|recruitment meetings||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: TR Ruddick (truddickearthlink.net)|
|Date: Wed, 7 May 2003 15:13:01 -0600 (MDT)|
I'm looking for criticism of our recruitment meeting plans. Anybody got insights? Dayton Cohousing is, at present, about 8 active members (seven or so households). We're planning to organize ourselves as an umbrella group for several cohousing communities if there's enough interest; at present there's a cadre of people who want to live near the city center, and a few others who are interested in small-town semi-rural life near Yellow Springs, Ohio. So; we are pulling together two open-to-the-public recruiting sessions next month (June 26 and 28). Both will be held in the main branch of the public library in downtown Dayton, in an auditorium that seats about 50, allows some AV, and accommodates refreshments. ADVANCE PUBLICITY: we've had some graphics designed by advertising art students at a nearby community college, and we'll adapt those with the intention of plastering flyers all over the area. I'm using my newswriting experience to put together press packets; we already have one columnist in the daily newspaper who will write us up, and plenty of connections to get us into the free weekly alternative press and the local business paper. Don't know about suburban weeklies--should we be concerned? The press packet will contain standard contact information (both local and for Cohousing Network [or should I write CoHo USA?], press release about the meeting, short bios of 3 of our more visible members. MEETING: our express goal is to get as many people as possible to give us a $25.00 annual membership fee. We're intending to run the recruitment meetings according to the following agenda: (pre-meeting) greet and get people to provide name/address/phone/email (I) short introductions to the idea of cohousing and to currently-involved members who are present. (II) break out into random groups where current members will facilitate open discussions about what attracts each participant to cohousing, what kind of situation each participant would want to live in, what shared facilities would each want to incorporate. (III) refreshment break and socializing (IV) break-out into small groups of people with similar interests regarding location and features of cohousing community. (V) sign-up for membership. I must express my pleasure, that after years of interest in cohousing from a purely theoretical perspective, I'm finally in a position to get into the noisy, messy world of implementation! Thomas "TR" Ruddick Dayton Cohousing _______________________________________________ Cohousing-L mailing list Cohousing-L [at] cohousing.org Unsubscribe and other info: http://www.cohousing.org/cohousing-L
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