LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF NYS

55th Biennial Convention

Hilton Albany

June 1-2, 2013

All members are welcome to join us at Convention! 

 

REGISTRATION KITS ARE NOW AVAILABLE HERE

REGISTRATION MUST BE RECEIVED BY APRIL 8TH 

 COME JOIN THE FUN! 

CALL TO CONVENTION



From: Sally Robinson, LWVNYS President

 

This is the official call to attend the 55th Convention of the League of Women Voters of New York State. The convention will be held June 1-2, 2013 at the Hilton Albany in Albany, NY. The Convention begins with the opening plenary session at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 1, 2013. We have shortened the Convention and thereby reduced the cost per attendee (only $180 for each delegate!). We hope that this will encourage local Leagues to send more members - or members will decide to join us on their own.

 

Convention is a time to meet a group of dynamic leaders from around the state, a time to make new friends and renew old friendships. It is also a time for new leaders to learn the basics of League operation and newer League members to be bitten by the "League" bug. It is a time to improve your League's use of technology and streamline your League, so that you become more effective with less work. It is a time to purchase romantic getaways and deluxe items at our silent auction. It is a time to educate fellow League members about important and timely issues and seek to have those issues adopted as part of the League's program.

 

It is also a wonderful exercise of grassroots democracy in action, when delegates representing the local Leagues come together to make the important decisions that will guide us through the next biennium including the election of officers and directors, adoption of a budget and bylaws amendments, and the adoption of our state program for 2013-2015.

 

While the actual convention does not begin until Saturday, we realize that some people will arrive on Friday. We have made a reservation for a tour of the state Capitol at 3:00 pm on Friday, if you are here by then. We will also arrange a Dine-Around dinner for those in town on Friday evening; this is a fun opportunity to share informal time with other League members. We will also offer workshops on Saturday morning. The workshops will be appropriate for both newer and more experienced League leaders; details will be forthcoming.

 

According to Article VIII, Sections 2, 3 and 4 of the LWVNYS Bylaws, the convention shall be composed of the following voting delegates:

 

  1. The convention shall consist of the delegates of the local Leagues, ILOs and MAL units, as provided in section 4 of this article, and the members of the board.
  2. All delegates shall be voting members of the League. Each delegate representing a local League, ILO, or MAL unit shall be entitled to vote only if that League, ILO or MAL unit has met its per-member-payment responsibilities. The LWVNYS board may make an exception in the case of proven hardship. No delegate shall be entitled to more than one vote, and absentee or proxy voting shall not be permitted. Final determination of a delegate's qualifications or credentials shall be made by the convention.
  3. The members of the LWVUS who are organized into recognized local Leagues, ILOs, and MAL units in the state of New York shall be entitled to voting representation at the convention as follows: each local League shall be represented by the President or an alternate. In addition to the President or alternate, each local League is entitled to one delegate for the first 40 members. Leagues having more than 40 members shall be entitled to one delegate for each additional 40 members or major fraction thereof. The record in the state office of paid-up voting members as of January 1 of the year of the convention shall determine the official membership count for this purpose. Each recognized ILO shall be entitled to one voting delegate to be elected by its board of directors. Each MAL unit shall be entitled to one voting delegate to be chosen by its members.

    Delegates are uninstructed and are expected to use their own judgment in reaching decisions based on convention discussion. Delegates are committing their local Leagues to program study and action as well as financial obligation. Your League should be well represented!! (For your convenience, a label has been attached to the Convention Registration Form in this packet indicating the number of voting delegates that your League is allowed to send to Convention).

     

    Every League member is encouraged to attend all or part of the convention as a visitor. Visitors can participate in all convention events. However, they are unable to vote as delegates.

