KFTC's 2014 Annual Membership Meeting | Kentuckians For The Commonwealth

KFTC's 2014 Annual Membership Meeting

KFTC’s statewide Annual Membership Meeting will be held August 22 through August 24 this year at the General Butler State Park in Carrollton.

The annual meeting is a time for all KFTC members to gather together to celebrate great work over the past year, learn new skills and hold the yearly business meeting. During the business portion of the meeting, members will consider the proposed changes to our platform, elect statewide officers and accept new or renewing chapters for the coming year.

Our meeting's theme this year is "From the Grassroots to the Mountaintop: Empowering Grassroots Leaders" and will focus on ways to build our grassroots power and leadership capacity. Leadership development is KFTC’s highest priority as we work to build grassroots power and win important issues. Across Kentucky, in statewide and local campaigns, hundreds of KFTC leaders are deeply engaged and actively leading others. These leaders grow through skills training, mentoring, exchange with other groups and on-the-job practice. KFTC’s success depends on the involvement and commitment of thousands of people, including you! Join us this weekend to learn what leadership means to KFTC and gain skills to become a leader in KFTC and your own community!

Click here to learn more about our featured speakers.

From the Grassroots to the Mountaintop: Empowering Grassroots Leaders

Schedule of Events

Friday, August 22

4 p.m.

Registration Opens

7:30 p.m.

Guest speaker - Kentucky Poet Bianca Spriggs

9 p.m.

Evening Social Activity

Square Dance & Social Hour

Saturday, August 23

8 a.m.


9 a.m.

Opening and Welcome

    •    Welcome and review the agenda
    •    Review logistical notes
    •    Chapter petitions

9:30 a.m.

Plenary and Guest speaker

From the Grassroots to the Mountaintop: Empowering Grassroots Leaders         
Featured speaker Vivian Yi Huang

We’ll kick off the day with a lively presentation from KFTC members who recently traveled to Richmond, California, to participate in an Our Power convening hosted by the Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN). Then we’ll have the opportunity to hear from Vivian Huang, the Campaign and Organizing Director at APEN. Vivian will speak to the role of grassroots leaders in shaping the climate change movement. Like KFTC, APEN works to organize community members to advance an environmental, social, and economic justice agenda

10:30 a.m.


10:45 a.m.

KFTC Plenary

From the Grassroots to the Mountaintop: Empowering Grassroots Leaders

As we come back together, we’ll turn our attention to the important work of building grassroots leaders here in Kentucky. After some lively table discussions, we’ll hear from a panel of leaders from different organizations in Kentucky. Together they will explore questions of what leadership is, the value and importance of grassroots leadership, and lessons and best practices from grassroots leadership development.

12:30 p.m.
2 p.m. 

Saturday Afternoon Workshops

  • We are our best hope for change: Effective Grassroots Leadership – This workshop will explore what it means to be a grassroots leader in KFTC.

  • Building the Muscles of Democracy! Recruitment, Canvassing, and Get Out The Vote – In this workshop we will discuss ways to begin building a New Power voting block in your community, including developing the necessary skills and strategies aimed at getting more people involved in the electoral process.

  • Listen and be heard: Resolving conflict skillfully – How do you respond when conflicts arise? How effective are you in difficult conversations? Conflict resolution skills are important in life and leadership. Join us for an interactive session about ways to improve our ability to listen, respond and provide leadership in difficult situations.

  • Making Waves: The power of youth organizing – Young people have played important roles in justice movements throughout history. Join us at this workshop to learn how young people are making change today and tools for engaging and supporting youth in your community.

  • Building New Power: Organizing across lines of difference – Our identities and life experiences are an important part of who we are and how we organize. Join us at this workshop to learn how to build power and organize across lines of difference in your community.

  • Making It Sing! Using art and culture in community organizing – Art and culture are an important part of our lives, and they can be important and powerful tools for change. Join us at this workshop to learn tools and stragety for integrating art and culture in community organizing. 

3:30 p.m.
  • Take a break and relax at General Butler among friends. Swimming, hiking, tennis, and much more are available to have some fun.
  • Self-care is Radical, too: A Self-Care Workshop for Activists – This optional workshop will create a space for participants to learn skills to enhance their self-care practice and recognize that wellness is a vital part of activism. Basic yoga and mediation practice will be included. 
 7 p.m.
Dinner & Awards Ceremony
 9 p.m.
Evening social activity

Cultural Sharing Showcase & Dance Party

Sunday, August 24

 7:45 a.m.
 9 a.m.

Sunday Morning Workshops

Join us for the final set of breakout workshops (choose one). These morning workshops will all share an emphasis on bringing others into our work through stories, art and culture. Each breakout will focus on sharing and having conversations with others through a particular issue-focused lens. Pick the breakout issue that you are most interested in learning how to talk about with your neighbors and people in your community.

  • Racial Justice and White Privilege

  • Working for our New Economy

  • A just transition in Appalachia

  • Energy, Coal, and Climate Change

  • Voting Rights and Growing a Healthy Democracy

  • Working together for Fairness across Kentucky
10:30 a.m.


10:45 a.m. 

Business Meeting

Join us for this annual opportunity to vote on KFTC’s proposed platform of issues, elect officers, accept new and returning chapters and more. The business meeting is the heart of KFTC’s own democratic structure.

12 noon


August 22, 2014 - 7:00pm to August 24, 2014 - 12:00pm
Event Venue: 
General Butler State Park
Event Location: 
Carrollton, KY