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Greetings From LWV-VA President, Sue Lewis
I am so honored to be your new State League President! To serve in this capacity is clearly the pinnacle of my “career” as a Leaguer! As noted in my short biography in the 2017 Convention Workbook, I joined the League as a young wife and mother in a “strange land” (Arkansas was truly a different culture) in the late 60’s. Like many of us, my story is familiar — new town, no friends or family around, and a desire to belong to a group where I could talk about my new local and state government and specific issues, rather than simply playing bridge, tennis and/or golf (although I did dabble in those some). Within a short period of time, I met women my age who were interested in the same things, and they we members of an organization I had heard of back in Virginia + the League of Women Voters.
I jumped in, feet first, and learned so much, including how the League worked. I must be a policy wonk, or at least an organizational junkie because this organization just gelled with me. And when I attended my first state and national conventions, I was hooked, both on the process that the league uses and the incredible women who were doing this work. I served on my local League board and the State Board during my nine years in Arkansas.
Moving back to Virginia in 1976 (although I’m actually a native New Yorker from the Finger Lakes) I immediately joined the local League and continued to put my earlier experiences and interests to work at the local and state level over the past 41 years. And being able to continue serving the League as your President for the next two years is something that I’m looking forward to, especially with the exceptional board that will be serving with me (thanks, Nominating Committee!).
I’m blessed with good health, a lot of energy, and the time to devote to my favorite organization, and I pledge to give this office my very best shot. I’ve heard that one should under-promise and out-perform, so I hope that we all will be pleased with what we end up within two years. Thank you for trusting me with this honor and responsibility.
The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. We never support or oppose any political party or candidate.
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- Voters Service/Citizen Education: we present unbiased nonpartisan information about elections, the voting process, and issues. To conduct our voter service and citizen education activities, we use funds from the League of Women Voters of Virginia Education Fund, which is a 501(c)(3) corporation, a nonprofit educational organization.
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