal Revenue Code.  No substantial part of the activities of the League shall be the carrying on of propaganda, or otherwise attempting to influence legislation. 

Article V. Board of Directors

 [Strike “membership” and insert “voter education”]

Sec. 1. Selection, Qualifications and Term.   The board of directors shall consist of the officers of the LWVLC, the chairs of the nominating committee and the membership voter education committee, both of whom shall be elected at the annual meeting; and not more than five directors appointed by the officers and elected members of the board.  All directors shall be voting members of the league.  Except for the chair of the nominating committee, all directors shall serve for a term of two years or until successors have been elected or appointed and qualified.  The chair of the nominating committee shall serve for a term of one year.  Board members shall assume committee chair/co-chair responsibilities as deemed relevant to the program of work.  Vacancies, other than the presidency, many be filled by vote of the remaining members of the board.

Article X.  Financial Administration

 [Add new text for 501 (c) (3) tax status]

Section 4. Distribution of Funds on Dissolution.  In the event of merger or dissolution of the LWVLC for any reason, all money and securities which at the time be owned or under the absolute control of the LWVLC shall be distributed at the discretion of the board, or such other persons as shall be charged by law with the liquidation or winding up of the LWVLC and its affairs, to any member organization of the League of Women Voters national organization which is exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or the corresponding section of any future federal tax code; or if none of these organizations are then in existence or exempt under those tax provisions, then, at the discretion of the board, to another organization which is organized and operated exclusively for charitable and educational purposes and which has established its tax-exempt status under such designated tax provisions.        

Article XII.  Non-Partisan Policy Statement

Renumber the statement as Article XII.

Strike “officers” replace with “president and chair of voter education.”

Strike “officers” replace with “leaders”

Strike “partisan”

The league may take action on governmental measures and policies in keeping with existing LWVUS, LWVO, or LWVLC positions.  However, it shall not support or oppose any political party or any candidates. Ballot issues, particularly those endorsed by the LWV, may be supported.  

Recognizing that the League experience uniquely equips members for public life and wishing to encourage members to utilize their knowledge and abilities, members are urged to participate fully in political activities (on an individual basis.)

However, the protection of the non-partisan policy is critical.  Therefore, due to the visibility of the officers president and the chair of the voter education committee, additional guidelines apply. These officers leaders will refrain from seeking or holding partisan political office and participating publicly in political campaigns, including the circulation of candidate petitions or the display of campaign materials.  

They may attend campaign events, sign candidate petitions, and support candidates if done so privately and in a discreet manner.

Renumber section on Candidate Forums as Article XIII

            Numbered in error as Article III


Budget and Motion to Increase Dues

As a Local League, we are required to make Per Member Payments (PMP) for each of our members to both the US League of Women Voters (national organization) and the League of Women Voters of Ohio (LWVO.)

For each of our individual members we must send $32 to the national organization and $25 to the state level.  For households, our PMP is $48 and $37.50 to the US and state levels respectively.  Together these payments consume the dues of members in the League of Women Voters of Licking County almost entirely, leaving us only $3.00 out of each $60 individual membership and $4.50 from each household membership for local operations and activities.  We cannot operate effectively on these amounts.

Therefore, we ask you to approve increasing the dues by a $5 for an individual membership and $10 for a household.  We anticipate that this increase, in addition to a more deliberate focus on fund-raising, will help support our ambitions of serving and educating Licking County voters.

In fact, the Board asked the Treasurer to develop a budget for next year based on the new dues schedule, and we will seek your approval of this budget at the meeting.  There will be opportunity there, too, for your questions.

Find the motion to increase the dues and the proposed budget attached here.

Rita Kipp, President

Proposal to Raise the Dues for Membership in LWVLC

The Board of Directors recommends increasing the annual dues starting with those who join or renew in September 2019 to:
Individual – $65
Household – $100

Understanding that our local chapter currently keeps only $3.00 of the $60.00 dues that individual members pay and only $4.50 from each $90 household membership, this revenue does not cover even our fixed expenses such as rental for the PO box and subscriptions to an internet server and to Vote411.

A modest increase of $5.00 for individual members and $10.00 for households will help meet basic operating expenses and support core activities such as voter registration, candidate nights, and educational events.

We are incorporating this proposal into the budget proposed for 2019-2020.

