Program planning is your opportunity to make your voices heard. One of the highlights of state Convention (May 5-7, 2017) is the adoption of a state program that will position the League as a leader in advocacy and education in Ohio. In selecting issues that are important, lively and relevant, you can ensure that the League will have an impact on the significant policy issues facing our state. During the process, members have the opportunity to organize support for topics of concern.


Download the Program Planning Packet – in Word or PDF.

Click here to submit your local League’s Program Planning report form online.

Click here to review LWVO's current positions.


Dec. to mid-Feb. Local Leagues review present positions and choose priorities at a Program Planning Meeting.

Feb. 24, 2017 Deadline for local boards, using the outcome of these meetings, to approve and send their recommendations to LWVO. Please complete the reporting form online at https://goo.gl/forms/yVaZhnJMc8ReEXTI3. If you are unable to complete the form online, please return the reporting form included in this packet electronically via email to lwvoinfo@lwvohio.org by Feb. 24, 2017.

Mar. 3-4, 2017 State board considers the recommendations from local Leagues and selects the Proposed Program.

March-May 2017 Local Leagues review the Proposed Program. They may wish to use the League network to rally support for recommended and non-recommended items.

May 5-7, 2017 State Convention delegates debate and adopt a 2017-2019 program.

Why: Grassroots program planning is a unique League feature. The program planning meeting is an every-member opportunity to review existing League positions and select the issues upon which League will spend time, talent, energy and money. Local and state Leagues may choose to make no recommendations regarding possible new or updated positions—but also have the option to propose one new study, one review/update of an existing position, and/or one concurrence. Dropping a position is also an option. Based on local League responses, a proposed program will be developed by the LWVO board of directors. At Convention, recommended and non-recommended items will be discussed and debated. Delegates will then adopt the 2017-2019 state program.

LWVO greatly appreciates the time and expertise your League devotes to giving LWVO thoughtful guidance on the state program for 2017-2019.

It is important for all Leagues to complete and submit a response form whether or not they recommend a review/update, study, or dropping a position.