Last night we (the executive committee of the TCD) presented another version of the open membership amendment to the central committee.
And, wow Ivan Weiss, chair of the 34th LD gave a great five or so minutes on why open membership is the core of his organization. 100 to 150 folks show up to each monthly meeting, because "they have a voice." They also get out in the community (volunteering at a food bank for example), trying to get more folks involved while also helping their community.
Rossyln Reed, chair of the Mason County Democrats, followed up with her organization's more recent experience with open membership. Last August they amended their bylaws to allow open membership and since then they've seen a sharp increase in participation.
So, next month we'll be voting again. Last time around the amendment was tabled. Here is some information on a powerpoint I presented last night as well (more technical that rah rah stuff).