Outreach Committee Report
Outreach/Chapter Development Report +
As I understand it, as Chapter Development, Volunteer Recruitment and Outreach Coordinator, I am responsible for soliciting interested members to be contacts in every Oregon county. The duties include supervision of the following:
1. Develop contacts in cities and towns and coordinate with county contacts.
2. Provide information on Party activities to each contact/Chair in the state.
3. Assist county contacts in responding to local inquiries about the PGP and in encouraging interested persons to join and volunteer.
4. Develop and/or maintain a chapter-organizing packet and provide chapters with materials that will help them with voter registration drives, initiative petition circulation, organizing their chapter, and starting new chapters.
5. Coordinate with the SCC, Internal Communications Coordinator, Party Treasurer
and Party Secretary regarding chapter development.
As I look at this, which is from the CC Handbook, I realize that I have a lot to catch up on. In order to help fulfill my responsibilities of outreach and chapter development coordinator for the state PGP I need to learn about what is going on with PGP in this area. I also would like to have as much input as possible about what we all want to see happening in the way of helping the PGP grow. I have reviewed all of the information on the web site regarding Outreach including the last several Outreach reports. I am getting a picture about what we are currently dealing with, but I need your help to learn more.
This report has four sections: Green Party Chapter Information, How Can We Help Each Other?, Green Comments, and Outreach Questions? I realize it is very, very long and I will avoid so much information in the future, but this has much more than reporting in it.
In the Green Party section, I have taken information about PGP chapters from the report submitted by Irene in August 8, 2003, an update in November 2004 and a recent update she sent me about Jackson County. I need your help to update the information on all the chapters below except for Jackson and Douglas. If you know the status of a chapter below, please update me about whether it is the same or if things have changed. I know that there are some changes and I have put them in italic. Some of the updated information I got from emails or gleaned elsewhere. If my updated information is wrong, please correct me. If you know an operating chapter or Green contact somewhere I don’t have listed, please let me know this too. For some of the chapters I have asked some questions about how we might help them with specific issues.
I am sending this report to all on the CC list and those listed as contacts for the local Greens below. In this way we can start the survey process that was suggested, which I have attempted to do in the How Can We Help Each Other section. In this section I am asking for your help again to identify what you need from the state party. This section also gives everyone an opportunity for ways they can help with the state party efforts.
The Green Comments section follows with some information from email and my current thoughts about Outreach and Chapter development and how we might proceed.
Last I am asking for your help again. There is some more information I need help getting. I have this listed under Outreach Questions?.
Thanks for your help and patience.
Pacific Green Party Chapter Information,
**Chapter has become inactive
Central Oregon PGP: Mail: P.O. Box 682, Bend OR 97709; Chair and liaison: Amy Terebesi, 541-546-6242, t. Other: Treasurer: Phil Randall, Harry Lonsdale, 541-549-1556. General Meeting: monthly, Bend Public Library.
(from 8/03 report) Meetings have been better attended in the past but are now down to about five people or so; individuals’ energies have been diffused by other issues (especially peace efforts); Amy hopes to get energy going again with specific campaigns. Chapter goals for the year include: 1)the CFR initiative 2) living wage initiative 3) opening local airwaves for free access 4) running progressive Green candidates
Coos County PGP: P.O. Box 1521, North Bend 97459. Liaison and treasurer: Monica Schreiber, 541-756-2042. Other member: John Jones j, 541.572.5307. No regular general meetings at this time; a core group available for participation and can be reached through Monica at the number above; no designated e mail contact at present. (from 8/03 report) John’s assessment is that the chapter has become less active. Greens have participated in the group Human Rights Advocates of Coos County recently, with a day with Oregon Peaceworks planned in October, but not campaign issues.
**Douglas County PGP: Stuart Liebowitz; 1832 NE Fremont, Roseburg, OR 97470 541.672.9819 (++update) or Betsy Cunningham, 6104 Little River Rd., Glide, OR 97443, (541) 496-2247, email: b.
