|RE: fundraising; recipes; games||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Rob Sandelin (robsanmicrosoft.com)|
|Date: Mon, 25 Jul 94 16:12 CDT|
Deborah Behrens <debbeh [at] Auto-trol.COM> asked: >We have a close to zero budget on furnishing our common house. >Has anyone any suggestions for fund raisers? One idea is to have a community garage sale of all the stuff people will be getting rid of when they move. Invite members to donate the proceeds to the community. Another good fund raiser is to invite everyone's relatives and all their friends to a dinner auction. Cook dinner for them all ($5 a person) and then auction off services or other donations. We do this at the Pre-school and made $2,500 this year. I donated 2 hours of computer consulting for Word and/ or publisher and it went for $90. My wife donated 4 hours of garden design and labor work and it went for $100! > Any ideas for games to play, or other things to do at meetings, >that improve community and our knowledge of each other? >We had a lot of fun playing '3 Truths and a Lie' at our picnic the other day. >We have a retreat coming up that we could use some ideas for. One thing we have done is have everyone's name on a sheet of notebook paper. Pass them out so each person gets someone besides themselves. Then they interview that person for 15 minutes. A standard set of questions can be used such as where did you grow up, tell me a story from your childhood, what do you do for fun, etc. or people can make up their own. Swap around so that there are two groups, the interviewers and interviewees. Read the interviews and then collect them into a 3-ring binder as biographies of the members. Sharing circles can also be fun. Share your favorite food, leisure activities, most embarrassing moment, Childhood story, etc. Each person goes round in turn. Another circle activity is to have people sing their names and group sings it back to them. You can also mime yourself in your daily work, and we have even had people dance their feeling. Something which is very powerful is to do self analysis. Questions such as: who am I comfortable telling my honest feelings to, How do I react to criticism, How do I affect other people, How do I react to being tired or hungry, How open am I to asking for what I need. Having things like this talked about needs some pre-meeting homework time, often as a questionnaire but can be very enlightening to share with each other. Another thing kind of along the same line is to priorities ranking: Draw a 4 inch line on paper and mark 1 on the left and 10 on the right. Then ask priorities questions such as how important is childcare, meetings, dinner, community in relation to the rest of my life and have people mark their priorities along the line with 1 being low and ten being high. This can explain a lot about peoples motivation. If you really want to visualize the priorities do a people line where people actually stand in line in place of their priority, so if something is a high priority for a lot of people there will be a cluster at the 10 end of the line. There are also a number of values clarification exercises which are useful to help determine where people are coming from. Maybe someone has done these? We have just done some simple forms of this by asking people to fill out an open ended sentence such as: I want Sharingwood to be a place where......... There are a number of variations on this theme. Rob Sandelin Sharingwood
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