President's message Nov 2017

Thank you all for keeping the League strong

By MADHU SRIDHAR
In this month of Thanksgiving, I want to express my gratitude to YOU: the League Board, the League members and the League supporters. Through the years, the key to our success and our greatest source of strength has always been the support of our League members who understand our mission and share our passion to create an informed and engaged citizenry.

With my over 20 years of involvement with the League, I have been amazed at its influence, its vitality and its members’ unfailing commitment to making American democracy work. People listen to the League. They trust the League. They rely on the League to give them information to make important choices during elections.

Why? Because we are nonpartisan, we get things done and we study before taking action. Most importantly, because we are YOU – members and supporters of the League of Women Voters who care enough about government and issues to lead and take part in and back the League’s work.

An all-volunteer grassroots organization ready to celebrate our 100th anniversary, we have proved – both to ourselves and the rest of the country – that when it comes to empowering people to become involved in elections and

government decision making, the League is the undisputed leader. President Bill Clinton called us “fighters for freedom”and “brave people working at the grassroots” and said we were “widening the circle of liberty to encompass more and more of our fellow citizens.” He could not have done a better job describing who we are and what we are about.

Your support has helped us sustain all of our crucial efforts. Three forums were held in the past six months on important public policy issues: Public Education, Transportation and Human Trafficking. All three forums with expert panels bringing diverse perspectives presented free of charge to packed audiences.

You have given your time and your expertise to help with the League’s mission. Many of you have helped register voters, worked as election judges, organized educational forums, involved yourself in studies, recruited new members, given presentations on the importance of voting, put together, delivered and distributed Voters Guides across San Antonio, maintained our website and newsletter, testified – and the list goes on. Thank you for your contributions.

At a personal level, I can’t thank each of you enough for making my first months as president of the San Antonio Area League meaningful and exciting and for your friendship.  I wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving.