"Study without action is futile. Action without study is fatal."

Local League Studies and Positions

After Studying the Issue, a Position is adopted. The League arrives at a position through research, study, intensive discussion and member agreement.

League of Women Voters of Iowa 
National League of Women Voters

Study without action is futile

"Study without action is futile. Action without study is fatal." This League axiom locates twin activities basic to advocacy. Members first choose topics of long-range local interest which can be affected by public policy. The League arrives at a position through research, study, intensive discussion and member agreement. Only after this study and consensus process can the League take action to propose, support or oppose legislation. The Ames League has been in the forefront of many changes which citizens take for granted today. Imagine what Ames would be like without ...

  • Cy-Ride
  • Minimum health and safety housing code
  • Resource Recovery Plant Greenbelt of Story County
  • Expanded Ames Public Library
  • 13th Street fire station
  • Covered garbage trucks!
  • Municipal Utility Plant with citizen board
  • Long-term, comprehensive Land Use Plan
  • All-America City designation
  • Consolidated City Hall

Advocacy works when study leads to action. Members participate in study groups, attend information meetings, speak their minds, observe meetings o reg­ister voters, and develop leadership talents and sharpen their skills.

Consensus/group discussion is the technique most often used in the League for reaching member agreement. The consensus reached by members through group discussion is not a simple majority, nor is it unanimity; rather it is the overall sense of the group as expressed through the exchange of ideas and opinions, whether in a membership meeting or a series of membership or unit meetings.

Local League Positions

Study of Senior Recreation Facilities and Needs in Story County April 2011

Story County Hospital (1997, amended 2004, on September 2006 the LWV of Ames Board of Directors affirmed the position).

Living Wages Adopted September 2005.

Transportation Needs in Story County Adopted 2004

Children at Risk of Abuse from their Caregivers (i.e., parents, step-parents, foster parents and guardians) (1994, amended 2004).

Land Use (1976-77, amended 1981, 1985, 1998 & 2004-amended and organized into sections).

Electric Utility (1981, updated 1988, amended 2004).

Leisure and Recreation (1988, updated 1994, amended 2004).

Affordable Housing (1992).

County Recreation (1976-77, updated 1986-87).