League of Women Voters of the United States Board of Directors

Board Meeting

June 18, 2015

The National Conference Center

Leesburg, VA


Board Present

Elisabeth MacNamara

Toni Larson

Karen Nicholson

Pat Donath

Peggy Appler

Chris Carson

Connie Ferguson


Anita Loch

Anne Schink

Linda Wassenich

Barbara Zia


Staff Present

Nancy Tate

Anisa Tootla

Greg Leatherwood (For finance portion only via phone)

Cyndie Cota


Guests Present

Katelyn Utley   LWV Indiana- Intern

Lisa Plencner    LWV Indiana Co-president

Alice Giles        Nominating Committee

Anne Glich       LWVUS Intern


Prior to the meeting Graeve, Strella and Appler presented an overview of Council


McNamara called the meeting to order at 3:41 PM


Agenda addition: Discussion Forums



Nicholson moved that minutes as edited of the meeting of the LWVUS Board of Directors of April 11, 2015 be approved as edited. Seconded. Passed.


Financial Report

Donath moved that financial report of the LWVUS dated April 30, 2015 be accepted and placed on file. Seconded. Passed.


Discussion Forums


Graeve gave an overview of the discussion forums. On June 30th the current discussion forums will close. LWVUS staff are researching several alternative and more flexible discussion groups. Current content will still be available. Please ask LWVUS staff for help in accessing the past content. Additional information/instructions will be available at a later date. An announcement will be placed in the Leaders Update.



President’s Report  


McNamara reported on her travels including attending LWVCA, IA and MN state conventions.  The Executive Director search is in full swing including refinements of the job description, and the understanding the need for the committee to really confront what the Executive Director position entails.  Interviews are now set for July. MacNamara reported that the Board needs to fully understand what the agenda is and have a firm agreement on what change really means.


LWVUS has agreed to become a technical partner with the Carter Center and Advancing Democratic Elections and Political Transit, for a grant that deals with election monitoring, stable political partners.




Ferguson moved that LWVUS Board of Directors approve the Organizational Services Report April 10, 2015- June 18, 2015. Seconded. Passed.



MacNamara adjourned the full meeting at 4:30 PM to convene the Executive Session



Executive Session


Larson moved that the Board authorize an additional withdrawal from reserves in an amount not to exceed $450,000 to cover the cost over-run for the Constituent Relationship Management System and the dues renewal pilot, and to fund the cost of updating the systems, processes, and staffing of the Finance and Accounting department.  Seconded. Passed.