Dear Members & Friends,
As we all look forward to the holidays, on behalf of the Board of Directors of the League of Women Voters of Miami-Dade County, I want to take this opportunity to look back on our many accomplishments this year and to look ahead to the promise of a new year.
This year, we have seen our membership grow with many new members joining us because of what the League stands for as a non-partisan organization, having a passion to get involved. Our election season was filled with dozens of events: registering voters, conducting candidate forums, holding decoding the ballot workshops, working to end money in politics locally (which we lost, but will continue), publishing a voter services guide, using our website and social media to connect with hundreds of citizens, and advocating the defeat of Amendment 1, a real David vs. Goliath battle which we won! And we do all of that with the dedication, commitment, and plain old hard work of our volunteer Board!
I also want to thank you for your support this year whether it was by voluteering or through a generous contribution on Give Miami Day or anytime during the year. You all make it possible.
Our 2017 calendar is already filling up with our fabulous Cocktails and Conversation, a Leadership Conference, an informed discussion concerning climate change and sea level rise with our nationally recognized local experts, launching a new Solar initiative with FL SUN, conducting our signature event to celebrate Women’s History Month, Women That Shine on March 25 (details coming soon). We will be working hard to keep voters informed: the 2017 Legislative Session in Tallahassee, municipal elections and the opportunities those elections present to impact local issues (like affordable housing, transportation to name a few), and so much more.
I am thrilled to announce we will hold our first mid-year General Membership Meeting, Thursday, January 26 so that you can get involved on issues that matter to you and help educate voters, advocate for our positions on public policies, and shape our local government through your participation.
Normally, I would conclude by saying we need you, but truthfully, you need the League and the work that we do which above all else makes our democracy work.
All the very best for happy holidays, good health in the new year, and we look forward to your working with us on all that needs to be done in the year ahead.
With every good wish and always in League,
Susan Windmiller, President