AIP Events & Party-Organizing 101

Recently, Edward C. Noonan, the State Chairman of the American Independent Party, and one of the most active members of the AIP has been organizing County Committees in the various parts of the State of California. This past weekend has been no exception. In his email report on these local AIP events, Ed gives good info on how to set up and conduct a County Committee meeting for a political party, and how to advertise for a political party or organization (grassroots style), locally. Such info would be good for any third-party activist or committee member in building his/her party at a local level.
Especially in California.

(Note: in AIP organization, a region of counties or a part of the state is called a Area, in which the Party has a Area Director to help organize and lead his/her counties that make up part of each area.)

Whew! What a weekend!

The first event was on Saturday. The Area 3, 4, and 5 Training Meeting was held at 1:00 p.m. at Perko’s. It actually was attended by Area 2, 4, 5, 6, and 7. Our newest County Chairman (upon swearing in) from Solano County , was Mark Robinson. He represented the historically FIRST EVER County Chair from the brand new Solano County AIP Central Committee and the first ever active member from Area 2 (Lake, Marin, Mendocino, Napa , Sonoma , and Solano Counties .) He has been informed that he will be groomed for AREA 2 DIRECTOR for that area if he can make a good showing in Solano (and get something organized there.) Mark’s wife also came. Mark announced that his wife said she was going to join the AIP and renounce her Republican party. THAT WAS THE BEST NEWS OF THE DAY!

Attending from AREA 4 was my wife Pat Noonan and me, Ed Noonan. We represented not only Yuba County but also I am the Area 4 Director (until I can find a willing LEADER to accept the position to help organize Yuba, Sutter , Nevada , Placer and Sierra Counties . I am also the County Chairman for Yuba County . My son and daughter-in- law could not attend. They had a family emergency in Georgetown , CA .

Also from Area 4 was Grace Hill. She is the Vice Chair of Sutter County. Gerry had pre-planned activities so she represented her County.

From Area 5 was our new Director Phelps Hobart who also acts as the Vice Chairman of the Sacramento County Central Committee. Area 5 covers El Dorado , Sacramento , Yolo and San Joaquin .

Ernest Vance our Sacramento County AIPCC Chairman hosted the meeting as part of his regular CC meeting. There were three other regular members of the Sacramento County AIP Central Committee in attendance.

Also from Area 5 was our newest San Joaquin AIP Central Committee Chairman, David Christensen.

We had Jerry Denham attend from Area 6. He is the County Chair for Contra Costa County.

And last (but not least) was our newest County Chair from Stanislaus County . Tabatha Saavedra represented not only her Stanislaus County but her Area 7. Jean Westphal and I are secretly contriving to make her the next Area 7 Director. Area 7 covers Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, Mariposa, Merced , Stanislaus, and Tuolumne .

Now about the meeting…

We had a good meeting at Perko’s. I am not in favor of having meeting in Restaurants. It is a poor location for meetings. It should be considered only in an emergency as a possible location for a meeting.

The meeting should be conducted in a quiet room where the distractions can be kept to a minimum. There should be at least 4 - 8 foot tables. Most small counties have only 23-25 possible Committee Members, and larger committees like Sacramento will have as many as 33 Committee Members.

One of the first duties of a Committee Chair of course, is to locate a conference room where such meeting can be held.

California Elections Code: 7682. The Department of General Services shall permit any committee that desires to do so to hold meetings in a state building within the county, at least one of which meetings each month shall be without charge.

I have contacted the Department of General Services in West Sacramento and they are currently working on seeing if each county actually has a State Building in each county. I believe that CALTRANS does. I have contacted my own here in Yuba County to see what can be done by the local County Chairman . We may get a room at the local CALTRANS District Office.

I would urge each County Chair to call around and personally ask each State Office in your County to comply with the Elections Code. Tabatha Saavedra did this and got a GREAT conference room at a local hospital in Modesto . It was awesome. We met there for the first time on March 5th of this month.

I also contacted the Yuba County Board of Supervisors. I appealed to them for a meeting place in Yuba County . The Clerk for the Superviors said there was a policy NOT TO ALLOW POLITICAL GROUPS to meet in County Buildings. She said she would check out the Elections Code (Sec 7682) and give me a final decision. I will appeal a negative ruling through the Small Claims Court. I want a Superior Court Judge to tell me that if a STATE BUILDING is not available in a smaller County then the County government is the next in line to honor the Elections Code. I don’t believe that a COUNTY CENTRAL COMMITTEE cannot be disallowed to use a County building. The County Supervisor ’s Clerk said that there would be a $45 per night security fee to hire Security personnel. I would gladly pay that amount to use a good conference room.

