Structure

Newcomers are always welcome at any DSM SURJ meeting. We are committed to having childcare available at every meeting as well (and, for those who are reluctant to leave their parents, kids are always welcome to stay in the larger meeting, too).

A small leadership team is responsible for facilitating the meeting agendas, reflecting on DSM SURJ’s vision and direction, and maintaining consistent communication within the chapter, and with National SURJ. The Leadership Core (LC) meets once a month to plan. All SURJ participants are encouraged to communicate directly with the Leadership Core (dsmsurj@gmail.com). DSM SURJ aspires to be a collaborative group and wants all committed participants to share your vision, needs and questions.

SURJ-ites are also always invited to bring ideas, initiatives and questions to the first meeting of the month. At this monthly meeting we grow our connections to one another, communicate progress on various initiatives, and discuss various issues of mutual concern, hope and vision. DSM SURJ seeks to function in a manner that is as collaborative, constructive and transparent as possible. Members of the Leadership Core take seriously our responsibility for enabling this kind of process.

In the fall of 2017, the LC invited DSM SURJ into a new structure* and process that reflects the ways we are growing as an organization and our desire to increase the opportunities for folks committed to SURJ to move into more responsibilities and leadership within DSM SURJ. Since September 2017, meetings held on the first Sunday of every month serve as an all-chapter meeting where we will connect, communicate, and plan our direction together as a chapter. The third Sunday meeting is a working meeting. At this meeting, nuts-and-bolts organizing on the various initiatives we are engaged in, attention to logistics, and other necessary planning will constitute the bulk of our meeting time.

*Changes to this structure, if we have a special event or action, will be announced well in advance (here, on Facebook, and in our monthly newsletter mailing).