Delegation Chair’s Manual, 2010 (Revised 01-20-2010)
Dear State Chairs, Convention Delegation Chairs and Delegates to the 2010 National Convention:
In November I updated the Delegation Chair’s Manual using October 31 membership data to determine the number of delegates each affiliate is entitled to. Our Bylaws prescribe how we allocate the total of 1050 delegates to affiliates for our 2010 National Convention in St. Louis. Delegate allocations depend upon 1) vote totals for Bob Barr in 2008 and 2) Membership totals as of, in this case, October 31, 2009.
Since November I have updated the document with Convention Committee member updates and prospective affiliate seating order. The latter indicates how close to the stage your affiliate will be seated. In years past we used a year-to-year member growth rate metric. This has not yet been approved for use in 2010, but is likely to be.
I will not be producing hard copies of the Delegation Chair’s Manual for affiliates as I have done in the past. Instead, I invite you to download, print or store copies on your computer for your use at the Convention. I intend to donate the money saved to the Party.
Since I’m from Missouri where the Convention will be held, and since the Show Me State’s delegation may sell out, I will be attending the Convention as a delegate from New York. This will free up a seat that another Missourian might occupy.
By the way, do you know why Missouri is called the Show Me State? Missouri’s U.S. Congressman Willard Vandiver popularized what had been common saying when he declared in a speech at an 1899 naval banquet, retorting to what a previous speaker had said, “I come from a state that raises corn and cotton and cockleburs and Democrats, and frothy eloquence neither convinces nor satisfies me. I am from Missouri. You have got to show me.”
Somewhat earlier a miner’s strike in Leadville, Colorado, provided an opportunity for miners from Joplin, Missouri to be brought in to take the place of the strikers. They were unfamiliar with Colorado mining methods and required frequent instruction. Pit bosses began saying, “That man is from Missouri. You’ll have to show him.”
I look forward to seeing you again at the Convention. As Judy Garland once sang, “Meet me in St. Louie, Louie, meet me at the Fair. Don’t tell me the lights are shining, anyplace but there!”