We focus on the intersection of racial and social justice with legalization of cannabis and bringing awareness to the cannabis community about how this relates to being a responsible cannabis consumer. We are a member of the Start SMART Alliance, Equity First Alliance, and partner with local social justice organizations to bring racial and social justice to the forefront of the conversation.
We are currently seeking leaders as committee members who will work to advocate for our community as well as fill four spots on the chapters official Board of Directors.
If you are interested in being on the Board of Directors, you should anticipate spending 8-10 hours per week (give or take) volunteering to complete your duties. See below for open positions and descriptions for each.
If you aren't sure you can commit to this - no problem! You can always join as a committee member, which only asks for 8-10 hours of your time per month (give or take). We are ALWAYS looking for more folks to join our "Outreach Committee"; see below for a description of what this involves.
We aim to have at least one of each of the following events every month:
1. Roc NORML Monthly Member Meeting - open to the public: 2 hour monthly meeting, beginning January 2019 it will occur the 2nd Tuesday of every month (except November will be the first Tuesday). The first hour of the meeting will be spent discussing recent federal, state, and local changes to cannabis policy reform, completing important action alerts for legislation and initiatives, preparing for that month's Rochester City Council Meeting and other political events, and discussing and learn about different "Cannabis 101" topics (ex. What is CBD? What are terpenes? What is vertical integration?). The second hour of that meeting will be a Board of Directors meeting to plan the months upcoming events, which the public is welcome to attend.
2. Rochester City Council Meeting: the 3rd Tuesday of every month the Rochester City Council has their public meeting; Roc NORML has a presence at these meetings every month to make sure our voices are being heard on important issues discussed in the municipality
3. Fundraising/Social Event: anything from a movie night to a potluck dinner to yoga; anything to help the chapter raise money in a fun, social setting
4. Political Lobbying: anything from going to Albany to meet with legislators to doing a presentation for a police department
5. Community Outreach: anything from having a table at a concert or festival, or going to the public market to promote or educate different projects and initiatives
Board of Directors and "Outreach Committee" Descriptions:
Roc NORML Board of Directors Position Descriptions
These are descriptions of duties and are to be used as guidelines for Chapter leadership. There are no specific limitations or obligations of responsibility or authority. The Board shall act as a team and be ready and willing to share information and duties. Board members shall cross-train and assist wherever possible.
(Vacant) will appear next to a position currently open; (Director Name) will appear next to a position currently filled:
 The Executive Director (Mary Kruger) provides the main leadership role for the chapter. The Executive Director is central to the strategy and overall success of the Chapter, and is responsible for the following duties:● Point of contact for all internal communications;● Planning and execution of short-term and long-term goals;● Maintaining the Chapter email account;● Facilitation of board meetings;● Maintaining and filing taxes and 501c4 documentation with the Treasurer;● Promotes effective connections with other organizations, politicians, the media, the public, and national office of NORML.
 The Deputy Director (Steve VanDeWalle) is 2nd in command of the organization. The Deputy Director assists the Executive Director with all primary responsibilities when needed and is also in charge of the following duties:● Serves as acting director when the Executive Director is unable to do so;● Assists the Executive Director in his or her duties;● Works with Executive Director to plan meeting agendas;● Participation on monthly national chapter conference call;● Preparing of meeting agendas;● Facilitation of membership meetings.
 The Treasurer (Vacant) is the financial manager of the Chapter, making sure all of the money is accounted for and ensuring that the chapter is raising money. The Treasurer’s duties are the following:● Balances the books utilizing the monthly bank account statement;● Maintains accurate financial records including accounting, banking, budget tracking for purposes of reconciliation of grant and gift funding as required and disbursement of funds;● Planning and execution of short-term and long-term fundraising strategy;● Accounting includes expense and income reports by category on a monthly, quarterly and yearly basis, and as needed;● Oversee the placement of orders for supplies and merchandise.● Maintaining financial records of merchandise and membership dues;● Maintaining and filing taxes and 501c4 documentation with the Executive Director.
 The Communications Director (Reverend Sam Lovetro) is in charge of the chapter’s public image and outreach to the community and local media. The Communication Director is in charge of the following duties:● Serves as administrator, managing the chapter’s online presence (including website, e-commerce, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc);● Oversight of press releases, newspaper op-eds, media appearances, brochures, flyers, logos, and other printed/digital media.● Regular communication with Chapter membership;● Distribution of chapter materials and monthly newsletter;● Sends out meeting reminders to members.
 The Secretary (Nicole Johnson; per By Laws, currently in 60 day probation until 2/17/19) is the record keeper of the organization, and is intrinsic to the organization of the chapter. The Secretary is in charge of these duties:● Takes and posts minutes of Board meetings and public meetings;● Updating and organizing Chapter calendar;● Sends membership records, press releases, news articles, etc to the national NORML office;● Maintaining Chapter Bylaws, Articles of Incorporation and Mission Statement;● Works with Executive Director to maintain membership roster.
 The Director of Development (Vacant) oversees the acquisition of new and innovative ways to raise money for the chapter. The Director of Development is in charge of these duties:● Submit to the board a plan for the yearly NORML fundraiser;● Coordinates raffles, auctions, and other similar events at public meetings;● Promotes sponsorship via public relations with industry associations and professional groups;● Manages the liaison between the chapter and potential sponsors;● Designs sponsorship packages for industry sponsors;● Recommends achievable quarterly fundraising goals for the chapters.
 The Lead Political Researcher (Vacant) is in charge of these duties:● Keeps up-to-date on all local, state and national bills/laws relating to marijuana, relaying this information back to the board;● Identifies key political players and organizations whose affiliations represent an opportunity for lobbying on behalf of cannabis legalization;● Discovers all political candidates positions on marijuana issues in election years;● Advises the board with the National NORML PAC for any and all potential political endorsements.
 The Volunteer Coordinator (Vacant) is in charge of these duties:● Sends out text messages (or email) to all NORML volunteers before events;● Manages the volunteer event sign-ups for public meetings;● Submit volunteer rosters and hours to the Executive Directive;● Works with Event Coordinator to find volunteering opportunities with the local community;● Coordinates street outreach committee to promote the organization in the community
Outreach Committee Members are in charge of these duties:● Helps promote the chapter via their own personal social media page;● Distributes promotional materials for the chapter at various community events (ex. concerts, festivals, parties, etc.)● Helps coordinate chapter events, when available (ex. work sign-in tables, setup venues, pickup donations, etc.)