December 24, 2009, 2:12 am
[quote name='DanGull' post='56402' date='Dec 23 2009, 11:33 AM']Sounds good - however...
The regional meets were organised after a couple of failed national meet attempts - it was felt that these were too hard to get enough members together for (who don't all drop out last minute...) and so we decided to try the regional meets. These haven't worked either as of yet 1) because only one region has actually organised one, although another is trying and 2) BECAUSE PEOPLE ALWAYS DROP OUT LAST MINUTE (see a pattern?
Piggy - I'm not sure which region you should be a rep for. We have the two midlands reps - I think you'd have to take one of the southwest roles, as you're pretty much on the cusp between the two areas.
I think the key thing with a meet is to not be too ambitious...[/quote]
Spot on Dan!
Regional is probably the way forward. Firstly establish some good regional meets, then it will be easier to do a national one, as you will get regions signing up as opposed to individuals.
The way I see it is that the meets become 'over-organised' - planned months in advance - loads of hype - loads of randoms with low post counts bulking up the numbers never to be seen again - locations selected to benefit people who then drop out - financial issues arising because some people have to travel quite a distance
We need groups of people from each region who can say on a monday "lets meet this sunday afternoon" [b]and stick to it[/b]. Get it going regular maybe once a month and establish groups of dedicated 'active' club members. Maybe then we can bring the regions together to form a national meet.
We have to get so a stage when somebody can post in the forums saying something like "who wants to meet at [place] in [town] this weekend?" then for there to be a decent response, and a meet that actually happens.
I dont know what all this stuff about 'reps' is supposed to mean, as I dont see many of these so called reps actually doing anything that merits the title of 'rep'. one of the reps cant even drive their own car! so maybe thats a pointer as to why meets are failing too!!!
Also the 'areas' that these reps are supposed to be representing are a bit laughable. I mean south east, the area is easily 200 miles across and includes London! Are people really likely to drive half way round the M25 just to meet a hand full of members 90 odd miles away? I dont think so.
I think we need to rejig the regions. Hertfordshire alone deserves its own rep! Maybe part of a region that includes Herts Beds Bucks and Essex. And we need reps who actually put some effort in!
all IMHO of course