When I opened the last issue of the Observer, tears came to my eyes. There in living color was the League of Women Voters logo announcing Bay's Primary Election Voters' Guide. Our last Voters' Guide, for the 2009 election, was mailed to every Bay Village household. Increased postage and production costs made it impossible to do that in 2011 – or 2013. Yet Voters' Guides and candidates' forums are the League's most basic services.
The Observer had already covered our regionalization forums generously. At their writers' workshop, I broached the possibility of working together on a Voters' Guide. League members George Ryan and Gerry Schreibman pulled together the raw material. Denny and Tara Wendell joined with them to design and produce not just one Guide, but three: the two-question version in the paper, the six-question online version, and the printable pdf, also with all six questions. The new guide did not just replace our old approach. It is better.
Take two grassroots organizations. Add a lot of hard work. Voila!
I think this is the beginning of a beautiful relationship. Thanks, partner! And happy anniversary!