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New Member Orientation 031008


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  • 1. Massachusetts Republican State Committee New Member Orientation March 10, 2008
  • 2. Welcome
    • Congratulations on your Election!
      • The Massachusetts Republican State Committee is recognized as the governing authority of the Republican Party in Massachusetts
      • Its 80 Members are elected at the Presidential Primary every four years
      • While state law allows both parties to increase their membership over and above the 80 elected members, Republicans have not done this (Democrats in Massachusetts increase their membership to over 200 members)
  • 3. Meetings
    • Meetings
      • Held at least 4 times each year
      • Process governed by our own bylaws first, and then by Roberts Rules of Order revised
      • Additional meetings can be called by the chairman, or by any 15 members
  • 4. Staff
    • Paid Staff
      • Chairman – Peter Torkildsen
      • Executive Director – Rob Willington
      • Communications Director – Barney Keller
      • Fundraising Consultant – Steve Roche
      • Fundraising Director – Lyndsay Jones
      • Fundraising Asst – Brent Kasper (Coop Student)
  • 5. National Committee
    • Each State has three representatives on the Republican National Committee
      • Chair – Peter Torkildsen
      • Committeeman – Ron Kaufman
      • Committeewoman – Jody Dow
  • 6. Purpose
    • The Purpose of the Massachusetts Republican State Committee is defined in our bylaws.
    • In summary, we exist to elect Republicans to office
    • To help elect Republicans, we have both written and unwritten responsibilities
  • 7. Members – Written Responsibilities
    • Written Responsibilities are found in our bylaws, in Article II.
    • They include serving as the legislative component of the Party, being responsible for organizing your town and ward committees, and actively recruiting candidates for office
  • 8. Unwritten
    • Be our “Eyes and Ears”
    • To Build The Grassroots, We Have To Communicate With The Grassroots.
    Massachusetts Republican Party
  • 9. Tools to Help
    • RTC Packets
    • Sample Two Year Plan
    • Simple Guide to Blogging
    • Voter Vault
  • 10.
    • Your Private Training Website
      • Updated information
      • Access to all Town and Ward Committee members and contact information
    Massachusetts Republican Party
  • 11.
    • PDF’s, Videos, Power Points, Election History, Maps, Blog Posts and more…
    • You can help us by updating your local Republican Committee information – name, address, phone, AND email Massachusetts Republican Party
  • 12. RTC Packets
    • Action Packet
    • Two Year Plan
    • Guide To Simple Blogging
    Massachusetts Republican Party
  • 13. Action Packet
    • Only 13 Pages (not a book!)
    • Simple bullet points.
    • Easy instructions.
    • Can plan and execute now!
    Massachusetts Republican Party
  • 14. Introduction
    • Committee Mentality is Deadly!
    • Transform R.T.C. to mean Republican Town Campaign!
    • Write a Campaign Plan!
    • Set Goals.
    • Establish Benchmarks To Track Progress.
    • Give Specific Instructions On How To Meet Benchmarks.
    Massachusetts Republican Party
  • 15. The Basics
    • Contact every Republican and ask for financial support at least once each year; re-solicit known donors at least one additional time each year.
    • Sponsor or participate in a charity event once per year.
    • Donate fifty cents for every Republican in your town to Republican candidates of your choice.
    Massachusetts Republican Party
  • 16. The Basics Plus
    • 4. Identify Voters!
    • Build Coordinates of Town in Voter Vault for Future Candidates.
    • Voting Issues?- Education, Taxes, Health Care...
    • Work now to give future GOP candidates time .
    • Right now you have data in your mind - yards that put up Healey signs, friends that are gun owners or social conservatives etc...
    Massachusetts Republican Party
  • 17. The Basics Plus
    • 5. Collect Signatures!
    • Get candidates on the ballot - they should not have to resort to paying for signatures.
    • Initiative petitions are great for voter i.d.
    • Know the guidelines for a signature to be certified!
    Massachusetts Republican Party
  • 18. The Basics Plus
    • 6. Organize Online!
    • Get a blog - use and read the MassGOP Guide to Simple Blogging.
    • Influence debate - you are the only GOP voice at your municipal level.
    • Keep an eye on your Democrat incumbents.
    • Promote RTC activity, post pictures and give credit to your hard working members.
    Massachusetts Republican Party
  • 19. The Basics Plus
    • 7. Register Republicans!
    • What is % of R’s, U’s, and D’s?
    • Set a goal of registering X amount of voters by X date.
    • Welcome those that recently moved to your community with a registration card.
    • For those turning 18, send a Birthday Card!
    Massachusetts Republican Party
  • 20. The Basics Plus
    • 8. Run Candidates!