League of Women Voters of Licking County
Proposed Budget
July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020

Revenue    
   Membership Dues    
      Household $       3,400  
      Single         4,290  
Donations            400  
Other Income            100  
Grants                –  
     Total Revenue   $8,190
Expenses    
Membership PMP         6,669  
Community Relations            150  
Events Office Supplies            300  
     Postage              50  
     PO Box              65  
     Supplies            100  
Paypal Fees              50  
Printing            150  
Subscriptions            325  
     Total Expenses $       7,859 $7,859
     Excess Revenue   $331
Household Membership 100  
Individual Membership 65  

LWV-OHIO Annual Convention

Friday, May 10, 2019 – 3:00pm to Sunday, May 12, 2019 – 1:00pm

LINK: https://my.lwv.org/ohio/event/2019-lwvo-state-convention


What LWVO Statehouse Day is Like (2019)

Those attending LWV Ohio Statehouse Day from our League today were: Carol Apacki, Marsha Crawford, Laura Joseph, Rita Kipp, Faith Triplett (a senior from Watkins Memorial in our mentoring program who wants to run for political office someday) and Pam Wilson.  Our experience lived up fully to the billing on the program: “A day of inspiration and advocacy.” 

These were some of the highlights for me.

In a panel on state policy updates, we heard from League lobbyists who work to influence legislation in Columbus.  For example, we heard from a former educator who described efforts to restore local control to four school districts that were taken over from constitutionally elected school boards and placed under “CEO” leadership.  Another 10 districts are at risk for takeover in the coming year (none in Licking County so far).

“Using test scores as the basis for state takeover is questionable, given that there is a clear correlation between income and test scores, and all of these districts face high poverty rates.” In other words, simply changing the leadership from a school board to a CEO does not fix the problem.  On the contrary, takeovers have been disruptive and counterproductive.  HB124 would restore control to the four districts currently under state control, and HB 154 would halt the process from going forward into other districts.

The League hopes to see legislation introduced for Automatic Voter Registration (AVR), which is already working in 17 states.  When eligible voters interact with any number of government agencies, they would be automatically registered to vote unless they choose to opt out. 

AVR would streamline the maintenance of voter rolls, reducing if not ending the need to purge inactive voters, increase the percentage of those registered to vote – currently only 75 of eligible voters in Ohio are registered – and is more cost effective than our current system. 

One interesting panel focused on the gender gap in elected leadership, depicting graphically the way men outnumber women increasingly as the pay for and power of elected positions increase.  A map showing the percentage of women elected to leadership over all positions by county listed Licking County at 26 percent.  This is below the state average of 29 percent, and far below the highest percentages, namely the urban counties where the figures are between 36 and 40 percent.

The lunchtime keynote was to have been given by Secretary of State, Frank LaRose, but he was out of the county to monitor an election.  LaRose, who supported redistricting efforts and has already reached out to voters at risk of purging by mailing them voter registration forms, seems to be on the same page as the League with regard to expanding voting access and enhancing election security.   His Chief of Staff, Merle Madrid, described some of these plans in his absence.

Having been primed in the morning with a session giving us practical tips about interacting effectively with legislators, we went in the afternoon to meet with one of ours, Representative Scott Ryan.  (LWVO arranges these appointments ahead of time.)  

Rep. Ryan spent 50 minutes with us in his office, where we exchanged information and opinions about the heartbeat bill, school takeovers and school funding, and automatic voter registration.  We also urged that funding the Secretary of State’s budget should be a priority given the greater need for cyber security.  During this meeting, we heard each other out respectfully and Rep. Ryan seemed open to working with the us in the future.

Rita Kipp
Wednesday, 3/27/2019


So much to learn

Dear Members and Friends of the League

Voter registration at Heath High School yesterday was different and quite special. 

Steven Yeager, who teaches all the seniors there in a class that prepares them for life after graduation, including civic education, has been helping them understand how government is structured and how they can have an impact, especially at the local level. He invited me and Anne Goodge to attend five of his classrooms, where we registered those who were not yet registered (28 in total) but also had the luxury of time to take it farther. 

To illustrate why voting is important, Steven, Anne, and I asked students to examine an agenda from a recent meeting of Heath City Council, including a memorandum from the Chief of Police to that body.  What kind of services does Council oversee?  Can we infer the kind of money Councils controls?  What are the likely sources of that money? How does City Council’s work impact their lives every day?  We saw that the Council’s useful website provides the meeting schedule and says that citizens are welcome to attend.

