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Old 12-14-2015, 03:05 PM   #11 (permalink)
 
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Ok I resisted putting my two cents in, mainly because as of yet I have not been able to make a meeting, and why is that you ask. We don't know far enough in advance when and where they will be.

Scott Bob can tell you how often I ask him WHEN AND WHERE?

If you schedule the next one far enough in advance Brenda and I will do our best to be there no mater were it is. But we need to know, Brenda is already scheduling her Saturdays off through February 2016. She pretty much get's one a month so if we know when the meeting is we can plan for it.

What does doing things consistently accomplish. 57 people being at our Christmas Dinner this Thursday Night.
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We do have a facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/154413041381512/
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Old 12-15-2015, 09:53 AM   #13 (permalink)
 
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Yes there is a Facebook page, but it is not kept up to date. Last and only event posted. Is for a Black Friday Ad. REALLY?

Some may resist organization but if ya"ll want regular attendance. It is a necessity.

Please let me know (with more notice then 2 weeks) when the next meeting is and Brenda and I will be there.
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Old 12-15-2015, 02:53 PM   #14 (permalink)
 
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My views:

This time of year can be very busy. I think I have one free Saturday in January (don't tell my wife ).

I was a little like James, at first, not knowing what to expect. I'm not shy, but it can be awkward walking into something you are not sure of. The way I see to remedy this is more planning, but more importantly making sure everyone knows the plans.

I don't think we need or should plan every minute of the meeting. But we should have a guideline to encourage new people, or ones that haven't attended much, so they will know what to expect.

I think different swaps would be good, maybe a nice blank swap, or pen kit with blank swap. Then maybe next meeting everyone bring their swap from the previous meeting for show and tell.

I will volunteer to call people to ask if they are attending. I would also volunteer for any of the other ideas like Bob had, organize the swaps or organize the demos.

Speaking of demos, I am not opposed to repeating some of them. A kitless demo, a casting demo, a duck call demo, those are all ones that I wouldn't mind seeing again. I'm sure everyone may have others too. We can share ideas, and use the demos to encourage people to come that didn't see them first time around.

I think something we could do is a door prize or two. Everyone throw in a few dollars and we buy something to give away.



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Better/more planning and organization
Put a few people in charge of reaching out for attendance and in charge of planning the swaps and demos
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Old 12-15-2015, 08:28 PM   #15 (permalink)
 
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Ok I resisted putting my two cents in, mainly because as of yet I have not been able to make a meeting, and why is that you ask. We don't know far enough in advance when and where they will be.

Scott Bob can tell you how often I ask him WHEN AND WHERE?

If you schedule the next one far enough in advance Brenda and I will do our best to be there no mater were it is. But we need to know, Brenda is already scheduling her Saturdays off through February 2016. She pretty much get's one a month so if we know when the meeting is we can plan for it.

What does doing things consistently accomplish. 57 people being at our Christmas Dinner this Thursday Night.
John, in all fairness, most of our meetings are scheduled 3 months in advance. With the exception of the last 2, we have had a place and a date with a minimum of a month in advance. We did have a date set for the meeting in September, but nobody stepped up to host. So it was cancelled. That was the 1st time since we started that a meeting was cancelled.

Yes there have been times where we didn't know 3 months in advance. But that was few and far between, and we took steps to change that. If you remember, the meeting in March was scheduled for Scott's house more than 2 months in advance, and I think there were 8 or 9 people (about our average crowd). I know you couldn't make that meeting, but not because we didn't plan it in advance.

The meeting in May was also scheduled 3 months in advance. I was set to host, but as you know, I had some family issues come up, but we had a new member step up to host even though he'd never been to a meeting. From what I understand that meeting was a good one.

Comparing our IAP local group to DSWT is really comparing apples to oranges. And while I've only been to a few DSWT meetings, I do like a lot of how things are done. But there is the advantage of having a meeting location that doesn't change. It is also a larger group with most of the members being located in Central Arkansas. At least that's the impression I have from my few meetings.

