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We wrote some letters but not enough and a few people agreed to another "Victory Day" event where we finish up the ones in our packet. We probably won't wait till the 18th.
0 · September 3, 2004
Everyone was enthusiastic and friendly.
I arrived late because I went to the wrong Rolling Dunes -- my bad.
At the first meet-up with letter writing, I loved the idea. Now I think the letters can be given as homework so we can interact more, plan local activities. I want to talk about local outreach to churches, unions, parent groups, neighborhood groups, etc.
My wife suggests that each meet-up make a ranked list of top issues and concerns to be fed back to headquarters. Also, this would allow people to assign themselves to the topics that interest them for further action.
Anyone have a great family oriented meet-up? I'd love to hear about activities that involve children / extra outreach to seniors. Did any meet-ups involve musicians or other artists?
Each person should leave the meet-up with specific things in mind that they are going to do in their community to help Dean. Each person should leave the meet-up with contact information of at least one other Dean supporter.
What do you think about a news-story exchange? Cut out / print the most interesting / relevant articles you see each month, exchange them at the meet-ups.
The content was good and position papers were available for new Dean supporters.
I had to leave early:Wrote 2 letters:Lisa WilliamsEric Nation, both from Baxter, IA
We were awed by the high levels of commitment and interest in doing more volunteer work for Howard Dean beyond the Meetup itself.
Not enough unifying stuff...I did love writing the letters to Iowa. That felt as if we were actually DOING something. It was okay for my first meeting.
I was hoping for more of a meeting of ideas rather than just a list of events and tasks ahead. I wanted to talk about Dean and hear other's opinions. I am not completely on board, and I wanted to be convinced.
Lots of interest but there is no "fire" yet for the presidential campaign. Hopefully things will catch fire in feb. Also, I think having Dean come to the area and speak at a large *public* rally would be a great way to generate interest and enthusiasm that paid events cannot achieve.
The hosts are great! Cindy & Jim work well together and generate the enthusiasm essential to sustaining the motivation to outreach to those unfamiliar with the people-powered Dean campaign.
I think we should find a way to remunerate Cafe La Scala. I suggest we allow the staff to come by and take orders. The space is tight, so if you are sitting down you might not want to loose your sit to get something. They have been very generous, month after month.
Lots of good work (letter writing to Iowa voters, etc.) got done, but a brief report on what OTHER candidates are similarly (or otherwise) doing would be most encouraging--and helpful--to hear.
I wrote 2 letters to Iowa voters, and I learned some interesting dteails about how the campaign is organized & run; I volunteered for more involvement on the signup sheet.
It was good to have hands on efforts (letter writing) available and well organized. Keep basic information about Deans views on topics available and visable for newcomers- printouts or video of key points good.
no organizer, no agenda, just 4 people bitching about Bush. Not productive.
Leader was well organized. I liked the idea of writing letters to potential Iowa voters, where our help can have an early impact on the future of Dean's campaign.
This is my 4th meet-up and this was by far the best. All others seemed a bit disorganized and confused, but not this one -- very focused and I actually felt comfortable spouting why I love Howard Dean in front of people I've never met!
I love the energy of everyone working together
It was a good opportunity to make a hands-on contribution by writing letters to Democrats in Iowa.
There's a large separate room at Au Coquelet that is good for our purposes. There were 8 or 10 first-time attendees.
The sound wasn't working well on the video presentation.
lots of great energy, lots of letters written, overall really fun! I'll be posting pics soon. Meghan
Well organized and very welcoming for newbies. They let people know about opportunities to help without exerting too much pressure. Letter writing let everyone get involved in an easy way.
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