8 Nov 2001 Jewelsthorn   » (Journeyer)

Didn't get the logs from last weeks' Website Redesign committee meeting until about 30 mins before this weeks' meeting, so I didn't have time to forward the logs to team members AND prepare a reasonable agenda. Decided to forward the logs and just wing it, so the meeting was quite short. With the Comdex show next week, we can't meet then, so that cost us about 3 weeks of productivity :( I understand the glitch which created the problem has been fixed, so hopefully that won't happen again.

Still struggling with finding a good, technical Clustering talk to fill the shoes of a session that opened up. I had three decent leads, and two have backed out, with the third seeming shaky.

What a wonderful morning, eh?

Getting some responses to membership development inquiries I've been making, but they aren't particularly good. Everywhere we look, there is doom and gloom, so the value equation is more critical than ever.

Making some calls today to folks who didn't respond after two emails. Hopefully I'll get some feedback, at least.

I read the most encouraging thing I've seen in a long, long time from my local newspaper, the Lawrence Journal World on page 8B (back of the Lawrence & State section. Kansas Attorney General Carla Stovall has declined to sing on to the Microsoft Settlement agreement. There are two major reasons I'm in shock: Kansas is a very conservative state, and tends to do whatever big business tells us to do. The majority of our elected representatives tend to just nod and get in line when money talks. I find this extremely irritating, and even infuriating. The second reason I'm in shock is that it made the local paper. Being stuck on the back of Section B was more than I'd expected from The World Company, which owns all the media into my home town. I figured their staunchly Conservative Replublican "balance" would figure out how to avoid printing this article. Yes, I have strongly held opinions!

Working to build stronger relationships with LI members by making personal contact with them. It takes a lot of time, but ultimately offers greater understanding and opportunities.

Made a few membership-related calls. Definitely need to build that ROI picture, as feedback contiues to suggest that is the key to attracting members.

Started preparing for LI member meeting next week. Reporting on Website redesign team progress and preparing to circulate initial draft of member survey. Also, presenting information about what LI has spent during the last year for members to review.

Completed second draft of LI member survey for review by Survey Team.

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