How does having a Local Chapter help local activists?
Local Chapters become part of the CPR umbrella. They are eligible for funding from CPR. CPR can provide literature, speakers, and training for Local Chapters. Each Local Chapter will have space in our newsletter. In fact, usually it is the formation of a Local CPR Chapter that gets things going in an area!
What do we have to do to become a Local Chapter?
(1) You must have one or two people who agree to be the Coordinators of the Chapter.
(2) You must have a regular meeting schedule - no less than quarterly.
(3) You must have at least 20 CPR members in your area. (This rule does not apply to Student Chapters.)
(4) You must agree to comply with CPR Policies & Positions.
What Local Chapters are there right now?
As of November 1998, there are three active Local Chapters - San Francisco CPR, Alameda County CPR, and one at UC Santa Cruz. There are two more in formation - Sonoma County CPR and Santa Clara County CPR. These should be active chapters by the end of March, 1999.
We don't have 20 people in our county. What can we do? Why do you have
The rule is there because otherwise there just isn't critical mass - we've found that very small chapters tend to become inactive pretty quickly. It isn't very exciting (or effective) when only 2-3 people come to the typical meeting. In fact 20 members may be pushing it a little; it is better to have a lot more. So learning how to recruit new members is very important.
But it's OK: you can tell us that you want a Chapter, and then do some outreach and recruiting so that you can get enough members. We'll help, of course. We'll list you as a "Chapter in Formation" - to be a Chapter in Formation you only have to have a founder or two. Sometimes, just one well organized event is all you need to get going.
In another group I was in, the state group really interfered with us. They
had a rule that they got 50% of all money we raised, we had to work on their
pet projects, etc. Will you do that?
Heck, no! We'll stay out of your hair when you want us to, and we'll help you when you need it. Need speakers? We'll provide them. Need training? We'll do it for you. Need some seed money for an event - we will probably provide it, if it isn't too much and it is within our budget, though we have to be careful with money. We maintain a database you'll have access to, and send out information packets for you, too.
For each regular member you get ($25 or more), you get $5 per year - we need the other money to operate the newsletter, the web-site, to pay for literature, etc. We don't waste a dime. But any money you raise, you keep - 100%.
Our job is to help you, not slow you down. If we ever slow you down, let us know, and let us know in a hurry!