Introduction

Welcome to the Member’s Corner. Here you will find a wealth of resources that you need to function effectively as a local league and/or an individual member. Many of the resources from LWVUS are now found on the designated webpage for LWVUS information. You will find it listed in the menu bar above.

FOR ALL OF THE FOLLOWING: If you know of something that should be added, please let us know at communications@lwv-va.org. Please be as specific as possible about which topic area/title it should go under or if it should be a new area/title.


Important News for Members

July 1 marks the beginning of the new League year. Both the local Leagues and the state League have added new members. LWV-VA has published a helpful guide for not-so-new as well as brand new League board members.  We urge you to share this document with all local League board members, new and long-serving: New and Not So New Board Members  It is a pdf that can be downloaded, printed, and shared easily. This link can be found under 3.2 Additional LWV-VA Resources for future use.


GOTV RESOURCES

NEW: ARE YOU GOTV READY? Check out these resources to help you expand your plans. https://lwv-va.org/members-corner/gotv-images-you-can-use/


Forms

Voucher Template LWV-VA July 2018

NEW MEMBER TOOLS (and Not So New Members)

(Also Handy for Not-So-New Members:)

Includes League Lingo, Bylaws, Name and Logo Usage Guides, Membership Handbook, Nonpartisan Policy

  • LWV-VA Membership Handbook – April 2017 Edition Especially designed for new members, the document provides the basic tools for understanding how the league operates towards achieving its mission. Click Here for the handbook.
  • League Lingo – a handy tool for use with League members and other groups to make sure of a common understanding of keywords and catchy phrases (a.k.a. Jargon)
  • Bylaws – operating parameters for League. Kind of like speed limits. “If you don’t like ’em don’t ignore them, work to change them.”
  • Using the League Logo – see LWVUS Page on this website for guidelines https://lwv-va.org/lwvus/
  • Nonpartisan Policy

Additional LWV-VA Resources:

New and Not so New Board Members, Our Coalition Partners, Convention Policies and Procedures and more can be found here.


Using Google Docs and Forms

**Just because you set up a google account, it does not mean you have to use the gmail account that goes with it.**

These free tools can make League life easier if you put out a little bit of effort to learn how they work. Why pay for registration forms when you can set them up using Google Docs for free and link them directly to PayPal for payment? Get rid of that problem of Mac and PC computers not communicating well with each other. Speed up editing and co-writing while keeping off the clutter of multiple revisions on your computer. These are easy to use for anyone having Gmail, but so long as the person setting it up has a Google Account, other people who do not have Gmail can be invited to participate in document development. Here are a few resources that may help you get started.

Communications

General: Useful Videos, Writing for the Web, & More

Image Management Tools -Some tools for using your images and finding useful ones.

Free To Use Photos

  • http://library.lwv.org/Ready to use-Free to use photos from LWV-US – a great resource
  • Some historic photos – Library of Congress
  • Free Stock Photos Pexels: You have to spend some time looking through them to find what is useful, but can be worth the effort.
  • Unsplash – check out the transportation photos as an example.
  • Pixabay – use the word “vote” for a search here and see what you get!
  • Jeshoots – particularly interesting backgrounds to use with your text.
  • Depositphotos – try a search with “election” for some potentially useful final products or starting places for doing your own.
  • PublicDomainPictures – huge selection so plan on spending some time looking.

Working with your own images

  • Infographic design from electiontools.org provides this great guide to using Canva for GOTV and more.
  • Always Up-to-Date Guide to Social Media Image Sizes – handy information on what size your images need to be to work with various social media.
  • Landscape – is a free online tool for resizing your images for use with different social media. The big plus is that you simply select the media you want and how it will be sued, then you let it do the work. It allows you to resize the same image for multiple uses and download each one.
  • Canva – this is a great free design tool for creating images for social media, presentation, business cards, infographics, and more. “Canva is a free graphic-design tool website, founded in 2012. It has an easy to use drag-and-drop interface and provides access to over a million photographs, graphics, and fonts. It is used by non-designers as well as professionals. The tools can be used for both web and print media design and graphics.”
  • Piktochart – Specifically for infographics, coming up with that 1 page, easy to understand handout like “Why Vote?” Another free program. (online tool)
  • iPiccy – a free version of the PicMonkey Photo editor. While it does not have all the features of PicMonkey, it has enough to make your job easier. (online tool)
  • Pixlr – another free photo editor. (online tool)
  • GIMP – I (Carol.L) like this one best because it is open source software that is on my computer. I am not dependent upon an Internet connection. I have a rather unreliable Internet access, so this is a perfect solution.

