Financial report:Donna explained that expenses were higher because they include the GOTV ads in local papers.Also, the cost of the new printed T-shirts is included in the expenses.
President’s Report: Donna Roper reviewed the events the League has participated in this past year includingmany tabling events, HS Youth Outreach, the numerous candidate and pros & cons forums, presentations to several groups, radio interviews, ads in KCRB, Apple Blossom Parade, Adopt-a- Room project, Vote Forward letter writing, etc.
Membership: Ten new members joined in October.
Sonoma Development Center Property:The Board of Directors decided to send a letter to the State General Services Department requesting due consideration of the Sonoma Mountain Community Service District’s proposal, and authorize Donna Roper as President to approve the letter.
Voter Services: Therese Scherrer shared that the YouTube videos of the candidate forums are getting lots of views.
Candidate Forums: Karen Weeks reported that we completed eight candidate forums. Due to an insufficient number of volunteers, we were not able to provide forums for all the cities with contested races. Also, there are far more races and candidates due to the change to district elections, which makes it much harder for the League to cover all the races. If we can train more volunteers, we may be able to do more in the future.
Pros & Cons Forums:Lynn Dooley reported that she has received very positive feedback of the format & content of the Pros & Cons presentations.
Several League volunteers visited seven library branches in October to register and pre-register students.
We have two more trained volunteers going into high school classes. We have been to Windsor, Analy, Laguna, and Roseland Prep. We will add more high schools as we train more volunteers, and we hope to expand this program beginning in January.If you are interested in participating in the training and possibly becoming a presenter, please send an email email@example.com.
Outreach / Programs: The Board is discussing how we want to organize ourselves and our activities over a two year period now that Board member terms are two years. Also, the election cycle is a two year period with an election year and then an off election year.
Strategic Plan update:
Calendar: The Board will be developing a longer range calendar with events planned out for the rest of the year. Known events are Program Planning meeting in February, Annual Member meeting in June, Kickoff Meeting in September, Legislative Interviews in February, Convention in June, June 2024 primary and November 2024 general elections.
One meeting a month concept:The Board discussed the idea of dedicating one day a month for a League sponsored activity that would be the date we do any League activities such as Learn with the League, Making Democracy Work, etc.
Legislative Interviews: These take place in February. Donna Roper will be organizing our participation and we may partner with other Leagues again.If you would like to participate in the Legislator interviews, please send an email toPresident@lwvsonoma.org
February Program Planning:Program planning takes place each year in February. The purpose is two-fold--to give input to the National or State Convention and to do local planning on areas of emphasis. Alternate years conventions are National and then the following year CA State. The Board will pick a date for the Program Planning meeting at their December Board meeting.
Next Meeting:The December Meeting will be Dec 3rdat 10:30 am.
The full minutes of board meetings are available in theMember Referencessection of our website after board approval.