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If Not Me Who Shall It Be?

Published in Uncategorized on April 21, 2022 by Dwayne Hull

Do we understand the importance of the mission?

I would say at some level all the leaders and volunteers understand the importance of what we do. The country is in a terrible mess and getting worse by the day. We know that our ruling class does not have our best interests in mind. It’s “America Last” for most of these people.

Is there a solution other than Convention of States? If there is one that is more than a temporary stop-gap, I have not seen it. 

Will the country survive as founded if we fail? I think not.

Do we have the necessary individual commitment to the mission?

Let’s be honest about this assessment. Just signing up and occasionally attending a Zoom meeting is not going to get the job done. If that is all you have to give,  then Convention of States Arizona may not be for you.

We’re supposed to be self-governing citizens but are we?

Do we set standards for ourselves and measure our performance against those standards? Or do we wait around for someone else to tell us what to do? Our work as a self-governing citizen is never done as long as we are breathing. Do we find a task, large or small, that supports the mission and work on it every day? If not, then we risk being on the slippery slope to giving up because it’s too hard.

District Captains are the bedrock of the organization.

Without District Captains the organization ceases to function. Nothing gets done without District Captain leadership. 

The skills needed to perform the role of District Captain can be developed with training and experience but the passion for the mission and this role comes from the heart.

So, if you can’t be a District Captain, figure out how to support the District Captains. Call one up and talk to him or her. It can be a lonely job at times. Offer your support. Ask what you can do to help.

Where do we go from here?

We have to do more. Remember that very few people are leaders. They need leaders. We are the leaders they need, but only if we really step up our game.

I have a few things to ask of you:

- Re-read your role manual if you have a leadership assignment. Re-commit to your role. Is it scary or too hard? Do it anyway.

- Need support? Remember everyone needs support and you can be the support that gets someone else engaged. But if you need support, ask someone in the leadership team to help you. Ask your peers for help.

- Don’t be silent. Bring your ideas to the table. Push for them, make them happen.

- Communicate! Don’t expect the team to know what you are doing or thinking without communication. Please use the Teamup calendar. Meetings organized by the leadership team are in the blue calendar. The red calendar is for general use. No excuses for missing a meeting if it's in the calendar.

What you can expect from me:

- I work every day to get self-engaged citizens to gang together to overcome seemingly impossible obstacles. If I’m not on the right track, please suggest another way. I promise to listen.

- I will continue to ask you to do more. Complacency will kill our progress or let our opposition defeat us. I am dedicated to getting COS Arizona to be bigger, better and impossible to ignore.

- I will ask those that are not engaged to step up or find another role in COS that is a better fit or perhaps step back.


Ask yourself “If not me, then who shall it be?”

Resolve to make a plan for your role, hone it, make progress on it every day. Remember we are in this for the long haul. It’s all about relationships: with each other, within our communities, and with our political leaders. Don’t just give lip service to the mission, make the mission a priority and get something done on your plan every day. Support your teammates, find a “buddy” and work with him or her every week.

Be a happy warrior! 

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