Thursday, July 15, 2010

Next Meeting July 22, 6:30 pm Bitterroot Public Library

On July 14, the RCTPP met for the purpose of organizing. It was gratifying to see that people are eager to move forward with a common purpose. After a discussion of issues, it was decided that we must take steps immediately to form an officially recognized group, elect officers, and agree on a mission statement. Everyone at the meeting enthusiastically agreed that we must be an action-oriented group with common goals, and those goals are centered around making sure that the elections in 2010 and 2012 result in electing people to office locally, state-wide and nationally who reflect the values of the majority of American people.
We agreed to meet again on Thursday, July 22, 2010, and agreed on the following agenda:
• Agree on a Mission Statement

• Elect Officers

• Determine whether or not we will be organized as a non-profit 501(c)(4) understanding this will preclude our group from endorsing candidates

• Finalize bylaws for our group

• Decide on next steps – next meeting, activities, fund raising
This looks like a small agenda, but I am sure we all realize these issues are complicated and will require preparation before the meeting if we have any hope of finalizing these critical steps.

In order to be ready to discuss these items, I encourage you to review the mission statement now posted on our website. It reads:
“This group is created for the purpose of providing a place for citizens concerned about fiscal responsibility and limited government to gather virtually and in person for the purpose of sharing ideas and communicating with elected officials and the general public about matters of concern.”

I also encourage you to go to and review their mission statement, core values, and philosophy. I believe there is much in that document that we could adopt. The statement on our website was hastily prepared and is in desperate need of editing. Please feel free to make changes. It would be helpful if you would email me your proposals prior to the meeting so that I can try to consolidate ideas and have several drafts incorporating everyone’s ideas for consideration. My email is

Thank you all so much for your participation and enthusiasm. I look forward to seeing you next Thursday night!

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