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Women for Obama Host Guide

Host a Women for Obama house organizing party to welcome, engage and mobilize more women into this movement. This is a unique opportunity for women supporters like you to take ownership in this campaign – to bring change we need to Washington and end the divisive politics of the past.

This is also a fun and exciting way for you to bring your friends, family, neighbors and colleagues together, to not only learn more about Senator Obama and the kind of President he will be, but to engage them in important issues that uniquely impact women.

This guide will provide you with all the tools and resources you need to host a successful Women for Obama event and bring women in your community together.

Women’s Organizing Party – A Few Ideas & Suggestions

If you have any questions about any of the above suggestions, please email us at women@barackobama.com.

Step 1: Register your Event

Take a moment to register your event online. Registering your event online means you’ll get your own page for your event, be able to send an invite to your friends, track who is planning on attending, and send details and reminders to your attendees.

Here are some things to keep in mind while creating your event:
  • Select Women-to-Women as your event type. This is very important! It will allow your event to be displayed in the calendar on the national WFO site.
  • Make your event searchable if you'd like to allow supporters on My.BarackObama to RSVP. Make your event unsearchable if you wish only to invite friends and family.

Step 2: Invite Friends, Neighbors, and Colleagues.

Start with people you know. Think about friends, family, colleagues and neighbors, despite their political affiliation or past political involvement. This is a chance to bring Democrats, Republicans and Independents together to share common hopes, goals, and ideals. Aim to invite at least 50 people, to ensure you have 15-20 people in attendance.

You may also want to reach out to your larger community. You can find your local My.BarackObama group and invite members to attend by emailing the group's listserv. You can create your own event flyers and post them at your local coffee shop, grocery store, or library.

Encourage all of your attendees to RSVP for your event so you know how many people to expect. Send an email to all of your attendees using the Email Attendees link on the Manage Your Events page a day or two before the event to remind everyone of the event’s details.

Step 3: Get your Materials in Order

There are some things you should have ready before your Women for Obama house organizing party.

Event Flyers
Create a personalized event flyer.

Sign-in Sheets
This is the form that you will want to have all your attendees use to sign in.
Download the form.

Issue Flyers
Think about printing out flyers detailing Barack’s positions on important issues.

Other materials you may want to have on hand:

Women for Obama Merchandise. If you’d like to provide your guests with buttons or show your pride with an Obama t-shirt, you can find these items and others in the Obama Store.

Camera. Don't forget to take pictures and share them with us after the event.

This agenda is meant only to be a suggestion to guide you in your activities. Feel free to organize your Unite for Change event according to your preferences.

Sample Schedule 1 – Video-Watch House Party

Welcome from Host – 5 minutes

Introduce yourself and ask your guests to sign-in. Share what inspired you to become involved with the campaign. Your openness will help set the tone for the rest of the event. Explain why you are hosting this video-watch house party.

Around the Room Introductions and Discussion

Encourage your guests to introduce themselves and share why they are involved. Ask how your guests have been active in this community and what inspired them to become active. Everyone has a unique story and sharing these stories will help create unity.

Show Video & Discuss Reactions – 25-30 minutes

You can show the Women for Obama video or Michelle Obama’s ‘Blueprint’ Video.
If you watch the ‘Blueprint’ Video, you may want to print out the Blueprint, so your guests can read and discuss.

The Next Step – 10 minutes

Stress the importance of continued involvement. Encourage your guests to host a house meeting of their own. Ask all attendees to make a commitment to spend a certain number of hours canvassing, registering voters, phone-banking, etc.

Closing – 5 minutes

Collect all sign-in sheets. Thank your guests for their involvement and participation.

Sample Schedule 2 – Phonebank House Party

Welcome from Host – 5 minutes

Introduce yourself and ask your guests to sign-in. Share what inspired you to become involved with the campaign. Your openness will help set the tone for the rest of the event. Explain why you are hosting this phonebank party.

Around the Room Introductions and Discussion – 10 minutes

Encourage your guests to introduce themselves and share why they are involved. Ask how your guests have been active in this community and what inspired them to become active.

Make Calls – 1 hour

Break for refreshments.
You can go back to making calls for another half-hour or hour if guests desire.

Talk About How the Calls Went – 15-20 minutes

Have guests share their favorite story from their calls that evening.

The Next Step – 10 minutes

Stress the importance of continued involvement. Encourage your guests to host a house meeting of their own. Ask all attendees to make a commitment to spend a certain number of hours canvassing, registering voters, phone-banking, etc. - Collect all lists that the guests may have made calls from - If your guests have worked off of printed lists, be sure to report the call results.

Closing – 5 minutes

Collect all sign-in sheets. Thank your guests for their involvement and participation.

Capture Information
Enter your sign-in sheets online.

Thank your guests.
Send individual thank you emails to all of your guests.

Share Your Feedback
How was your Women for Obama event? What worked best? Share your ideas for future hosts. Write a blog and send your photos to photos@barackobama.com.

Congratulations!
You just helped Barack get one step closer to victory! It's people like you that make this campaign for change possible.

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