League Lingo

There are certain terms that are unique to the League of Women Voters: “League Lingo.” Some are listed here to help new members.

Action: Promoting the League’s positions on local, state, and national public policy issues to government officials, the media, and the public.

Action Alert: Request from the LWVUS or state League to take action in support of a League position.

Annual Meeting: Local year-end business meeting to elect officers and directors, vote on bylaw changes and adopt a budget and program of work for the next year.

Associate Member: A non-voting member of the League, such as a person under 18 years of age or a non-citizen.

Calendaring: Plan of action and meetings for the league year. It should include local, state, and national activities.

Consensus: Collective opinion of a substantial number of League members, representative of the membership as a whole, aftre objective study of an issue.

Concurrence: Agreement by League members with a position on an issue reached by a small group of members or by another League.

Convention: A state or national League meeting held every other year at which delegates elect officers and directors for the biennium, adopt program, make bylaw changes and adopt a budget, usually for one year. Local Leagues send delegates to state convention, local and state leagues send delegates to national convention.

Council: An assembly of delegate held in alternate years to adopt a budget and assess program developments. Local Leagues send delegates to state council, state leagues send delegates to national council.

Education Fund: The tax-deductible arm of national, state, and large local leagues, handling funds to be used only for educational purposes, not for action on issues.

Leaders Section LWVUS Website: Many tools for leaders in local leagues are available in the Members Section of the LWVUS website. Any member may access this information by clicking on it.

Leaders Update: Weekly information is sent to all league leaders who subscribe on LWVUS website. Tjis is an excellent source of information for all board and team members.

Life Member: A person who has been a member for 50 years or more. Life members are excused from dues payment and their Leagues pay no per member payment (PMP) for them.

MAL: Acronym for Member-at-Large, a member who resides outside the area of, and is not enrolled in, a local league.

PMP: Acronym for Per Member Payment, the amount of money paid to the LWVUS and the state league on behalf of each member.

Position: A statement of the League’s oint of view on an issue, arrived at through member study and agreement (consensus or concurrence), approved by the appropriate board and used as a basis for League action.

Principles: Governmental standards and policies supported by the League as a whole. They constitute the authorization for adoption of program at all levels.

Program: Selected governmental issues chosen by the members at the local, state, and national levels for study and action.

Programs: Plans for speakers, discussion or other activities for League meetings.

SLU: A state-recognized group of Members-at-Large, in an area where there is no local League, known as State League Units.

Unit: Groupings of member within larger local Leagues to proide more opportunity for discussion. Units may be tine-oriented (day, evening, or lunch hour), geographically oriented, or both.

Voters Guide: Nonpartisan publication giving candidates’ qualifications and positions on selected issues.

Voters Service: Year-round activity to help citizens be politically effective and to encourage their participation in the political process. Registering voters and presenting factual non-partisan information on candidates and election issues are basic voters service activities.

Voting Members: All League members who are U.S. citizens and at least 18 years old.