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Guidelines for New State Public Policy Networks
5/13/2005
Starting the Network
  1. If your state has only one diocese, then you need the permission of the bishop. We require a brief letter from your bishop’s office affirming the network.
  2. If your state has more than one diocese then you will need to find a contact in each diocese. We require statements from all of the dioceses affirming the state network.
  3. It may be necessary for the group of dioceses to agree on a specific limited number of policy areas that the network may address. If such an agreement is made between dioceses, then the EPPN coordinator requires a copy of the agreement.
  4. The state network should have an internal leadership structure and decision making process about when alerts will be sent. Both the leadership structure and decision process should be documented and the EPPN coordinator should have a copy.

Membership

  1. Members of the EPPN may choose to be part of a state network. Members of the state network are automatically members of the EPPN.
  2. When a state network begins, the EPPN will send a message of invitation to those members of the EPPN in the state at which time members may opt-in.
  3. Current members of the EPPN may opt-in to state networks at any time by updating their profile.
  4. When new members join the EPPN they will have the option to opt-in

Content

  1. All alerts must be based on General Convention or Executive Council resolutions and must provide a reference to such. Additional diocesan resolutions may also be referenced but are not required.
  2. All alerts must arrive to the EPPN at least 24 hours in advance for approval.
  3. There must be a primary contact for each state policy network. This is the only person who can submit alert text.
  4. The text sent to the EPPN Coordinator should be final text. It will be sent out exactly as received. The EPPN Coordinator is not liable for any errors in content. The EPPN Coordinator will send one sample launch to the primary contact for verification.

Number of Communications

  1. Each state network may have 4 emails to their network per year (not including the initial email of invitation)
  2. For each 5% that a network increases its membership during a year it receives an additional email to be used within one year.
  3. If the network wants to mail an alert, the EPPN will help facilitate that, but the state network is responsible for the cost of production and postage for the mailing.

These guidelines offer a general framework. They can be altered or updated at any time by the EPPN Coordinator.


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