Actually, the Texas State Convention has given us quite a bit of success. We raised our visibility, and started hosting an event one night at the convention that was WELL attending by droves.
I started the first one with the "concept" that it would work back in 2002 I believe it was at our state convention in Dallas. I had a suite, and it hit me that we could use it to do a "reception". IT WORKED!!! the room was packed to the point we had to have an aditional time slot right after to fit in the overflow crowd.
Exposure, marketing and promotion works.
Of cousre that's a state convention and not a national convention. So a different focus.
To: RLC-Action@yahoogro ups.com
From: wgfinley@rlcil. org
Date: Wed, 14 May 2008 20:03:07 -0500
Subject: Re: [RLC-Action] Re: GOP Convention Booth
I've been biting my tongue on this for a while folks, I didn't want to
rain on any parades. But into each life some rain must fall so let me
give it to you straight.
This is the GOP convention and not the LP convention. The LP
convention is full of booths with "information" the GOP convention has
booths for vendors who pay thousands for the honor of pushing their
wares. This is the big leagues folks. You don't show up with $50 and
the "World's Shortest Political Quiz" and set up shop, it doesn't work
To be honest, what outreach do you think would be done at the
convention? The GOP convention is all about firing up folks for the
election and that means generating a lot of MONEY for the party to go
out there and get the Dems. That's what this event is about. The
folks there will be dyed in the wool GOP faithful who are there to
(mostly) mindlessly cheer on the speakers and get geared up for
November. That's what the whole thing is about, that and, let's be
honest, getting blitzed out of your mind (for many folks anyway).
Folks, RLC is a grass roots effort and the work for outreach is done
at the grass roots level. I just read somewhere that MN has two
members? You need to be doing the work in your local GOP clubs. Work
for the candidates, let people get to know you, fill them in on your
ideals and once they know YOU a bit more THEN start filling people in
on the RLC. Then people will know you are there for the PARTY and not
your own pet issue.
That is how we will grow the RLC, not at conventions or mass
gatherings but working local GOP events, helping local candidates and
working your way up from there.
Rome wasn't built in a day. Brick by brick my citizens, brick by brick.
W. Guy Finley