How to make signs for Gary Johnson Sign Waving Day!
In Uncategorized on October 19, 2012 at 9:16 pm
Today is Nationwide Gary Johnson Sign-Waving Day… And You’re Invited!
Gary Johnson supporters from coast to coast are invited to theNationwide Gary Johnson Sign-Waving Day, TODAY, October 19th.
We’ve already held three Sign-Waving Days so far and have received hundreds of pictures; we believe that today will be our biggest and most successful day yet!
However, we know a number of you have had questions about how to make signs, so we’ve included suggestions on how to have a successful Sign-Waving Day.
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HOW TO MAKE A GARY JOHNSON SIGN
- Coroplast White (Plastic Cardboard)
- 4mm Gauge, 48″x96″ Sheets
- One sheet makes four 24″x48″ signs.
- When you cut, make sure the ribs follow the long direction of the sign. That way it’s stronger and the cut is easier.
- Check sign shops and similar stores.
￼What to Write With?
- We buy “Glass Chalk” in Walmart’s automotive section. Get both Red and Black.
Lay Them Out To Dry!
- If you make mistakes, you can erase with rubbing alcohol and fix it.
- You’re almost ready for your sign rally. The next step is finding your best location. We’ll cover that next.
- Cardboard, paint, stickers, chalk… anything will work!
- The most important part is that your sign is visible from a distance.
SELECTING YOUR RALLY LOCATION
￼Traffic Volume Maps
- The first thing you’ll need is a Traffic Volume Map.
- Many areas have these available online. Search “My City/County Traffic Volume Map”
- Find the streets with the highest Traffic Numbers and choose two or three as possibilities.
- Now we have to scout our locations. Suitable locations need to be:
- Safe. Make sure there’s a sidewalk or a wide median to stand on.
- Clear. You don’t want too many trees, driveways, or other obstacles that will interfere with your position.
- Make sure you’ll be on the right side of the road to face the heavy traffic. This will be opposite for morning and afternoon.
- Avoid having your back to the sun if possible.
- Try to be present during morning traffic or afternoon traffic, if possible.
Distance of SIgns
- Your signs will be separated 40 steps apart from each other.
- Your first sign should be at least 20-40 steps from the nearest corner. Count it out and find that spot.
- Is that a safe place with a clear view of traffic?
- Repeat until you know that you can place up to seven volunteers safely.
- Make sure there’s adequate parking for all of your volunteers.
- Leave any prime parking to retail stores if they need it.
- Now you’re ready for your sign rally!
RUNNING YOUR SIGN RALLY EVENT
- Recruiting and encouraging volunteers is your most important job.
- Passionate volunteers are what make this campaign different.
- This is very rewarding work for volunteers. Once they get out there and see the response, they will recognize the impact you’re making.
- As people sign up, invite them to invite their friends.
￼Before the Sign Rally
- Start calling and inviting volunteers as soon as you have a location.
- Call all of your volunteers if possible. Confirm and encourage those who’ve agreed to be there, and invite the rest one last time.
- Email is a good follow up and reminder of details, but it does not replace the phone calls.
- Time your rallies to meet morning and afternoon traffic. You’ll reach more people, and they’ll have more time to read your signs.
- Keep your rallies to about one hour each. This shows respect for your volunteer’s time, and will help to ensure you don’t wear them out.
- Arrive at least 15 minutes before the scheduled time. If you aren’t there, volunteers will not always wait for you.
- Use sidewalk chalk to mark locations for your volunteers to stand.
- Place the first mark according to the location scouting document.
- Make a solid circle about the size of the palm of your hand with a “1” next to it.
- Walk forty normal steps and make number two the same way. Mark all seven locations even if you’re expecting fewer people. You never know who’ll show up.
- Your volunteers are the most important part of this event by far. The signs are a distant second.
- You’ll need to coach and encourage your volunteers as they arrive, and throughout the event.
Sign holders should:
- Smile and wave! Their smile is by far their best asset.
- Look into the car and smile at the driver – hold the sign still.
- They don’t need to spin or wiggle the sign. People will see it.
- Stay on their location. Many will want to pace a little, but keep them within a few feet of their assigned mark.
- Hold their sign at a right angle to the street. This is the best angle for drivers to see it.
Good luck waving your Gary Johnson signs! Don’t forget to send your pictures to CampaignTrailPics.
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