Issues Discussion Unit Meetings are where League action starts.
Members are encouraged to join a unit to explore the issues and make recommendations on positions. Once approved by the board and adopted by members, positions crafted from unit meetings become the foundation for advocacy and action.
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 neighborhood. There are unit meetings at breakfast, at mid-day and after work. And, members are always welcome to set up a new meeting time and location that will be more convenient for their schedules. Meetings are held from September through May of each year.
What Happens at Issues Discussion Unit Meetings?
Unit meetings are both social and educational, with members arriving early to catch up. When not convening at a restaurant, members bring a bag lunch. One hour is dedicated to facilitated discussion on a selected topic.
Current Tulsa League Issues Discussion Unit Meetings
Midtown Unit meets from 11:30 to 1 pm on the third Tuesday of the month at the League office, 3336 E 32nd St., Ste. 4.
North Tulsa Unit meets from noon to 1 pm on the fourth Monday of the month at the Rudisill Library at 1520 N. Hartford Avenue.
Breakfast Unit meets from 7 to 8 am on the fourth Tuesday of the month at the ONEOK Cafeteria, 100 W 5th St., Lower Level, in downtown Tulsa.
Evening Unit is not meeting as of September, 2012. Please call the office, 918-747-7933, if you’d be interested in starting or joining an evening discussion group.
This Month’s Unit Meeting Discussion Topic:
A recent Tulsa World article cited a study released by the Pew Charitable Trusts. The study evaluated voter turnout in each state based on the 2012 election cycle statistics. Oklahoma ranks 49th in voter turnout and 46th in voter registration. Encouraging voters to exercise their right to vote is one of the fundamental missions of the League.
The League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Tulsa will focus discussion on why this is the case in Oklahoma and will brainstorm ideas about what the League can do to influence better voter turnout. Four Tulsa World articles/editorials will serve as the basis for the discussion. We need your input! You can find information about dates and times for Unit meetings as well as links to the resource materials at lwvtulsa.org or by calling the League office at 918-747-7933. We look forward to hearing your thoughts.