This was a “set up” for previewing what races and issues will be on the ballot in the May primary, including seats on City Council.  We tried to give these first-time voters a sense of what to expect in a primary election, for example, that poll workers will ask which party’s ballot they want.  So much to learn!

This photo, taken by Mr. Yeager, shows Anne (in the foreground with her back to the camera) and me talking with students in one of these classes.

From Rita Kipp, President
3/9/2019


Hey! What’s going on?

Dear Members and Friends of the League,

One of the most common questions from new or prospective members is, “How often do you meet?” We have at least one big general meeting each year, our annual business meeting in late August.  In the meantime, we work mostly in committees or by volunteering.  Connect with the League by volunteering or working with a committee.  The committees meet only as needed, not on a regular basis.  The Board does meet regularly, however, (every quarter) and our next one will be on April 7th

Here are some things going on.

1.       Membership

Membership continues to grow.  Although some who joined last year have moved or decided not to renew for other reasons, new members have more than made up the difference.  Our official roster of active members now stands at 105.

The Membership Committee (Marsha Crawford, Sarah Leavell, Barb Lechner, Beth Ehrman, and Sarah Poe) seeks volunteers to help with the welcoming and on-boarding of new members.  This entails phoning or meeting with someone who has recently joined (it may well be someone you know already) to learn them about what brings them to join the League – what are their interests? – and help them know who we are and how we work.  Be the friendly voice or friendly face of the League!  Join a pool of volunteers as greeters who will divide up this important task.  Reply to this message to join this volunteer pool.  It would be great to have a dozen people at the ready. We’ll provide a “script” to guide your contact with the new members.

2.        Voter registration

Anne Goodge is organizing voter registration at Licking County high schools this spring.  Meeting young people and talking with them about the importance of voting is gratifying work. Email Anne if you want to help: anne.goodge@gmail.com

3.        Looking to the Primary

Susan Haas is part of a group preparing a voter guide for the one contested race in the May 8th primary – the three At-large positions on Newark City Council—for which here are four Democrats and three Republicans running.  We will solicit information from these candidates and post their profiles online through Vote411.

4.       Educational Events

Carol Apacki leads a group that plans and sponsors lectures and other events to educate us about issues, especially poverty and other local concerns.  Watch our facebook page, too, for announcements about speakers, films, and other pertinent events sponsored by others in our community – mostly free.  Here are two examples:

  • Dark Money (an award-winning film about the impact of the Citizens United ruling on campaign contribution disclosures).  Thursday, February 21, 7:00 p.m. at 350 Hudson Ave. in Newark.
  • The Ice of the Planet as Witness to and Memory of Climate Change, a talk by Paolo Gabrielli of the Byrd Polar Research Center at OSU.  Thursday, February 28th, 7:00 p.m.  Granville Public Library.

5.        State House Day – March 27th

This annual event in downtown Columbus informs us about legislative goings-on in the Ohio House, Senate, and General Assembly.  It also provides an opportunity to meet with a legislator.  Last year three of us met with Jay Hottinger and shared our opinions on various issues. The keynote this year will be by Frank La Rose, the new Secretary of State.

6.        LWV Ohio Convention – May 10 through May 12

This is the annual business meeting of the state League, to be held this year at Nationwide Conference Center just off Route 23 north of Columbus.  In addition to hearing panels and speakers, we will elect some new members of the state board and vote on the advocacy positions of the League (See https://my.lwv.org/ohio/positions.) Our board has been asked for input in this process and we are ready to provide that.  How many delegates a chapter may send depends on size; we can send several. 

7.        Grant-funded Mentoring for High School Girls

The timing of receiving this award was difficult this year, so we have scaled back our ambitions this spring and will run a pilot for the program which will start in earnest this fall.  The purpose is to encourage girls’ civic engagement and build their leadership skills.  Pam Wilson is leading this initiative that has attracted several very able and enthusiastic girls, all from Watkins Memorial in Pataskala.

Rita Kipp, President

19 February 2019


Bringing You Up to Date (11/20/2018)

Dear Friends in League,

This message goes only to those on the distribution list who are official League members to bring you up to date on some business details.  A lot has been going on behind the scenes.  If this foundational stuff does not interest you, just give it quick read and file the message to consult later if necessary.

