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San Francisco Democracy for America July Meetup

  • Jul 2, 2003 · 7:00 PM
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  • A former member
    A former member

    I had to leave early for another engagement and would have liked to be able to assist in the letter-writing... might have been nice if folks who could only come for a while were still able to help out in that project.

    July 2, 2003

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wow! A lot of people showed up and we wrote a LOT of letters to the folks in Iowa. I can say that I'm proud to have worked in the technical industry because everyone said that it was the Internet thought brought us together. Plus, we had digital pics taken and printed out for our 3 letters to undecided voters in Iowa. The Meetup was managed excellently by the San Francisco Gays & Lesbians 4 Howard Dean 2004 and others. I was a John Edwards supporter until tonight and until I heard Dean's announcement for candidacy speech on a PowerPoint video. Also, Dean's use of rhetoric is very sophiscated - his appeal to our patriotism, his authority as a doctor and successful governer were apparent! Look foward to working for Dean's candidacy!
    -Bill Montes-Pack
    [masked]

    July 2, 2003

  • A former member
    A former member

    registration/check-in should be much quicker, especially for those of us who rsvp'd. many of us wanted tshirts, stickers, pins, etc. but none were available during or after the letter writing event. the venue was great -- one of the reasons that I came tonight. should be more personal contact, especially for those of us who supported/gave money early... don't alienate us!

    July 2, 2003

  • A former member
    A former member

    Damn, I feel patriotic! Happy Independence Day!

    July 2, 2003

  • sogus

    It was incredible. I just watched 300 people, most of whom had never been involved in politics before, write close to 1,000 letters to undecided voters in Iowa. This is more than a campaign. This is a special moment in American history.

    July 2, 2003

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would like to help with organizing and volunteer with other goings on.

    July 2, 2003

  • A former member
    A former member

    good meeting, inspiring. however, I was hoping to have some "to do" items. The letter writing thing was a good idea, but it seemed as though there were too many people doing it, so it was a hassle to try to help out. Next time I might suggest setting it up such that people can go home and do homework, and submit it electronically or something like that. Either that or anticipate getting[masked]% more people than RSVP. Heck I brought 2 extra people...

    *** READ THIS NEXT PART ****

    ...which reminds me of something - when you ask people to RSVP, just like a party, you should allow them to bring guests. That will probably help you get a better estimate on how many people will show up.

    July 2, 2003

  • A former member
    A former member

    This rocks. Let's keep it up.

    July 2, 2003

  • A former member
    A former member

    This was my first meetup. After speaking with other people it seemed like an ideal location. Having an auditorium was a better venue than a restaurant or coffee house. I really loved speaking with everyone and writing letters to folks in Iowa. The funniest comments were that most of us don't write long-hand anymore. It was strange and wonderful. If I were to receive a letter handwritten it would be more compelling to open and read.
    Thanks for a 1st fantastic meetup.

    Stephen Lathbury

    July 2, 2003

  • A former member
    A former member

    you guys need entertainment like
    political sound cartoons called
    AUDITORIALS! I am part of a comedy
    duo that does 1 minute vignettes
    that are political and environmental in nature making fun of the hypocricy of
    Bush administration. Think Meetup folks
    would get a kick out of it and humor
    is the best medicine.

    July 2, 2003

  • Susan V.

    I was excited to find so many people there....first time for me. I was impressed with the Declaration video and thought it was a great idea to write the letters. I have hope....at last!

    July 2, 2003

  • A former member
    A former member

    Democrats are being proud of being Democrats once again, all because of Howard Dean! Thank You!!! It was my 1st meetup and my 1st time being involved for a candidate for a presidential campaign.

    July 2, 2003

  • A former member
    A former member

    It went very well. Fantastic!

    July 2, 2003

  • A former member
    A former member

    wow that was a great event and well executed and organized. A great grassroots idea. Fantastic!

    July 2, 2003

  • A former member
    A former member

    Fantastic! Great space, great people. Very enthusiastic and energetic! Howard Dean is our first high-tech presidential candidate.

