|Sent on:||Thursday, January 19, 2012 2:35 PM|
Dear Roofdeck and Roofgardening Members,
All good things must come to an end. Or maybe not.
I’m stepping down. Would one of you be interested in becoming Group Leader/Organizer?
You could take Leadership anywhere you want. I didn’t, but in a way, this is an ideal opportunity to become an instant authority and quotable spokesperson on urban greening, New York roof gardens, advocacy—whatever. Become glitterati. There are even a few modest commercial subsidies if you’re so inclined.
Here’s what’s involved. Meetup.com organization requires dues of $144 a year. Kathy and I paid it ourselves, but the amount could easily be raised by asking members to pay a nominal sum if you arrange several meetups per year. Meetup.com's interface makes scheduling and all forms of member contact incredibly easy.
All of the decks and roof gardens we visited were offered by reaching out to members. Our hosts were hospitable, reliable and excellent sources of gardening knowledge.
As Leader/Organizer you would sound them out and check that there’s a doorbell system or alternate way of letting guests in. Agree on an event time with host, ask them not to make last-minute changes, write up the description with address and details. Notify members as early as possible, add a few auto-reminders near the date. Provide attendees with your cell number or mode of contact that you will monitor during the event.
Most gardens peak in July-Sept and roofgardeners tend to want to display their feats of beauty during those key months. Current membership stands at 233. About 10-15% will show up at the meetups, roughly 20-40 people.
The reason I’m stepping down? Kathy and I bought a weekend house near Hudson, NY. Neither of us know a thing about country living (or repairs) and a result we’ll be under different pressures this year.
Both of us made lasting friendships in the group. We also had fun seeing interesting roofdecks and meeting gardeners. We will still be growing flowers, trees and tomatoes in the city sky – apparently the deer at our weekend place will eat everything floral or vegetal down to the nub, barring the toughest bushes.
If you’re interested, email me. We can talk by phone and I’ll then contact Meetup.com to make arrangements. I could still stay on as an Assistant Organizer.
Again, it has been fun. New demands, but there certainly could be worse problems in life.
Peter Watson (and Kathleen Heins)