Last night's monthly General Membership meeting of the Harris County Green Party went into extra innings. I'd like to think that HCGP emerged with a victory, even if the victory was over ourselves.
Perhaps it was for the best that co-chair George Reiter discovered yesterday afternoon that our regular meeting space at Trinity Episcopal Church had not been reserved. Trinity's security staff kicks us out promptly at 9:30, and last night we needed an extra hour to take care of our pressing business. Part of that business was electing half of the HCGP Steering Committee, including one of the co-chairs.
Our fallback space upstairs at Midtown Bar & Grill was taken, but the Midtown folks love us and let us occupy the main dining area. (There was basketball on two of the TV's, CNN on another, so I was horribly distracted but made it through somehow.)
The strategic proposal that I crafted and originally presented in November 2016 was passed, with amendments. I am supremely satisfied with that result, and the sense of accomplishment I feel is not small. Now I must prepare myself for the real work that follows: I have agreed to coordinate the standing Ballot Access and Campaign Coordination Committee for the 2018 election cycle. Who wants to be a part of that effort?
Below the Read More is the complete text of the message that I sent to the HCGP Discussion list this morning, followed by the text of the proposal as adopted.
This proposal calls for the Harris County Green Party to undertake the following specific actions for the 2017-18 electoral cycle:
1.Have the HCGP website converted to NationBuilder by April 1, 2017, with separate donation pages for operations and campaigns linked from the home page.
2.General membership meetings will include five-minute reports from task forces, working groups, and standing committees. These groups can report on activities during the preceding month and opportunities for upcoming activities. If possible, the meeting can provide time for the steering committee members or other responsible parties in these groups to gather with current and prospective group members to discuss strategies and logistics.
3.At the first meeting of the HCGP Steering Committee following the 2017 SC election, request that at-large members of the SC serve as chairpersons of at least one working group or standing committee—e.g., Media, Outreach, Fundraising, Candidate Development.
4.At the March 2017 general membership meeting, request all HCGP members, as defined in the by-laws, to take on at least one of the following roles by the date of the April 2017 meeting, basing their selections on their estimated ability to commit the required time rather than an impetuous desire to contribute:
a.Candidate for public office
d.Precinct Chairperson or Associate Precinct Chairperson
e.Member of a specific task force or working group
5.Appoint a Ballot Access and Campaign Coordination Committee, with its own annual budget and authorization to spend funds if a consensus of its membership approves the expenditures.
6.Set a goal of raising $30,000 between February 2017 and March 2018 for either a 2018 ballot access petition drive or for campaign materials.
7.Support the regional coordinators' outreach efforts to Greens in the seven neighboring counties (Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Liberty, Montgomery, and Waller) as well as Jefferson, and Walker Counties, toward fully establishing or enhancing Green Party organizations in those counties by March 2018.
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