**Chapter has not met for over a year and will not do so unless others come along and want to reestablish local chapter meetings, etc.. However, Greens have been very active and the primary movers of two local community groups. One is the Global Warming Coalition and the other is a group working to repeal the Patriot Act called Concerned Citizens. Neither of these groups is specifically Green but is working on an issue in line with Green principals. Greens have also been active working with a local environmental group Umpqua Watersheds and the local MoveOn group, which has been the primary mover of peace movement here. Also some Greens have been working with local Democrats to identify common issues. Some are working with the local Kucinich campaign.
Douglas County Greens are focusing more on local coalition politics and plan to sponsor a forum in the next few months to bring together Douglas County progressives, regardless of party or no party to discuss ways they can work together on common issues. DC Greens hope to develop from this forum and ongoing Progressive Network so they can maintain contact with people working on a broad range of issues and be able to call upon others for support for specific calls to actions such as demonstrations or writing letters to the editor, calling elected representatives, etc.
Greens are also active in collecting signatures for the campaign finance reform and will most likely become involved in the Health care issue. It is possible that they will sponsor or cosponsor local public forums on these two items.
Although the current local Green activists are not going to be holding chapter meeting, they will continue to provide a contact for Green activists to become involved locally on Green issues and are willing to work cooperatively with the state green party where they can. This includes distributing the Green Voice and reporting on Douglas County activities for the Green Voice. DC Greens would also welcome and support others who would like to redevelop the chapter to do so.
Jackson County PGP:.
The Jackson County Chapter has a new Steering Committee for 2004:
Andy Bayliss, a, is co-chair and also the state party liaison. For chapter contact information on the webpage, he should be listed, along with a new phone contact number: 541-482-4324.
JCPGP’s address will remain the same, P.O. Box 36, Talent, OR 97540.
Pam Vavra, p, is co-chair and internal communications (announce list person for the chapter, and also manages the chapter website). She is also the database contact & e-mail coordinator for elections.
Bob Altaras, b, remains the Treasurer and membership coordinator.
Tom Crimmins, a, is the Secretary.
Wes Brain, b, is media team and elections coordinator.
Marshall Fox, m, events and petitions (53) coordinator.
Becky Hale, b, speaker’s bureau.
(above all update 2/04 from Irene)
General Meeting: 4th Mon. monthly, 7-8:30 PM, Ashland Public Library. Steering committee meetings 2nd Mon. every month @ 6:30pm, site varies
(from 8/03 report) Level of activity varies dependent upon election cycle. Currently much quieter than during the fall campaign; also, many Greens were involved in peace activities winter and spring; some now involved in Kucinich campaign or environmental issues. Goals for this election cycle include 1) CFR statewide initiative 2) IRV for Ashland 3) running local Green candidates (for partisan or non-partisan positions).
Below is update Irene sent regarding Greens in office in Southern Oregon:
–Wendy Siporen, on Talent City Council
–Diane Amarotico, Parks Commission, City of Ashland;
Also, there are Greens appointed to various Commissions for the City of Ashland:
–Brent Thompson, Airport Commission
–Matthew Small, Housing Commission
–Wes Brain, Transportation Commission
Meanwhile, the elections team is looking towards local elections, and will let us know as soon as we have folks who have definitely committed to run.
Josephine County PGP: w. Co-chairs: Jon Wacker, 541-955-9176 & John Roach, Treasurer: Dick Corrigan: 541-476-0770; Secretary: Lorraine Roach, Internal Communications: Leatta Wacker, CC at large: Dale Matthews. general meeting schedule
(from 8/03 report) CC at large: Dale Matthews. Jon’s assessment is that the group has gotten much less active after their major election drive for Matthews’ campaign in the fall. Many individuals got involved in the peace actions, and the last general meeting, attended by 15 people, was in late Apr.-May. The core group has met in the interim. Jon believes that there has not been a lot of chapter spirit lately, a lack of focus, and not many active people. He believes that if potentially some Greens were to run for a reorganized Josephine County commission, people might get energized again. The county reorganization plan is developing over the next few weeks and the chapter will then have a better idea on how to proceed.
Is there something that the state party can do to help you with your county reorganization plan?