Financial and Legal Foundations

We have recently filed for Articles of Incorporation with the Ohio Secretary of State, paying a filing fee of $99.  Businesses and nonprofits arrange for this “corporate charter” when getting established as new legal entities.  It is part of getting ourselves set up to receive tax-deductible donations as a 501 c3 nonprofit.  Treasurer Jane Wilken and I have been doing this paperwork on incorporation and taxation.

Meanwhile Ken Apacki is working to modify the website so that memberships, renewals, and donations can be paid online.  We have been able to take nondeductible donations online through Paypal for some time, but now that we are also collecting the membership and renewal payments locally and donations with different tax statuses, the flow of money (and accounting for it) is more complex.

Managing Membership

League membership for the entire country is kept in a single database and as a new Local League we are now responsible for keeping our portion of it up to date. Beth Ehrman is our roster manager but I have also learned the software to serve as a backup on this essential task.  We took on the management of our own membership precisely when the LWV is updating the software.  For this reason, the transition has not been exactly smooth for us.  Beth and I are doing our best to keep track of renewals and other updates.  Until the software transition is complete, most of this tracking and reminding about renewals falls to me.

We have added several new members over the last few months, and most of the existing members who were reminded to renew for the August – October due dates have chosen to do so.  Yes! I recently sent renewal reminders to 17 households or individuals whose expiration date falls in November 2018.  The Board has determined that we will use a 3-month grace period before moving a member from active to inactive status when people do not respond positively to a reminder.

A reasonable estimate of our current membership is 93 persons, many of whom are part of households.  A snapshot of the  membership count in January will be used to calculate the Per Member Payment (PMP) that we must pay to the state and US levels in mid-summer 2019.

Let’s Celebrate!

Finally, in this quiet time for us (post-election and during the holiday season), we do hope to organize another social event, this one specially to meet and welcome several new members who have joined this fall.  The social in early October at Trek Brewing was such a great success and I hope even more of you will be able to join us this time.

Let me know if you any questions about these business details or other matters.  I will be here through the holiday season.

Stay warm,

Rita

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Students Making Democracy Work Brainstorm
September 14, 2018

Attending: Rita Kipp, Jordann Kea, Marsha Crawford, Lyn Roberstson, Isaac Davis, Rich Kipp, Tracee Laing, Charlie O’Keefe, Kim Byce, Amparo Saladino, Andrew Saladino, Ceciel Shaw.

Students included one from Denison, one from OSUN-COTC (who attended Granville High last year), and one from Newark High School. Each of them held their own in this chatty group.

Rita talked first about the nonpartisan ethos of LWV and our focus on voting rights and education. We hope more young people will work with us, the better to reach others with the message that voting matters. Each participant used a worksheet with these questions to frame the discussion:

1. What kinds of political engagement do you see already on your campus? (Or among your children and grandchildren?)
DU students talk about politics informally and often in everyday discussions. There are also clubs for Democrats, Republicans, Feminists and other social justice groups.

Rita and Lyn talked about the presence of CEEP (Campus Election Engagement Project) at DU this year, a nonpartisan group whose mission is very similar to the LWV’s and with which we are currently working.

Granville High School has groups for both major parties. Isaac was not yet aware of party-based clubs at OSUN, but there are some social justice groups. GHS also has groups for Democrats and Republicans.

Charlie described students (and young people in his family) as informed and passionate about issues but slow to engage. He had to push his grandsons to register. Jordann and Isaac also see the passion for issues among their friends but little commitment to voting.

2. Why do you suppose that people aged 18 – 24 are the least likely to vote of any age group?
Isaac mentioned voter suppression, e.g., gerrymandering and big money in politics. Many are discouraged or hopeless and feel that their vote does not make a difference. Negative campaigning and reporting around elections lead some to reject politics. Bernie Sanders got many people excited but then when he was not selected, they dropped out of engagement (Jordann). Do students understand the significance of a midterm election? Most do not.

Research shows that whether parents vote is one of the best predictors of whether young people do so.

3. What are some ways to get more students involved in politics?

We talked about the impact of social relationships — family, friends, teachers — to influence voting.
Charlie feels that they want to get involved with things that are fun.