    • Many good legislative candidates are those that have served at the municipal level!
    • Elect Republicans to School Committee, Board of Selectman etc...
    • Even if they don’t run for State Rep, State Senate, etc. they can help the Republicans that do run!
    Massachusetts Republican Party
  • 21. The Basics Plus
    • 9. Challenge Incumbent Democrats!
    • Review the red flags to look out for in guide.
    • Write press releases from your GOP committee.
    • Write letters to the editor as individuals.
    • Monitor voting record.
    Massachusetts Republican Party
  • 22. The Basics Plus
    • 10. Train Your Members!
    • Attend Mass GOP Training Seminars.
    • Sign Holding vs Phone Banking/Door to Door? Not everything is equal.
    • Invest limited volunteer time wisely.
    Massachusetts Republican Party Check Out My Example of Holding Signs... 45 Volunteer Hours!!!!
  • 23. The Basics Plus
    • 11. Keep Morale High
    • Conduct one or two social events per year.
    • Christmas/Holiday parties.
    • Summer BBQ’s.
    Massachusetts Republican Party
  • 24. The Basics Plus
    • 12. Use Voter Vault!
    • Get username and password from Mass GOP.
    • Become trained on Voter Vault.
    • Voter ID/Mailing Lists/Phone Banking etc...
    Massachusetts Republican Party
  • 25. The Basics Plus
    • 13. Work With Friends
    • Friends will help you first.
    • Look to allies in your town - anti property tax groups, gun clubs etc.
    • Use your County Club.
    • Keep everyone informed with your activities.
    Massachusetts Republican Party
  • 26. The Basics Plus
    • 14. Expand and Identify Membership!
    • 4/4 Republicans.
    • U’s that vote in GOP primaries (near record turnout on Feb 5, 2008!).
    Massachusetts Republican Party
  • 27. The Basics Plus
    • 15. Write a Campaign Plan!
    • Calendar events, activities.
    • When to make calls?
    • How many volunteer hours are needed?
    • How much money is needed?
    • By writing a plan now, you will help your candidates that much more
    Massachusetts Republican Party
  • 28. Questions?
    • The Basics - 3 Items.
    • The Basics Plus - 15 Items.
    Massachusetts Republican Party
  • 29. Two - Year Plan
    • Plan Your Work and Work Your Plan!
    • We are already in year two for this cycle, but you can see what type of work can be done in an off year, and what needs to be done this year
    Massachusetts Republican Party
  • 30. Simple Blogging
    • There are over 70 Million Blogs in the world!
    • MethuenGOP.blogspotcom is the only blog with a Republican perspective in Methuen.
    Massachusetts Republican Party
  • 31. Blogging Principles
    • provide local answers to local questions and issues.
    • promote events sponsored by your GOP committee/candidates.
    • debate international, national, and local issues.
    • promote contrary and interesting opinions - a personality, or sense of humor helps
    • avoid personal attacks.
    • avoid being wholly negative - always suggest a positive alternative.
    Massachusetts Republican Party
  • 32. Getting Started
    • Nominate a blog director for your RTC.
    • We suggest - free and easy.
    • Create account.
    • Write introductory post.
    • Add Links (neighboring RTC’s are good).
    Massachusetts Republican Party
  • 33. Blogging Tactics
    • Pictures/Videos - show energy of an event or the action of a campaign.
    • Comments - allow readers to interact.
    • Polls - conduct informal polls.
    • Multiple Authors - open your blog up to every member of the RTC.
    Massachusetts Republican Party
  • 34. Topics to Blog
    • Recent Headlines.
    • Debates.
    • Liberalism, why is it bad?
    • Projects/Events Sponsored by RTC.
    • Recognize the doers.
    • Criticize the Democrat Incumbent for not doing the job.
    • Support Republican Incumbent.
    Massachusetts Republican Party
  • 35. Questions?
    • Guide To Simple Blogging
    Massachusetts Republican Party
  • 36. Voter Registration Prospects
    • Use Voter Vault to:
      • Identify Republicans from other states who have moved to your community, but not yet registered to vote
      • Identify U’s who voted in the Republican Primary on Feb. 5
      • Reach out to these potential Republicans with a voter registration card and an invitation to join the local Republican Committee.
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  • 37. Voter Vault Day
    • Start Identifying Phone Bank Locations
    • Start To Recruit Members
    • Work With GOP Incumbent Networks
    • Identifying voters now by their most important issue will help all Republican candidates this Fall!
    Massachusetts Republican Party
  • 38. Thank you
    • Thank you for choosing to become a Member of the Massachusetts Republican State Committee
    • The challenges we face are significant
    • With your help, we will restore two party competition to Massachusetts!