Secular Coalition for North Carolina Monthly Conference Call


Tuesday, November 20, 2012 - 14:00 - 14:30
Call In Details: 
Phone Number: 530-881-1400 Participant Code: 978895

Secular Coalition for America - North Carolina Chapter Conference Call
Call in number: 530-881-1400 Participant Code: 978895
Tuesday, November 20th at 2pm ET


Welcome Message

  • Who is here and who is not here that needs to be?
  • Agenda available at North Carolina 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 North Carolina monthly conference call!
  • The Secular Coalition for America is the only 501(c)(4) lobbying organization representing secular and nontheistic Americans.
  • Based in Washington DC, we are working to make sure that you are heard on Capitol Hill, on the 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. House
    • 13 seats in the U.S. House are up for election
    • The Democratic Party holds 4 seats and the Republican Party holds 9 seats
  • Governor
    • Pat McCrory (R) won election
  • State Senate
    • All 50 seats up for election
    • Republican party gained 1 seat for a 32-18 majority 
  • State Assembly
    • All 120 seats up for election
    • Republican party gained 10 seats for a 77-43 majority

Chapter Development Status

  • Leadership
    • Executive Committee 
      • Flexible to availability and strengths of individuals who want to get involved
      • Co-Chair Duties: Scheduling state coalition meetings as necessary, Building relationships with local organizations and keeping them informed;  Scheduling and Coordinating trainings; Ensuring compliance with all SCA policies (listed in the chapter manual soon to be finished); Assisting with fundraising and ensuring donations are sent  to the SCA; Contact person for SCA Research and Advocacy Manager; Upholding the respectful, diplomatic, and non-partisan approach of the Secular Coalition
      • Communications Chair Duties: Official press releases; Letters to the Editor; Working with LD on action alerts; Coordinating messaging with SCA; Acting as spokesperson; Available for interviews or local speaking engagements; Draft action alerts with Leg. chair
      • Tech Chair Duties: Website updates and blog posts; Social media; Answering email; 
      • Legislative/ Policy Chair Duties: Monitoring legislation for our issues; Gatherings research; Drafting action alerts with Comm. Chair; Tailoring SCA lobbying materials to be state specific
      • Lobbying Chair Duties:  Conducting lobbying visits; Building relationships with legislators
      • Examples of Helpful Skills: leadership skills, familiarity with local groups, monitor legislation, conduct lobbying visits, mobilize grassroots, IT or website knowledge, social networking familiarity, comfortable speaking with press
      • Interested Individuals: Joe Donovan, Joseph Stewart, William Keener, and Jennifer Lovejoy
      • Any word from: Jeremy Tranka, Mary Snow, Amanda Grant ,Christina Warren, or Karl Schranz
      • 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>North Carolina 
    • Conference Calls 
      • Changing call schedule
      • Agendas and Call replays available on the North Carolina chapter page 
      • Looking into technologies to assist with online discussion 
    • Logo - available on chapter page and facebook page
    • Facebook Page – Secular Coalition for North Carolina 
    • 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
  • NC Legislative Plan (Joe D)
    • Finding sponsors for 3 pieces of legislation:
      • 1. Darwin Day Recognition
      • 2. National Day of Reason
      • 3. Adding "no religion" to non-discrimination statutes
    • "Week in Review" email monitoring legislation
    • Statute review report - identifying language in the current NC statutues that does not represent our values
    • NC legislative process presentation
  • Lobbying initial steps:
    • Build a coalition
    • Grow supporter base
    • Functioning resources
    • Develop relationships with lawmakers
    • Fundraising
  • When legislative issue arises:
    • Coordinate with coalition
    • Mobilize supporters
    • Use resources to get the word out and educate
    • Meet with legislators (or better yet, they turn to us!)
  • Any issues or events?

Wrap Up
  • What the SCA is doing until the next call:
    • Getting resources in place
    • Researching technologies to assist in chapter coordination
    • Identifying leadership and putting Executive Committee members in contact with each other
  • 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 North Carolina’s state chapters page for updates
    • Like the Facebook page
    • Spread the word!


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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