    July 2, 2003

  • A former member
    A former member

    I had to leave early (work) people were not to friendly maby beacuse I was in a suit.
    Lots of enegry seemed like it might be fun and informative.
    When is the next one "bring it on" remember that some folks work odd hours.
    John Noel Main.

    July 2, 2003

  • A former member
    A former member

    1. Find a meeting site that's free or low cost (not $600).
    2. Survey the IA. recipients of our letters to see if this
    is a good approach.
    3. Start discussion groups at meet-ups on such issues as
    outreach, fundraising etc. to generate ideas and
    volunteers.
    4. Prepare a succinct handout on Dean's platform.

    5. Prepare another handout listing all the ways Bush
    continues to harm this country, e.g. on environment,
    social programs cutbacks, insane tax cuts, aggressive
    international relations etc. etc. Give significant
    facts for outreach volunteers to use as ammunition.

    July 2, 2003

  • A former member
    A former member

    poorly organized

    July 2, 2003

  • A former member
    A former member

    We think the fact that there will now be monthly Meetup events with "direct action" components is an EXCELLENT way to provide a sense of meaning and focus to all the other independent activities taking place between each Meetup. Hats off to the Campaign Director! It lends a sense of legitimacy and coordination to the effort. Keep it up! (We'll keep it up, too...!)

    July 2, 2003

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have no idea how many people showed up as there were shifts.

    Going to this makes me want to have a letter writing get together of my own, so this definitely prompted me!

    July 2, 2003

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great organization by the volunteers

    July 2, 2003

  • Stephanie

    It was much bigger and more formal than last month's but I guess that's the price of success. The letters were a great idea but the article the campaign asked us to include was terrible.

    July 2, 2003

  • A former member
    A former member

    This was the best meeting I've been to. Everyone at one location - well organized agenda - very productive.
    Please continue to have the monthly meetings at this location.

    July 2, 2003

  • A former member
    A former member

    San Francisco's Meetup has become too large for the Meetup style. The meeting was very leader and schedule directed. We were instructed to watch a video, then write letters to potential voters, asked to volunteer and/or donate to the campaign, but discussion and interaction were not allowed.

    July 2, 2003

  • A former member
    A former member

    I hope we will have the opportunity to directly help the campaign again at future Meetups. I found myself becoming more committed to Howard with every personal letter I wrote.

    July 2, 2003

  • A former member
    A former member

    well-organized, great turn-out, and great effort!

    July 2, 2003

  • A former member
    A former member

    It would be nice to have the crowd break up into smaller groups so we could get to know each other and brainstorm on campaign ideas and such.

    July 2, 2003

  • A former member
    A former member

    Overall very good energy - just need to work out kinks (e.g. not enough chairs, late start). Especially appreciated the inclusiveness... the team of volunteers that coordinated the meeting were not at all clique-y.

    July 2, 2003

  • A former member
    A former member

    great vibe. organized well for the amount of turnout. too big for individual commenting at the actual meetup.

    July 2, 2003

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great to be a part of this meet-up. The letter writing campaign to Iowans "on the fence" was a brilliant idea. My children accompanied me. My son Ben will voting for the 1st time next year. He and my daughter (15) are now enthusiastic new Dean supporters. She doesn't just want Bush to lose, she wants Dean to WIN!

    July 2, 2003

  • A former member
    A former member

    loved the letter writing campaign. very well organized. helpful volunteers.

    July 2, 2003

  • A former member
    A former member

    I think you've got it. Easy in, easy out, no food. Well organized, fun.
    Mona Cereghino

    July 2, 2003

  • A former member
    A former member

    * I enjoyed the video of Gov. Dean; very inspirational;

    * I departed prior to writing letters because of delays and then insufficient space. Both rooms could have been set-up for letter writing and accommodated all attendees.

    * Organize the meeting so that the most pressing activity is completed first. The letter writing should have been completed first and then the video viewing for those interested.

    * Consider break-out meetings on specific topics to allow people with specific interests to immediately engage in that topic. Trying to cover all issues with such a large group is inefficient and frustrating to those with time limitations;

    * Hold an "orientation" each month for new attendees and allow those returning to immediately focus on the "issue of the month" (i.e., letter writing, idea generation, etc.)

