LWVCC National Program Planning

Saturday, January 11, 2014 10:00am-1:30pm

Southern Unit Meeting – Kendal Farm House, 1109 East Baltimore Pike, Kennett Square 19348 Light refreshments will be served and members are welcome to bring a bagged lunch. Contact – Moderator Alma Forsyth, or 610-388-1361

Northern Unit Meeting – Joan Bergquist’s home, 217 Devon Blvd, Devon 19333 Soup and beverages will be served. Contact – Moderator Jean Goerth, or 484-879-4024

About National Program Planning Every two years state and local Leagues participate in the LWVUS Program Planning process by making recommendations concerning program issues – this is one of the ways we remain a grassroots organization.

The Program Planning process is an important League tool for identifying issues for study, review and update, and/or concurrence. It gives members and Leagues the opportunity to balance the pros and cons, assess possible support, and consider the viability of issues. Waiting to gather support for issues at Convention often results in limited discussion and incomplete information. Furthermore, raising issues at Convention instead of through the Program Planning process dilutes the voices of Leagues that do participate in the process. During the process, members have the opportunity – especially with email and forums – to organize support based on factual materials before the Program Planning reporting deadline of March 1, 2014.

While it is important for every League to hold a Program Planning meeting to discuss issues at the national level, it is not essential that every League select an issue. The response form includes a line to indicate that issues were discussed, but no new issues are recommended. This important option gives the LWVUS a more realistic picture of the participation and opinions of all Leagues, so it is important for all Leagues to complete and submit a response form whether they recommend a new program item or not. The deadline for submitting response forms electronically is March 1, 2014. No response forms will be accepted by other means.

The response form is available at: If you have questions about the form or program planning process, send an email to

This biennium, we are also providing Leagues with an opportunity to suggest a second item for study, review/update, or concurrence. We’re also asking Leagues to let us know what LWVUS positions, if any, your local or state League has used in your work in the community. The response form will include a section where you can provide that information.

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