Making Democracy Work

The LWV Observer Corps

Observer Corps Volunteers attend public meetings in Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties and keep the League up-to-date on current issues in our communities.

About the Observer Corps

Observer Corps Volunteers attend public meetings in Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties and keep the League up-to-date on current issues in our communities.

All members of the LWVCA are encouraged to become Observer Corps Volunteers. Members attend meetings of a government group or community entity that they are interested in, such as city councils, school boards or county councils. Their participation allows the League to stay informed on issues affecting our area, including those that concern League Action/Advocacy. The Corps has an important role to play in keeping LWVCA membership informed and connected to local officials and to help identify community trends, needs and policy issues.

Observer Corps Volunteers take meeting notes and provide meeting summaries. The summaries are submitted and posted to the Observer Corps Reporting Repository on this website that is available to the public and all LWVCA members.Tips on attending, documenting and posting meeting summaries are provided on this site, and personalized assistance is also available.

SEE THE INITIAL BERKELEY COUNTY REPORTS.

SEE THE INITIAL CHARLESTON COUNTY REPORTS.

SEE THE INITIAL DORCHESTER COUNTY REPORTS.

SEE THE INITIAL TRI-COUNTY REPORTS.

SEE THE INITIAL STATEWIDE REPORTS.

SEE THE INITIAL NATIONAL REPORTS.

Volunteering for the Observer Corps

To become an Observer Corps Volunteer or to access more information regarding the Observer Corps, members are invited to contact any LWVCA Board member, or email Barbara Griffin at bkgriffin@comcast.net or call 850-264-8422.

Members considering becoming Observer Corps Volunteers may wish to consider:

  • Areas and subjects of special interest.
  • Geographic areas of interest (close to home, in same district, etc.).
  • Degree of time commitment. Volunteers generally plan to cover the same meetings over a period of time (ex. James Island Town Council meetings). This approach helps strengthen knowledge about issues, and familiarity with officials and opinion leaders being observed. Generally speaking, time commitments are relatively minimal as many boards and groups meet monthly or even periodically.

Tips for Observers

Observer Corps Volunteers will be interested in these helpful tips and guidelines. They will provide assistance for volunteers in organizing for meeting attendance, meeting situations and report preparation and submission. Additionally, volunteers may meet or discuss Observer Corps involvement as often as needed by emailing Barbara Griffin bkgriffin@comcast.net or calling her at 850-264-8422.