Lane County PGP: 541.684.3927, Office: 454 Willamette St., #206, Eugene, Mail: P.O. Box 1606, Eugene, 97440, e mail: l; website: . General Meetings: 2nd Tuesday of every month, 7 P.M. at the Grower’s Market (454 Willamette St., Eugene). Liaison: Sarah Charlesworth, see below. Chapter CC includes: Treasurer (& fundraising): Mary Addams 541.343-9648, m; Ruth Duemler, 541.484-6145, r; Pam Driscoll, 541.343-5628, p; Materials & website: Sarah Charlesworth, 541.431-7317, sworld.com; Brett Harding, Elections, tabling (?& fundraising): David Burnetts (sp?). Other: Announcements: Edward Craig, e, administers l, along with Sarah.
+++there is discussion about the Lane County Chapter being inactive or folding. Their website is no longer in existence. There have been offers to help revitalize it and some suggestions regarding special events-parties to help start it rolling again.
What is the current status? What does the Lane County Chapter specifically need to help support it?
**Lincoln County PGP: Joanne Cvar, c 541-563-3615 POB 1117 Waldport 97394
(from 8/03 report)**chapter has been inactive a few monthsčI will discuss with Joanne (as goal II).
Linn Benton PGP: Liaison: Matt Donohue, 541-738-2739, d; A new CC was elected at the last general meeting: Matt Donohue, Mike Beilstein, Yaney MacIver,and George Grosch. Another Linn-Benton contact: Delbert McCombs, 541-847-5950, e. Monthly meetings, the 2nd Tuesday of the month, 7-9pm.
(from 8/03 notes) The chapter’s goals are to go to Level 1, to develop a voter registration plan, and to run local candidates.
(from 11/03) From Matt Donohue: “Right now, the Linn-Benton Chapter is working on getting organized for the upcoming elections. Some chapter members have been helping Melissa White in her Ward 4 election race in Corvallis. In addition, the chapter is working on getting things up and running and doing some tabling at local events (we have two tabling events, November 5th and 15th). The chapter is also participating in the upcoming Corvallis Citizen’s Alliance Congress on November 15th. The Congress is designed to get groups together in order to facilitate communication and create a 5 year vision for Corvallis. In addition, the chapter is planning on doing a roadside litter cleanup soon. We are also working on getting a website going and creating some local literature.”
Marion-Polk GP: 104 Commercial St. NE, Salem, OR 97301, 503.362-9094. w. Outreach: Steven Esses, 503.375-6134, s. Other: Co-chairs: Julian Snow, Mary Paladino, m; Treasurer: Trey Smith; Secretary: Seth Woolley, s. Announcements: Julian Snow, j, & Trey Smith: c. General meetings 1st Tues. of the month, 7pm, MP Green office; Socials every 3rd Tues.
(From August 2003 report) NOTE: I spoke briefly with Steve, who stated that the liaison questionnaire I sent was distributed to their chapter e list, results on that pending. Steve mentioned that a ward-canvassing plan was underway, to provide education and to help organize wards; outreach had occurred to various groups including the Grange and even Pentecostals. Currently, there are two Green city councilwomen, Anna Braun and Cathy Quillanin (sp?) . Green voter registration increasing.
+++As I understand this the chapter decided to reduce its status to a level II chapter and will no longer be having meetings. This group has had similar experiences as Douglas County with much more Green activism that is done in coalitions rather than things specifically sponsored by the Chapter. Also not many people attending meetings and participating as formal chapter members. Seth no longer involved because he moved.
?s Is voter registration still going up here? Are there still to Green city councilwomen?
NorthCoast PGP: Contacts: Tom Brownson & Margi Shindler, m, 503.440-3939. Not officially a chapter yet. No regular meetings yet, but will likely get one together within next few months.
PDX Activist Greens: Contacts: Brian or Julie Setzler ; 4608 NE Beech Street, Portland, OR 97213 503-287-1798 I. Meetings are irregular and focused more around specific actions.
Portland Metro PGP: Phone 503-235-0300; Mail: 205 SE Grand Ave. #201, Portland, OR 97214,www.pdxgreens.org. Liaison & chapter secretary: Jeff Strang, j; Co-chairs: Jeff Cropp j & Anne Olena a (office phone #); Media contacts: Jeff Cropp & Anne Olena. Other CC members: Steve Geiger, Camille Clingan, Curt Sommer, Debby Schwartz, Jillian Harrington. General Meetings: 4th Wed. every month. Chapter business mtgs. 1st & 3rd Wed., 7pm; Elections committee mtgs. 2nd Wed., 7pm, both at chapter office.
