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Re: [alternative-262] New Meetup Organizer and new meeting format

From: Kathleen
Sent on: Monday, November 17, 2008 11:13 AM
Ralph:  Hello, I am Kathleen Woodley.  I am a licensed Shiatsu Practitioner (Louisiana) and an Essential Oil Therapist.  If this is the MeetUp that was Listed under "Ron" I don't know what it used to be.  I am south of Houston and drove up twice to try to catch the meeting.  I thought the facilities looked nice but both times I drove up I did not find any meeting.  I had not received any notices of cancellations or changes and since it was more than an hours drive I never made it back again.  I will be glad to give my opinions but have no idea how it used to be run.

1.  The 1st week of December would be best for me as the further into December it gets the more hectic my schedule becomes.

2.  That Community Room seemed nice but I don't know if there was a charge or not.  If the location is moved, of course I would prefer something to the south central side.  I do not know what is really avaliable.  I am fond of the Panera Bread @ 518 and 288.  In the evenings I sure there are plenty of areas in the VA Hospital, just open waiting areas for closed clinics in the evenings would provide seating.  I could bring in a display table for presentations (sorry, I don't have a podium type stand.)  As you can see, I am only making suggestions that would not require additional charges.

3.  As mentioned above I live south of Houston, down in Angleton.  I presented my suggestions in #2.

4.  Easier for me to say Monday's, Wednesday's, and Saturday's are worst for me.  Sunday afternoons around 2 or 3pm.  1pm would be good most weeks but not all.

5.  If a week day is selected, Tuesday or Thursday 7pm would be best but 6pm would be workable (Traffic Issues).
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6.  Are you interested in continuing the meet to discuss information related to the group topic (Alternative Health through Natural Supplements)?

I would lile to see through natural pathways, i.e.:  Supplement, therapies, Treatments, various topics.

7.  Do you, as members, feel there should be a different primary topic for our group?  If so, make a suggestion.

See #6

8.  Would you like to see one individual present on the same topic, a variety of topics, or ask members and/or outside consultants to present?

I think one individual should present on one topic.  However, I think a meeting could cover more than one related or complimentary topic with more than one individual presenting each one a shorter topic.

9.  What topics are you interested in at the present that would possibly benefit the group?

Of course I am into essential oils, stem cell nutritional suppliments, enzyme suppliments, shiatsu, chiropractics, accupressure therapy, magnetic therapy,  Swedish Remedial Therapy, neuromusclar therapy, et al

10.  Would it be useful to allow people a few minutes each meeting to introduce themselves, and any products or knowledge they might have that would be beneficial to others in the group.  Possibly instead we could have a display board at meetings, or a handout?  It also may depend upon the limitations of the location.  Make any suggestions that you might have on this topic.

I think introductions, fields, and locations are essential to get to know each other, as far as individual products go, l feel that literature could be placed on a display table and other attendees could select the liturature that interested them.  Handouts should be limited to the topic(s) of presentation.

11.  Do you want to have an elected organizer, and/or other key positions?  Make comments and suggestions.

Yes.  I feel that one person or team should be responsible for organizing, monitoring and overseeing.

12.  There is a fee to be an organizer.  Should the group share this fee, and what would be the best way to be fair about this issue?  Should fixed dues be considered, meeting contributions or no dues?  Should there be a requirement to pay or attend attend meetings?

Fixed dues could be discussed.  I have belonged to other groups that collected nominal fees called Sunshine Donations.  If every attendee contributed only $1.00 that is nominal and would not stress any pocketbook.  It would help defray costs.  If attendance grows it could cover additional expenses.  A voluntary Love offering could also be collected to cover other presenter fees.  Voluntary presenters from the group are great for awhile.  But other presenters could be invited who may charge a fee that could be worthwhile.  There would need to be a Finance Officer to manage the funds.

13.  Are you interested in having social events for the group, should activities be orgainzed around meetings, or should it remain "professional".

Some socialization would be great.  Limited refreshments and beverages (something healthy).  If the meeting place chosen were commercial (i.e.:  Panera or the Whole Foods place where it was supposed to have been)  attendees should be on their own.  Covered dishes affairs (Pot Luck) are nice if organized and coordinated and kept to a minimum.  Or just a social portion, say during an intermission of a presentation for people to chat and get to know each other.

14.  Please offer any other thoughts or comments.  This will be your group.

See comments above.

Keep me posted.

