PA - Convention of States
PA COS Team –
As many of you know, starting about two years ago the national COS organization began rolling out a series of initiatives designed to dramatically increase the numbers of, and involvement by, supporters in all states. The most recent examples are the “2 Million to 10 Million by 12/31/17” supporter count increase effort and “Operation Steady State”.
While most of the initiatives have taken place sequentially, the cumulative effect is that the district captain (DC) role is now very different than it was 2-3 years ago. Originally, the primary purpose of a district captain was to gain support for the COS resolution from their local state senator and representative. Currently, the primary goal of a district captain is to build as large a grassroots base as possible in their district. The other significant change is that as COS has shifted away from a state-led model to a more top-down approach, more time must be spent by DCs on understanding national goals and programs. Here are some specific examples of what this means in terms of goals and expectations:
Original: Recruit 100 active volunteers in your district who would help gain the support of COS by district legislators
Current: In addition to the above, maximize the number of supporters/petition signers in your district via use of social media, email, etc.; ensure COS has a presence at gun shows, community events, etc.
Original: Maintain regular communication with your state director, state DCs and local volunteers.
Current: In addition to the above, participate in weekly national conference calls, Slack channels, email, social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc) and utilize other tools developed by COS for collaboration and communication.
Original: Report local progress to state director.
Current: Utilize national COS database to track local progress.
Original: Approximate commitment level: 8 hours per month
Current: While there has been no "official" change in the commitment hours of a DC, in order to achieve the various outcomes, DCs should anticipate a commitment level of 4-6 hours per week.
Consequently, all of us need to consider these changes and our willingness to continue to serve as DCs going forward. To give COS as clear a view as possible of where we stand in PA, I ask for your help in taking the following actions:
I deeply appreciate all the help you’ve been for me and COS over the past several years. Pennsylvania has some very big differences compared to the COS passed states. Nonetheless, I think PA will ultimately pass the resolution, but we must increase the pressure on legislators. Please call me if you want to talk more about this one-on-one. If there is interest, I’m happy to hold a conference call as well.