We hope to become small neighborhood groups open to everyone for hyper-local civic-education and communications.
We intend to serve all citizens in each neighborhood, both major political parties, other political parties that request our help, and any other neighborhood group or activity that would like our help.
We cooperate with all, especially those with a common mission, who are working to strengthen the grassroots, the voice of the common person in business and politics, but we are affiliated with no other institution, organization or association.
If you are in a state other than Colorado we will give you help if you want it to start your state's first Caucus Club and set up your own Meetup.com site. An instructional group now meets at 4:30 p.m. each Friday at LoDo Panera, 16th & Market. Open discussion meeting, everyone is welcome to join us, you can rsvp and we will save a seat for you until the start of the meeting. Walk-ins are welcome! More info and rsvp at www.meetup.com/Caucus-Clubs
All our off-the-radar neighborhood groups are intended to help draw all neighbors together, especially in preparation for the biannual statewide Colorado Caucus and in the "bury the hatchet" process that we hope will begin to take place after each general election starting in 2018. We do not take positions on candidates or issues, our only purpose is to inform not reform.
Let us know if we can be of service to you and your neighborhood association, activity, service or business, if you'd like us to help get the word out about what you are doing as we welcome newcomers to your neighborhood we would be glad to do so if you'll let your current members know what we are intending to do and at least one of your members helps us get started. For more post your question here or call us at (303)861-144.
As we start, first neighborhood groups will be formed in the RTD University Station neighborhoods, then all across metro-Denver and soon all of Colorado. Soon we hope. Our purpose is to strengthen the grassroots, the voice of the common person, in business and politics. We believe the most powerful tools for this is our major-party system we’ve had here in Colorado, the Colorado Caucus.
Everyone who is interested in what we are doing is welcome to join us here on our meetup site, Republicans, Democrats, members of another political party, and Unaffiliated voters are all welcome here.
We will welcome all newcomers to our neighborhoods and to Colorado politics and we will help everyone understand and support the two-party system and our Colorado Caucus system for nominating to the primary ballot, and why it provides the best chance for the common person to serve in elected public office.
We intend to facilitate the start a hyper-local group in every precinct, with the hope each group will cooperate with other groups in the surrounding neighborhoods, each Colorado county, and the state.
At the start we also intend each group will welcome newcomers to their neighborhood, make sure they know about their local community newspaper, other local clubs, and local merchants who support the idea of what we are trying to do. Each group is autonomous except in matters that affect other groups and all groups if we ever decide to become organized as a whole. It might be best if eachgroup meets regularly, with the frequency of the meetings starting as weekly but once voting membership is full (we recommend 12 voting members) members may choose to meet less often. We expect most groups will decide to follow the format of Franklin Circles (Google "How to Start a Franklin Circle"), and all groups are encouraged to sponsor at least one other group, possibly in cooperation with adjoining neighborhoods, meetings such as the Great Books, Socrates Cafe, IDEA Cafe Startup Workshop, Alarm Clock Party, or any other open group activity that meets on a regular basis.
Once 12 voting members have been recruited, each group is encouraged to elect a chair, secretary and newsletter editor who will all be listed in our online directory if that is what the neighborhood group wants, and if your club wants to cooperate closely with us. If you decide to stay under-the-radar we don't insist you be public, and you can always go public and be listed at a later date.
A Colorado steering committee is being recruited. Please let us know if there is anyone you would like to nominate.
After a budget is established a program of activities will be announced, they are expected to include:
1. Monthly neighborhood newsletters and distribution, an online annual calendar and membership directory, each year a table at state conventions for major political parties and other state-wide event such as the Colorado State Fair, and a brochure explaining how we help make our neighborhood representatives of the hyper-local Republicans, Democrats, other political parties in our neighborhood stronger, and how we are perhaps most helpful to our neighbors who are Unaffiliated.
2. An off-year mock Colorado Caucus starting in 2017 that will include all registered voters regardless of affiliation as Republican, Democrat, or Unaffiliated as voting members at the precinct, county and state levels to adopt resolutions on important issues coming before our state legislature, in 2017 the topic will be our powerful Colorado Caucus.
3. Raising money to assist other states that want to adopt what we are doing and local Colorado groups that need help.
4. A national public relations campaign to help everyone to understand the value of the major-party caucus system and how it is od benefit to everyone, as described in the book Why Iowa? and elsewhere.
5. A national workshop for individual citizens, lobbyists, associations, and others who want to understand the legislative process at the state level.
If you want our help to start a group in your precinct or county or state, or if you want to nominate yourself or someone else to the Steering committee that is forming, first join us here on this meetup site, attend at least one of our weekly Friday afternoon steering committee meetings, and then call John Wren at (303)861-1447.
Newspaper article about the initial thoughts for starting Caucus Clubs (we first called this effort Caucus Corp), check it out: Caucus Corp, new network of neighborhoods for communications and education being formed.
The working name for all this is Caucus Clubs, Inc. It is a new project of your Small Business Chamber of Commerce, Inc. We cooperate with local chambers, service clubs, and community newspaper to strengthen the grassroots in business and politics through adult education for people who want to start and grow their own business or non-profit organization, or who want to start a new career, campaign, or project.
Contact John Wren, Founder, President, and CEO of SBCC at 1881 Buchtel Blvd. #501, Denver, CO 89210
Twitter @IDEACafe or Facebook/Small.Business.Chamber (303)861-1447