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VIRGINIA LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS Room #2 Grace Securities Building, Richmond, Va. May 1st, 1926 Dear Chairman:- Yesterday I wrote you some impressions of the Convention, for what is a delegate for, if not, in addition to representing her organization on the floor, to bring back to those at home as much of the Convention as possible? I wish that I could give you also the inspiration of hearing those women, whose names we know through the public press, discussing our program, familiar to us all, and discussing our finance plan sent us by Miss Ludington, which is becoming familiar to us and showing itself more and more workable. The accounts which they gave of their methods of carrying out these plans dealt in thousands of dollars where we deal in hundreds, but they seem to have some of the same difficulties and meet them in the same way that we try to meet them. The plan for "Finance Organization" and for "Every Member A Money Raiser" is turning out to be so effective, so workable and at the same time so simple that one keeps wondering why we have gone on so long in the old awkward hand-to-mouth- methods of financing organizations---why has not someone thought of it before? That is always so with a big idea - it always seems the inevitable idea once it has been thought of. But the thing is, in this case, that not only has Miss Ludington worked out a plan that has the effectiveness and simplicity of genius, but that she has had the ability to stimulate other people's imagination till they have seen it too. My wish is to think that it is because she is an artist and has made mental pictures for us all of her plan, that she has been able to do this, and my hope is that, perhaps, because I am an humble member of that profession, I too may be able, at least, to pass on these pictures to you, and all of us to the League. I shall send you a new copy of Miss Ludington's plan before the Convention and the Finance Chairman or their representatives are to have lunch together on Friday that we may go over it together. As only five delegates from Virginia were able to be in St. Louis I have a strong wish to have the Virginia League and its Finance Organization receive some reflection of Finance in the National Convention, so I am planning a Gala Finance Luncheon of our own at our own State Convention. Not having the riches of the North and forty three states to help us, we have made friends with the future, and Finance and the New Voter have joined hands to put over what we hope will be the climax of the Convention:- GALA LUNCHEON The Two Bulwarks of the League Finance and the New Voter. Now, obviously, you can have the prettiest effects and the peppiest speeches, but we finance workers know that if you don't have some pledged "planted" beforehand, that is requested beforehand to be made on the spot, you don't accomplish your aim. This is where I need you first, and I need you badly! But don't be frightened, the first few pledges are the easiest things to get because they come from the old standbys---those who are going to give anyway---and don't forget that that money is just as good as any other, perhaps a little better, because consecrated by sacrifice and real devotion to the cause of humanity, and so in making your list, make out one first from the Treasurer's books or from memory, of those who always give and about how much, and give them to your assistants to get in touch with first. There are two reasons for this. The first is that "a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush", and we want to be sure that our own dear people who are going to make the sacrifice to give anyhow, appear in this on the floor of the Convention; the second is that it has a better psychological effect on the worker to have something in hand when she [illegible]