Secular Coalition for Ohio Monthly Conference Call

Thursday, November 15, 2012 - 14:00 - 14:30
Call In Details: 
Phone Number: 530-881-1400 Participant Code: 978895

Secular Coalition for America - Ohio Chapter Conference Call
Call in number: 530-881-1400 Participant Code: 978895
Wednesday, November 15th at 2pm ET

 

Welcome Message

  • Who is here and who is not here that needs to be?
  • Agenda available at Ohio 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 Ohio 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 Sherrod Brown (D) won  re-election
  • U.S. House of Representatives
    • Heading into the November 6 election, the Republican Party held 13 of the 18 Congressional seats from Ohio. 
    • However, Ohio lost two seats after the 2010 census and elected 16 representatives
    • Each party lost one seat, the Democratic Party now holds 4 seats and the Republican Party holds 12 seats
  • Ohio State Senate
    • 17 seats were up for election
    • Republican Party maintained their 23-10 majority
  • Ohio House of Representatives
    • All 99 seats up for election
    • Republican Party gained one seat to increase their majority to 60-39
Issues/Events


Chapter Development Status

  • Leadership
    • Executive Committee 
      • No set number of members or roles
      • Flexible to availability and strengths of individuals who want to get involved
      • 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
      • 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; Up to date on state lobbying registration requirements; Familiar with the legislative process
      • Interested individuals: Mark, Doug, Haki
      • 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
      • OH.secular.org still under construction 
      • Temporarily: Secular.org>States>Your State>Ohio 
    • Conference Calls 
      • Changing call schedule in 2013 to include evening and weekend calls
      • Incorporating online communication tool
      • Agendas and Call replays available on the Ohio chapter page 
    • Facebook Page – Secular Coalition for Ohio 
    • 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
    • Outreach!
    • 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 Ohio’s state chapters page for updates
    • Like the Facebook page
    • Spread the word!

 

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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