From 1st VP Linda Garvelink
During the 2018 Challenge, the LWV-VA board learned that the most difficult part for local Leagues was finding a volunteer who was willing to do the tracking. For the 2019 legislative session, LWV-VA will set up a Google Doc or other generally available online reporting sheet so that individual local League members can self-report OR local Leagues can continue to appoint “trackers” to collect member input and enter it into the general online document.
Additionally, LWV-VA Board approved a rating system that was developed by the Advocacy Challenge committee. In 2019, the efforts of local Leagues will be evaluated with additional weight given to in-person contacts (including Richmond office visits, district office visits, town halls, meet-the-candidates events and other face-to-face meetings with legislators or their staff). Telephone, email, twitter, and FaceBook posting to Delegates’ and/or Senators’ Facebook/Social Media sites again will be counted. Other issues evaluated will be the “impact of advocacy efforts” based on the local League’s responses to LWV-VA Action Alerts; the number of individual local League members participating, and the overall advocacy efforts of the local League.
The LWV-VA Board approved 2019 award rates of $600 for first place, $250 for second place and $150 for third place. The members of the 2019 Advocacy Challenge committee are the Action Coordinator Deb Wake, the Membership Director Andrianne Konstas-Salvettas, and the Treasurer Linda Garvelink. The online report will be available shortly after the Pre-Session Round Table scheduled for December 5, 2018. Local Leagues: Make your plans now to participate!