But the format for the meetings are entirely different. The IAP meetings are usually a half day or more depending on who wants or can stay longer. Generally the demos are open demos and allow people to be interactive. It's not always the case, but many times it is. And it's less structured with allows for people to discuss things away from the demo if they choose to do so. There is also always a shared meal. Sometimes the host prepares the main meal, but sometimes all that's furnished is a place to cook. To be a member, all you need to do is belong to IAP, and live in Arkansas.

The DSWT group has a formal meeting with an agenda. I think the meetings are about 2 hours or so. I really didn't pay close enough attention to the time though. And that's good in that it held my interest, and I wasn't looking at my watch. There are annual dues, and sometimes a raffle (maybe every time). There is a community lathe available for demos (a PM3520).

So the goals of the groups are entirely different, and any real comparison as far as meeting schedules are concerned is like comparing the beaches in Florida to those in New Mexico.

I've read a lot about what this group needs, and criticism of what people have or haven't done. What I haven't see is very much of "I'll do this." or "I'll help with that." Anyone can host. Anyone can volunteer to do a demo. Anyone can invite new people. Anyone can text, e-mail, post to our facebook page, or call others to let them know what's going on. The question is: Will they?
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People are apprehensive to volunteer to do demos because of their humbleness, but if you ask they would probably be honored and willing. My personality as it is, I would never volunteer to do a program with a bunch of strangers, but if asked I'm MORE than happy to. They will surely learn something preparing and it will make not only the audience but the presenter a better turner. It's hard to get someone to step up and say "I'll teach this" because they think "well everyone already knows how to do everything I know". This is part of the reason I think a semi structured leadership is important, need those folks coordinating everything and being a central point of contact. It could just be two people one in charge of demos and one in charge of outreach/advertiser as in post updates to iap and Facebook possibly taking pictures too.
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Old 12-16-2015, 04:50 AM   #17 (permalink)
 
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Anyone up for being president and "actual worker"? We can have a vote, should I nominate people? I nominate anyone I've met at a meeting as I feel they could all do a stellar job!! Done now let's vote... Anyone volunteer their place as a meeting location for next year? Act folks. I volunteer to do a kitless demo if I'm ever in town at the right time, I guess that means I volunteer bobs garage as the meeting place since he has the tooling needed :)
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[quote=BJohn;1819251]Yes there is a Facebook page, but it is not kept up to date. Last and only event posted. Is for a Black Friday Ad. REALLY?

The Facebook page is as update as the people using it post. Anyone who has ask to be a part of the page, and we know they are in Arkansas, are on the page. It is not a web page so there is not a webmaster. It is there for anyone in the group to share whatever they thing is interesting in our group. So please add a post of what you have turned or you find interesting that you think our group might be interested in.
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I will also volunteer to update the Facebook page. I will put meeting place, time, and demos planned. I can also add a list of attendees planned as I get confirmation when I (or someone) calls.

I will add reminders to it as the meeting date draws closer too.

I want this to work. I have met some great folks through this and I want others to have the same opportunities.


Another word on demos. You don't have to be an expert to give a demo. Even if you think someone else at the meeting may be better than you at a given thing, you can still lead the demo.

Example, Scott is better at photography. But I would still do a photography and photo editing demo. That does a few things. It takes the heat off of Scott, who has done several other demos. It gives someone else (me in this case) an opportunity to help/feel like more of a part of the group. It also give the group a chance to get to know other members a little better.

And our demos are informal enough that input/opinions/questions can be given at any point. So in this example, Scott or someone could tell me a quicker/easier way to do a step and still let me "lead" the demo.

I hope that makes sense and I hope I have helped other see ways they can volunteer to help.
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Old 12-16-2015, 11:56 AM   #20 (permalink)
 
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From past experience, it only takes a few dedicated people to start a woodturning club, therefore it only takes a few dedicated people to start and maintain a penturning club! The core members need to meet regularly and get procedures and programs set among themselves before trying to "grow" the club. Arkansas is not known as a heavily populated State and if you are in the middle of the State, then the majority of the members will have to do some traveling to get to the meeting. I wish you well, but don't be surprised if some of the members just can't afford to travel far distances more than every two or three months.
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