Being active in the League of Women Voters helps you develop leadership skills you didn’t even know you had.
Having been involved in numerous other nonprofits, Marilyn Brill has been blessed by the knowledge that she has gained from the League, including how to run a meeting to be sure other perspectives are heard and to think strategically.
Marilyn first experienced this nearly 50 years ago as a newcomer to Danville, Pennsylvania. The local League president invited her to become membership chair—before Marilyn had attended a single meeting or paid any dues.
It turns out that Marilyn was a natural leader who went on to hold high-level positions at all three levels of the League, including serving as the national board’s membership chair.
“I traveled all over the country doing training workshops,” she recalls.
In 1996, LWVUS asked Marilyn to be an international observer in Bosnia’s elections, as she was serving as the 1st Vice President at that time.
“People lined up for blocks to vote in bombed-out buildings,” Marilyn remembers. “It was a reminder of what a privilege it is to be able to vote.”
Marilyn values how the League promotes democratic engagement.
“It’s such a vital service,” she says. “I want to see this continue far into the future.”
With that in mind, Marilyn made a generous gift to the League in her estate plan, both in appreciation for its important work and for its impact on her life.
“Everything I’ve learned, I learned through the League,” she asserts. “It means a lot to me that I can help our organization stay strong for years to come.”