These are suggestions from people, groups, and affiliates that have done this. We are always looking to add to and improve this list to help you grow your affiliate and make it more effective. Our main goal is to grow our party. Please bring your suggestions to the Party Building Outreach Committee (JohnRDebus@GMail.com). We conference call once a month and invite all Registered Greens to join us on the call.
A good local affiliate normally has 3 to 5 people run it, with 5 to 10 active supporting members. Membership ideally meets once a month and normally have one local outreach event per month. Two delegates elected by the local to serve on the Green Party of Florida Council attend the state monthly conference call. We operate and treat each other as a Green Party family.
Hold successful monthly meetings.
Successful monthly meetings are important to maintaining membership and engagement. Here are some tips to help you run your meetings.
- Try to hold your meetings at the same place, date, and time every month. We recommend you choose a day and week number each month for your meetings (e.g., the 3rd Wednesday of every month. Consistency is important.
- SHOW UP! It is very disheartening to arrive at a scheduled meeting to find no one there. Have the door open for new people to find you.
- Advertise. Get the word out in a timely matter. by E-mail, Listing events in local newspapers, Facebook, Mailings, or whatever other means you have available to you. Flyers with affiliate, meeting, and contact information on them can be very effective. Target your audience with the flyers… Spanish, NPA’s, Independents, Social Justice, Environmental, Peace, etc. Wear GP hats and t-shirts at Events.
- The most important person in the room at your meeting: the new person. Talk to them. Make them feel welcome and part of your family.
- Try to give everyone a job or responsibility. Co-chair, Delegate, Secretary, Treasure, Facebook, Communications, E-mails, phone banking, door knocking, marketing, city/county council meetings, etc.
Party building efforts help you bring in new members and bring awareness of the Green Party to your community. The Green Party is both an activist and an electoral party. Both of these endeavors thrive on a strong base of volunteers that you help create through outreach and party building.
Once a month outreach ideas:
- Tabling- Get permission to set up a table to hand out literature and discuss the party. Libraries, farmer’s market, and college free speech zones are some common choices.
- Clean-ups- wear your GP shirts and hats & carry some flyers while cleaning up littered areas in your town.
- Local government meetings. Local governments are required to perform all official business in public, at regular meetings. Attend a county/city council, school board or other official meeting wearing your Green Party messaging. Get a feel for how the decisions are made in your community. Encourage your members to address the meeting during public comments, and to introduce themselves as members of the party when doing so.
- Parades- MLK, 4th of July, Pride, etc.
- Events- 2 or 3 go together, wear your shirts and hats. Carry your “targeted” flyers.
- Continue to work the Green Party registered voters list until you have talked, face-to-face or on the phone, to everyone on the list. Then move to NPA’s and Independent registered voters.
Most people have not heard of the Green Party or don’t know anything about us. The corporate media is NOT going to inform them. We need to be the media to inform and educate the public. Once they know about us and our platform and our Values … they agree with us.