President Kristin Goss
Our Voter Service team of Ann Garrison and Joyce Wiley have assembled our annual Voter Guide and taken it "live" on Vote411.org. If last year's user statistics are any indication, thousands of Arlington voters will learn who's on their ballot and what these candidates' priorities are courtesy of the League's wonderful online resource.
This year LWV-VA contributed both money and volunteer time to take Vote411 statewide, bringing us into line with Maryland and other jurisdictions. Thanks to the LWV-VA for the support!
The Arlington League, along with our Voter Guide and Vote 411, got a huge boost from League member Erin King, who helped us promote the work through Facebook. In just the first week of this effort, we enjoyed a 30% jump in people who "like" our Facebook page. Thank you, Erin! We update the page regularly with information on League activities, Arlington news, and information about issues we follow, especially voting rights. You can "like" us at http://www.facebook.com/LWVArlington.
On September 26, Vice President Kathy Matusiak hosted a terrific networking reception for local Leaguers and community leaders. While Arlington is one of the most civically rich communities in America, organizations often don't have the opportunity to get to know each other in a relaxed setting. This reception was the first in what we expect to be a regular event. Such conversations help all of us identify areas of common interest, share information, and identify opportunities for collaboration. Huge thanks to Kathy for opening her home and arranging for food and beverages and to Joyce Wiley for helping with the set-up and the spread.
The League continues to benefit from the generosity of leaders whom we dearly miss. A bequest from Holly Williams, who served as our longtime environmental chair, allows us to support the Arlington Outdoor Lab's environmental education program for young people. A generous contribution from the estate of Ann Ross, whose League activism exceeded 50 years, is helping to support our policy work, while a matching contribution from her children is expanding the reach of our voter education activities.
October will be filled with election-related activities. Urge your friends to register to vote + you can do so online now (http://www.sbe.virginia.gov/VoterRegistration.html). The deadline is October 15.