CEEP at Denison is hoping to host a competition between dorms to register and vote.

First-time voters need help navigating the polling place and process.

Make voting a social event, providing a bus to pick up early voters. In this be mindful of student schedules over the week and pick a good time. Create an event or party around which to vote early.

Sometimes students do not vote because they do know about the issues (e.g., none in this group was aware of Issue 1 [about drugs] on the fall ballot) nor the local candidates.

Get the word out about Vote411.org. Many around the table had not heard of it, and when they did, some pulled out their phones immediately to give it a try. Tracee will draft a flyer and send to Jordann who will get to the Dems and Republicans on campus to print and distribute it.

Voter education should be free and streamable.

Start voter education programs earlier, even in childhood, like the campaign to recycle. Kids learned this in school and took it home to influence their parents.

Engage teachers (especially of government) to work with us.
Approach the boards and principals – solicit their support.

Could we register and inform voters at athletic events?

Finally, Rita described our new LWV student memberships and distributed forms to all participants. Our first student member – Jordann Kea – signed up on the spot! While campus groups are hard to sustain over the years due to the changing population and leadership, but student energies invested in the LWV will go into a sustainable organization and they can continue the membership when they transfer or go from high school to college.

Next steps
Follow through on these ideas and educate widely about vote411.
• Develop an annual plan or calendar of student outreach.
• Write a grant proposal to support student outreach and to develop a mentoring program.

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LWV Licking County Annual Meeting
August 30, 2018

Rita Kipp reminded us of our vision as a staunchly nonpartisan organization that aims to educate citizens to participate actively in democracy. There were about 50 people present including 36 members and 12-15 guests.

After a year of meteoric growth in paid memberships, and a full calendar year of events and accomplishments, including many voter registration events, a grant-funded panel for high school students, an educational program on poverty in our county, and participating in a forum for the District 12 primary candidates, we are ready to take the next step: becoming a fully autonomous Local League and leaving behind our temporary status as an At Large Unit.

LWVO requires four elements for becoming a Local League. Our primary business for the evening was to discuss and vote on those elements.

1. Officers

On behalf of the Nominating Committee, Michelle Newman Brady moved the following slate of officers and leaders:

  • • President, Rita Kipp (2 year)
    • VP, Carol Apacki (1 year)
    • Secretary, Kim Byce (2 year)
    • Treasurer, Jane Wilken (1 year)
    • Membership, Marsha Crawford (2 year)
    • Nominating Committee (all 1 year terms):
    o Michelle Newman Brady (chair), Jim Bidigare, and Jan MacAuley

There were no nominations from the floor; the slate was elected unanimously.

Rita Kipp also introduced the other board members who serve by appointment rather than by election. Our leadership has consisted of four officers to this point. Going forward, the 10-member Board of Directors will be the effective leadership body of LWVLC.

  • • Maija Bamford, social events
    • Anne Goodge, voter registration
    • Susan Haas, voter education
    • Pam Wilson, development

2. Bylaws

On behalf of the Board, Susan Haas moved to withdraw the draft of the Bylaws placed on the table at the April business meeting. (There was no quorum in April, and two small changes were made to the draft subsequently.) The motion to withdraw was approved.

Susan Haas moved that we approve the current draft Bylaws as posted on our web site two weeks ago. After some questions of clarification, they were approved unanimously.

3. Budget

Jane Wilken reviewed the main points of the budget as posted on our web site, summarizing revenues and expenses and noting that membership dues will remain the same this year.

On behalf of the Board, Jane moved to approve the budget. Approval was unanimous.

4. Program

Carol Apacki moved the adoption of the LWVUS’s Campaign for Making Democracy Work as our 2018-19 Program for study and action. That campaign focuses on election integrity, voting rights, campaign finance and redistricting. Our particular focus will be on voter rights, and we will continue to register and educate voters in fulfilling this program. The motion passed unanimously.

Announcements

Carol Apacki announced an educational program on Migrant Workers in Licking County featuring Granville Township Trustee Bryn Bird and others.
Tuesday, September 25, 2018 at the United Church of Granville, 7:00 pm

Members expressed a number of other hopes and ambitions:

  •  We need to diversify our membership – by ethnic background, party, and age.
    Comment: let’s have scholarships to allow those with financial need to join. We will promote student memberships this year as well, taking advantage of the new LWVUS pricing of $5.
    • We anticipate sponsoring a forum this fall for candidates or issues.
    • We should develop a buddy system to help members access computers and get to meetings. This could also be a recruitment tool.
    • Someone suggested that we join the Licking County Chamber of Commerce (we belong to the Granville Chamber).