     

 
 

TENTATIVE CONVENTION AGENDA

Friday, May 31 (PreConvention)

3:00 pm                       Tour of NYS Capitol (reservation required)

6:00 pm                       Dine-Around Dinner (reservation required)

8:00 pm- 11:00 pm        Hospitality Suite and Networking

 

Saturday, June 1

   8:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.          Registration / Information Desk Open

   8:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.          Silent Auction and Sales Room Open

   8:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.          Office Open

   8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.           Workshops

   9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.          Workshops

 11:00 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.          Lunch on your own (plenty of nearby options)

 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.            Registration/Information Desk Open

   1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.           Plenary Session

   5:15 p.m. -   6:00 p.m.         Info Sessions and Caucuses; Networking Time

   4:30 p.m. -   6:30 p.m.         Hospitality Suite & Silent Auction /Sales Room Open

   5:30 p.m. -   6:30 p.m.         Reception

   6:30 p.m. -   7:30 p.m.         Dinner (you can register just for dinner and speaker!)

   7:30 p.m. -   8:00 p.m.         Awards Presentations

   8:00 p.m. -   9:00 p.m.         Guest Speaker: Mickey Edwards 

   9:00 p.m.- 11:00 p.m.           Info Sessions and Caucuses; Networking Time

   9:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.          Hospitality Suite & Silent Auction /Sales Room Open

   10:30 pm                             Silent Auction Closes and Winners Posted

 

Sunday, June 2

7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.             Breakfast Buffet

7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.             Presidents' Breakfast

8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.            Information Desk Open

8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.             Silent Auction Pickup

8:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.             Office Open

9:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.            Plenary Session

12:00 p.m.                             ADJOURNMENT

12:00 p.m.                             Silent Auction Pickup

12:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.            1st Board Meeting for the 2013-2015 LWVNYS Board 

 
 
 

FEATURED SPEAKER

Saturday, June 1, 7:30 pm

 Mickey Edwards
(former Member of US House of Representatives)
                   Vice President, The Aspen Institute

               Director, Aspen-Rodel Fellowships in Public Leadership

 

Mickey Edwards, a lecturer at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, was a Republican member of Congress from Oklahoma for 16 years (1977-92). He was a member of the House Republican leadership and served on the House Budget and Appropriations committees. Since leaving the Congress he has taught at Harvard, Georgetown, and Princeton universities and has chaired various task forces for the Constitution Project, the Brookings Institution, and the Council on Foreign Relations. In addition, he is currently an advisor to the US Department of State and a member of the Princeton Project on National Security.

 

The Aspen-Rodel Fellowship - a 24-month program focusing on promoting bipartisan problem-solving public leadership and building relationships among the nation's emerging political leaders - provides public leaders time to step back from the daily demands of public office to reflect on the principles and values that underline democratic governance. Three officials selected for previous Rodel classes have since been elected governors of their states, seven have been elected to Congress, and one now serves as Assistant U.S. Attorney General.

 

Mr. Edwards spoke at the LWVUS Convention in June 2012, on the issue of civil discourse and the need for nonpartisan cooperation in politics. He will continue this discussion with League members at the State Convention. His most recent book is entitled, The Parties Versus the People How to Turn Republicans and Democrats into Americans, and was published in 2012.

 

 
 The Hilton Albany

Albany, New York

$124.00 Single Occupancy

$134.00 Double Occupancy

Limited Number of Rooms available only until MAY 10, 2013

After that date there is no guarantee of rooms or price

 

RESERVATIONS CAN BE MADE BY CALLING 1.866.691.1183

OR

WWW.HILTONALBANY.COM

 

PLEASE USE GROUP CODE 1EZP (NUMBER 1 + EZP) TO OBTAIN GROUP RATE

 

DON'T FORGET TO SUPPORT THE STATE LEAGUE AND YOUR LOCAL LEAGUE BY SELLING TICKETS TO THE

BIG LEAGUE RAFFLE !

 TICKETS COMING IN THE MAIL SOON!

 

ALSO, THE SILENT AUCTION WILL AGAIN BE ONLINE AND ANYONE CAN BID - YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE AT CONVENTION. WATCH THE LEAGUE WEBSITE TO VIEW THE ITEMS AND PLACE A BID. SUPPORT THE STATE LEAGUE AND GET SOME GREAT DEALS! 

 
 
 

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SEE YOU AT CONVENTION!!

League of Women Voters of NYS

62 Grand St, Albany, NY 12207

Tel: 518-465-4162

email: lwvny@lwvny.org

website: www.lwvny.org