( – promoted by Rob “EaBo Clipper” Eno)
Many are asking for a preliminary recap of the MASSGOP Grassroots Conference this past weekend. First of all I want to say that I was thrilled to be a volunteer and involved for the weekend in such a GREAT program. Just about everyone who attended seem to get something out of the wide range of speakers, training, breakout sessions, and social time. There was an amazing team that helped put this program together!
Initial Numbers Show:
* Over 480 participants for at least some portion of the Conference (Friday evening till Sunday afternoon).
* Over 40 different speakers (again from Friday to Sunday). Many of the speakers stayed and attended other sessions
* Speakers came from all over the State and ranged from State Senators, State Reps.,County Sheriff, Activist, GOPAC, and Elected Officials from local town/cities.
* 125 people arrived on Friday (for early check in) to enjoy the free Meet&Greet and Mixer. The Meet & Greet by the pool included a DJ and some dancing! Thanks to Peter from the Seekonk Town Committee for the music.
* Approximately 35% stayed over (at the Conference Hotel in Milford or another near by) for the weekend.
* 24 people helped organized or volunteered for a portion of the program. This includes MASSGOP leadership and staff, Town&City Committee Members, State committee men/women and Activist.
* Media coverage included: 6 papers, blogging, twitter, and a live radio broadcast throughout the afternoon and evening.
* 400 free goodie bags were given away (thanks to Senator Ross, State Rep. Betty Poirier and many others who donated items)
* 3 Different Break Out Sessions were offered – Candidates (running or thinking of running for office), Republican Town/City Committee Training or General Activist/Candidate Support.
~ Approximate attendance was: 40% RTC Training, 25% Candidates & 35% Activist
* 275 people attended the Saturday dinner and the entertainment was well worth staying late into the evening to enjoy
* Location – clean, easy to work with, handicap accessible, reasonable $ rooms, free parking, and the restaurant and bar were nice for meeting up with old friends and making new ones.
* Over $500 worth of baby items was collected and will be donated to charity.
Best part of the program – the wide variety of speakers and topics covered.
Constructive criticism includes that there was not enough handouts (although MANY were given by different speakers…it really depended on what session you were in) and that there was just not enough time to cover all the questions that people wanted to ask after a session ended. Although as most of the speakers stayed for the weekend, attendees were able to find the speakers they liked after a session for additional follow up.