LWV-VA Announces “Advocacy Tracking Contest” for 2018 Virginia Legislative Session
(Contest is for League Members Only! Your designated “tracker” person will use this for tracking your contacts Spread-Sheet for Tracking Legislative Contacts-1)
Last year, LWV-VA received a very healthy grant, which we used to encourage members to advocate for “automatic voter registration” with new or renewed drivers licenses. Members also advocated for fair, compact, and contiguous redistricting as well as in response to many other Action Alerts issued by LWV-VA. Because of that effort, LWV-VA was able to track and report on the number of advocacy efforts of our members. Information about individual members’ and local Leagues’ advocacy efforts can be very helpful when presenting grant applications and, more importantly, when we tell prospective and new members what we do and how active LWV-VA members are during the Virginia annual legislative sessions. Therefore, even though we don’t have a generous grant this year, the LWV-VA Board decided that we would have a “contest” so to speak for tracking of advocacy efforts by local League members.
The LWV-VA Board has set aside $1,000 for “prize” money, with prizes set as $700 for the local League that has the most advocacy contacts based on percentage of membership throughout the Virginia legislative session. Second “prize” will be $200 and third prize will be $100. Membership will be based on the official League rosters as of midnight on January 31, 2018 (same as 2018 PMP). What does a local League (or MAL Unit) have to do to participate?
- Appoint someone to do the tracking and send that member’s name and email address to Linda Garvelink at firstname.lastname@example.org. E.g., First & Last Name, Local League, the tracker’s email address.
- Advise local members to email (or otherwise advise) the local League tracker whenever they follow up on an LWV-VA Action Alert or have other contact with Virginia Delegates and/or Senators.
- The local League tracker records: date of advocacy, member’s name, name of legislator (delegate or senator) contacted – use legislators’ names even if staff contacted, how the contact was made (email, phone, in-person in Richmond, in-person in local office, and the issue discussed – either a specific Action Alert, bill number and/or other issue (e.g., South Hampton Transportation, NoVA Metro, Redistricting, School Vouchers, Mental Health, women’s rights and ERA ratification, and/or a host of other subjects).
- The local League tracker accumulates all contacts on a worksheet, sample attached until March 30, 2018 and then forwards the completed worksheet to Linda Garvelink, email@example.com no later than Wednesday, April 4, 2018.
- A Board Committee will review submissions and determine “winners.” Awards will be presented at the June 16, 2018 LWV-VA Council meeting at the Roslyn Retreat Center in Henrico, VA. (see calendar for more details).
We hope that your local League will use this opportunity to help LWV-VA track and report our members’ advocacy efforts. We know our members make a difference throughout the legislative session. We like to be able to quantify it again this year as we did last year.
If you have questions, please contact Linda Garvelink, firstname.lastname@example.org.