We want FCDC membership to be both fun and fulfilling. We want to energize members to increase their participation in FCDC activities.
We make an effort in Providence to quickly welcome new members, and put them in touch with their precinct captains. We want to find out what else they may be interested in doing to help elect Democrats. I have long made it a practice, when receiving a notice of a new volunteer, to reach out immediately.
This has produced results—currently the Providence District Democratic Committee has more members than any other district committee. This is not a coincidence. We work to encourage volunteers to join us. Many of our new volunteers turn out to be highly energized, and we have recruited many a precinct captain among them.
There have been recent initiatives to improve member engagement county-wide. Recently, Kimberley Davis and Geofre Schoradt presented to the FCDC Steering Committee a Precinct Ops Volunteer Coordination Program that I highly approve of. As FCDC Chair, I would work to implement strategy they describe.
While chairing the Providence Democrats I’ve also been constantly on the lookout in the other districts to identify best practices around the County. I am in awe of the Mount Vernon Mardi Gras. I’m moving to Mount Vernon in the Spring, so I’ll get to know that Committee better. The Mason Crab Feast? An amazing continuity. The Hunter Mill Lasagna Dinner? How do you raise all that money? The Springfield Democrats put together an awesome video on training for staffing the polling place on election day. These are just examples. Dranesville, Braddock, Lee, Sully—in each district I see something and think, we should be doing that in Providence. As FCDC Chair, I pledge that we will work together to disseminate best practices among the committees in a way that recognizes each district’s special strengths.