I am now completing my first year as president of LWVNYS. I would like to thank each one of you for being members of this very important, non partisan political organization. Our members are our greatest asset. Without you we would not have accomplished what we did this past year. Without you we cannot accomplish all we need to do to empower voters and protect our democracy. We cannot stand still. We need to continue to grow. So I am asking each member to try to do a little more, whether it be joining a committee of your local League, sharing an idea, making a donation, or letting everyone you know that you are a member of the LWV, what we do, and asking them to join. Summer is a time when we all try to take off some time to relax and have fun with friends and family. Let them know that the LWV offers opportunities to meet new people, make new friends and have some fun while doing very important work. Soon we will all be celebrating July 4th,the birth of American Independence. Today our democracy is in peril. Let’s do all we can to protect it! .