Since the early days of the DFL Senior Caucus, as it grew to a statewide organization, finding ways to get this widely dispersed membership to interact with each other and provide a common force to work for senior causes and candidates was recognized as necessary for the Caucus to reach its potential. Many Caucus members are involved in legislative districts and candidate campaigns, but marshaling these people to make an impact on issues vital to Minnesota seniors was a challenge. The central board communicates to the members through e-mail, the website and flyers at DFL events, put on a strong appearance at the state fair, stages an annual picnic and hold an annual meeting. However, most of the communication went out to the members and the need for interaction, especially local interaction and political activism, still was not met. About three years ago, Earl Bower, Dwayne King and a few others began promoting local Senior Caucus Chapters as the way to act locally within the framework of the DFL Senior Constituency Caucus. From the Constitution: DFL Senior Caucus members residing within a particular Minnesota U.S. Congressional District, or smaller geographic area, may organize and operate a Chapter of the Senior Caucus in that district or area in order to further the purposes and activities of the Senior Caucus. Senior Caucus members seeking to form such a Chapter agree to operate under the Senior Caucus Charter and must apply to the Senior Caucus Board for recognition as an official Chapter. Chapters must semiannually report their activities to the Senior Caucus Board.
Chapter Start up Material
Southeast Minnesota Chapter
Dodge, Fillmore, Goodhue, Mower, Houston, Olmsted, Wabasha and Winona counties. Chapter always meets in Rochester. https://dflseniors.wordpress.com/chapters/southeast-minnesota-chapter/
Central Lakes Chapter
Aitkin, Cass, Crow Wing and Morrison Counties. Chapter meets in various cities around Brainerd. https://dflseniors.wordpress.com/chapters/central-lakes-chapter/
Anoka County Chapter
Anoka County. Chapter generally meets in Blaine.
East Central Chapter
Carlton, Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec & Pine Counties… Meetings are in Mora.
Chapters on the way…
South Metro Chapter
Twin Cities metro south of the Minnesota River.
North Metro Chapter
Northern Twin Cities Suburbs.
Austin Area Chapter
Central area of Congressional District 1 around Austin and Albert Lea.
Senate Districts 8, 9, and 12. For more information on Chapters, You can go to the Senior Caucus website and click the Chapter tab. There is information on existing Chapters and information for starting a new Chapter. Check it out. You can call Earl Bower at 952-432-6928 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you have an interest in joining a Chapter or starting a local Chapter. Help is only an email or phone call away.