DeForest Area Progressives
Meeting notes for May 11, 2015
Next meeting: Monday, May 18, 2015, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Ginny’s, 3922 Partridge Road, Windsor Hill neighborhood.
There were four people at the May 11th meeting: John Stanley, John Scepanski, Karen Edson, and Ginny Brokish. We’ve got to find a way to get better attendance. Where are all our old reliables from when we’d get a dozen or even twenty people at a meeting? How can we build membership?
Karen showed us the progress she is making on the combined how to vote and how to get voter ID chart. She had the DMV forms too.
John St. talked about his attendance last Saturday at Active McFarland. He was there to invite them to join the Second Congressional District Alliance (now officially named South Central Grassroots Alliance or “the Alliance” for short). There were a number of McFarland high school students there. John said the group was generally enthusiastic and appointed Dawn Shegonee (sp?) to represent them at the SCGA steering committee meetings. They were interested in borrowing DAP’s button making machine to make buttons for Active McFarland. One of the high school students has designed a logo for t-shirts. Another student volunteered to work on the SCGA web site.
John St. is also working on getting Senator Bernie Sanders to come to Wisconsin this fall for a SCGA fundraiser. The 3rd Congressional District Alliance is also interested.
JohnSki asked for suggestions to pass along to Progressive Partners on how to use social media more effectively. Active McFarland has a Twitter handle now -- @Active McFarland. We discussed a number of suggestions. First, all individual members of Progressive Partners should have the option to be included on the email communications list, not just the single designated communicators for each member group. Too often, messages intended to be forwarded to each communicator’s individual group members are not forwarded by the designated communicator. That is where the “tree” system of PP breaks down. Every PP group should have a Twitter account like Active McFarland. Each PP group designated communicator should be informed of each group’s Twitter account name and then in turn should inform each member of their group, so that all individual members of PP can follow all the Twitter accounts. There should be training at PP to show each group how to do this. The same applies to Facebook as a resource.
The Progressive Partners summer picnic is scheduled for Sunday, June 14th, from 1:00 to 4:00 at Swan Creek Park in Fitchburg. Bring a snack to share. JohnSki said he intends to go. If anyone else is interested, contact John to share a ride.
Families Working Together is having a garage sale in DeForest this week at 409 Yahara Street on May 14, 15, and 17, according to the DeForest Times-Tribune. DAP members were referred to the article on page 7 of the Times May 7th issue for details on how to volunteer. Funds raised will help a family on the Pine Ridge Reservation refurbish their house.
John St. is playing phone tag with the DeForest Chamber of Commerce on the 4th of July parade. Karen will check on renting a truck to build our float on. The theme of the float seems to be, “I Scream for Democracy.” We will build a giant ice cream cone along the lines of “You scream I scream we all scream for ice cream/democracy” or something like that. Let Ginny or John know if you can help build the float and ride on it or walk along.
The next SCGA meeting is May 14th at 6:00 p.m. at Hody’s in Middleton. The hope is that SCGA can bolster local progressive grassroots groups. We need to organize, for instance, to continue making and locating the big red signs and their associated website. The 3rd CD group is interested and intends to hold a sign painting event this summer in Dodgeville. They need people experienced in the sign project to help. John St. said he intends t be there. Anybody else?