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April 1987

League Conference (Nov. 14-15, 1986) (Pat Shutt)
President's Message (Anne Lee)
League at the Legislature
Help Make this a Year of Unparalleled Success
Constitutional Bicentennial
State Program: Selection, Adoption, Use as a Basis for Action
Portion of Election Laws Study Completed
Fundraising Update

The President's Message

Some weeks ago I was invited to participate on a panel of representatives from women's groups and asked to address the question: "What does your group give to its members?" I was surprised at how quickly a list of benefits sprang to mind:


*Learn skills of leadership, research, pubic speaking, writing, organization and time management;

*Learn about the pro and con sides of an issue;

*Learn about political candidates in a non-partisan manner;

*Serve the community through activities such as working at the election center, registering voters, and presenting impartial educational materials;

*Meet other who are interested in politics and interested in working in the same issue areas;

*Be a member of a group of individuals with a wide variety of skills and talents who all share a common goal: and

*Make lasting friendships.

But as I spent time thinking of what the League gives to us, I recalled the moving words of John F. Kennedy in his inaugural address: Ask not what your Country can do for you, but what you can do for your Country.

And so, I want to put to you, let's not just focus on what we take from the League, but what we could do for it::


*Giving your support - a real necessity for our survival;

*Sharing your talents and skills in a wide range of activities at any level of commitment that is possible for you; *Simply paying your dues or contributing financially over and above that figure; *Just reading the local, state or national voter or writing an article for one of them; and

*Feeling proud seeing other Leaguers taking part in an activity or becoming involved in an activity yourself.

As I reach the end of two years as president, I see more and more clearly how well respected the League is within our state. At a recent conference I attended in Honolulu I was part of a workgroup; as we proceeded to discuss our assigned topic, members of the group kept nodding in my direction and saying "This is the sort of thing the LWV does so well," or "We need an organization like the LWV to do this job." I felt really proud and privileged to be representing the LWV on your behalf.

However running through my mind were two thoughts: the LWV gives us so much -- but we couldn't have such an organization without all that you, the members, give to it.

Anne Lee

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