[clug-talk] How do we make our meetings better?

Niels Voll nvoll at voho.com
Wed Nov 17 22:46:47 PST 2004

this is weird - I wrote a response to this, but didn't get it in my 
email. But it did show up in the mailing list archive at:


should I repost to the list, or did it get delivered to everyone else?


p.s. I had a few posts before and after that one which behaved normally 
- i.e. I did get them in in my email.

Jarrod Major wrote:

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>Hey Group,
>The Executive would like to start up this dialogue again.
>It has become clear that the people subscribed to this list perceived that we 
>the Executive killed this thread last time. I am not going to argue that 
>point and I urge none of you to either. We would like to hear your comments 
>and ideas on this subject. Again, if you don't feel that this list is the 
>most appropriate venue for your comments or your ideas are too controversial, 
>feel free to use the suggestion/comments box on the website.
>It is apparent that we need to open the meetings up for more 'free' time. You 
>can count on that for the coming months.
>I want to convey to you that anything discussed in this thread should be 
>considered ideas and not actions. <having to choose my words carefully> This 
>is not meant to stifle the conversation but ultimately at this point in time 
>it is the responsibility of the Board to plan and execute meetings. Your 
>input is invaluable. Also we are specifically talking about meetings not CLUG 
>in general.
>I suspect that some of the problems we encountered last time were a direct 
>result in the Executive trying to take in some constructive criticism, do 
>something about it but not shake things up too radically. Ultimately our 
>numbers for attendance haven't suffered nor has our membership sign-ups. This 
>leads the Executive to believe that some part of the meeting formula is 
>working. As was stated before it comes down to a balancing act, how do we 
>manage this to keep everyone happy? We only have evidence so far of a few 
>people who are unhappy or want to see some things change.
>I encourage you to speak up. I am speaking to the people on this list who 
>attend meetings because ultimately this affects them. I am also addressing 
>the people who might attend meetings if we made it more desirable for them to 
>do so. If you are neither, please do NOT hold back your suggestions but keep 
>in mind that we are trying to improve the situation for those that come to 
>the meetings.
>I think that about covers it. Sorry to be long-winded. Let the fun begin, and 
>I do mean fun. This should be an enjoyable process not something unpleasant.
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