The agenda is set. The halls are rented. MCDC National is ready for the first of its Regional Leadership Retreats to be held in Kansas City, MO! Are you ready?
This retreat will be a real experience. Not only will there be a day-long nuts and bolts training session on Saturday, February 2nd, but on Friday, February 1st, there will be an event open to the public in the city where La Raza has worked tirelessly to force the removal of our own Minuteman Frances Semler from, of all things, the Parks Board, simply because of her volunteer status with MCDC.
Regionally, the states whose state and chapter leadership should make every effort to attend are: Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, Colorado, Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Ohio, Nebraska, Iowa and Indiana. The conference is open to all MCDC volunteers, whether in leadership or not. For the leaders in other regions who want a head start on the workshop training, join us in Kansas City!
- Send RSVP to: firstname.lastname@example.org . Include your name, phone number, state and chapter, and email address. Sending the RSVP as soon as possible is critical, as only those on the list will be able to attend the workshop training session. If at all possible, respond by January 7, 2008.
- The following are a list of hotels which would be convenient to entertainment, restaurants and watering holes.
a. Marriot – 4445 Main, Kansas City MO, 816-531-3000
b. Holiday Inn – 1 E. 45th St., Kansas City MO, 816-753-7400
c. Hyatt Regency Crown Center – 2345 McGee St., Kansas City MO 64108, 816-421-1234
d. Hampton Inn - 4600 Summit, Kansas City MO, 816-448-4600
e. Sheraton Suites – 70 W 47th, Kansas City MO, 816-931-4400
- For those flying in, the destination airport is KCI, which is North of the city (20 minutes drive time). Most of the hotels have airport shuttles, so arrangements should be made with the hotels for transportation to and from the airport.
Friday, February 1st: Doors open at 6:00 PM, power point presentation to begin at 7:00 PM. Uptown Theater, 3700 Broadway, Kansas City MO. This will be an event open to the public. Bring your MCDC id card to avoid paying admission. If you would like to assist local and National staff in this event (i.e. extra security or staffing the merchandise booth), please advise the person contacting you upon receipt of your RSVP, or directly contact any of the people listed below as Local Kansas City Contacts.
Following is the agenda for Friday evening:
AGENDA FOR OPEN MEETING
Welcome to all to Kansas City – Richard Fatherley
Pledge of Allegiance – Richard Fatherley
Prayer – Missouri and Kansas Chaplin, Rev. Bill Cain
Ed Hayes – Welcome & Rules of Behavior during Meeting
Chris Simcox – What is MCDC?
Panel Q&A: Chris Simcox, Carmen Mercer, Al Garza, Ed Hayes
Meeting adjourned. Attendees invited to stay to watch border movie.
Saturday, February 2nd, 2008
For security purposes, the location of the workshop will be given to volunteers as they register.
The agenda for the workshops is as follows:
8:00 – Continental breakfast (provided by MCDC) & Introductory Comments by Chris Simcox, Carmen Mercer & Al Garza
8:30 – Effective state leadership
9:00 – Effective chapter leadership
9:30 – Sanctuary City Project & Dealing with sanctuary cities – Al Garza
10:00 – Accounting procedures – Carmen Mercer
10:30 – Volunteer Facilitator
11:00 – Day Labor Watches & Surveillance – Carmen Mercer
11:30 – Lunch (provided by MCDC)
12:30 – Rallies & Protests – Carmen Mercer
1:00 – IRS 990
1:30 – Working with local law enforcement
2:00 – Dealing with the media – Ed Hayes
2:30 – Reaching the community
3:00 – Working with local government & state legislative issues
3:30 – What to expect from MCDC National
4:00 – Q&A
Additional Contact Information
For more information, contact:
Ed Hayes 913-620-0771
Nationally: Carolyn Crouch 254-623-4702 email@example.com