We have found that many of our new members were nervous about coming to their first meeting and were worried that they would feel out of place. We want to assure you that we try very hard to make new members feel welcome. We are just a bunch of people that like to talk about politics with like-minded people. It’s a great feeling to know that there are other people out there that have the same concerns that you do. We decided to create this guide to provide some information on what to expect at our meetings.
We recommend that you study up on Arizona public records laws. One of the best ways to ensure that our freedoms remain intact is to demand that our government be as transparent as possible. Public government records are one of the best ways to keep our politicians honest. It’s much harder to get away with corrupt activities if the government is required to provide records to the general public. This is a topic that comes up often at our meetings.
Speaking of topics that come up at our meetings…it can be helpful if you stay up to date on current political events. You can get this information from pretty much anywhere, but we recommend listening to Rush Limbaugh and Michael Medved on the radio or watching Sean Hannity. The fastest way to get all the latest political news is at Drudge Report. Matt Drudge does a great job of finding all the news that people concerned about freedom are interested in.
Please do not use our meetings as a way to shout for hours about how great Ron Paul, Rand Paul, or Ted Cruz would be as President. We do love lively discussions about political candidates that support our cause, but we have had several incidents involving devout followers of these candidates that did not end well.
While we’re on the topic of candidates, please make sure you and everyone that you know is registered to vote. You can register to vote at the Arizona Secretary of State website. You would be amazed how many people that support our cause simply do not vote. Please do your part to help fix this problem.
We started out meeting in each other’s homes, but we eventually got too big so we needed to start reserving places for our gatherings. We have met in just about any place that can be rented out (or used for free). We usually have an introduction that is followed by a quick rundown of the latest national and local political topics. We then break into groups of 5-10 and have lively discussions. The meetings are then ended with refreshments and roaming discussion where people just chat with anyone else they feel comfortable talking to.
Our meetings are entirely funded by our members. Most of time we are able to meet somewhere for free and people volunteer to bring refreshments and snacks. If it’s your first meeting we of course do not ask you to bring anything besides yourself (and your friends if you want). If you would like to volunteer to help out at the next meeting, there will be sign up sheet at the entrance.
Even though we might sound like it, we are not a local Tea Party group. There is nothing wrong with the Tea Party and we honestly have a lot in common with them. We are our own community group and we focus on our own issues and discussions.
If you have any other questions/concerns or would just like to get in touch, please email us. We hope to see you soon!