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President's Message 


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We’re in an exciting time of challenge and change for our League. This spring we made major strides in organizational growth, effectiveness and service to the community, including:


¨A highly successful high school voter registration drive in February and March that put us right into the classrooms to encourage young people to become active citizens.  Visiting every high school in our county and speaking to students, using  a newly-created powerpoint program, our registration team collected nearly 500 filled out forms, and gave out many more to those who preferred to submit the applications themselves.


¨Then we took part in a state-wide LWV membership drive, in which we achieved a 27% gain in membership,  placing 9th among all the other local leagues in Florida--a tremendous achievement. Thanks to all our members who helped recruit new members! 


¨In April we had an excellent Annual Meeting, featuring Dr. Susan MacManus, political science professor at the University of South Florida as our guest speaker, and great turnout, including many new faces.


¨And best of all, a first-ever organizational retreat held July 22 at the Bradenton Country Club.  It was a fantastic experience in self-study, innovation and renewal. Fourteen members of our League, with the help of our coach, Judy Sedgeman, reviewed what we are doing now; our strengths and weaknesses, challenges and opportunities. Then we created goals and strategies to grow our league.


After some discussion, the group set the following goals:

  1. Grow a diverse, active membership to 100 (by the end of the fiscal year ending in April 2015).
  2. Engage, inform and excite our members and public about our local league
  3. Increase participation and our league’s visibility


006Then we set strategies to meet each goal, including more outreach and collaboration with other community organizations; increasing our diversity by attracting more young members, men and minorities; using social media such as Facebook; making our meetings more reachable by varying times and locations; experimenting with new activities; creating a communication campaign and image. 


We invite all members to take part in our organizational growth campaign. Recruit a friend, join a committee, or help with a study.  Be part of an effort to improve our government, our community and our lives.  You can make a difference!




Photo:  Members at our organizational Retreat:  

Left to right: Marlene Focht, Rosalie Shaffer, Elaine Graham, Jane Plitt, Anne McFarlane, Judy Sedgeman, Jo Williams, Sue Dickie, Kay Levy, Ashley Brown, Terri Wonder, and Melissa Rhodes.  Not shown: Lorraine Berry, Paula Roberts.



 In League,


Rosalie Shaffer

Any questions?  Feel free to contact me at 729-9248 or email:  shaffer_us@yahoo.com





League of Women Voters of Manatee County
P. O. Box 545

Bradenton, FL  34206

Updated August 24, 2014


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