When: Saturday, April 18th, 2015, registration at 8:30 – 9:00 a.m.; meeting starts at 9.
Where: Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center, 202 S. Broadway, Urbana, IL 61801.
What: The membership is the highest decision-making body in the Illinois Green Party, and we gather together at least once a year (often twice) to make decisions on party strategy, platform, officers and more, as well as to learn from one another. Members (and persons interested in joining or learning more about the party) throughout the state are welcome. There is no registration fee. At this meeting, the agenda will include:
● Election of officers to our seven-member Executive Committee and representatives to the Green National Committee. We are especially encouraging newer and younger members to volunteer and gain experience! Please review Articles 6 and 7 of our bylaws (http://www.ilgp.org/bylaws
) for more information. If you think you might be interested but have questions, please contact ILGP Chair Rich Whitney at email@example.com
or Secretary Vito Mastrangelo, at firstname.lastname@example.org
● For newer members and prospective members especially, Rich Whitney will present The Fierce Urgency of Now: Why Green Political Action is Essential, a vision of, and orientation to, Green Party politics, at 1 p.m.
● An informative workshop on using NationBuilder, our powerful new tool that integrates communication, website, database, social media and other functions, all at one site, led by former chair Phil Huckelberry.
● Reports on the 2015 elections, current litigation and current legislative priorities in Springfield, as well as an update on the Illinois single-payer healthcare movement from Dr. Anne Scheetz of the Illinois Single Payer Coalition and Physicians for a National Health Program.
The meeting will also include a workshop/discussion on fundraising, led by former GP-US fundraiser Dave Sacks, and discussion on our priorities for the 2016 election cycle.
There will also be a Saturday Night Fundraiser Dinner 6:00-9:00pm, at the same location, with musical entertainment by Jake Schumacher’s Irish Music Quartet. We will have a silent auction — please bring items to donate to help raise funds for the Illinois Green Party! Other details to be announced in our next newsletter.
For those who arrive Friday night, there will be an informal Friday night mixer, at Crane Alley, 115 W. Main Street, Urbana, Illinois. Times to be announced in our next newsletter.
Amtrak: The station is located at 45 E. University Ave. in Champaign. Take the Green #50 bus east to the IMC.
By Car: Take Highway 72 East from highway 57. Follow University Ave. Turn right on Broadway to the IMC at 202 S. Broadway. Parking available.
CLOSEST HOTELS TO CONFERENCE LOCATION
Urbana Landmark Hotel (217-384-8800). next door to IMC, approx. $100.00 per night (very nice place, say the locals ).
Courtesy Motel (217-367-1171), 4 blocks from IMC, approx. $45.00 per night (better than camping).
Lincoln Lodge Motel (217-367-1111), 6-blocks from IMC, approx. $65.00 per night (decent motel).
America’s Best Inns and Suites (217-531-2493), 6-blocks from IMC, approx. $65.00 per night (okay quality).
Other reasonable priced hotels are close to interstate I-74 both in Urbana and Champaign, which can be found on the internet. Any hotel in or near downtown Champaign or the University of Illinois Campus will normally be $200.00 + per night.
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