Making Democracy Work

Strategy, Meeting Agendas & Minutes


Strategy developed in June 2014 by the Board of Directors based on member input.

Joyce Beeman, September 2014

Inform Placer County citizens to enable active participation in shaping better communities.

Continually build knowledge of political processes and public policy to deliver unbiased, easy to access and reliable information to as many Placer County citizens as possible.

- Respect individuals through trust, integrity and professionalism
- Empower grassroots in LWVPC and in our communities
- Practice collective decision making for the common good
- Strive for diversity in membership and citizens served

LWVPC becomes the primary source for Placer County citizens to obtain unbiased, reliable public policy information they need to make informed decisions.

Placer County spans 100 miles of diverse geography and socioeconomic levels. The majority of the population is in the southwest end of the county, from Auburn to Roseville where LWVPC services focus, leaving the remainder of the county under served.

Members are highly-motivated, naturally-aligned citizens, most of who reside in and around the Roseville/Rocklin and Auburn areas. Members are actively aware of politics and public policy, some having run for and some holding public office. The full capacity of this high powered membership has been underutilized to date.

Membership spiked to over 71 the year LWVPC began and has been approximately 50 since then. Member diversity does not match the diversity of Placer County voters, leaving non-white, younger, less affluent and those living in the eastern end of the county underrepresented in our membership.

LWVPC retains at least 50% of the amount of the yearly budget in reserve .
Approximate distribution of Expenses:
70% research and education on issues
23% delivery of information to public
7% operating expense
Approximate distribution of Income:
69% dues (95% allocated to national and state research)
31% polls (100% retained for LWVPC use)

Our website is the hub for communication that is:
- Timely, compelling and focused on voters
- Pertaining to local aspects and is personal to our communities
- Consistent and repetitive across channels (social media, press, etc)
- Not wordy + information focused
- Not negative or scary
- Lacking internal jargon

FY 2013/2014 Increase LWV-PC Visibility
- Lay the foundation for increased visibility
- Voter Service for June Election
- Adopt growth based budget

FY 2014/2015 Meet the Demand of New Visibility
- Engage Members in Program Planning, Speakers Bureau, Nominating Comm, other
- Establish professional archival process and strengthen parliamentary skills
- Discover how to reach more of Placer County.
- November Gubernatorial Pros & Cons
--- 3 people in Roseville/Rocklin area + 3 people in Auburn area
--- Congressional Debate
--- Online membership payments and credit card payments at meetings

FY 2015/2016 Expand Reach
Establish processes to deliver services to more of Placer County

Board Minutes and Member Meeting Archives

September 2013 Member Meeting at Max's in Auburn

Board Meeting Minutes
July 2, 2014 Board Meeting

July 11, 2014 Board Meeting

July 30, 2014 Board Meeting

Sept 13, 2014 Board Meeting

Board Meetings are held as needed. If you would like to attend a meeting, or request a board meeting to convene, contact

Member Meeting Minutes Archives...
Plans for member meetings throughout the year are based on the Calendar. Instead of minutes, Summaries of the meetings can be seen on our Summary Page

June 5, 2014 Annual Meeting and Election of Officers.

May 1, 2014 Pros & Cons of June Ballot Propositions.

April 3, 2014 LAFCO & Prop 218.

March 6, 2014 Agricultural Study.

Feb 6, 2014 Program Planning meeting led by Pat Burke.

Dec 5, 2013 meeting with Susie deFossett on Homeless Shelters in Placer County.

Nov 7, 2013 meeting with Bill Ryland on Kionia Group Homes in Loomis.

Oct 3, 2013 meeting with Placer County CEO.

Sept 5, 2013 meeting on the Affordable Care Act.

June 1, 2013Annual Meeting (draft)

More detail on speaker topics...

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