    July 2, 2003

  • A former member
    A former member

    Things that can be done in advance, like writing letters at home, the preparation details should be posted so those who want to can prepare in advance or those who will not have time to come or stay long can prepare in advance. That way more time can be spent on planning and orgainizing other events and discussing local stratagy.

    July 2, 2003

  • A former member
    A former member

    I tried to attend but the venue was way over capacity... this was very frustrating! I couldn't get in.

    For the next Meetup, please try to secure a place that will be big enought to allow for everyone to attend that's interested.

    THANKS!

    July 2, 2003

  • A former member
    A former member

    I was disappointed to see the presentation done using Windows. The event at the Hyatt Regency last week used Mac OS X and the presentaitons were flawless--beautiful video (not choppy like Windows XP), and the audience never saw mouse cursors or ugly desktops. It just would have made the experience a little more professional and impressive.

    July 2, 2003

  • A former member
    A former member

    I loved the lack of useless banter. We just showed up, wrote important letters and left. Very practical.

    July 2, 2003

  • A former member
    A former member

    I had to leave early. I would like to write personal letters to Iowans. Can you let me know how to do that, and give me some addresses?

    July 2, 2003

  • A former member
    A former member

    The Meetup was very well organized. It felt great to have a specific activity to do (writing letters), and what a fine
    activity it was. Including the photos of ourselves with the letters was a great touch. The venue is beautiful and very appropriate for Meetups for Dean. The volunteer coordinators did a great job, and I think that the people who attended all looked happy to be there. I know I was!

    July 2, 2003

  • A former member
    A former member

    it was wonderful. you could feel the excitement. WE WILL WIN!!

    July 2, 2003

  • A former member
    A former member

    The personal letter writing idea was excellent. I look forward to getting a response from my three new friends in Iowa, and I can't help but think this will have a very positive effect on the outcome of the January 2004 caucuses. The other campaigns must be kicking themselves.

    Michael Zonta

    July 2, 2003

  • A former member
    A former member

    I didnt like the film showing The Green Party sign behind Howard Dean.
    It shouldnt be used at all anymore, it was more distracting than useful...
    I am very political, but if i wasnt...
    I would assume... Howard Dean, was in the green party.
    I also, didnt like some of the attitude I got from some of the staff...
    Because I had a t-shirt on that said BUSH SUCKS... They faked, taking my picture... but I knew they didnt, because I was the only one, who didnt have the camera flash...
    Not a good beginning, but I will give the campaign another chance.
    I also, contributed $50... on the deanforamerica web site, but never got an email of thanks or acknowledgment.
    That wasnt impressive either, to be honest.

    July 2, 2003

  • A former member
    A former member

    There should be more time for interaction between the attendees. The writing of letters by hand is a great idea!

    July 2, 2003

  • A former member
    A former member

    The A/V was really bad. If they are going to show videos, they need to get a computer that is able to keep up with the decoding and keep the video in sync with the audio.

    July 2, 2003

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm guessing on the attendance number.

    July 2, 2003

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was a successful meeting.

    July 2, 2003

  • A former member
    A former member

    the work part of the event was successful and a clever idea- writing letters to voters in iowa. however, the event lacked any sort of socializing or fun. there were zero refreshments and zero opportunity to schmooze with the other like-minded strangers. i think the social part needs to be incorporated in order to make it more appealing to attend.

    July 2, 2003

  • charlenestjohn

    I attended with 2 friends -- and our overall comment was that the experience was organized, but was not especially motivating or engergizing. As more and more people join meet-ups it will be critical to meet the needs of current and new participants (e.g., table "how you can get involved" - email to all of the attendees about next steps, what they can do. Once you have the people in the door, so to speak, it is critical that the experience they have is compelling enough to keep them coming back, bring friends, tell others, etc.

    Thank you!

    July 2, 2003

  • A former member
    A former member

    I wasn't sure what to expect, but I really appreciated its practical nature. I thought there might be a lot of "idea talk", but I liked that we came and they put us straight to work writing letters. It was a very impressive use of the time and people.

    July 2, 2003

  • A former member
    A former member

    We need a larger site for our next Meetup. The letter writing was a good idea, however, completing them there was difficult.

    July 2, 2003

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