LWVWV State Convention Reminder – Don’t Miss Our Guest Speaker!

This is a friendly reminder about our upcoming vitual convention, *Saturday, May 13*.
*Check-in begins at 9:30 AM and the convention opens at 10 AM.* You’ll find the agenda below and other relevent convention materials *here <drive.google.com/drive/folders/16OuZfUZY2xBf4NTme889vyk66Iz442qd?usp=sharing>*.
*Don’t miss our guest speaker, author, historian and activist,* *Elisabeth Griffith, PhD <www.elisabethgriffith.com/>* *at 1PM.* LWVWV members and guests are invited to join us for the presentation by Dr. Griffith, followed by a Q&A.
*We ask that you kindly register at* *https://lwvwv.org/convention/ <lwvwv.org/convention/>*. Please share *this flier* <drive.google.com/file/d/1ahWfKRs19tL2frvP6EzWbX_hvq-Z1zOi/view?usp=sharing> and the registration link with interested friends and colleagues as appropriate.
More about our speaker and theme from our hosts, the League of Women Voters of the Huntington Area:
The Fight for Women’s Equality, It’s Not Over!
In honor of our LWVWV 2023 convention theme, ‘The Fight for Women’s Equality, It’s Not Over!’, we asked historian, author and activist Elisabeth Griffith to join us as guest speaker. We are very grateful that she accepted our invitation. Elisabeth’s knowledge and experience in the struggle for women’s rights are sure to illuminate and inspire! We realize that there is a problem of inequality not just for women but for so many people for different reasons. Standing on a platform of equal rights when faced with a growing portion of society that is not inclusive of diversity remains a dilemma. The Equal Rights Amendment resolution has failed to advance toward ratification and our next steps are unclear. We face rising forces in American politics that defy reason and bend the traditional ideals of a true democracy. We see our right to vote and the security in its counting being increasingly challenged. The LWV now finds itself as a nonpartisan organization with partisan problems. When there is political opposition at odds with our platform of organizational priorities, how can our voices be heard? What can history teach us about advocacy strategies that work? What we do know at this crossroad in the 21st century is that we must stay true to our LWV mission: ‘Empowering Voters and Defending Democracy.’
We hope that our listening members and guests will be posing worthy questions in the chat to spur further dialogue with Elisabeth!

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*Dial 1 (309) 205 3325 **; Meeting ID: 810 618 6796 Passcode: 546014 *
*9:30 – 10:00 am – Registration/Check-In*
*10:00 – 11:00 am* – *First Plenary Session *
– Call to Order – Effie Kallas – Welcome & Introduction of Host Committee – Huntington League – Recognition of Local Leagues & Introduction of Delegates by Local League Designee – Credentials Report – Jonathan Rosenbaum – Adoption of Convention Rules – Additions to & Adoption of Convention Agenda – Report of Nominating Committee – Jonathan Rosenbaum – Presentation of Proposed Program – Judy Ball – Presentation of Proposed Budget – Teresa Koon
*11:00 am – Presidents’ Report *- Julie Archer & Effie Kallas
*11:10 am – Women’s Suffragists Memorial *- Wendy Thomas
*11:15 am – Reports of State Board Members and Direction *
*Administration & Voters Service *
– Endowment Trust – Teresa Koon – Voters Service – Vicki Conner – WV Voter – Teresa Koon – Website – Jonathan Rosenbaum
*Program Portfolios *
– Election Laws/Legislative Action Workgroup (LLAW) – Judy Ball – Natural Resources – Nyoka Baker Chapman – Education – Shirley Rosenbaum – Taxation & Finance – Vicki Conner – Health Care – Betty Barrett
*12:00 – 1:00 pm – Lunch Break*
*1:00 – 2:00 pm – GUEST SPEAKER* *
Dr. Elisabeth Griffith, author of Formidable: *American Women and the Fight for Equality 1920-2020* – Introduction by Effie Kallas
***Guests who are not members of the League are invited to join us for this portion of the convention.
Flier <drive.google.com/file/d/1ahWfKRs19tL2frvP6EzWbX_hvq-Z1zOi/view?usp=sharing> – Registration Link <lwvwv.org/convention/>
*2:00 – 3:00 pm – Second Plenary Session *
Call to Order – Julie Archer
– Adoption of Budget – Adoption of Program – Election of Officers & Directors – Direction to National Council – Closing Remarks
*3:00 pm – Adjournment *