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2007 "STATE OF NTOS" Report

Old T.
OldToad
Group Organizer
Dallas, TX
December, 2007

2007 "STATE OF NTOS" REPORT

As the Organizer for our North Texas Objectivist Society, I am pleased to give our annual "State of NTOS" report to our membership.

In considering the State of NTOS, consider that we have only been active since February 2005, which is only about 32 months.


Membership
Right now, NTOS has a total of 194 members.

This is the net result of 325 people having signed up to express interest in NTOS, of which 122 have left of their own accord for various reasons, and out of all these 325 people, in my judgment I have removed only 9 for not respecting our membership terms.

Of our 194 current members, Meetup considers 107 to be "active," meaning that they have logged into Meetup within the last three months.

Many of our members (including past members) have brought spouses, some have brought children, and some have brought friends to visit with us.


Social Events
Altogether, in this short time we have organized about 80 events, including social gatherings, speakers, cultural events, etc.

My wife and I hosted our first "event" at our home ("the Ranch") in February, 2005 with 11 people -- including my family of 5.

With that start, we have already hosted about 60 social events at the Ranch, counting regular events plus special holiday events.

Our social events at "the Ranch" typically attract 25 - 35 people.

Our largest event so far was our 2007 Thanksgiving potluck several weeks ago for which we had 51 people! We truly appreciate all the wonderful food our members contributed to this special celebration event.

Counting up the estimated attendance to our events, we have already hosted about 1,500 people at the Ranch, including children.

Also, taking into account that each social event at the Ranch has been at least 8 hours long, and many of them have lasted 'til the wee hours of the next morning, I estimate that we have had gatherings totaling about 500 hours!

In addition, we have had about 20 other special interest events, including going to the movies, restaurants, theatrical shows, and special events like Scarborough Faire.


Message Board
I also just counted up the posts on our NTOS message board, taking into account a few deletions I have made as clean-up or part of our moderating efforts:

Discussion Threads: 600+
Replies on Discussion Threads: 3,200+
Total Posts: about 4,000

I have spent some time catching up with our "Table of Contents" to help us find our way around. In particular, since my announcement of updating our "Table of Contents" of just a few days ago, I have also added two new important subsections:

"Suggestions for Activities"
"Sharing News About our Members"

In this regard, I would like to start putting together a regular e-mail newsletter for NTOS, including with news and information about our members, if they would like to share it with our community.

Please visit our active NTOS Message-Board forum, including the "Table of Contents" at: http://aynrand.meetup...­


Billboard Advertising!
We raised more than $2,000 to take out billboards-by-the-day in September, 2007! These billboards simply said:

"Who is John Galt?"
"Objectivist Society . Com"


Each of these three billboards was up for 2 or 3 days and could be seen by about 200,000+ vehicles per day, and I estimate nearly 3/4 of a million people had the opportunity to see the billboards. Although we had hoped for more response, we found about 10 new NTOS members and participants through these billboards. Each person who joins and participates is like a seed for further growth.


"OPAR" Discussion Group
In addition, we had a lively "OPAR" discussion group with about 6-10 people who attended each time. We are looking to start it up again this spring.


Guest-Speaker Events
Further, we are starting to host guest speakers. Our first guest speakers were:
Craig Biddle in November, 2006;
Andrew Bernstein on March 24, 2007; and
John Ridpath on October 13, 2007.

We are planning on inviting another Objectivist to speak to NTOS in the Spring of 2008.


Our "About" Page
I think most importantly, although it may not seem like it to most of us, we have been continuing to learn how to manage an Objectivist social group, and most of our management principles have been committed to writing on our "About" page at: http://AynRand.Meetup...­

There is lots of information about us, including what we are doing, why, and how. Please check it out!


Management E-Mails
In looking at our e-mails relating to NTOS, I have sent or received upwards of 10,000!
(This counting e-mails I receive that regard matters that may be of interest to NTOS, but each general announcement NTOS sends out to our members as just one.)

I should also add that I do not see the e-mails between our members, of course, so I am sure we have more e-mail traffic among us than even I see.

I would estimate this means that any particular member is only seeing at most about 1 or 2% of our e-mail traffic.


Please Visit Us!
Consider that NTOS is a local Objectivist society that has been active for less than three years!

To those who are regularly participating in our social events, you make this possible for all of us to enjoy: Thank you!

To those who have not visited us in a while, we hope you will check us out again soon and visit us when you can. We would love to have your participation!

-- "Old Toad"
Organizer
North Texas Objectivist Society


Corrected typographical errors, minor clarifications, and a counting error.
Later found yet another typo.
A former member
Post #: 155
I have been trained to "watch" my "state of..." reports. Can you redo this on video and post it on YouTube? Maybe get a power tie and an offical seal?

Love ya,

Pytheus
Old T.
OldToad
Group Organizer
Dallas, TX
Post #: 663
Pytheus,

I just looked up "State of the Union Address" on Wikipedia, a questionable Internet reference, which includes the following history:

George Washington gave the first State of the Union address on January 8, 1790 in New York City, then the provisional U.S. capital. In 1801, Thomas Jefferson discontinued the practice of delivering the address in person, regarding it as too monarchical (similar to the Speech from the Throne). Instead, the address was written and then sent to Congress to be read by a clerk until 1913 when Woodrow Wilson re-established the practice despite some initial controversy.


Like Thomas Jefferson, I think our "State of NTOS" address should be in writing, lest it be considered too monarchical.cool
A former member
Post #: 156
Are you suggesting I have hidden designs for Orb and Sceptre? :)

I was merely suggesting how nice it would be to see your charming face on video. confused

The Dark Lord devilish
Old T.
OldToad
Group Organizer
Dallas, TX
Post #: 664
Are you suggesting I have hidden designs for Orb and Sceptre? :)

I wish more of our members would have such designs!
Sherry
SherryTX
Plano, TX
Post #: 622
Todd does look fetching in the Grand Pooba fez, so it would be great on YouTube.
However,, I am afraid the message wouldn't be paid attention too enough, and we could get swarmed with fez enthusiasts at the next few events. (Although I DO enjoy chatting with fellow "Jeff & Akbar" fans, I am not sure NTOS would the proper venue.)

So text may indeed be best.
Old T.
OldToad
Group Organizer
Dallas, TX
Post #: 683
Update.

About a week ago, NTOS topped 200 members!

At this moment, we have 205 members, about half of which Meetup considers "active," i.e., having logged into Meetup within the last three months.
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