How Does The League Select Issues for Emphasis?
In League, Program means the issues that we choose for concerted study, education and action at local, state and national levels. Program can include both education and action.
The Program Planning process is part of what makes the League a grassroots organization; each League member has the opportunity to influence the selection of issues where the local, state, and national League will focus time, talent and money.
Every year members of local Leagues engage in Program Planning. In even-numbered years, national and local program is reviewed. In odd-numbered years, state and local programming is reviewed. Members discuss whether any positions should be restudied to update them or dropped because they are no longer useful.
Members recommendations are sent to the local Board of Directors. For local program, the board recommends changes to the membership to be adopted at the local league annual meeting.
For national and state program, the board makes recommendations to the biennial convention delegates about the program to be adopted for the coming two-year period. These recommendations are not binding. The delegates are sent to both conventions informed but not instructed and are expected to make decisions based both on the recommendations and on the debate at the convention.