UNIT MEETINGS ARE WHERE LEAGUE ACTION STARTS
According to League history, unit meetings got started during World War II in response to gasoline rationing when members found it easier to meet in neighborhood groups or “units.”
Unit meetings are still the foundation of the League. These days, unit meeting times and locations are organized around members’ schedules rather than by neighborhood. There are unit meetings at breakfast, at midday, and after work. Members are always welcome to set up a new meeting time and location that will be more convenient for their schedules.
League of Women Voters of Salt Lake Unit Meetings are held from September through May of each year. They are made up of four to 15 people who want to discuss a study or become educated on a current topic.
A study is done by local members and can be a local, state or national topic. When a study or topic is discussed all sides of a subject are considered. Unit meetings are the “grassroots” of the League of Women Voters. They are where differing opinions are welcome and where consensus results in wording to which our members can agree.
When a unit reaches consensus on a study, they make a recommendation to the board. Once approved by the board and adopted by members, positions crafted from unit meetings become the foundation for advocacy and action.
This Month’s Unit Meeting Topic
The Role of Civics Education in Our Democracy
The League is concerned with the amount of education or lack thereof with regards to civics education. While there are some basic requirements from the Board of Education, you will hear about whether our students understand our government and how it is supposed to work. Learn how our democracy came to be and how the current state of affairs pertains to our president.