Rita thanked these additional people who have contributed to the League over its first year:

Christine Ramsey, Treasurer, who laid our financial and legal foundations
Regina Martin
Tess Berry-Swartz
Ken Apacki, who developed and maintains our web site

Guest Speaker

Mike Curtain, a freelance journalist retired from a career as editor and Associate Publisher of the Columbus Dispatch, spoke about the need for persistence and patience. He began by observing that winning women’s suffrage entailed a struggle that lasted 72 years. Similarly, he pointed to the League’s dogged persistence over many decades on redistricting in Ohio.

Himself a member of the League, Curtin admires and supports the League for its contributions to democracy and civil discourse in our state and the nation. He would not accept an honorarium from us, but we did send him home with an LWV tee shirt that he promised to wear proudly.

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Forming a task force on student members

Dear LWVLC,
Are you interested in brainstorming about how to attract and engage student members?

Leagues across the country are now able to offer student memberships for annual dues of $5.00. How can we take advantage of this opportunity? How should we recruit high schoolers and college students to join the League and/or work with us? How do we inspire and then mobilize these new members? What kind of programs and leadership should we create for them?

I want a small task force to work on these questions. Not a standing committee, this temporary group would be charged to think about engaging students and produce a report with recommendations for the Board of Directors.

If your professional experience, past or present, includes working with students, your participation could be especially valuable.

Let me know if serving on this task force is of interest to you.

Rita
8/22/2018

+++++Annual Meeting Guest Speaker++++++++++++++++++

Dear LWVLC,

All are welcome to attend the Annual Meeting.  While members will be asked to vote on several items in preparation for becoming a local league (bylaws, budget, leaders, and a program), friends and followers are welcome to witness the process. 

What is more, after the business is done we will hear a speaker, Mike Curtin.  Several of us who attended State House Day in April were inspired by Curtin’s keynote address so I asked if he would do a repeat performance for us in Licking County. 

Mike Curtin knows Ohio politics inside and out.  Formerly a member of the Ohio House of Representatives, he is perhaps best known as editor and Associate Publisher of the Columbus Dispatch. Now retired, Curtin is also the author of the Ohio Politics Almanac.  He is a a long-time friend of the League.

Annual Meeting of the LWVLC

August 30th at 7:00 p.m. 

621 Mt. Vernon Rd, Newark

Park behind the building (the old Roosevelt School) 

Hope to see you there!

Rita

+++++Program for 2018-2019++++++++++++++++++++++

Unanimously approved 30 August 2018.

This is the last of four emails with documents for the Annual Meeting. We will post all four under the new tab “For the members” on our website. 

As a Local League, we must adopt an annual Program, i.e., a plan of study or action on one or more issues.  If the League does not have a position already (at the US or the Ohio level) on an issue we wish to adopt (e.g., a local issue), we must follow a 10-step protocol to study it before taking a position.  

The leadership feels that we are not ready to undertake such a study so we recommend adopting the LWVUS ‘s Making Democracy Work campaign for the coming year.  This will mean simply focusing on the League’s core mission and doing voter registration and voter education as we had planned to do anyway.

Proposal: a Program for 2018-2019

 The Board of Directors of LWVLC recommends that the Campaign for Making Democracy Work serves as our program for 2018-2019, aligning ourselves fully with the League at the national level and its core mission.

The Campaign for Making Democracy Work® – includes ensuring a free, fair and accessible electoral system for all eligible voters by focusing on:

  • Voting Rights 
  • Improving Elections 
  • Campaign Finance/Money in Politics 
  • Redistricting

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 To be specific, we will implement this program in Licking County by aiming for goals that the LWVUS recommends for all local leagues in this election year. Namely:

  1. Host at least 10 voter registration events.
  2. Sign up as a National Voter Registration Day partner: nationalvoterregistrationday.org.   
  3. Protect voters! Meet with local elections officials to discuss challenges & solutions.
  4. Host at least one candidate forum or debate
  5. Publish an online voters’ guide on VOTE411.org.
  6. Get Out the Vote! Send election alerts to new registrants, volunteers, & partners.
  7. Respond to & share LWVUS action alerts
  8. Fight for fair redistricting and encourage a complete 2020 Census count.
  9. Share our impact stories on social media and in the press.

