© 1999 League of Women Voters of Greater Birmingham and
League of Women Voters of the United States
A Publication of the League of Women Voters of Greater Birmingham.
Calling All 'Greater Birmingham' Leaguers !
Deciding which method the League will support to reform the Alabama Constitution and getting prepared to participate in the concurrence on the new LWVUS Trade position are the jobs of the grassroots (that's all of us) in January. Look below and elsewhere in this Voter for important material on both topics. [Go to What Do You Think About Trade?, Constitutional Reform Consensus Due, or A New Constitution for Alabama: How Should We Do It? - w.e.]
What Do You Think About Trade?
|The Constitutional Reform paper enclosed in this Voter provides pros and cons on methods for reform and background on the larger constitutional reform picture. [Go to the referenced A New Constitution for Alabama: How Should We Do It. Link is outside this web edition of the Voter. - w.e.]|
Gayle England, President Sarah McDonald, 1st VP Rose Packer, 2nd VP Yvonne Knowles, Treasurer Diane Holmes, Director Colette Scott, Secretary Anne Findley Shores, Director Sandra Smith, Director Commerce Center - Suite 806 The LWVGB Voter is a monthly publication of the League of Women Voters of Greater Birmingham: President, Gayle England; Treasurer, Yvonne Knowles; Editor, Becky Sylvester. Voter Addresses:
Board of Directors
Constitution Reform Chair
2027 1st Avenue North
Birmingham, Al 35203-4127
604 Paden Dr.
Gayle England, President
Sarah McDonald, 1st VP
Rose Packer, 2nd VP
Yvonne Knowles, Treasurer
Diane Holmes, Director
Colette Scott, Secretary
Anne Findley Shores, Director
Sandra Smith, Director
Commerce Center - Suite 806
The LWVGB Voter is a monthly publication of the League of Women Voters of Greater Birmingham: President, Gayle England; Treasurer, Yvonne Knowles; Editor, Becky Sylvester.
In my travels I have found that different parts of the world have a lingo that is used just in particular areas. Here in the South "y'all" and "fixin' to" are some of my favorites. The League has its own lingo. Unit meeting, consensus, concurrence, and position are just a few words in the League language that are important to us in January.
We have come to that time when we need to have concurrence on our National Trade position and consensus on one aspect of our State League Constitutional Reform position. Discussions at member meetings (units) are the usual format for making League decisions on positions. Be sure to read the material mentioned in the Trade article on page 1 and the page 1 article and enclosed material on reforming the Alabama Constitution.
Our local League Board has decided to re-introduce options for unit meetings. See the Calendar for the three unit meeting dates, times, and locations. Each of the three January meetings will cover the same material. We hope one of the three options will be convenient for you.
If you are new to the League of Women Voters this is a great opportunity to learn about the workings of the League. If you are a long-time Leaguer this is an opportunity to get involved that won't take much of your time. I am looking forward to seeing you at the unit meetings.
For the benefit of new members, definitions of consensus and concurrence appear on page 3, under the title "League Notebook."
We're looking for a few good opinions. We want to hear from you on current issues facing the Birmingham community and metropolitan area. Perhaps you take exception to a city policy or want to be heard on the Jefferson County occupational tax. or an issue that affects the metro area that another governing body is facing.
Certain topics will be off limits: discussions of candidates for public office will NOT be printed; this new column is not a soap box for your personal action agenda; and it's the Board's job to state the League's opinion on subjects on which the League has a position. Otherwise, give it a go.
Sharpen your writing skills and pick your subject. Keep your opinions short and to the point. Email your pieces to email@example.com or mail them to Voter Editor, 604 Paden Dr., Birmingham, 35226. To get the ball rolling, the Board may suggest a topic at the January unit meetings.
Here's a suggestion for a New Year's resolution: volunteer to help with election monitoring in 2002.
Rose Packer, Voter Service VP, reports that LWVGB's partnership with the Birmingham Housing Authority (BHA) to monitor housing community council elections will resume February 14 at Harris Homes, time and election site to be announced.
March is the month for the Marks Village and Loveman's Village elections. Smithfield and Collegeville elections are scheduled for April. Later in the year additional elections will be held.
The role of the League in this democratic process is to insure that elections are conducted impartially. Rose has developed guidelines for League monitors in a how-to booklet titled Election Monitoring 101.
Call or email Rose to volunteer to help with this priority project. See the Board list on page 2 for phone number and email address.
Because of the Birmingham City Council elections, we need to update Fingertips, our pub that tells metro area residents how to contact government officials. Send your check made payable to LWVAL Education Fund to the League office, Commerce Center, Suite 806, 2027 1st Ave. N. in Birmingham, 35203-4127.
Cathy Sloss Crenshaw, Sloss Real Estate Group President and CEO and long-time member of LWVGB, updated members and guests at the December 15 Holiday Luncheon on projects that are changing Birmingham's City Center and Lakeview District.
Ms. Crenshaw gave attendees a view of the neighborhoods in the City Center, which extends from the Civic Center in the North to Five Points South and includes the Civil Rights District and Hope VI Housing Community. She provided the audience with a glimpse of the City Center where 80,000 people work. She showed slides of such Sloss projects as:
The master plan for City Center that Ms. Crenshaw described focuses on "connecting districts." She believes a strong City Center can retard urban sprawl and result in a healthier environment.
Colette Scott, PR Director
Periodically, a Voter column will be devoted to providing information to new members. If you have questions about the League you would like to have answered, contact Sarah McDonald. See the Board list on page 2 for contact information.
This month Leaguers will be deciding positions using the processes of consensus and concurrence. Below are definitions that may be helpful to new members.
Consensus is the technique most often used for reaching member agreement. It is a process whereby members participate in a group discussion of an issue. The "consensus" reached by members through group discussion is not a simple majority, nor is it unanimity; rather it is the overall "sense of the group" as expressed through the exchange of ideas and opinions, whether in a membership meeting or unit meeting.
Concurrence is the act of agreeing with - or concurring with - a statement or position. Groups of League members or League boards can concur with (1) recommendations of a resource committee or a unit group; (2) decision statements formulated by boards; or (3) positions reached by another League or Leagues. (From In League - a publication of the LWVUS)
Tuesday, Jan. 8, 9:30 A.M.
Birmingham City Council Meeting
710 20th St. N.
Thursday, Jan. 10, 2:30 P. M.
Birmingham Economic Development Com.
City Hall, Conference Room D
710 20th St. N.
Monday, Jan. 21, 12:00 Noon
LWVGB Board Meeting
Commerce Center, Conference Room
2027 1st Av. N.
TUESDAY, JAN. 22 , 2 P.M.
LWVGB UNIT MEETING 12 NOON
SOUTHSIDE LIBRARY BRING BAG LUNCH
1814 11TH AV. S. BEVERAGES PROVIDED
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 23, 10:00. A.M
LWVGB UNIT MEETING
3357 CHEROKEE RD. Refreshments
(Sarah McDonald's home 967-2829)
THURSDAY, JAN. 24 , 7:00 P.M.
LWVGB UNIT MEETING
808 VESTAVIA LAKE DR. Refreshments
(Gayle England's home - 979-7102)