Saturday, April 18, 2009

Stallings Banquet & Training Sessions

If you happen to be in southeastern Idaho today and would like to attend a series of trainings offered by the Idaho Democratic Party, Bannock County Democrats and the Idaho State University College Democrats, as part of the festivities preceding the annual Stallings Banquet at ISU, below is a schedule.

As I think I've mentioned, I won't be attending the banquet or trainings as I'm laid up following more injections for the recovery and maintenance of my "surgically enhanced" spine. I'd love to be there, not only to mingle with my fellow Democrats, but to honor a man whose congressional career has had quite an impact on my life.

All of today's trainings as well as the banquet at 6:30 p.m. will be held in the Student Union Building on the campus of Idaho State University.

10 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

Introduction to the day and meet one another

10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Precinct Organizing - Jim Hansen
South Fork Salmon River Suite
3rd Floor, Student Union Building
What does a precinct captain do, and where do you start when organizing a precinct? Learn how to use public data and the Democratic Party's data to make smart decisions to understand how to start organizing from the beginning.


The Grassroots Army: Volunteer Recruitment and Management
Angie Carpenter
Selway Room
3rd Floor, Student Union Building
Whether it is for an event, a campaign, or just for a service activity, volunteers are the life of the party. Angie will teach about how to find and keep volunteers and make them happy.

11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Lunch at Goody's Deli and Pizza, 906 S. 5th Ave, Pocatello
(across the street from the University)
Even if you don't attend the trainings, come meet other Democrats in town for the Richard Stalling Banquet.

1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Identifying the Voters We Need Now - Jim Hansen
Room TBA
Student Union Building
Please bring a laptop if you can and RSVP to for an ISU computer account for you to use.
How do we find the people we need, either for volunteers or the voters we need to persuade them to vote for our candidates. We have many tools, including a powerful on-line database, but we must be willing to talk to voters if we want to be effective. Learn how to create an effective voter identification strategy at the precinct level.


Online Social Networking - Julie Fanselow (Communications Director of the Idaho Democratic Party and the "blogmother" of the Idaho progressive blogosphere)
Room TBA
Please bring a laptop and RSVP to to make sure we have a computer account with the university for you to use.

How can you use the Internet to connect with other Democrats on places like Facebook and Twitter? How are Idaho Democrats using online networking to move our messages and encourage action? This workshop will offer examples and ideas and invite your input.

2:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.

Mainstream Media Presence - Julie Fanselow
Clearwater Room
3rd Floor, Student Union Building
Democrats also still rely on traditional media sources - newspapers, radio and TV - to get out the word on what we are doing. This presentation will go over how to approach the media, how to write a press release, get coverage, and more. Let's talk about what's already working and what we can do better.


Fundraising 101 - Jim Hansen
Clearwater Room
3rd Floor, Student Union Building
This will feature a power point by Democracy For America with lecture and comments on the positives and negative of Internet fundraising and discussion on how to get your organization or campaign raising money. Learn who should do it, and some of the most effective ways of doing it.

(Image courtesy of the Stallings Collection, ISU Department of Special Collections)

1 comment :

Julie Fanselow said...

Tara, I missed seeing you, but Serephin said your back is NOT doing well. It was a good day and evening. The trainings went well - thanks for the plug here - and Congressman Minnick surprised a few folks with his ringing endorsement of big-D Democratic values. He and Congressman Stallings both got standing ovations.

Plus it was fun to be in Pocatello and spend some time with the Bannock County Dems and College Dems - not to mention escape Boise, which is currently under siege by warring Republicans in the legislative and executive branches.

Take care of yourself, and thanks for the work you are doing even when you are not feeling so well.