+++++LWVLC By Laws Draft July 2018++++++++++++++++

Unanimously approved 30 August 2018.

LWVLC BYLAWS DRAFT July v2

Dear Members,

This is the third of four emails with information about things for the Annual Meeting.

An earlier draft of the bylaws has been on our website for several months. At the time, I notified people about putting it there, encouraging feedback.

On April 22nd we held a business meeting to summarize the bylaws and discuss them. As a result of that discussion, the officers made two changes:

  1.  The description of the Nominating Committee was edited for clarification. This was not a substantive change.
  2.  The April draft specified a common due date for all members’ annual renewals.
    This new draft says that membership dues will be collected on an individual rolling basis.

At the meeting in April we approved a motion to accept the bylaws as drafted at that point. Because of the two changes listed above, and because we did not have a quorum, someone on the board will ask first to withdraw that motion. The same person will then move that we endorse the current draft attached to this message.

I welcome your questions about the bylaws ahead of the meeting and will also invite questions from the floor before we vote.

Rita

+++++2018-2019 BUDGET+++++++++++++++++++++++++

Unanimously approved 30 August 2018.

2018-2019 BUDGET V2

Some basic things to know about it are:

  • Membership dues will remain the same ($60 for individuals; $90 for households).  We will also be able to offer students a membership at $5.00 in keeping with a new League policy at the state and national levels, although this is not built into our budget.
  • Membership dues, once we are a Local League, will be deposited in our Park National accountWe will be responsible for reminding people to renew their memberships on a rolling calendar depending on when they joined.
  • We will be responsible for making a Per Member Payment (PMP) annually to the League, and that will be $32 per individual and $48 per household membership.

+++++2018 NOMINATIONS FOR OFFICERS++++++++++++++

Unanimously approved 30 August 2018.

Dear Members,

This is the first of four emails with materials for the annual meeting.

Some background first on the election of leaders:

  • These are the only elected positions on the Board of Directors.  Others are appointed.
  • All four officers serve two-year terms but we  need to elect them in a staggered fashion.  Next year we will again have the positions of Treasurer and Vice President on the ballot for an additional year but not the President and Secretary.
  • This slate originated from the Board/Officers but next year and at subsequent Annual Meetings, the Nominating Committee will present a slate.
  • As chair of the meeting, I will also solicit nominations from the floor.  Anyone so nominated must have consented to stand for election before the meeting.

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Slate of Nominations for Officers and Leaders 2018-2019

President, Rita Kipp (2-year term)

Vice President, Carol Apacki (1-year term)

Secretary, Kimberly Byce (2-year term)

Treasurer, Jane Wilken (1-year term)

 

Chair, Membership Committee (2-year term)

Marsha Crawford

Nominating Committee (all 1-year terms)

Michelle Newman Brady (Chair)

Jim Bidigare

Jan MacAuley

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Dear LWVLC Members,

I am excited about seeing you on August 30th and accomplishing some important tasks together. 

At the Annual Meeting we will vote to approve the elements required for becoming a Local League.  Those elements are:

  • A slate of officers and other leaders
  • A budget for 2018-2019
  • Bylaws
  • A program, i.e., an action/work plan for the coming year

I will be sending each of these to the membership in separate emails over a four-day period.  Please read them in preparation for the meeting. We will also post them to the website, League of Women Voters of Licking County. 

Do let me know if you have questions, objections, or reservations about anything in the materials requiring a vote .  I will respond to you personally and hope to answer or resolve them before the meeting so that our time together in a big group can be most productive. 

While others are welcome to attend this meeting (and we will also enjoy hearing a great speaker, so do bring a friend!), only members have the right and responsibility of voting. We’ll need a quorum of at least 20% of the membership to hold these votes, i.e., 16 out of our approximately 80 members. 

When: August 30th, 7:00 p.m. Doors open at 6:30. 

Where: Newark School Administration Building
621 Mt. Vernon Rd, Newark (Rt. 13) 

Don’t miss it. And look for the four emails in the coming week with things to read in preparation. 

Rita