Dot Ridings to Speak at Council
Water Water Everywhere, Is it Safe to Drink? (Linda Lai Hipp)
Education at Koolau: Can We Do Better? (Marty McGurk)
O Where O Where Does the Money Go!!? (Carol Whitesell)
Peter's Principles (Peter Herman)
What is Council?
League Joins HCSCH
What Happened at the Legislature (Marion Saunders)
Have You Analyzed Your Reapportionment Plan Today?? (Anne Lee)
Comparable Worth or How Much Is Your Job Worth?
Our community's extensive reliance on volunteerism is one of the fundamental differences between this country and the rest of the world. Voluntarism includes a broad range of social, health, religious and political activities. These are fueled by millions of dollars in charitable contributions and untold hours of uncompensated work. The League of Women Voters is one important element in this country's voluntarism picture.
Why do we devote such efforts? It feels good. We believe we're shaping the community in which we live. It provides us a social network of friends, acquaintances, and business contacts. It trains us for future involvement in public affairs, sometimes in elective positions.
While on vacation recently in Florida, I had lunch with its State President, Susan Schulman, who I had previously met in May at National Council. Susan oversees dozens of local Leagues and 4,300-plus members; she "works" from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays to fulfill her commitment. Not only do I admire her efforts, but our discussion put in perspective the relatively fewer hours I volunteer with our State League of 300-plus members.
It's clear to me that the League serves a variety of useful purposes, both for its members and our local, state and national communities in which it concurrently operates. The crucial question is how to restructure the League to take into account two-wage earner families.
If our projects can be both interesting and structured to allow small spurts of volunteerism --- perhaps a few hours per week---and we can streamline out administrative management, we should be able to retain and attract many new members. In Hawaii, our membership numbers have remained relatively static for the past few years. I am optimistic that a local League can be formed on Maui eventually and that out efforts in the next few years can succeed to increase out League membership statewide.
LEO HANA is a publication produced by the League of Women Voters Hawaii
PETER HERMAN President CAROL WHITESELL Vice President JOAN DAVENPORT Secretary JEANNE TREBOR-MacCONNELL Treasurer
MARTY McGURK CATHY FILSON ANNE LEE DEE DEE LETTS MURIEL ROBERTS MARION SAUNDERS
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