Webmasters

Social Media

Business Cards, Flyers, and Brochures, oh my!

These are being done on Canva also so that any local leagues wishing to use them need only have a free canva.com account and let us know what you want to access at communications@lwv-va.org with a subject line of “Canva Request”.

2018 LWV-VA business card template can be easily modified for use by your League using Canva.

Submission Guidelines for Virginia Voter, Voter Express, and the LWV-VA Blog:

  • Articles should be in final form and proofed when submitted.
  • Use Times New Roman or Arial for the font and use 14 pt type for headings and 11 pt type for text.
  • Include any graphics you want in the document where you believe they would fit best.
  • All photos should be set as 640X480 size but, will be resized for use in the article as needed
  • Be sure to send details of the graphic such as potential uses by other members.
  • Each graphic image should be considered the equivalent to 65 words
    • Please see sample page layout for details of how these measurements apply.
  • If a photo, then the date/place/event name/people names should be provided.
  • Length for general articles for both VE and VV is 250 words without image or 125 words with image (1/2 page).
  • Length of FEATURE articles for Virginia Voter and Voter Express 500 words (1page).
  • Longer articles can be accepted for use on the Blog.
  • For social media specific, articles should be no more than 100 words.

Please be sure that the copy you send (via email) is as near ready to publish as possible and send it to communications@lwv-va.org with “Submission” in the subject line.”


League Management Resources


Voter Empowerment and Engagement

  • GOTV Resources You Can Use: Here you will find graphics and text that other members have created for GOTV. They are for you to use as is, modified, or simply as an idea to use in creating your own. Useful with all social and print media.
  • Election Resources: Your source for election laws and commissions, election research resources, and campaign financing information.
  • Legislative Tools: Links to places to find your legislator, watch videos of House and Senate, information on citizen involvement, Schedules and Calendar, Bills and Bill Tracking, and the Virginia Code.


Legislative Tools

Important “need to know” information that is particularly useful for those attending the sessions and meetings. Virginia General Assembly Lists includes names of Delegates and Senators, districts they each represent and contact information. View it online or print to take with you

Federal and State Government Resources:

  • Quick links to important information concerning elected member officials at national and state levels. Federal government links include Library of Congress, US Supreme Court and US Court of Appeals for the 4th District) Also included are links to commonly referenced departments in Virginia. (Depts. of Education, Elections, Environmental Quality, Transportation, and more)


Knowledge Exchange:

This is where members can share what they have done so that other leagues can try out those ideas. Topics include: Join Us, Voter Education Events, Voter Registration Events, GOTV, and more. Increasing Visibility, Issue Reports on Relevant Topics (not restricted to studies or task forces), Special Event Ideas, and anything else you might want to submit.

  • LWV Fredericksburg, a great informational brochure for use at events, in libraries, and more. http://bit.ly/2LNOu7s

Other Resources

 

Letter to the Editor” Resources

Other League Organizations:

Coalition Partners & More:

  • LWV-VA Participates in coalitions with other groups who are interested in common causes and interests. This allows for increased coordination and effectiveness in dealing with legislators. In general, we can share information that our coalition partners provide directly or through social media so long as neither our NON-PARTISAN POLICY nor our POSITIONS are compromised. Always ask if you are not sure. While we may work with other “partners”, these have an actual contractual agreement of support.
  • PAVP: Learn about PAVP Public Advocacy for Voter Protection Project here.

Understanding and Assessing “Fake News”

Statistics Resources

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