Action and effectiveness...
Our mission statement deliberately includes phrases such as "actively promote" and "the most effective avenue" to convey that we are focused on active, effective efforts. Further, our emphasis on the Constitution "according to its original meaning" encompasses a philosophy that goes beyond political policy, it informs our actions and structure.
Among the principles and philosophy that influenced and informed the Constitution was the requirement of an informed, educated, and moral citizenry.
Informed: We believe it is a civic duty to stay informed about the actions of our government, at all levels.
Educated: In order to properly analyze information, history, and current events, we believe it is necessary to properly and thoroughly research through primary source materials whenever possible. Further, when conveying information to others, we believe we should cite our sources and encourage others to check out the information for themselves.
Moral: Personal character, ethics, and integrity matter in a civil society. If an emphasis is placed on individual citizens putting their own affairs in order and striving for high standards of conduct, it is hard to imagine that government would not follow. Character, ethics, and integrity are vital in our system of government, which relies on the election of representatives to make laws and enforce them.
Since the bulk of powers are reserved to the states and to the people, the bulk of our time, energy, efforts, and resources will be focused on the state and local levels. If the foundations of state and local governments are constitutionally sound, federal issues can more efficiently and effectively resolved.
Shelli Dawdy founded this group in March 2009. GiN's Action Committee serves in as the advisory, support, and planning body. It's membership is comprised of GiN's longest standing members who have committed to serving in an ongoing active capacity and who embrace the principles and Mission Statement.
In addition to the Action Committee, there is a core group of people who have pitched in at need and without whom some of our efforts would not have been possible. In addition to this core group, there are many individuals who have volunteered in one capacity or another.
To date, we have chosen not to actively engage in ongoing fundraising to avoid adding to the existent strain on family budgets. The economic times require us to be frugal and creative. On the rare occasion an event requires some expenditure, we borrow as many items as possible or self-fund.
More importantly, since we believe government is a reflection of "We the People", the majority of our problems require direct engagement from people. We are committed to finding ways for more people to become involved in having an impact on their government, whether they only have a few spare minutes or are willing to commit more of their time.
Updated October 28, 2016