[plug] What would encourage membership of PLUG?

Tim White weirdit at gmail.com
Thu Feb 18 12:10:32 WST 2010

On 18/02/10 11:08, Peter wrote:
> I agree with many of the previous comments.  To attract new members, 
> PLUG needs to be a little more "newbie" orientated.  I think it would 
> help to keep the website more up-to date as most people probably need 
> a little more time to plan for upcoming events.  Could we have some 
> kind of events calendar?  We need to be a little more pro-active in 
> sending out invites to meetings.  A reminder (preferably with with 
> talk topic) should be sent out at least a week before each meeting so 
> potential attendees have plenty of time to plan ahead.
Great point. We did at one stage have an events coordinator, but that 
seemed to end up being the Presidents job last year. I guess having a 
calendar planned further ahead would help as well.
> Personally, I like the mailing list but a forum may also be a good 
> option, particularly for new members to ask for help.  A forum is 
> probably a little easier to navigate (when looking for help) compared 
> to searching a mailing list archive (but I could be wrong).
Point noted.
> The main reason I don't get more involved is location/distance (and to 
> a lesser degree time).  I actively promote Linux through my business 
> and and would like to include some of my friends/customers in PLUG 
> related activities but (in my case) this would only be possible at a 
> regional level.   (see also note above about reminders:  On the odd 
> occasion where I may have been able to get to Perth, I received the 
> reminder way to late).
> As indicated in a previous e-mail (just before the AGM), I would be 
> interested in assisting with a Great Southern regional group if we can 
> somehow link in to Perth based meetings/activities.
> On the topic of the AGM.....  I didn't get there and have heard 
> nothing about what transpired at the meeting.  It would be helpful to 
> know who )if anyone) is doing what and if there are gaps.... what are 
> they and how can we help (taking into account my comments about 
> location/distance)?

I think a VoIP/Video hookup is perfectly possible, and would be a great 
way to bring in the regional members. And yes, it probably would have 
helped with the AGM if we had set it up!


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