The League of Women Voters of Arkansas has failed to generate independent activities but maintains the minimum requirements to allow local groups to remain active in Pulaski and Washington Counties and Fort Smith. The unfortunate result is missed opportunities in addressing state wide issues and working to develop new local Leagues. It is important for members across the state to meet at least once a year to get a sense of what others are doing to fulfill the LWV mission. To provide this opportunity, Washington County will host the 32nd LWVAR Convention in Fayetteville at the University of Arkansas Law School. Together, we will consider a new voter services program, leadership involvement at the state level, and possible incentive grants to support local Leagues in membership and program development.
Attending the convention will be special guest, Anita Lock, member of the Board of Directors of the League of Women Voters of the United States (LWVUS). Ms. Loch is relatively new having only joined the League in 2012 and served in several leadership roles in Wisconsin. She was elected to the national board at the 2014 LWVUS Convention.
A morning business session will meet in Room 342, Waterman Hall of the Law School. All members are urged to attend and participate in making decisions to strengthen state and local LWV activity. Lunch will be provided to those who have pre-registered. Each local League should select voting delegates based on membership: Fort Smith - 2, Pulaski County - 3, and Washington County - 4.
A program will take place from 2:00 to 4:00 pm in the upstairs court room of the Law School on the topic, Landlord-Tenant Rights and Responsibilities in Arkansas Law. A panel representing all stakeholders will be moderated by Professor Robert B. Leflar. The Women's Student Law Association will help host the activity. While one-third of Arkansans rent housing, Arkansas landlord-tenant law has failed to address criticism and a call for reform. The topic is well suited to be a League study so that action could be taken if future legislative reforms are introduced.
Out of town guests are invited to stay over for a social gathering Saturday evening and an outing to Crystal Bridges on Sunday.
Click Here to Register Online for the 32nd LWVAR Convention:
Email Joyce Hale - firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 527-2777.
RSVP DEADLINE IS APRIL 13th to assure adequate food and room accommodations.