League of Women Voters Education Fund Board of Trustees

Board Meeting

February 1, 2015

Renaissance Hotel

Washington, DC


Board Present

Elisabeth MacNamara

Toni Larson Ph.D.

Karen Nicholson

Patricia Donath

Peggy Appler

Chris Carson

Connie Ferguson

Rosalee Keech

Anita Loch

Anne Schink

Linda Wassenich

Barbara Zia




Staff Present

Nancy Tate

Anisa Tootla

Greg Leatherwood (Finance portion only)

Cyndie Cota


MacNamara called the meeting to order at 9:02 a.m.



 Nicholson moved that the minutes of the meeting of the LWVEF Board of Trustees of October 26, 2014 be approved as corrected. Seconded. Passed.

Financial Report

Donath moved that the financial report of the LWVEF of December 31, 2014 be accepted and placed on file. Seconded. Passed.

Education Fund Committee Report

Nicholson moved that the LWVEF Board of Trustees appoint Karen Nicholson Chair of Projects Involving Presidential Candidates Committee, with Peggy Appler as the primary Event Coordinator, and members Anne Schink and Connie Ferguson. Seconded. Passed.

Nicholson moved that the LWVEF Board of Trustees approve the Education Fund Committee time line for the two studies (Money In Politics/ Constitution Amendment Study) that are a part of the Structures of Democracy. Seconded. Passed

Fall Board Meeting, 2015

Board approves both sets of consensus questions

February 1, 2016

Consensus reports from Leagues due to the LWVUS office

April 2016, Board Meeting

Board approves consensus reports and resulting position(s), if any, for both studies

Money in Politics (MIP)

 Zia reported on the progress of the MIP committee. Currently, and through spring 2015, the MIP committee is developing background materials on MIP issues. The MIP committee will make these available electronically to Leagues in spring 2015. These will include issue papers as well as other resources, such as a power point presentation, suggested readings and speaker suggestions that Leagues can use to organize meetings that will inform and engage members in preparation for consensus meetings. The initial reading list has been posted on the LWV website, http://forum.lwv.org/category/member-resources/our-work/money-politics.

Constitutional Amendment (CA)

Donath reported members of the committee have been reading various books related to the topic and sharing reports on those books.  The Committee decided, however, that the best way to introduce members to the topic of the study was to share, via links from the website, two Congressional Research Service documents on the issues related to Congress calling a Constitutional Convention—one of the two alternatives for developing amendments to be ratified by the states.  The Committee has finalized introductions for those two documents and for an ABA Bar Journal article related to the 1974 ABA Study Committee on US Constitutional Conventions.  A “reading guide” for the three documents is posted on the CA website.  Additional reading suggestions and “Getting Started” ideas will be developed and shared between now and Council 2015.

United Nations

Keech provided the United Nations update. LWVUS is organizing a side event, Women in Government: Influencing Economic & Social Change, for the UN's annual Commission on the Status of Women (CSW59) to be held March 13 in the UN.  The side event is hosted by the Permanent Mission of Germany to the United Nations and is co-sponsored by the LWVUS, International Federation of Business & Professional Women, Pan Pacific Southeast Asia Women's Association and UN Women.  Speakers include members of Parliament from Germany, Turkey, Azerbaijan, and the Director of the Policy Division of UN Women and moderated by a former US diplomat.   LWVUS will have 20 delegates attending CSW59 and can accommodate additional attendance at the side event. 


Tate gave a brief overview of VOTE411’s history that included the information that LWVEF conducted a comprehensive survey of Leagues following the 2014 election and the findings will be incorporated into planning future programs, trainings and funding proposals. Additionally, she stated that 97% of the Leagues that sign-up continue to use VOTE411. 


McNamara adjourned at 10:17am.