The Convention Workbook is completed and available for viewing. It is a fairly large file so if you have an older computer it might take some time for the download to complete. Every registered participant and delegate will receive a printed copy of the Workbook upon arrival at Convention. So take a glance, see what we have in store and we look forward to seeing you in San Jose this weekend!
Leagues at all levels (local, regional, state, national and even global) take action. Our advocacy can include:
- writing letters to media or legislators
- holding press conferences
- speaking at hearings and public meetings
- adding our voice to a ballot measure campaign
- sending action alerts to our members
We take action on many issues. Taking action is always based on current program positions and/or on League Principles. Positions are developed based on member study and consensus. Our convention is an exciting landmark in the League’s process: after many months of discussing and building consensus around the state, a proposal is made to the delegates for our positions as well as our priorities for education and advocacy.
TODAY Friday, May 10 is the last day to register online for the LWVC Convention May 17-19 in San Jose. Register now!
Registration at the Door
We will register you in person, subject to availability. We are close to capacity for some workshops and events, so be sure to guarantee your spot by registering in advance!
- Add the Smart Voter reception and dinner on Thursday featuring Meghann Farnsworth, Center for Investigative Reporting to an existing registration for just $42.
- Treat yourself Friday evening: take a tour of city hall led by Councilman Ash Kalra, followed by dinner at Bella Mia restaurant for just $80. Adding on this event raises funds for the local League, too! Only a few spots are left!
- Add the President’s Lunch on Sunday featuring LWVUS’ Cheryl Graeve for just $45.
We announced yesterday that the Dolce Hayes Mansion rooms have sold out!
If you still need a room, we recommend you book nearby (4 miles) at the Four Points Sheraton Silicon Valley before they run out of rooms, too. Call (408) 972-7800 and make your reservation today. Be sure to tell them you are with the League of Women Voters of California Convention and that you want the discounted rate of $75; only rooms with one bed available. Yes, that is correct: there are no rooms with double beds available anymore.
There will be an hourly shuttle service to and from the Hayes Mansion. There is plenty of free parking at both hotels.
WHAT: The 65th State Convention of the League of Women Voters of California
WHEN: 10 am, Friday, May 17, through 3 pm, Sunday, May 19, 2013, with special pre-convention events on Thursday, May 16, 2013
WHERE: Dolce Hayes Mansion, 200 Edenvale Ave, San Jose 95136 | 408-226-3200
WHO: Attendance at convention is open to everyone; we encourage all members to attend and are eager for the public to come learn about the League. We ask that you extend invitations to your friends and contacts.
This is the final call to Convention 2013 as required by the LWVC bylaws, Article X, Section 7. View it as a PDF. The LWVC Bylaws govern the composition and business of the convention. Our bylaws direct us (See Article X, Sec. 5) to:
- Elect officers, directors, and three members of the nominating committee for the 2013-2015 biennium (Article XII)
- Adopt a budget for the 2013-2014 fiscal year (Article IX, Sec. 2)
- Adopt program for 2013-2015 (Article XIII)
- Adopt amendments to the bylaws as needed (Article XVII)
The Final Call to Convention Materials are on our blog workbook page. You can download the entire LWVC Final Call to Convention Packet as a PDF. Each section is also available below. We will post the complete Workbook when it is available.
- Financial Report: The LWVC and LWVCEF Financial Reports as of February 2013.
- Proposed Budget FY2013-14: The 2013 LWVC Proposed Budget is submitted to the delegates for their consideration.
- Program 2013-2015 Overview, Proposed Program 2013-2015, Program Planning Report, and Legislative Priorities 2013: In League, Program means the issues that we choose for concerted study, education and action at local, state and national levels. Program can include both education and action. Read about the recommended program for 2013-2015.
- State Leaders – Nominees: The Nominating Committee is pleased to announce the slate of nominees for the 2013-15 term. Read about them here: 2013-2015-slate-board.
- Proposed Bylaw Amendments: The 2013 LWVC Proposed Bylaws Amendments are submitted to the delegates for their consideration.
- Convention Rules and Procedures: A motion to adopt the convention rules will be made at the opening plenary session. Amendments may be offered at that time and require a majority vote to adopt. The convention rules, as proposed or amended, require a two-thirds vote for adoption. To suspend a rule at a later time requires a two-thirds vote.
myLeague: Leading the Charge for Change!
