Are you interested in setting up a Young Republican Chapter? Here are some suggestions to get started:
1. Pull together a few individuals who are committed to getting involved. Contact the New Jersey Young Republican Federation on how to get officially chartered.
2. Hold an election for an Executive Board (suggestion for positions: Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer, Secretary, State Committeeman, and State Committeewoman).
3. Draft a set of By-Laws and Constitution. Contact the New Jersey Young Republican Federation for suggested language.
4. Set-up an e-mail subscription service. MailChimp is free for under 1200 subscribers and allows you to schedule and create beautiful e-newsletters and keep a distribution list that cleans itself. Individuals can subscribe or unsubscribe on their own, or forward to friends. E-mail out meeting and event invitations, as well as campaign opportunities, job openings in politics, and important news.
5. Advertise your chapter on social media. For example, utilize Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and create a website.
6. Host monthly meetings with interactive speakers. Follow with a networking social to encourage attendees to mingle. Keep a consistent evening or day of the month, so that members can return. Consider a local bar or restaurant as your venue to accommodate food and create a welcoming atmosphere.
7. Keep a current membership list and charge annual dues to cover any venue or food costs.
8. Set up online fundraising to collect dues or run fundraisers. For example, Rally.org allows organizations to set up a contribution website and SquareUp.com allows groups to take credit card payments with their free device and any smart phone. Both services take a small percentage of your donations for their administrative costs.
9. Set up a Political Action Committee to fund-raise for local Young Republican candidates who need financial support to make it over the finish line.
10. Encourage members to volunteer on campaigns and vote in every election.
11. Inspire members to run for office themselves and create a coalition of grassroots volunteers to support them in their endeavors.
12. Last, but certainly not least, promote community service among the membership and pick a pet cause for the club to support. It’s important to give back. If you would like any other information about organizing a Young Republican chapter or becoming involved politically, please feel free to contact me with your questions at EricaKlemens@gmail.com.
NJYRF Vice Chairwoman, Northwest Region