When "a little" is "a lot".
As we start the New Year, my thoughts turn to the new opportunities, possibilities and challenges the League of Women Voters League of Women Voters, voluntary public service organization of U.S. citizens. Organized in 1920 in Chicago as an outgrowth of the National American Woman Suffrage Association, it had as its original nucleus the leaders of the latter organization. will face in 2007.
When this issue of The National Voter reaches your hands, the LWVUS/LWVEF Boards will be meeting to set advocacy and education priorities for this year. It may seem that we need a divining rod divining rod or dowser, stick used in searching for underground water or minerals. This form of divination is still in common use in many parts of the world. The instrument is typically a forked twig. to know where best to use our scarce human and financial resources.
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If we look at things from the standpoint of the ultimate desired result, our work often seems daunting daunt
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To abate the courage of; discourage. See Synonyms at dismay.
[Middle English daunten, from Old French danter, from Latin . Instead, if we focus on the individual pieces of our goals and work doggedly on each piece, we will see that we are moving forward, achieving small victories.
Even if we do not get a particular bill passed by Congress, we have made progress if, for example, we have helped League members in Kansas convince their Senator to sign on as a supporter of the bill. Maybe we didn't get the independent ethics commission we wanted, but maybe we did get a fairer ethics investigation process. Did we get a news reporter who has never covered a League event before to write that five-sentence article on page 3 of the Metro section?
"Little things mean a lot." As we look forward to a new League year, let's all commit to understanding how that simple statement has great significance in our League work.
Now, to the challenging part--who will do those "little things"? That "who" is me, your president; that "who" is your elected Board members; that "who" is the hardworking LWVUS/LWVEF staff; that "who" is YOU, our members and supporters. We are who will do those "little things."
As your national Board members have deliberated about the League's advocacy and education priorities for 2007, we have each looked at the roles we will play in achieving those priorities. We have pledged our time, talent and money to implement those priorities each day, every day throughout the year.
Please don't leave this page until you have taken pencil in hand to write down what your role will be in accomplishing the League's priorities. What "things" (big or little) will you do this year to further our cause of Making Democracy Work?
I wish you a happy, healthy New Year.
P.S. To read about the LWVUS LWVUS League of Women Voters of the United States priorities for 2007, check your e-mail or the League Web site (www.lwv.org) for my weekly Leaders' message on the first Thursday in February.
BY MARY G. WILSON