A correction to the Portland Metro report from last month: There was a 40% increase in funds over 2002 (as of last month; and, well beyond the initial goal of 10%). (from 11/03 report).
Potential sub-chapter formation in Washington and Clackamas Counties.
What happened to this?
Other Info From Irene’s Nov. report:
Lots of volunteer names coming in from the state and national websites: mostly for Portland Metro, others for Linn-Benton, Central Oregon and Jackson Counties; routed to these.
Possible chapter/Green group formation:
Curry County: new info. (Apparently a chapter had formed a couple of years ago and was approved as such by the then SCC, but these folks stopped having meetings at some point.) Joe Thomas of Brookings is still interested in getting a chapter/group reactivated. I sent him the names of a few more Greens in Curry County and requested a voter registration list for various Green-registered voters for that County from Seth Woolley last week to pass on to Joe. Joe Thomas has again reserved the Brookings Public Library for a Green meeting on November 12.
Hood River: Eric Burnette of Hood River contacted PGP re forming a Green group, potentially with chapter formation, in his county. Peter Drake and I e mailed him back, and I also had a nice, fairly extensive phone conversation with Eric and supplied him with the names of a few Greens from his area to contact. He will try to get a Green voter registration list from his county clerk so that he has more folks to draw from. His plan is to start slowly, perhaps with a few committed Greens. He wants to see what the interest level is re chapter formation and has a goal of potentially forming a chapter in the spring. He will also contact Harry Lonsdale re interfacing on a regional level, as he feels his county has a lot of similar concerns, interests, and probable shared strategies as the Central Oregon chapter.
How Can We Help Each Other?
Please let us know what the state party or the State Coordinating Committee can do to help support local Green efforts to develop a Green Party Chapter or to develop support Green activism in your community. Please list any ideas you have. However here are a few questions to get you started.
What contact do you have with the state party?
What are your thoughts about how it works to help you in your efforts to build a local Green movement?
How can the state party stay better informed of local Green issues and concerns?
Do you use the Green Voice to help your local Green activism?
How could the Green Voice be used to help develop your local Green efforts?
Do you use the Green website to help you locally?
How could the website be used to help you develop your local efforts?
Are there publications the state party could produce that could help you locally? What are they?
What can you do to help the state party grow?
Here are some suggestions and comments about how PGP Chapter development and outreach. I would like to know more about others suggestions regarding this very important task.
From CC email:
I hope that the State Party would be willing to commit a significant amount of resources into chapter development for these Level II chapters, to help them become self-sufficient entities.
The whole point of the party should be to build a statewide apparatus made up of numerous local cells (ah, I’m sounding more and more like Brian) to elect Green candidates and effect positive change. Therefore, it should go without saying that we need to invest a great deal of our resources in helping the less organized areas become more organized and self-sufficient.
I think the party had a good set-up when Lori & Xander were our Co-Chairs. We had far more viable and growing chapters than we do now. As Xander often said, “We’re on the move!”
At that time, Lori handled a great deal of our chapter outreach. I think if we return to the model of her work in combination with Fillard’s and my support role as the then Officers of the party, we can still turn this ship around.
Between Lori, Fillard & I, it seems someone from the state party was in continuous contact with the activist leaders of our chapters. Lori spoke to and emailed chapter leaders often. She sometimes visited chapters.
Fillard made a tremendous contribution in this area that has sorely been missed.
I also fielded numerous phone calls, emails and letters from chapter reps. In essence, we supplied our activists in the field with a willing and able support system.
When folks were frustrated with lack of involvement or attendance at meetings, one of us (and here I mean one of the SCC members plus me and Fillard) was there to console and offer suggestions. When folks were elated at the success of a meeting or event, one of us was there to share in the good feelings.
