The Bylaws of the League of Women Voters of Oakland require us to hold our Annual Meeting in May or June every year. It’s the time when the members of LWVO conduct the formal business of our organization, taking votes on a variety of actions that require the approval of the membership. To help you understand what will happen at the meeting, we have prepared a series of documents explaining the items of business on which you will be asked to vote. Please take the time to review these before the meeting, so we can move thru the business smoothly. If you have questions about any of the documents, please send an email to info [at] lwvoakland.org and we’ll get back to you. Looking forward to seeing you on June 13!
President’s Message of Gratitude to Our Volunteers - from LWVO President Deborah Shefler
- that a quorum of at least 10% of our members is required in order to legitimize the votes taken
- that members must be current with their dues by June 3, 2020 (most League memberships expire on June 30, so unless we’ve recently sent you a message saying that your dues are NOT current, you don’t need to worry about this)
- that motions, nominations, and questions need to be emailed to info [at] lwvoakland.org
Proposed 2020-2021 Program – In League-speak, our Program is those governmental issues chosen for education and advocacy in the coming year. The proposal includes recommendations from LWVO committees and members who took part in the Program Planning meeting April 18.
Proposal to Take Steps to Convert LWVO’s nonprofit tax status from 501(c)4 to 501(c)3 – We are currently a 501(c)(4) tax exempt organization (do not have to pay federal and state income taxes) but donations to the League are not tax deductible, nor does the League qualify for grants or other benefits available to 501(c)(3) organizations. You will be asked to vote on the motion proposing that the League take the steps to convert its status. If we work to convert, we will need to amend our Bylaws and our Articles of Incorporation. Check out our FAQ on this issue!
Amending the Bylaws – These 2 documents, the statement of the Bylaws of the League of Women Voters and the Motion to Adopt recommended changes to bylaws show the proposed amendments. New proposed wording is Italicized, while wording that would be removed is lined out. You’ll notice that some of the proposed amendments are shown in green; these amendments are required if we want to change from a 501(c)4 to a 501(c)3.
Amending the Articles of Incorporation – The League of Women Voters of Oakland is incorporated as a tax-exempt corporation in the State of California. The amendment shown are necessary if we convert from a 501(c)4 to a 501(c)3. Read our Motion to Amend the Articles.
Here is a list of the dedicated LWVO members who have volunteered over the past year to help Make Democracy Work in Oakland. Many thanks to you all.