Celebrate a Conservative's Birthday

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Pass out literature and treats in honor of a famous conservative's birthday.  For example, Barry Goldwater was born January 1, 1909, Ronald Reagan on February 6, 1911, or Russell Kirk on October 19, 1918

Ronald Reagan was much more than a President. He was the leader of a movement to restore our nation's confidence in fundamental American principles; a movement that succeeded beyond anyone's wildest expectations.

From his "A Time for Choosing" speech in 1964 to his address at the Brandenburg Gate in 1987, his historic words and deeds comprise the conscience of the American Conservative movement. Reagan will always be remembered as "The Great Communicator" for the practical value and moral worth of free market economics, limited government, peace through strength, and traditional values.

Today, however, President Reagan faces vicious revisionism in the university environment, with leftist faculty attacking his record in office, his character, and even his intelligence. Most college students today were born after the Reagan years and did not have the chance to hear his message - a message of real hope and change that is more important than ever before.

But for those like you and I who have made the effort to read and learn about Ronald Reagan, we know that our nation's oldest President devoted his life to the newest, youngest idea in all of man's relation to man: freedom.

Bring the Reagan Revolution to your campus on Ronald Reagan's Birthday - February  6th!

How to Take Action:

1.  Decide on an event format.  Your Reagan birthday celebration can take on any of a number of formats.  Most student groups hold public birthday parties with ice cream or cake.  Others create outdoor displays highlighting Ronald Reagan's contributions to history or reenact his famous speeches publically.  Student groups can also invite speakers who knew or worked for Ronald Reagan or screen documentaries about his life.  However, if you're planning for a speaker, you should invite them at least 3 months in advance.

2.  Reserve space on campus.  Depending on your event format, there are a variety of possibilities for your venue.  If you are simply offering cake, ice cream and information on Reagan's life and accomplishments, a table in your student union should work fine.  For an outdoor display, make sure to reserve a space in a high-traffic area on campus.  Film screenings or speaker events will require more preparation in regard to a venue.  You will want to contact your office of student life or student government to receive a list of available rooms with the appropriate resources, including A/V equipment or adequate seating.

3.   Invite allied organizations.  Ask other conservative and libertarian groups on campus to help out volunteering at the event. Even groups that are not traditionally considered "Reaganite" may be interested in spreading Reagan's principles and achievements, or have members that admire Ronald Reagan.

4.   Hold a planning meeting.  Designate students to purchase supplies, advertise and volunteer at your event.  If you are hosting a speaker, determine who will handle his or her accommodations for the day of the event as well as someone to deal with technical and A/V issues.  Finally, find one or two members of your organization to deal with all media inquiries.

5.   Advertise.  Post flyers around campus and send out a university-wide email explaining the event in further detail.  Also make sure to use Facebook, Twitter, and other online tools to publicize your event. Finally, send out a press release with specific details on the event a few days prior.  If you're hosting a speaker, follow up with media contacts to ensure that they are attending.

6.  Collect materials.  For your typical Reagan birthday event, you will need plenty of cake and ice cream for students to enjoy.  Another great idea is to provide jellybeans (since they were Reagan's favorite candy).  At the bottom of this page, you will find a flier on Reagan's accomplishments and conservative principles.  Contact us at activism@campusreform.org, and you will also receive a free package of Reagan-related books to pass out to new members or your best volunteers.

7.  Prepare for opposition. No matter what kind of event you hold, you'll probably run into some folks who disagree with you.  Be on the lookout for leftist opponents who will try to use intimidation tactics to thwart your activism.  Keep a video camera on hand in case you need to document abuse from students, faculty or administrators. This could include damage to your display or attempts to have you removed for "offending" them with your activism.

8.  Celebrate the life of Ronald Reagan.  If you are tabling, holding an outdoor display, or screening a film, pass out cake, ice cream, jellybeans and fliers to passersby.  Engage fellow students and educate them on Reagan's life, leadership style, and achievements as President.  For new members, you might want to offer them a copy of a Reagan book provided by the Leadership Institute.

If you are hosting a speaker, be prepared to start your event on time.  Have an eloquent member of your organization introduce the speaker, providing a short biography or his or her accomplishments.  Following the address, open the floor to questions from the audience, but be sure to maintain control over the microphone (so to prevent speeches from audience members, etc.).

9.   Advertise again.  Make sure to collect photos and video from your event to share with local press in a follow up media release. You can also post about your Reagan Birthday event on CampusReform.org, which is a great place to publish your club's latest events so supporters and community members can keep track of your activities.