GROW weekend brochure/registration form, September 14-16 in Bryant Pond

The GROW (GrassRoots Organizing Workshops) weekend is coming right up on September 14-16 in Bryant Pond, near Bethel and Norway. We could use a few more people coming to reach our optimal number. If you are planning to come but haven’t registered, please let us know ASAP so we know how many are attending and can arrange the most efficient transportation. If you know of others who might come, please forward this on to them. If you are interested but need more information, reply to this email, Thanks.

Registration, Details and schedule for Annual GROW weekend—this should be a great weekend, so register soon! 

Registration Form at the end of this email. If you want a PDF of the brochure to print out, reply to this email. Apologies if you get this more than once.

GROW New England’s


Sept. 14-16, 2012

Bryant Pond 4-H Camp, Bryant Pond, ME

(near Bethel and Paris/Norway)

For New and Experienced Grassroots Organizers in Maine, NH, and Vermont to Learn More about Creating Grassroots Social Change

GROW Schedule–2012
11am to 1 pm Registration
12 Noon to 1 pm Lunch
1:00pm to 4:00pm Skills for the Effective Organizer -Larry Dansinger
5:00pm to 7:00pm registration and dinner
7:00pm Intros and Building Community—Sha’an Mouliert and Wanda Braithwaite-Baril 
9:00pm Networking and hanging out
8:00am to 9:00am Breakfast and late registration
9:00am to 9:30am Late introductions and workshop summary  
9:30am to Noon (1) Leadership Development –Claire Gélinas;

(2) Overcoming Oppressions – Sha’an Mouliert

Noon to 12:30pm Before lunch break
12:30pm to 2:00pm Lunch and table discussion  
2:00pm to 4:30pm (1) Grassroots Fundraising – Deanna Partridge
                        (2) Media/Technology for Grassroots Groups – Hillary Lister
4:30pm to 5:30pm Evening Break and informal gatherings
5:30pm to 6:30pm Supper  
6:30 pm to 8:00 pm Rejuvenating Ourselves – GROW Organizers
8:00 pm Talent Show – Bring Your Talent to Share
8:00am to 9:00am Breakfast
9:00am to 9:15am Announcements and getting ready for workshops  
9:15am to 11:45 (1) Working Together: Group Process/Decision-Making – Phui Yi Kong
                         (2) Storytelling/Listening to Build a Group—Malika Baggins/Cassidy Need
12:00pm to 1:30pm Lunch and table discussion
1:30pm to 2:30pm Follow up and evaluations, help plan the next GROW, new workshops, where do we go from here? – Organizers will facilitate

Why GROW New England? (GrassRoots Organizing Workshops) 

We believe in a better world where there is:

●Respect for civil liberties;

●Commitment to nonviolent conflict resolution;

●Economic justice and rights for all;

●Affordable health care, housing and education;

●A healthy environment & sustainable lifestyles;

●Celebration of diversity in age, race, gender, etc.


In order to create a world that provides for the well-being of everyone, we have to ORGANIZE!

In order to take back our power we have to ORGANIZE!

In order to ORGANIZE we need to gather, learn, share and Plan with each other!

Join new and experienced activists from northern New England as we:

● Learn and teach about the “big picture” of social change.

● Gain new organizational skills.

● Learn about successful models throughout the region.

● Celebrate successes.


GROW Weekend Schedule

Introductory Friday Workshop

Friday, September 14th, 1:00-4:30 PM

Making a Difference: Skills for the Effective Organizer

This workshop provides basic skills and background for anyone who is new or relatively new to organizing. Good reminder and refresher for more experienced organizers as well. 

Weekend Schedule

5:00 PM Friday, September 14th to 2:30 PM Sunday, September 16th

Cost $10-$80 (actual cost is about $60-70/person, but pay what you can/all welcome) includes lodging (bring bedding), meals, all workshops, and use of outdoor facilities. In addition to workshops (see list), GROW will use interactive methods to help attendees develop skills in planning actions/events, creating groups, and becoming better organizers. For a complete schedule and updated workshop offerings, please contact those below. Information will be added when confirmed, especially in September. 

Nate “Iggy” Brimmer (207) 415-4458,

Larry Dansinger (207) 525-7776,

Jacqui Deveneau (207) 284-3358, 



This year’s GROW Theme is:

“Skills for Organizers”


Workshop Topics Tentatively Include:

●Grassroots fundraising

●Media and technology for grassroots action

●Developing grassroots leadership

●Overcoming oppression and celebrating inclusiveness

●Listening and storytelling to identify the issues

●Working together—good group process and decision-making



Facilities are wheelchair accessible. 

Child Care: Childcare will be available at no cost, during workshop times only. Those requesting childcare must register by September 6th. 

Food: Meals will emphasize local foods and will offer meat, vegetarian and vegan options. We can make individual adjustments as needed. Meals (and housing) are included in registration costs. Attendees will be asked to help with meal preparation or cleanup. 

Travel arrangements: Call/email a contact person for ride sharing options. 

Registration: We encourage people to register by September 10th to help with meal and travel planning, though last minute registrations will be accepted. Registration details and directions will be e-mailed after you register.


REGISTRATION FORM (typing in the information is fine. You can just send this part back to

Name: _________________________


Address: _______________________


Town/City: _____________________


State & Zip: ____________________


Phone #: _(_____)________________


E-Mail: ________________________


Please Complete All That Apply:

___Number of people registering for the Sept. 14-16 Weekend

Enclosed is $___________________

Partial Payment is OK; remainder due on arrival. Checks payable to: ROSC: Address is below. Paying the entire amount when you arrive is an option, paying some before the weekend is helpful.

Childcare register by Sept. 6th

___I need childcare: Please list ages of  children.___________________

Ride Share:

___I need a ride from _____________

___I can offer a ride from__________

Please note special accommodations required (diet, health, sleeping, etc.)



Return form by September 10th, if 

possible, to: GROW/ROSC, 161 Stovepipe Alley, Monroe, ME 04951 or E-mail to

For questions & more info:


Larry, 207-525-7776,




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