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

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,