When folks asked for suggestions on how to organize such and such, one of us was there to provide guidance or to hook up the person with someone else who could provide guidance. When folks needed new people to contact, as the database person, I was there to get them phone or mail lists quickly, so they could get to work. On several occassions, I and/or another CC member agreed to go to far flung places to serve as guests at chapter meetings. This may sound trivial to some of you, but, for a small and often rural chapter or chapter-to-be, it was a big deal to have a CC member or State Party Officer come to a chapter meeting.
It showed that this chapter or group of people was important to the overall state effort. I think we need to return to this kind of model. Progressive activism is a hard row to hoe, particularly in small rural and conservative counties. In our society, it is the people without a capable support system who find the going the roughest. The same is true, I believe, for organizations. It’s not enough to “certify” a group of people as an official chapter of the PGP and then say, in essence, you’re on your own now.
Once the chapter is formed, this is the time they need institutional support more than ever. I’m hopeful that Betsy will take the reigns of outreach development. But she can’t do this alone. Every member of the SCC should adopt one or two chapters and make it their business to find out what impediments exist to reactivating them and help chapter activists in developing solutions to solve them.
The party also desperately needs to generate a basic PGP brochure and begin the process to amass a literature library, information we can send to chapters and chapters-to-be that they can use to recruit and educate others.
Finally, I think the SCC should adopt a work plan that would allow an SCC member, officer and/or Advisory Board member (or invite Jeff Cropp or someone from Metro) to visit each chapter in the coming months. Attend as the guest speaker at a meeting. Take along a video of the Campaign School or Moveon.org’s The Real Truth in Iraq or something of that nature. Maybe get a local band or music group to provide free music. Make it a fun event and help local people by getting on the phone or sending out emails to encourage people to attend.
I realize this is a labor-intensive suggestion and that the SCC is already overburdened. In the past, a lot of this burden was far lighter because the party had me and Fillard at their disposal and we shouldered a lot of the load that I’m suggesting now. It’s unfortunate that you don’t have enough staff people as the party did in the past, but that’s the reality we all have to work within. However, the party does have an Advisory Board now, which we didn’t have in the past. So, all in all, I think the burden could be split up enough so as not to overburden any one individual.
I have looked all this year at the success of the Metro chapter and = theorized that a lot of it was due to commitment and time given. In other words, either Anne or Jeff C. have been in the office most of the time to answer phones and do whatever else is needed. Also, they seem to have gathered a great crew of volunteers, which has happened nowhere else, to my knowledge. We did talk about volunteers at the retreat and came up with some good ideas, if someone has time to implement them. One of the problems with our state CC, in my opinion, is that for the last couple of years people have practically had to be dragooned into serving on it, and they are often people with many other commitments and responsibilities (to family, to career, to classes, etc.) I think at least part of the reason for that is that there has been so much dissension and negative criticism with the SCC that no one considers it much of an honor to serve.
Another reason is that too much is expected of people with all the commitments I just mentioned. Each SCC member has an important function within the Party, and too often that function is neglected for lack of time and/or commitment. (And I’m not excepting myself. Yes, I’m retired, but I can’t give full-time and more to this without neglecting my own responsibilities, as well as occasional pleasures.) I don’t know what the answers are, except to say that we need to take a serious look at our structure and try to find a better way. If we are going to retain the present system of volunteer leadership, we need either to find more volunteers to help out or more paid staff, and I believe that in the long run, we will need paid staff to lighten the load on volunteers.
At a minimum,. we need and are required to have the treasurer and also, by our own bylaws, a secretary. And we need a dedicated fundraiser to pay for all this. Then if there were enough money, we need a paid Elections Coordinator to oversee the recruitment and vetting of candidates for office. That’s my thinking as of now. And yes, I’d like to see your thinking about how to get us back on track, Trey. Joanne
I have some ideas about how to revitalize the party and I’d be happy 20 to share some of these ideas, if anyone is interested. However, I 20 certainly don’t pretend to have all (or even most) of the answers. No, 20 the answers need to come from all of us. I think this should be a major 20 topic at the February Convention. Finally, if we desire to find a model to emulate, I suggest we start by looking at Metro Chapter. Under Jeff’s leadership (and the work, I’m sure, of many others), Metro has become a PGP success story. They hold regular meetings, socials, programs and are doing a really good job in the fundraising sphere. While not all the strategies employed in the Portland area will be applicable for our smaller chapters and the state at large, I bet a great deal of them would.
