Secular Coalition for Tennessee Monthly Conference Call

Location

Tuesday, October 16, 2012 - 15:00 - 15:30
Call In Details: 
Phone Number: 530-881-1400 Participant Code: 978895

Secular Coalition for America - Tennessee Chapter Conference Call
Call in number: 530-881-1400 Participant Code: 978895
Tuesday, October 16th at 2pm CT

 

Welcome Message

  • Who is here and who is not here that needs to be?
  • Agenda available at Tennessee chapter page at secular.org
  • Explanation of conference call style and recording
    • No one is required to speak up, but there will be opportunities to do so.
  • Thank you for joining us for the Secular Coalition for Tennessee monthly conference call!
  • The Secular Coalition for America is the only 501(c)(4) lobbying organization representing secular and nontheistic Americans.
  • Based in Washington DC, we are working to make sure that you are heard on Capitol Hill, on the federal level, yet some of the most egregious violations of separation of church and state are being promoted and passed at a state level.
  • The Secular Coalition for America is forming state chapters across the country to bring together secular and nontheistic Americans in each state to lobby on secular issues.
State Government Update - November Elections
  • U.S. Senate
    • Senator Bob Corker running for re-election
    • Republican, first elected in 2006
    • Predicted to win
  • U.S. House
    • All 9 seats in the U.S. House are up for election
    • The Democratic Party holds 2  seats and the Republican Party holds 7 seats
  • State Senate
    • 16 seats up for election 
    • Republican party currently holds a 20-13 majority, unlikely to change
    • 4 incumbents retiring: 3 Democrats and 1 Republicans
  • State Assembly
    • All 99 seats up for election 
    • Republican party currently holds a 64-34-1 majority, unlikely to change
    • 11 incumbents retiring: 4 Republicans and 7 Democrats
Issues/Events
  • CSICon in Nashville, October 25-28
    • The Conference Dedicated to Science and Skeptical Inquiry
  • Any issues or events?

Chapter Development Status

  • Leadership
    • Executive Committee 
      • Flexible to availability and strengths of individuals who want to get involved
      • Co-Chair Duties: Scheduling state coalition meetings as necessary, Building relationships with local organizations and keeping them informed;  Scheduling and Coordinating trainings; Ensuring compliance with all SCA policies (listed in the chapter manual soon to be finished); Assisting with fundraising and ensuring donations are sent  to the SCA; Contact person for SCA Research and Advocacy Manager; Upholding the respectful, diplomatic, and non-partisan approach of the Secular Coalition
      • Communications Chair Duties: Official press releases; Letters to the Editor; Working with LD on action alerts; Coordinating messaging with SCA; Acting as spokesperson; Available for interviews or local speaking engagements; Draft action alerts with Leg. chair
      • Tech Chair Duties: Website updates and blog posts; Social media; Answering email; 
      • Legislative/ Policy Chair Duties: Monitoring legislation for our issues; Gatherings research; Drafting action alerts with Comm. Chair; Tailoring SCA lobbying materials to be state specific
      • Lobbying Chair Duties:  Conducting lobbying visits; Building relationships with legislators
      • Examples of Helpful Skills: leadership skills, familiarity with local groups, monitor legislation, conduct lobbying visits, mobilize grassroots, IT or website knowledge, social networking familiarity, comfortable speaking with press
      • Interested in Executive Committee:  David Roop, Mark Demonbreun, 
      • Interested IndividualsKate Cervantes, Clay Crownover, Tina Shang, James Phil Oliver, Maggie Groeschl, Daniel Bowen, Brandon Jones, Tommy Coleman, Ron Lee, Thaddeus Schwartz, Bryan Anderson, Tracy A. O’Neill,
      • Any word from: Jeremy Tranka, Mary Snow, Amanda Grant ,Christina Warren, or Karl Schranz
      • Anyone one else interested? Email Kelly@secular.org
    • Volunteer List
      • Those who do not wish to be on the Executive Committee, but still want to play an active role and help out once there is work to be done, please email  Kelly@secular.org
  • Resources Status 
    • Website
      • TN.secular.org still under construction 
      • Temporarily: Secular.org>States>Your State>Tennessee 
    • Conference Calls 
      • Initial organizing calls - Focus on setting up the structure, identifying leadership, spreading the word about the calls and building momentum, outreach!
      • After Official recognition - Educate and inform: track legislation, coordinate lobbying efforts and coordinate secular organizations. 
      • Agendas and Call replays available on the Tennessee chapter page 
      • Looking into technologies to assist with online discussion 
        • Send recommendations for communication/organizing technologies to Kelly@secular.org
        • Will still have call in November
        • Starting new system in 2013
    • Logo - available on chapter page and facebook page
    • Facebook Page – Secular Coalition for Tennessee 
    • Future Resources 
      • Promotional resources- brochures, stickers, buttons, handouts 
      • Informational resources – Research, fact sheets and policy papers 
      • Trainings and Guides – media and lobby trainings and guides 
    • National Resources 
      • Powerpoints –available at secular.org/resources 
      • National Secular Calendar – secular.org homepage
      •  National Secular Update Weekly Conference Call - Thursdays at Noon 559-726-1300 Code 199568
Wrap Up
  • What the SCA is doing until the next call:
    • Getting resources in place
    • Researching technologies to assist in chapter coordination
    • Identifying leadership and putting Executive Committee members in contact with each other
  • What you can do:
    • Email Kelly@secular.org if interested in leadership or volunteering
    • Sign up on our website to receive info and updates
    • Check out Tennessee’s state chapters page for updates
    • Like the Facebook page
    • Spread the word about the next conference call!

 

Next Conference Call Date and Time
  • November 20th at 2pm CT
  • Same call in number and code

 

Contact Information
  • Kelly Damerow
  • Research and Advocacy Manager, Secular Coalition for America
  • Email: kelly@secular.org
  • Phone: 202-299-1091 ext. 204
Thank You!
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