Grassroots Corner 1/4/19

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  • 04/09/2021


What will my team and I do this week - this month - this year - to make the FAIRtax happen? Now is a good time to fit the FAIRtax into your New Year’s resolutions.
The goal could be a simple as: “This month I will make an appointment to meet with my Congress Member or his or her staff.” Or: “Next month, I will get someone else to do the same.” Or: “This week, I will go on to show my support of the FAIRtax (the 116th Congress just convened this past Thursday, so now is a good time).” Or: “I will share more FAIRtax material on social media.” And of course: “I will let my District/State leader/group know what I have done, and send a short notice to Jim Bennett to put in Grassroots Corner!”
Georgia FAIRtax leader, Phil Hinson, has been pushing for years for a strategic plan. Several years ago, Ohio FAIRtax leader, Steve Curtis, developed a “Road Map.” We didn’t have the funding for that particular plan, but that does not mean we shouldn’t keep trying.
You and your group can come up with your own plan. A highly sophisticated plan for a large group might have the following parts to it:

  • Mission, vision, and aspirations. This is a statement of why you exist and what you hope to be.
  • Core values. These are a statement of the central musts and must-nots of your organization.
  • “SWOT,” Strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. This is a rundown of your current situation from these four key perspectives.
  • Objectives, strategies, and operational tactics. These represent what you need to concentrate on to make your vision a reality.
  • Measurements and funding streams. This is a tracking of your output and performance against regularly scheduled targets.

(Source: Keith Krach Chairman & former CEO of @DocuSign. Previously Cofounder & CEO of @SAPAriba, Chairman of @AngiesList and Purdue University, VP, General Motors.)

A scaled-down plan for one state a few years ago looked like this:

  • Vision, Mission.
  • Financial Planning.
  • Membership.
  • Current state FAIRtax organization, infrastructure.
  • Current Political and Cultural Conditions. 

Whatever the plan, the following two elements are essential:

  • Buy-in from the group, and
  • Periodic evaluation and review to determine if the plan needs change. 

Most people are better motivated when they act to fulfill a plan, goal, or resolution. Don’t be discouraged when the plan is not fulfilled within the time that is originally set. Setbacks and failures are parts of success. Keep reviewing the plan or goal to determine if the plan or goal needs change.
The idea for this week’s topic comes from Marketing and Communication’s Team Chair, Randy Fischer. Thanks, Randy!
What are your resolutions or plans? Please share them!



We need MORE of you to send in pictures and news.  If you have anything to share, please send your material to me at, or text me at (908) 578-4975, or fax me at (908) 598-2888. When others see your activity, they are inspired, and the process snowballs. When the process snowballs, Congress Members and Senators and, yes, even the President start to listen.

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