Here are some of my thoughts about Chapter development and Outreach based upon my experiences including with my local Green chapter.
Our Chapter has fizzled in the last two years. We are still local Green activists but not a chapter. Three are no plans to reactivate the chapter formally. I suspect from what I have read there are other chapters out there like us.
As progressive activists in our community Green party members have been active since the Nader campaign and we do not hide that we are Greens. Our activities are listed in the Chapter update section.
Given our own limitations, we do not have the resources needed to have a formal Green Party Chapter reactivated at this time. Given who we are it would just take away from some of the work we are doing here locally. However, the Progressive Forum we hope to sponsor in the next few months can up us expand our local Green activism and influence.
As this Green activism and influence grows, we hope to identify those who are Green and support Green values and run candidates for local office. We will also work on local, state and national issues.
I am a big fan of Greens doing something all the time in their local community addressing local concerns and believe that the state Green Party could support these efforts at the same level that actual Chapters receive support.
As I stated above, I don’t believe that we are unique in this regard. So I would like to suggest that we contact the Green Chapters that have fallen by the way side and propose the sponsoring of Progressive Forms and the development of on-going Progressive Networks in their communities. For those who are interested, we need to then be able to offer the local Greens whatever support they need to make this happen.
I am not proposing this strategy instead of helping support and develop formal Green Party Chapters. I am proposing this as a strategy to maintain a Green Party presence in communities like ours that are not likely to become active Chapters in the near future. I believe we can get support for the state party by helping local Green activism.
I believe that we can accomplish this by promoting local forums throughout the state about issues we Greens are working to promote. An example is the campaign finance reform. This is a very good issue to promote as the PGP in most communities and is the type of issue that we redneck Greens like in our rural communities. The Health Care for All campaign is another. There may be others as well.
The other option is Green candidates for state and federal offices. Presentations throughout the state for these candidates can help bring the Green ideas forward. Although Greens in Douglas County are not likely to take responsibility for doing this here, we would help in some minor ways such room location, media contact etc. Maybe others would do at least this too in their community or more.
Resources for this:
People to do the presentations, possible expense money for those who travel, and cost of materials.
I am a big fan of on going publications such as the Green Voice as an integral component of Outreach work. We need to make sure that we always have the Green Voice. I have always been a fan of the Green Voice being the official publication of the PGP. I believe that we should make the effort to not only publish a periodical, we should also try to maintain the name Green Voice. We should also make efforts to maintain an on-line version as well. Given what has recently transpired the continued existence of the Green Voice is a question, but we need to work on making it happen. I don’t know about other, but I do see results of having a paper publication in this rural community. Not as many people in these communities are on-line so access to this information is important to be in paper. Also the ability to reach out to communities with an actual paper is much greater than with other forms of communication. Except TV.
If we are to continue the Green voice, we can then focus on making sure on-going contact happens with each local Green movement regardless of whether it is a Chapter or not to make sure we get as much local information in the paper as possible.
Which brings up another thought about developing the Green TV talking heads show. I was part of a local access TV production group in the LA areas some years ago. We were a local community group working on progressive community issues. We had our own monthly newspaper called Citizen’s News and our own local cable access show called Citizen News on the Air. We had the best viewer base of all public access in our media area. Volunteers did our program. How it use to work is a cable company provides all equipment and studio to do your own show. They also provide training in how to use the equipment. You make the show in the studio the Cable Company provides or you can use the location van. You edit it using their editing equipment. You give it to you local Cable Company and they show it on the pubic access channel. You make enough copies to give to other cable companies who have public access channels to be show throughout the state. Green can take issues or discuss one of our principals. These show run over and over and over. I am sure there are Greens out there who are familiar with the public access today that might be interested in doing this. Now unfortunately here in Douglas County, we don’t have pubic access written into our cable’s franchise agreement. However, I know that is not true for other areas of the state. Although I am not in the position to do the work and make the shows because of my lack of access to access, I am willing to help coordinate this effort initially.
