La Leche League of the Sunshine State Leader FAQs

Why are there two areas in Florida?
What are Sunshine State’s Leader dues?
I have already paid Leader dues in another Area. Will I need to pay additional dues to Sunshine State if I decided to become a member?
Does Sunshine State have a support structure?
Do I need to use Sunshine State’s Group Accounting Option?
Can Leaders within the same Group be associated with different Areas?
I would like to be a part of La Leche League of Sunshine State. How do I do this?

 

Why are there two Areas in Florida?

La Leche League International is now requiring Areas to form by Agreements, rather than strictly by geography, to enable Leaders to have more freedom in choosing how they want to operate administratively. Many states are now multi-Area with different Agreement options for Leaders. The mission, purpose and philosophy of all Areas remain the same and Leaders may now choose Areas according to what style will work best for them and their Groups. Many Leaders and Groups within Florida have found that the Sunshine State Agreement works well for them.[top of page]

What are Sunshine State’s Leader dues?

Sunshine State assesses $45 for Leader dues. However, we do not collect any assessments for Group dues, we allow Groups to keep all monies from its membership rather than having Groups send the Area a portion, and we do not collect a percentage of Group fund-raising. Leader dues may be paid for with Group funds if desired.[top of page]

I have already paid Leader dues in another Area. Will I need to pay additional dues to Sunshine State if I decided to become a member?

No. You will simply be transferred over to Sunshine State with no additional fees. No matter what your dues were in another Area, you are grandfathered in when you become a member of Sunshine State for the remainder of the fiscal year. When the time comes for your Leader fees to be paid again, you would then send the yearly Sunshine State Leader dues to our Area Treasurer.[top of page]

Does Sunshine State have a support structure?

Sunshine State has a full support structure: We have Area Administrators, an Area Treasurer, a Leader Accreditation Department (LAD), a Professional Liaison Department, a Conference Committee, Web support, and a Resolution Committee, should it ever be needed. We also support each other individually through our YahooGroup email list and maintain an environment where all Leaders are encouraged to be involved within the Area.[top of page]

Do I need to use Sunshine State’s Group Accounting option for our Group Treasury?

The Group Accounting function is available for Groups that wish to have the administrative help of dealing with taxes and number crunching. While some Groups find this to be hugely helpful, others prefer to do it themselves and it is totally optional.[top of page]

Can Leaders within the same Group be associated with different Areas?

Yes. The Group reports go to the Area it is associated with and individual Leaders file their reports with the Areas they have chosen to be a part of.[top of page]

I would like to be a part of La Leche League of the Sunshine State. How do I do this?

The simplest way is to contact an Area Administrator and let her know of your intentions and then simply sign into LLLI’s website with your Leader ID, choose the “Profile” tab where you will find your information, and then choose the link to the left that says “Leader Preferences.” When “Leader Preferences” opens, it will give you a pull down menu of Areas to choose from. You may choose Sunshine State as your Primary Connection and then click on the button “Submit Request.” The Area Administrators of Sunshine State are the ones who receive your request for their approval. This process works the same no matter what Area you are coming from. If you need help with this or have technical questions regarding this process, feel free to contact Sunshine State’s web support person and she will be glad to give assistance. If you need to become part of La Leche League of the Sunshine State without using the website, please let us know that, as well.[top of page]