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The League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Columbus

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From the President: Amy Pulles

Friday, May 31, 2013

(Excerpted from the President's State of the League speech at the Annual Meeting on June 3rd)

Thank you for joining us for the 2013 League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Columbus Annual Meeting. This concluding League year has been eventful, exciting, challenging, and just a beginning of the historical impact the Board hopes to have on the League of Women Voters in central Ohio.

Your Annual Meeting booklets contain detailed reports from many of our committees.  After you read them, I’m sure you’ll agree that our year has been eventful and exciting.  For example, the Communications Committee took our Facebook post views from a maximum of 179 last year to as many as 990 this year. What that means is that on at least one of our Facebook posts, 990 individual users read it. Our Facebook “likes” also grew by 35% throughout this past year. The Voter Service Committee sponsored a candidate’s night at Metro High School where nearly 100 students, 80 community members, and 23 candidates attended. The Civic Education and Engagement Committee sponsored multiple education forums and events on topics such as Understanding the Impact of the Federal “Fiscal Cliff” and civil discourse. The Development Committee selected John and Annie Glenn as our 2013 Democracy In Action award recipients.  The League honored the Glenn’s on May 14 where John Wolfe, Les Wexner, and Connie Schultz participated as our honorary cochairs. Finally, the Membership Committee recruited 18 new members to the League and they revised our membership brochure so we can be viewed as more relevant in today’s society. I encourage you to read the complete committee reports so you can see the full extent of everything our members have been working on over the past twelve months.

Our year was not without its challenges though.  We, of course, experienced the usual not enough volunteers and not enough time to get it all done. But, our new 4R focus invited its own challenges to the Board and its planning. We struggled with eliminating tasks, that prior to this year, had been considered common practice, such as taking a position on local ballot issues and whether or not to continue Unit Meetings.  We also struggled with (and still are) balancing our commitment to being perceived as the go-to organization for nonpartisan information while also honoring our history of taking positions on issues and advocating for them.

This was only our first year of implementing our 4R goals and we aren’t quite finished.  Over the next year we plan to focus on solidifying new common practices that honor our history of positions and advocacy while also being portrayed by central Ohio as the go-to nonpartisan organization, updating our financial policies and bylaws to support our new structure and procedures, and continue to recruit diverse new members and leaders to strengthen our committees and their abilities to get the League in place where we can successfully fulfill our 4R objectives.