In our week-end meeting, we met at Perko’s restaurant. Lunch was an average of $7.95 for a hamburger, $2 for a diet drink and a $1+ tip. Half of the Committee Members there paid more than $10 each. There were 13 of us there at Perko’s. (The other half did not purchase more than a $1 or $2 drink (coffee or soda.). The total that was spent at Perko’s was probably $65 to $75 given to Perko’s. The committee would have come out ahead if they only had to spend $45 to get a LARGE COUNTY CONFERENCE HALL from the County.

If each Committee person had pitched in $4 of the Security for a County building instead of $11 for lunch, we could have rented a County Conference Room!

But I am still working with the State to see if we can get a room somewhere in each of the State Building in each county for free.

After our meeting at Perko’s most of us retired to Albertson’s and set up three registrations tables. In the one hour that we were there we hand out one registration form and got several signatures for the STOP AMESTY FOR ILLEGALS petititon. We all gave out one or two pieces of literature promoting the AIP too. It was a good work day! Many people became aware of our party for the first time at Albertsons.

Better yet, JUST ONE PERSON sitting in front of a grocery store is great advertising. A busy grocery store will have 5,000 to 10,000 people per day come into their store. A one-person volunteer with a sign on his table is a great cheap way to advertise to your local neighbors.

This should show you how easy a quick-setup table can look like. Many registrations can be obtained from such a ONE-MAN table.

Happy Voter Registration,

Edward C. Noonan

State Party Chairman - American Independent Party

9 Responses to “AIP Events & Party-Organizing 101”

  1. Trent Hill Says:

    Thus far iv been extremely impressed with Ed Noonan. I almost wish I lived in California or Nevada so I could step into a state that was already heavily organized and somewhat successful rather than trying to lay the groundwork.

  2. Doctor Paul Wayne Snyder, PhD Says:

    Donald Raymond Lake, Citizens For A Better Veterans Home [founded 1998], and other REAL veterans advocates also like Mister Noonan. Visit his 2006 election sight.
    Also Calfiornian Donald R. Grundmann…..and his standing ovation after his veterans abuse speach at the 2004 CP Nationals!
    Too bad either one does not have a better vehicle to ride. Take a lookie at the Constitutional Party and their so called Veterans Committee. The group has six action areas. NOT ONE has to do with abused veterans!

  3. Cody Quirk Says:

    Thus far iv been extremely impressed with Ed Noonan. I almost wish I lived in California or Nevada so I could step into a state that was already heavily organized and somewhat successful rather than trying to lay the groundwork.

    =That’s why I’m contemplating on moving to Nevada.

  4. Cody Quirk Says:

    Don’t worry Trent, Louisiana will get organized, we already have someone down there. And I’m sure this piece from Ed might give you an idea on wht to do on the local level.

    Plus, all you really need to get started is a Huey Long frame of mind;)

  5. Trent Hill Says:

    “we already have someone down there.”
    Is the someone you’re referring to me? lol.

    Huey Long was very much a progressive populist,and a corrupt one at that. Although all Louisianan’s adore him because he was our only good politician (Who actually improved something), I would want to remake myself in his image as much as David Duke’s. (and no,despite UA’s inevitable comment, I’m no friend to David Duke)

    Things are starting to roll a little better. Obviously we are no where near California,Pennslyvania, or Nevada’s organization. But we’re working on it.

  6. Cody Quirk Says:

    heheheh, I thought somebody with the last name of ‘Gray’ or something was the contact down there. Whatever, but you supposedly have 47 people registered CP there, go find them out, perhaps you can get a state committee started.

    See if you can get John Rarick on board, he’s currently living in St. Francisville.

  7. Cody Quirk Says:

    Good Luck.

  8. Trent Hill Says:

    Cody,

    Strange. Someone just mentioned John Rarick to me today. Who IS that? Isn’t he a former congressman?

    No,im the current state contact,and we’re currently working on affilliation. 15 or so people at the last meeting.

  9. Cody Quirk Says:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Rarick

    His political history may be a bit exaggerated on this website though.

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