The East County Democratic Club has six defined purposes listed in our bylaws. For my newsletter message, I would like to expand on one listed purpose each month.
The purpose of this Club is to:
3. To build and maintain a permanent club membership of volunteers looking for ways to support our causes
Our Club has an opportunity to grow exponentially over the next years. With a concerted effort on the part of all members, we can build a great force in East County that wields its power for the good of our communities. We can start by engaging our communities, sharing our successes and leading by example.
We must engage our communities by having a Club presence at events inside and outside of East County. We have a vast geographic area and many opportunities to attend government meetings and local community events. By engaging people in our communities, we have the opportunity to foster camaraderie and develop long-lasting friendships and volunteers for our Club. The smiling faces of our members will attract other Democrats to our group.
When you’re around town, share our successes. Brag to your friends about the development of our Regional Voter Registration Teams. Share information about our candidates and how we work to help them succeed. Liberally distribute our Club’s business cards that have information about our Club meetings. Share our website information. I’ve found that when I start a conversation about Democrats, many people indulge me but it’s a way to get the word out that we actually exist and thrive in East County. Plant the seed and watch it grow.
Being a veteran, I firmly believe in leading by example. Bring a friend to our Club meetings and show them how responsible citizens work to monitor their government. Once your friend sees our can-do attitude, they will return. Someday they may volunteer on a project or even run for office.
Spend an hour with a Regional Voter Registration Team. Brainstorm for fundraising activities, projects that promote the Party and candidate recruitment. We have a great opportunity with nowhere to go but UP!
I have boxes of our Club’s business cards. See me to get a stack. Spread the word about our great East County Democratic Club.
2. Another of our Club’s missions is to inform the electorate regarding candidates and issues with regular meetings. To that end, our Board is working hard to encourage officeholders to attend our meetings and briefly update our members on the governmental activities within their jurisdictions.
We are painfully aware that we have very few Democratic officeholders in East County. Therefore, we are inviting those who hold nonpartisan offices to speak to our members and provide us with the unique opportunity to converse with those who represent us in our government. After all, they represent all citizens within their districts and should speak with and answer to all of us. Of course, we will provide as much notice as we can so we can prepare our lists of questions and/or concerns.
If you have a favorite representative whom you would like to see at our meeting, let us know. We will do our best to get them to a Club meeting to address our members and to answer our questions.
The purpose of this Club is to:
1. To promote progressive causes in local, state, and national politics
Our Club has an opportunity to express itself through aggressive promotion of our issues and causes. Our causes are nothing extreme to the regular citizen of east county. Our support of workers, our insistence on a clean environment, our desires for equal opportunity… these are all things that every American values. We only need to get out there an speak to citizens in their communities. We have a vast geographic region and we have the unfortunate reality of living in a conservative area of our county. The conservative thinkers are the ones who appear to have the large presence. Although they are the most dominant, their core beliefs are not the most appealing and acceptable to the people of our area. Progressive thinking is a more realistic form for our area.
To promote our causes and our Club, we must extend our influence throughout the east county. We should have a presence at as many events as possible and schedule a few of our own. We must attend government meetings and we must invite our government representatives to speak at our meetings. We must hold them accountable to all citizens and not just those that embrace conservative beliefs.
Karen Marie Otter