Kathleen Woodley

--- On Sun, 11/16/08, Ralph <[address removed]> wrote:
From: Ralph <[address removed]>
Subject: [alternative-262] New Meetup Organizer and new meeting format
To: [address removed]
Date: Sunday, November 16, 2008, 11:04 AM

Hi Everyone,
 
My name is Ralph.  I joined the Meetup group a few months ago, and unfortunately never made it to a meeting, so am introducing myself here.  Please take a few minutes to read this message, and reply while you are still thinking about it.  I would like to schedule a meeting within the next few weeks to re-organize the group to the needs of the members.
 
It appears as though there has been a lot of interest in the past, with many interesting members.  I share interest in this area and would like to see the group continue, so have signed up as the new organizer (at least temporarily).  I wanted to find out everyone's interest in continuing the group, with possibly a new direction and format.
 
Most meetings appear to have been on one area of expertise, either through choice, or lack of choice.  I don't know which.  However, I am open to a variety of choices that fit the interests of the group.  It is a compliment to the prior organizer, Ron, that this has grown to the present size.
 
I NEED YOUR FEEDBACK!
 
In order to continue the group, I want to make sure that people are interested, and their interests. There is a lot of information out there to share, and I think everyone should have the opportunity to be as healthy as possible, by being pro-active in their approach to health and nutrition.
 
PLEASE RESPOND BACK TO QUESTIONS 1-5 BELOW.  I need to know everyone's interest in continuing the group.  My ideas are to have a format that is beneficial and educational to all.  I also know that many people join to network a business or product.  That's OK too, and I want to provide a format that allows this to happen, without overpowering other members.  Many people want information so they can then make an educated choice in the future of their health.  I have many ideas and suggestions, and am open to the ideas of others.
 
Some of my thoughts follow, and they are open to suggestions by email, and then discussion at out next meeting.  My idea is that as an organizer, I will organize to meet the interests of the group.  I know that there are many people in the group that are capable of presenting useful and interesting information.  There are also people that could be invited to present to the group.  It would also be nice to be able to be in a friendly environment that would be a safe place to gather information.
 
As Organizer, please answer the following questions so that I may better organize the group for our next meeting.  Please note that this will be open to change and discussion at our first meeting, but I need to get us to the first meeting:
1.  Would you be willing to meet in the near future to set up our group and new format (preferably the first or second week in December)?  Please make two choices in order of preference.
2.  Is the current location good, or would you prefer a different location?  Suggest a location, if different.
3.  What part of town do you live in, or is convenient for meetings?
4.  What day of the week is best for you?  Select at least two, in order of preference.
5.  What time of day is best for you?  Select at least two, and identify the day of preference with this time.
 
Please consider the following questions prior to our next meeting, and be prepared to discuss them at that time.  You may also email me with your suggestions, especially if you can't make our first re-organization meeting and still plan to participate in the future:
6.  Are you interested in continuing the meet to discuss information related to the group topic (Alternative Health through Natural Supplements)?
7.  Do you, as members, feel there should be a different primary topic for our group?  If so, make a suggestion.
8.  Would you like to see one individual present on the same topic, a variety of topics, or ask members and/or outside consultants to present?
9.  What topics are you interested in at the present that would possibly benefit the group?
10.  Would it be useful to allow people a few minutes each meeting to introduce themselves, and any products or knowledge they might have that would be beneficial to others in the group.  Possibly instead we could have a display board at meetings, or a handout?  It also may depend upon the limitations of the location.  Make any suggestions that you might have on this topic.
11.  Do you want to have an elected organizer, and/or other key positions?  Make comments and suggestions.
12.  There is a fee to be an organizer.  Should the group share this fee, and what would be the best way to be fair about this issue?  Should fixed dues be considered, meeting contributions or no dues?  Should there be a requirement to pay or attend attend meetings?
13.  Are you interested in having social events for the group, should activities be orgainzed around meetings, or should it remain "professional".
14.  Please offer any other thoughts or comments.  This will be your group.
 
I will use this information to set up our next meeting day and time.  I would like to make it possibly the first week or two in December, so please get this back to me soon so we can make plans accordingly.  I will make a short presentation to introduce myself and get the group going using this information, with the intent of bringing out ideas to best form the group to the needs of the members.  Members that are present will have the chance to mold the group into something useful for everyone.
 
We can then make the new year one that is educational and beneficial for everyone!  I look forward to being the new organizer, if you choose, and I need your feedback to do that.

Warm Regards,
Ralph Benedict



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