The purpose of the convention is to be inspired and empowered to increase active and informed participation in civic life. Come meet passionate people from across the state who are making democracy work!
Our theme is myLeague: Leading The Charge for Change. Read more about speakers, workshops, special activities on our blog.
There is a range of activities to suit any schedule or budget, from investing in a full three-day registration for $400 or treating yourself to a special pre-convention $40 workshop; check out your options.
The Dolce Hayes Mansion has sold out! We recommend you book a room at the Four Points Sheraton Silicon Valley (299 Silicon Valley Blvd) before they run out of rooms! There will be limited free shuttle service to and from the Hayes Mansion (4 miles). There is plenty of free parking at both hotels. More information is on the blog.
Attending as a voting delegate is an exciting honor and a responsibility. If you are interested in attending as a voting delegate, speak with your local League or Inter-League Organization (ILO) board immediately.
Voting delegates to the convention are detailed in Article X, Sections 2 and 4:
- Each local League and ILO is entitled to send its president, or an alternate in the event the president is unable to attend. The president of a member-at-large unit may attend as a nonvoting member.
- In addition, each local League is entitled to delegates in proportion to its membership numbers as reported in the LWVUS database on January 31, 2013. Member-at-large unit members may attend as nonvoting members.
NOTE: only local Leagues that have paid their per member payment (PMP), or received an exemption because of proven hardship, are entitled to voting representation at the convention.
How Many Delegates?
Article X, Section 4. Representation. The local Leagues shall be entitled to delegates in proportion to their membership as of the record date of the year of the biennial convention in accordance with Article X, Section 8. Each local League shall be entitled to at least one delegate in addition to the local League president as provided in Article X, Section 2(b). When local League membership reaches 51 voting members, the local League shall be entitled to one additional delegate. Thereafter, one additional delegate shall be authorized for each additional 50 members.
- 50 or fewer Local League or Associate Local League Members (inclusive): 1 delegate member
- 51-100 Local League or Associate Local League Members (inclusive): 2 delegate members
- 101-150 Local League or Associate Local League Members (inclusive): 3 delegate members
- 151-200 Local League or Associate Local League Members (inclusive): 4 delegate members
- 201-250 Local League or Associate Local League Members (inclusive): 5 delegate members
- 251-300 Local League or Associate Local League Members (inclusive): 6 delegate members
- 301-350 Local League or Associate Local League Members (inclusive): 7 delegate members
- 351-400 Local League or Associate Local League Members (inclusive): 8 delegate members
- 401-450 Local League or Associate Local League Members (inclusive): 9 delegate members
- 451-500 Local League or Associate Local League Members (inclusive): 10 delegate members
- 501-550 Local League or Associate Local League Members (inclusive): 11 delegate members
President, League of Women Voters of California
A key figure at one of the nation’s most innovative 21st century news organizations will headline the Smart Voter® dinner on Thursday evening, May 16th just before the opening of Convention. Meghann Farnsworth, Senior Manager for Distribution and Online Engagement at the renowned Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR), will speak to dinner attendees about how CIR achieves exceptional public impact by combining its groundbreaking content, innovative collaborations with other organizations, and creative social media engagement. As the nation’s oldest nonprofit investigative reporting organization, CIR creates engaging documentaries, videos and animated features to demystify complex topics and enable people to demand accountability from government, corporations and others in power. Its information on local, national and international issues is distributed through hundreds of news outlets such as NPR News, PBS FRONTLINE, PBS NewsHour, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, The Daily Beast, and American Public Media’s Marketplace. In California, CIR initiatives include California Watch and The Bay Citizen. More information on Meghann is available on our speakers page.
Please note that you must register for the Smart Voter reception and dinner as an extra event. It is not automatically included in your Convention registration.
- Sarah Diefendorf – Director (Natural Resources)
- Kay Ragan – Director (Social Policy)
- Eleanor Gonzalez – Treasurer NEW
Read more about them on the nominees page.
The Nominating Committee is reaching out to a number of you to request either names of potential candidates, or for information on candidates already being considered to fill the vacant Treasurer slot. Be assured that the Nominating Committee will do their very best to find qualified candidates.
We released a final slate with the Second Call to Convention as part of the Workbook on April 17.