Green voice: those of you who have done this before know better than I. So please help me out here. However many people do we need and to do what? What skill level do they need and what type? How much money do we need?
TV show: People who are located near a public access cable station that has the set up. Preferably at least one person who is involved in public access programming now to at least help us learn. People who are interested in learning how to do this and are willing to commit time to do so. People who want to be a stars. Very little money would be needed because most costs are provided by cable company.
Recruiting volunteers is a critical need. So I would suggest that we develop a list of volunteers needed at the Feb 8 CC meeting. We can develop a definite plan so we know what we need people to do. Then we just ask. I am sure there are all types of talented Greens out there who want to help in some way.
I believe we need to identify these things we want to try to do and then start using our public service announcement media access to recruit volunteers in those areas we have decided to focus on. If we have a plan, I will help access local media for the Green volunteer in these areas. Who knows, maybe we have a future TV producer right here in Glide. Also, I will get in contact with all our local contacts and ask them to help with their local media.
We could then also send out the request for volunteers in the Green Voice or ?, or via mailing to all and of course the email lists and website.
Resources: Possible expenses for contacts, such as phone calls mailing recruitment. CC to develop initial list of volunteers. People to be responsible for each category of volunteer so we can actually be prepared to do something when they do volunteer.
Ultimately, we need a volunteer coordinator. I understand Michael agreed to help in this if we were going to have office space in Portland. So we need to identify if this is feasible.
It is my humble opinion that what the party really needs is a both a stable office and a paid Organizer Volunteer Coordinator. I believe that we should review our belief that a fundraiser is more important than a Party Organizer/Coordinator and possibly reformulate our staffing priorities. A good organizer doing what the Green members need, can help the party raise much more money in the long run than just a fundraiser.
I have read the others ideas listed above think they are good ideas. What ideas can we turn into action? All of them? Who wants to do what? Maybe this is a way to decide. So those of you reading this, what do want to do to develop any of these ideas or ideas of your own? What are your ideas? Please let me know.
I hope to have a lot of input regarding what we can do to grow a Greener Oregon. After compiling all your ideas, I will report the information to all who are interested. So we can decide what we are going to focus on and move toward redeveloping our outreach efforts.
After researching what has been going on regarding Outreach, I had the following questions. Some of the information, 1-8 was taken from the August 2003 Outreach Chapter Development report submitted by Irene Saikevych, so the I is she in those comments.
1. I have drafted chapter development and outreach goals for the PGP for the following year, along with projected approximate timelines for these goals (Appendix One).
Where is a copy?
2. I have reached various chapter contacts as gleaned from the last issue of the Green Voice, the list of fundraising contacts for various chapters (from a report by Tyrone Reitman), a list from Sarah Charlesworth, and/or chapter website. I have reached these contacts by e-mail and/or by phone, asking for the individual in their chapter who is the liaison or outreach person with the state party.
Where is this information?
I have come up with a liaison questionnaire (Appendix Two) to ascertain the status of existing chapters, including strengths as well as areas needing further development.
Where is the questionnaire? Was it ever sent? Why do we not use it for the survey that was suggested that I do now?
4. After I obtain the rest of the data, I will report these and provide an analysis and assessment (goal IB).
Did this ever happen? Where is the information?
5. Sarah has also provided me with the proceedings of the chapter development workshop held at last March’s PGP Convention, along with a list of individuals who attended that workshop and their contact e mail information.
Where is this information?
6. Sarah has likewise sent me a proposal by Jeff Cropp on getting a new chapter started, as well as sample bylaws which she drafted to help new chapters.
Where is this?
Sarah has said that she will shortly be sending me the chapter development handbook which she devised last year.
Where can I get a copy of this chapter development handbook?
The following is from the handbook regarding the Outreach Coordinator responsibilities:
Provide information on Party activities to each contact/Chair in the state.
How is this done? How often has it been done in the past? What type of information is forwarded?
Develop and/or maintain a chapter-organizing packet and provide chapters with materials that will help them with voter registration drives, initiative petition circulation, organizing their chapter, and starting new chapters.
Do we have these things? Which do we have, if we have any?
Thanks and take care,