New Members, Start Here...
You've taken the first step and joined our group, but now what?
As an associate member, you're not required to do anything. However, we hope that as you learn more about the issues, you are inspired and empowered to become more involved. There are many different ways to become involved: issue-oriented action committees, book discussion groups, or becoming a Valley Watchdog. You can participate in as many committees as your interests and schedule permits. To be considered an "active" member, which allows you to help determine the future direction of the group by voting for executive board members or approving major group expenditures, you need to participate in at least two (2) of the many group-sponsored events in a calendar quarter.
A great way to learn more about the group is to attend a New Member Meet & Greet. This event is a great way to meet other new members, get to know some of the current leaders and active members in the group, and learn more about our group, its mission, and how we're structured. It's a great way to get your general questions answered. Check the Calendar and RSVP for the next one.
And, always make sure to attend our monthly meetings, which are typically held on the first Friday of every month at the Charles Chrin Community Center in Palmer Twp. at 7pm. The meetings a fast-paced and very informative. We always have a guest speaker on a pertinent topic to open our eyes on the issues.
Are you ready for the next step?
There are many different ways that you can become a more active member of the group. Committees are one of the best ways to get involved. You can learn more about each committee by visiting their pages using the menu selections on the left side of this page.
To see a comprehensive list of the committee leaders, please click on "Committee Leader Contacts" at the top of the Action Committees Menu at the left hand side of this page. Please feel free to email any questions you may have about each committee by clicking on the name of that committee's leader.
For a comprehensive list of the committees and book discussion groups, please see the document below:
Valley Watchdog Program
In reality, every member should participate in the Valley Watchdog Program since they achieve a main objective of keeping watch of our local governments. The Program is first organized by county, and then by school district. Watchdogs attend their local school board, municipal and/or county government meetings to be the first ones to learn about proposals before the media even talks about it. You would be amazed at the power a few attendees at these meetings has keeping elected officials in check. We have Watchdogs in every school district and many independent groups have spawned from the group that meet regularly. Please contact the appropriate county organizer by clicking under the Valley Watchdog link on the left hand side of this page.
The Lehigh Valley Project 9-12/Tea Party Group is organized into several issue-oriented committees. Each committee focuses on a different issue that's important to advancing the overall Tea Party mission of restoring our unalienable individual rights and returning constitutional limits to government. First and foremost, these committees provide focused education to the general membership. In addition, they keep the membership informed about any active legislation and governmental actions pertaining to their specific area of interest and provide alerts when action is needed. A list of the committees are on the left. Take some time and explore the committees and select one or two areas of interest and consider attending their next meeting or contacting the committee leader.
Book Discussion Groups
To further our focus on self-education, we also have several book discussion groups that meet regularly to discuss books relevant to the group's mission. To see what books we are currently discussing and see the next time they are meeting, please click on the Book Discussions link on the left. This page even has a link to Amazon for you to purchase the book(s) being studied.
Will we make a difference?
Our country is changing at a pace never before seen! None of us can keep track of everything. But, by working together, we can and have been making a difference, especially at the local level. We have stopped tax increases and wasteful spending projects. We have shed a light of light on the underbelly of local politics and have made it more and more difficult for the politicians to slide things through without being noticed and exposed. More and more people have become engaged in the political process and learned about those running for office and made more informed decisions at the ballot box. We have even had many members successfully step up and run for office. Nationally, groups like ours have changed the political landscape by shifting public opinion and debate to center around taxes, spending, debt, and the desire for a more limited government (at all levels). Our journey is not a short one and it will take many, many years to reverse the damage done to our country.
A great way to see the impact our group had made is to visit the LVTP in the News links (on the home page) and the news archives (Main Menu-->Web Resource Links):