LWVUS Convention June 16-19 in Washington DC–Exhilarating & Exhausting

LWVBAE’s five delegates to the National League Convention will be: Deborah Malbec, Communications Coordinator, Diz Swift, Action Coordinator, Adena Ishii, Membership Development Consultant, Christine Wenrich,   Secretary, and Gail Schickele,  Voter Editor. Janice Blumenkrantz, LWV Bay Area Board Member and her husband Steve Blumenkrantz will represent Piedmont and will help organize and present the several climate change workshops and caucuses that LWVBAE has organized with other Leagues.

The 2016 biennial Convention of the League of Women Voters of the United States will be held June 16-19 at Washington Marriott Wardman Park, 2660 Woodley Rd., NW, Washington, DC.

There is no better way to learn about the whole League structure and to make an impact on our national lobbying and public information campaigns. It is exhilarating and exhausting.  You meet League colleagues from all over the country who share your interests.  They are informed, hard working…often astonishing and fun.

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A national League Lobby Day will take place the day before the Convention, Thursday 16 June. Places have been sold out. Participants get two Legislative Briefings–one on line and one on the day.  Christine Wenrich and Adena Ishii have an appointment to meet with Barbara Lee’s staff and will attempt to also join a group meeting with Diane Feinstein’s staff.

A performance by the Capitol Steps will be part of the event–tickets must be bought separately online.

The Convention itself includes the plenary sessions where voting delegates discuss and decide League policy, Bylaws changes and more.  from 7 am to 10 pm, whenever there is no plenary session, is filled with training sessions, caucuses on the range of League issues and priorities and much more.

LWVBAE is entitled to 5 voting delegates. They have been selected by the Board at the March 24 board meeting.  LWVBAE covers registration and a portion of other expenses for delegates. Delegates must have board authorization to register as delegates.

Other League members may attend as observers at their own expense. They have access to all meetings and events included in the registration fee,but they do not vote in the plenary sessions.

The link for more info, registration forms for hotel and meeting and more are at

http://forum.lwv.org/category/member-resources/council-and-convention/convention-2016

Nancy Bickel, President

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