The board generally meets on the first Monday of the month, 5:30 pm, Champaign Public Library. If you have a question about the board, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or talk to an officer directly. For a list of board members, see the "Meet Our Board" page. For information on board meetings or minutes contact Lynda Minor, Board Secretary.
All League members should have a copy of this year's Member Directory. The directory contains members' names and emails, as well as a photo. If you haven't received yours, or if you need to update your entry, contact Carol Bosley.
This chart is a subset of the full League chart and is intended to give an overview for members. This structure changes fairly often and will be updated here as changes are made.
Finances/Fundraising - Team lead: Deb Busey
This team is responsible for managing League finances including compliance to standards and budget management. The team makes and implements plans to raise funds for the League.
Member Services- Team leads: Theresa Michelson and Carol Bosley
The Member Services Team oversees the recruitment, orientation, and retention of the League's growing membership.
Volunteers - Team leads: Elisha Roy and Linda Bair
The Volunteer team works with other teams to recruit and welcome new volunteers and to help match them to a good fit within the League's activities. They work with Member Services to ensure that members, particularly new members, are productively engaged with the League. Some activities include record keeping, contacting those who volunteer, working with team leads to develop Volunteer Opportunity lists, publishing opportunities in the newsletter and on the League's website.
Members Database - Team lead: Kat Bork
This team works with the Member Services to manage League membership records and recommend improvements as needed.
Voter Services is the umbrella group for a variety of League activities related to creating and promoting a voting culture through civic engagement with voters of Champaign County. It includes Voter Education, Youth Outreach and Civic Engagement, Voter Registration and Candidate Forums.
Voter Education / GOTV / Candidate Guide - Team lead: James Manrique
The Voter Education team produces and maintains an online Candidates Guide that gives voters information about all candidates in uncontested races. They also conduct various public awareness activities in the community, particularly associated with GOTV (Get Out The Vote) prior to elections, such as posting flyers about voting and elections in public places.
Voter Registration team - Team leads: Ann Prisland and Linda Bair
The Voter Registration team promotes voting and registration in Champaign County. The team coordinates with community groups, governmental offices, such as the Champaign County Clerk's Office, and other League teams. In today's Covid-19 era, they have shifted approach from traditional face-to-face events, such as registration drives, to online events and virtual education programs that encourage and educate about registration and voting issues. See the Grow the Vote page for examples. Face-to-face events will be considered when appropriate.
Youth Outreach and Civic Engagement (YOCE) - Team leads: Lynda Minor and Rhonda Kirts
Description: The YOCE team encourages civic engagement by promoting voter registration and voter education to young people in the community. Previously, the group prioritized high school voter registration and worked with the County Clerk’s office on high school and mock elections. Currently, they are focusing on online events and virtual education. See the Youth Video and Graphics page for examples of their activities.
Candidate Forums team - Team lead: Johna Von Behrens
The League of Women Voters takes pride in hosting candidate debates at the local level across the United States. Candidate Forums are televised forums moderated by the League prior to both the primary and general elections as a way for community members to learn about candidates, gain a broader understanding of their political platforms, and form an opinion on each candidate. The Forums are co-hosted by the League, NAACP, and the News-Gazette. In fall 2020, due to Covid-19, the Forums were held online. See the League's Candidate Forums page for more information. )
Communication team - Team lead: Johna Von Behrens
This team plans and supports publicity for the Champaign County League's activities and policy positions, for the benefit of the membership and the entire county. This includes a public relations strategy with a robust social media plan, and solid contacts with community media and other organizations. Depending on the event or position, this could include press releases, and/or social media and email posts. Communication to League members will include various approaches, so that participation and access to information is available to all generations.
The Voter Newsletter team - Team lead: Theresa Michelson
The League produces a monthly newsletter The Voter to keep members informed of League activities and opportunities. This newsletter is sent to members electronically and also posted on the League website. Volunteers form a production team to collect, edit and distribute The Voter.
Social Media - Team lead: Johna Von Behrens
The function of the Social Media Team is to increase the League's brand awareness, increase website visits, improve membership and volunteer numbers, and educate the community on issues supported by the League through social media platforms.
Observer Corps - Team Lead: Deb Rugg
Each month, LWVCC observers attend meetings of local governmental boards and commissions. Observers advise the LWVCC board of opportunities for action on League positions, build relationships with local officials, and contribute to the League's visibility and credibility. Meetings attended are listed on the League's Observer webpage.
Issue Specialists - Team lead: Trisha Crowley
State LWV Issue specialists volunteer to learn about an issue and what legislation or activity may be in the offing. Part of their job is to alert local leagues when an issue where the League has a position may be affected by Illinois legislation. These are just a few of the issue specialist topics: Electoral College, Redistricting, Graduated Rate income Tax, Gun Violence Prevention, Immigration, Affordable Housing. Issue Specialists prepare action alerts and share out to all members of the state League, state League, urging them to contact their local legislators. Local Issue Specialists provide a link between State specialists and local members to relay information and issue calls to action if legislation is pending. See the Issues page for some additional information.
Programs - Team leads: Theresa Michelson and Carol Bosley
Description: This team develops the public programs presented by the League. In addition to quarterly public presentations, they coordinate League Office Hours (monthly) and A Conversation with the League (periodic). These programs will be found on the League's Calendar and some are posted on the League's YouTube site.
Public Presentations - Team lead: Trisha Crowley
The League of Women Voters of Champaign County sponsors informational public programs with guest speakers. Topics presented so far in 2019 - 2020 include: Census 101; Census 2020 Forum; Guns and Society; Ranked Choice Voting and Our Community and Covid-19. See the League Calendar for announcement of future meetings. These programs will be found on the League's Calendar and some are posted on the League's YouTube site.
A Conversation with the League - Team lead: Carol Bosley
This team manages periodic sessions between League members and public figures. See the League Calendar for information on future meetings.
League Office Hours - Team lead: Barbara Jones
A monthly meeting with members and others interested in the League to talk about League basics, current activities and questions. See the League Calendar for announcement of future meetings.
Book Club - Team lead: Annette Lansford
Meetings to discuss books on current topics related to the League's scope. Previous books discussed were: Fascism by Madeline Albrightm The Woman's Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote by Elaine Weiss and Why We’re Polarized by Ezra Klein. Book Club meetings are approximately quarterly. The next meeting is Tuesday, January 12. The book “Caste" by Isabelle Wilkinson will be discussed, led by LWV member Paula Kaufman. Details wll be sent to League members as the event approaches.
100th Anniversary Project - Team: Barbara Jones and Johna Von Behrens
This team produces and coordinates information and events celebrating the 100th anniversary of women's right to vote.
Nominating Committee - Team lead: Annette Lansford for 2020-21
Annually provides a slate of board candidates to the board.
Get a Member Directory - The Member Services team will send you a member directory. Also, please send a photo of yourself to Carol Bosley for inclusion in the next edition.
Get to know the League - The League has a lot of diverse activities. You can get familiar with these by:
Volunteer - Contact the Volunteer team to discuss how you might get involved with a team or a specific task. We'll be happy to meet with you on the phone or on Zoom. If you're thinking of volunteering, take a look at the list of LWVCC teams and the volunteer opportunities here.