LWV RIPON AREA is a grateful participant in LWV WI’s Membership & Leadership Development Program (MLD). After local League President Jean Johnson passed away in April 2017, Ripon’s 1st Vice President Cindy Diemer assumed the unanticipated and daunting role of President. Seasoned Ripon Leaguers aided in the transition by steping up to mentor and assist Cindy. In addition, monthly calls from MLD coaches Louise Petering and Marilyn Boeldt provided an important measure of confidence and mentoring to this “reluctant leader.” While the Ripon membership transitioned and grieved as a League, the state MLD coaches helped keep everyone on track and attentive to working toward increased membership, voter service activity, and even a local study. “I have often mentioned that although I have been an active member of the Ripon League for over 40 years, I did not 'aspire' to be President,” says the now experienced, accidental President Cindy Diemer. “The MLD program has provided relevant information, answers to questions, and support on a monthly basis. Thank you to Marilyn Boeldt and Louise Petering!”
In the MLD coaching program, veteran League members work with local League leaders on issues of visibility, membership growth and retention, outreach practices, and leadership skills. Lend your League expertise to a local League - be a MLD coach! Contact Ellen Penwell in the state office if you'd like more information on how you can be a coach or how your League can benefit from the MLD program, epenwell [at] lwvwi.org, 608-256-0827.