Secular Coalition for California Monthly Conference Call


Wednesday, November 28, 2012 - 16:00 - 16:30
Call In Details: 
Phone Number: 530-881-1400 Participant Code: 978895

Secular Coalition for America - California Chapter Conference Call
Call in number: 530-881-1400 Participant Code: 978895
Wednesday, November 28th at 1pm PT


Welcome Message

  • Who is here and who is not here that needs to be?
  • Agenda available at California chapter page at
  • Explanation of conference call style and recording
    • No one is required to speak up, but there will be opportunities to do so.
  • Thank you for joining us for the Secular Coalition for California monthly conference call!
  • The Secular Coalition for America is the only 501(c)(4) representing secular and nontheistic Americans.
  • The Secular Coalition for America is working to make sure that we are heard on Capitol Hill. We fight in Washington DC against religious privileging on a federal level, yet some of the most egregious violations of separation of church and state are being promoted and passed at a state level.
  • The Secular Coalition for America is forming state chapters across the country to bring together secular and nontheistic Americans in each state to lobby on secular issues.


State Government Update - November Elections
  • U.S. Senate
    • Dianne Feinstein (D) won re-election
  • U.S. House
    • All 53 seats representing California were up for election
    • The Democratic Party gained 4 seats and now hold 38 seats and the Republican Party lost 4 seats and now hold 15 seats
  • State Senate
    • Sworn in December 3rd
    • 20 of the 40 total seats were up for election
    • Democratic Party picked up 1 seat and now hold a 26-14 majority
  • State House of Representatives
    • All 80 seats are up for election
    • Democratic Party gained 2 seats and now holds an 56-24 supermajority

  • Any issues or events happening in California?

Chapter Development Status
  • Questions/Issues
    • Memo of Understanding - going in the mail to Roger, need Caleb's mailing address
    • Name - Secular Coalition for California (and if there is space - a chapter of the Secular Coalition for America)
    • Email list - Don't have a clear picture of the new email list server, temporarily use google doc spreadsheets with the headings: Title, First Name, Last Name, Email, Phone, Zipcode
    • Conference calls - I will download all the calls and save to the google drive folder I'm building
    • Inter-state cooperation - google group will be set up and running in december
    • Legislative Tracking- tracker will be availabe through the website, which we plan to have up in a few weeks
    • Fundraising- more info coming in the guide (to be completed in december) 
      • We ask that checks be made out to the Secular Coalition for America with the Memo line stating the Secular Coalition for California
      • To continue growing the state chapter program and resources we can make available (especially trainings!), our goal is for each established state chapter to raise $2,000 in 2013.
      • Donations are pooled to provide shared resources to all the chapters (paying for the websites, legislation tracking service, etc)
      • Fundraising events: must focus on fundraising specifically (not large conferences), and we can help put up deposits and send speakers from national to help increase attendance
      • Hiring new development manager soon, can provide more clarity
    • What bills are secular issues? 
  • Leadership
    • Executive Committee 
      • Co-chairs: Roger Schlueter, Caleb Weaver
      • Research/Issue Identification - Tom Manger
      • Social Media - Cathy Holzinger / David Beadle / Michelle Huey
      • Member and Organization Outreach and Activation - Tom Manger / David Beadle
      • Gov't Relations/Lobbying - Debbie Allen / Caleb Weaver / Rachel Harrington / Michelle Huey
      • Marketing, Communications and Press - Caleb Weaver / David Diskin
      • Anyone one else interested? Email [email protected]
    • Volunteer List
    • Those who do not wish to be on the Executive Committee, but still want to play an active role and help out once there is work to be done, please email [email protected]
  • Resources Status 
    • Website
      • still under construction 
      • Temporarily:>States>Your State>California 
    • Conference Calls 
      • Changing Call Schedule
        • Saturday, January 5th at 1pm PT work for everyone?
      • Agendas and Call replays available on the California chapter page 
      • Looking into technologies to assist with online discussion 
    • Logo - viewable on California chapter page and Facebook page 
    • Facebook Page – Secular Coalition for California 
    • Future Resources 
      • Promotional resources- brochures, stickers, buttons, handouts 
      • Informational resources – Research, fact sheets and policy papers 
      • Trainings and Guides – media and lobby trainings and guides 
    • National Resources 
      • Powerpoints –available at 
      • National Secular Calendar – homepage
      • National Secular Update Weekly Conference Call - Thursdays at Noon 559-726-1300 Code 199568
Wrap Up
  • What the SCA is doing until the next call:
    • Getting resources in place for executive committee
    • Researching technologies to assist in chapter coordination
    • Putting interested leaders in contact 
  • What you can do:
    • Email [email protected] if interested in leadership or volunteering
    • Sign up on our website to receive info and updates
    • Check out the California chapter page for updates
    • Like the Secular Coalition for California Facebook page
    • Spread the word about the next conference call!


Next Conference Call Date and Time
  • Saturday, January 5th at 1pm PT
  • Same call in number and code


Contact Information
  • Kelly Damerow
  • Research and Advocacy Manager, Secular Coalition for America
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Phone: 202-299-1091 ext. 204
Thank You!
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