Event Details

Planning session

Time: August 8, 2011 from 6:30pm to 9pm
Location: My house
Street: 5971 S. Himalaya Ct
City/Town: Centennial
Phone: 303.921.1638 - I also text!
Event Type: planning session
Organized By: Cathy Mitchell
Latest Activity: Aug 8, 2011

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Event Description

Our monthly meetings are good times for education and discussion, but if we are to grow and be effective as a group we also need some planning time.

Wilma and I have been planning the monthly meetings, monitoring our Facebook and websites, email and now Twitter, and attend events on behalf of the group. I also am supposed to write a weekly blog post and like to be engaged on the Denver Post web-site, which is a good place to spread our message. As a few recent attempts at rallies have shown, we evidently don't have time to also plan rallies.
So this is an area where some help is needed. A few other duties we could use - someone to set us up as a 401(c) (3), then a treasurer to handle any donations/fund-raisers.

A secretary to take notes at the meetings would be awesome. I've made some changes to the web-site, but it could use more so a "web-master" might be good, especially if this person could also post any surveys we want to send. A videographer to video some events/meetings, then post them on YouTube, to try and by-pass the media and show what Tea Parties are really about, and a photographer.

It is important to recognize one's strengths and weaknesses. Have to admit organizing is a weakness of mine, but my other activities - kind of being an ambassador for the group - I enjoy and seem to be somewhat effective at.

One of my goals when I took over was to increase membership. We now have over 250 members, versus 214 when I took over. Our Facebook page has many more "friends" and we have a few Twitter followers. Viva la revolution!

If you are interested in helping to figure out how we can be most effective as a group, please join us Monday evening. Note, at the last meeting I announced this would be on Tues, 8/9 but I need to change that to Mon. 8/8.

In terms of what message we advocate for, I am thinking that focusing on not raising the debt ceiling anymore may be the simplest for people to relate to. The latest increase will take us just past the next election. We don't want to wait until then to start talking about it again. If the debt ceiling could not be raised anymore, the politicians would have to balance the budget by next year - much faster than even a Balanced Budget Amendment would work. In terms of getting candidates elected, my idea is that the ATP stay non-partisan and any political work anyone wants to do we do within our "party of choice" - pun intended! But these are the types of decisions it would be better to make as a group.

Andy Peth mentioned possibly bringing food. How about if we organize this via the comment section? Hope to see you Monday night!

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Comment by Martin Higgins on August 8, 2011 at 7:33am
We'll bring a veggie/cheese tray.
Comment by Cathy Mitchell on August 8, 2011 at 12:28am
email from Wilma: "If I recall correctly you raised the subject of food for the meeting.  I will be bringing "pulled pork" and buns that will go well with any sides someone might bring.  There will be enough for the most optimistic turnout, and lots of leftovers if only a handful show." Thanks Wilma! I'll pick up some potato salad. Everyone, please bring anything special you would like to drink. We'll have lemonade.
Comment by Kevin Keator on August 6, 2011 at 3:57pm
Cathy, I will be attending Monday night, as will my wife.  Kevin Keator
Comment by Martin Higgins on August 5, 2011 at 8:37pm
Kerry - the "not real" war hero. As a Nam Vet, I'm repulsed by his fabricated war stories and overt cowardice.
Comment by Jean Allen on August 5, 2011 at 8:10pm
I hope to be able to come it would be great to meet you all.
Comment by Cathy Mitchell on August 5, 2011 at 1:45pm
Great! Just read that Kerry told the media to ignore the Tea Party - said we're "not real". I'd like to prove him wrong, in a big way.
Comment by Martin Higgins on August 5, 2011 at 12:29am
I'll be there with my wife, Laura. She's Marketing Director at Bellco Credit Union and has years of experience generating public interest and driving membership operations. As I said at the Bennet Town Hall, I'll handle video.

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