Well, I couldn't make it today, but I want to put a strong vote out for
more non-tuesday meetups. I've been trying to make it out for a couple
months now, but tuesdays never work for me.
Hope lots of progress was made today.
On Sep 21, 2007, at 12:38 AM, Joseph James Frantz wrote:
> So far 16 people have RSVPed yes to Saturday's meetup. Much more than
> I expected (I figured maybe four or five of us would). So this looks
> to be even more exciting than I had anticipated. All of yall's help in
> this area of our Association is greatly appreciated by me, and I am
> sure by everyone else in the association as well. I know that yall
> have busy schedules so I am going to try to keep it on point regarding
> I will arrive at 3pm to secure seating. We will be seated in the back
> of Caribou.
> The meetup is scheduled for 4pm, so that's when I think most folks
> will begin arriving. We'll give half an hour to allow for latecomers
> to arrive, a bit of socializing and time to get our refreshments.
> At 4:30pm I'll start the official meeting. If everyone that has RSVPed
> shows up earlier and we want to start sooner than 4:30pm that is fine
> I'll have handouts consisting of some questionnaires, printouts of our
> conversations on the email list, and the agenda. We'll review
> everything in the agenda fairly rapidly, then have a round table. I'd
> like to be sure that everyone that has something to say gets to do so.
> So I'm hoping we can keep it fairly organized. To accomplish this it
> might be useful to call on folks in an order. When someone wants to
> chime in, they can be added to the queue so to speak. This means that
> copious note taking will be valuable so we don't forget the point we
> wanted to make while someone else is talking.
> I have a couple of MP3 players that are also voice records, so I will
> be handing those out so that all areas of the meeting can be recorded
> as best we can. I will also be picking up a microphone and webcam to
> try to record as much as possible on my laptop. This time I will bring
> my digital camera. If anyone else has recorders, or cameras, in
> particular video cameras or webcams, please bring them if you are
> able. Of course, bring your laptops as well. Caribou has Wifi. They
> only ask that if you use it more than an hour, you purchase something
> to eat or drink. I will scrap up some extension cords and outlet
> strips, but they wont be anything fancy (read - not surge protectors).
> I imagine the meeting will be about 2 hours. I know some of yall may
> not have that much time and might want to leave earlier. And for those
> few that might want to stay later than that, I am thinking about
> heading over to BW3s (or Longhorns..but BWs has WIFI) at between 6pm
> to 7pm. So if anyone ends up sticking around, we can continue our
> discussions over there. On the other hand if many of yall end up
> staying past 6pm and wish to stay at Caribou, I'll remain there with
> you until the 'caribou crowd' of us has decided to head out, then I'll
> head over to BWs with anyone that remains. These end times are
> guestimates on my part, and will really be directed by the group.
> I sincerely thank everyone that has contributed not only to this
> process, and emails, but to the overall group dynamic that has grown
> since our meetup (and now association) got started. I can fully concur
> with Nate's and others' statements and say I also feel blessed and
> lucky to be a part of such a group of folks that are so easy to get
> along with, and so serious about their profession. I look forward to
> seeing those of yall that will be there on Saturday and the rest of
> yall on Tuesday October 9 for our next meetup.
> Many kind thanks and best regards,
> Joseph James Frantz
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