The Committees of the New Trier Democratic Organization (2010)
There are all kinds of ways to play an important role in the New Trier Democrats. Whatever your skills may be, there's a committee where you can make full use of them.
The Communications Committee promotes our organization, its activities and public positions through the written, spoken and virtual word. The Committee develops or assists in the development of the language and graphics used to accomplish these tasks; making sure that those words and graphics consistently reflect the character of the New Trier Democrats. The work of the Committee is year-round with many opportunities for public expression. The Communications Committee’s areas of responsibility include:
- The NTDO website
- The NTDO eNews
- NTDO email blasts
- News releases to the press
- Event photography
- Letters to the editors
- Op-ed articles
- Brochures and pamphlets
- Flyers and posters
People who enjoy communicating and have writing or graphic skills, or are adept at Internet and wireless communication, will find this committee is a perfect fit.
The Finance Committee is responsible for monitoring NTD expenditures and receipts, submitting reports to monthly Executive Committee meetings. Major recommendations as to spending (e.g. campaign contributions) and ways of raising money (e.g. events) are developed by the Committee for approval by the Executive Committee. The Finance Committee also monitors ongoing funding strategies. This committee seeks NTD members who are interested in helping The New Trier Dems acquire and maintain the funds needed to successfully operate all facets of the New Trier Democrats’ grassroots political activities.
The mission of the Membership Committee is to retain current members and to attract new members of the organization and encourage active participation by:
- Sending out an annual membership appeal letter and following up
- Utilizing the NTDO weekly newsletter to solicit new members on an ongoing basis
- Providing literature about The New Trier Democrats at events sponsored by the organization as well as community events, e.g. sidewalk sales, parades, etc.
- Manage and regularly update the membership data base
- Reaching out to people new to the New Trier Township and inviting them to attend events and volunteer for committees and specific projects, e.g. mailings, data management, phone banking, etc.
If you enjoy the process of building an organization, you’ll enjoy this committee.
Political Action Committee
The Political Action Committee is the backbone of campaign work done by The New Trier Democrats and is led by the organization’s regional co-coordinators under the direction of committee co-chairs. The roles of Political Action Committee members include regional co-coordinators (2 per region), precinct leaders, canvassers, phone bankers and election-day workers. For the 2010 campaign we will be working closely with the Democratic Party of Evanston, which plans to send many of its campaigners into the 10th Congressional District to augment our forces.
Currently the Committeeman and the committee co-chairs are identifying the NTD regional and precinct leaders. Over the summer we will be involved in building our volunteer base through regional events for new and old members and through work with the DPOE in “Advancing Change 2010.” In the fall, we will be working in support of the full slate of Democratic candidates, combining traditional campaign tools with the most modern methods. People who like people and have the time and energy to join in the effort to recruit volunteers and elect candidates, are the members who make strong political action leaders.
Political Reform Committee
The Political Reform Committee leads the The New Trier Democrats’ effort to insure that the Illinois Democratic Party operates at the highest level of ethical standards. The Committee played a leading role in campaign finance reform – generating a 2,000 signature petition presented personally to the Governor, Speaker of the House and President of the Senate of the state of Illinois. Recently it has been active in redistricting issues, offering written suggestions to our legislators and engaging in a conference call on the topic with Senators Jeffrey Schoenberg, Susan Garrett and Senator Kwame Raoul, the drafter of the Democratic redistricting bill. Persons interested in studying, researching, and writing on topics of policy and procedure relevant to the ethics of state government are candidates for membership in this committee.
The Program Committee is responsible for planning, organizing and running the New Trier Democrats’ events. These include the Annual Dinner, the bi-annual Members Meeting and the bi-annual Endorsement Meeting. They also include programs to educate the community on topics of importance to the organization; our two most recent topics have been political reform in Illinois and the environment. When political leaders such as Attorney General Lisa Madigan and Governor Pat Quinn speak to the NTDO, it is the Programs Committee that takes care of the logistics of the event. In the past, The Program Committee has also carried out service projects such as food drives for the New Trier Township Food Bank and helping to clean up the shores of Lake Michigan. People who love to be involved with events would find a natural home here.