James, Ada Lois, 1876-1952 / Ada James papers, correspondence, 1912, Nov. 8-Dec. 23
Wis Mss OP, Box 17, Folder 3 ([unpublished])
Suggestions for county organizations PDF (1.4 MB)
responsible for thorough house to house canvass of that district. Have her begin by holding a Tea at her home, some afternoon, and inviting all the women in her precinct to be present. Explain to them that the district is to be organized under her, as captain or leader, and ask for volunteers to help in the house to house can- vass. Give each one certain streets to cover. The idea of this house to house canvass is to make a personal call on each family, find out how the voters in the family stand on suffrage and get them to sign the suffrage pledge blank if possible. Enroll women as paying members if possible. If the family is opposed to suff- rage, or doubtful, leave literature and call again. THIS CLOSE POLITICAL ORGANIZATION IS THE MOST IMPORTANT WORK OF THE CAMPAIGN. This should begin as soon as the weather is warm enough, and the chairman of the organization committee in each county should begin now to pick out her captains for each district. ALL SIGNED VOTERS' PLEDGES SHOULD BE MAILED TO HEADQUARTERS FOR FILING. Attached you will find blank and voter's pledge for use in this work. We will furnish these for nothing, in any quantity. (d) For organization of the smaller towns in the county, we suggest the following method. Get a map of the county divided into townships and plan to organize a campaign committee in each town- ship (or other convenient division.) Arrange by letter a conference with a few women already interested in suffrage in a certain town- ship. At this conference, explain to them the plan of the campaign and urge them to arrange for a larger meeting perhaps a week later, at which the county organization will furnish a speaker. At the close of this larger meeting have your membership blanks signed, and have one responsible woman elected chairman of the suffrage campaign committee of that township. Make her a member of the Coun- ty Executive Board. Then see that she is invited to all meetings and kept in touch with the county work, so that she can extend the work outlined above into her township. Each town chairman should plan for a canvass of her town or village, using blank and pledge attached, just as the City Ward Leader canvasses her ward. NOTE. (In many cases these instructions will not apply. They are meant to be helpful suggestions, - not to be followed literally in every case. For instance where there is more than one large town in a county, it is sometimes wiser to have one organization, like the above in each town, instead of one for the whole county.) To the Secretary of every organization: Please send names and addresses of all officers and com- mittee Chairmen and Town Chairmen as soon as they are elected or appointed, and all signed voters' pledges to Mrs. Crystal Eastman Benedict, Campaign Manager, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
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