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Annual Meeting 2020

 TheBylawsoftheLeagueofWomenVotersofOaklandrequireustoholdourAnnualMeetinginMayorJuneeveryyear.It’sthetimewhenthemembersofLWVOconducttheformalbusinessofourorganization,takingvotesonavarietyofactionsthatrequiretheapprovalofthemembership.Tohelpyouunderstandwhatwillhappenatthemeeting,wehavepreparedaseriesofdocumentsexplainingtheitemsofbusinessonwhichyouwillbeaskedtovote.Pleasetakethetimetoreviewthesebeforethemeeting,sowecanmovethruthebusinesssmoothly.Ifyouhavequestionsaboutanyofthedocuments, 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

Proposed Order of Business – This document lists what items of business we’ll take care of during the Annual Meeting and tells you about how much time we think each item will take.

Proposed Rules of the Meeting – By reading this you’ll learn how we will conduct the business of the meeting

  • 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

2019 Annual Meeting Minutes – you will be invited to approve these minutes

Proposed 2020-2021 Budget – Here you will find what we anticipate in Income and Expenses in the coming year plus information about this current year 

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.

Report of the Nominating Committee – Here you will find a list of the people who “run” the League, nominees for new Board members and those who will continue on.  Meet our Board Members here!

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.

Committee Annual Reports - Here are reports from our Committees and Task Forces describing their activities and accomplishments over the past year. Click here to see reports from the following groups:


Action Committee

Administrative VP

Communications Committee

Development Committee

Education Committee

Membership Committee

Re-entry Task Force

Strategic Plan Steward Group

Voter Service

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