Running Meetings (Wood Badge)

maddog couldn't say enough about the Scout's "Wood Badge" program to train leaders. (Google it for some interesting tales.) maddog has some insights to share.


  • Need to register with the state with bylaws and articles
  • Bylaws See ProposedByLaws2005
  • State Registration See ProposedArticlesOfAgreement
  • Then get IRS EIN and apply after 3 years for 501(c)(?) see LegalEntity
  • In reviewing IRS documentation, 501x6 pretty clearly applies to dues paying orgs. Perhaps not all members pay dues, but dues-paying members can vote on how their dues are spent? Let's discuss.
  • General membership involvement
  • Ratification
  • When and how to hold membership meetings for elections
  • When and how, if ever, GNHLUG should seek funds and from what sources

Meeting Coordination and Logistics

Let's share experiences, agendas, meeting ideas, how to run a meeting, how to shut up that guy in the back who just won't quit, and so forth. Heather has given us a good start with the idea of setting up a structure, schedule and plan for announcements, where do we take that? How to announce, where to announce?

  • Each chapter should have a primary and an alternate coordinator (at least)
  • Contact info for both should be on-file with the taskmaster
  • Coordinators should be approved to post to gnhlug-announce
  • Working towards a system of regular planning and announcements (Taskmaster)
  • BillMcGonigle's GNHLUG-minder
  • See Wiki's MeetingGuide
  • Box or bag of: "Hello, I'm" badges, agenda, signup sheets, raffle tickets, etc.
  • Literature Banner, Business cards Brochures / handouts

Upcoming Meetings

  • Next Quarterly Meeting(s):
    • Speakers
    • Topics
    • Location
    • Dates

Internet presence enhancements

  • DONE: Upgrade TWiki (Thanks to BruceDawson)
  • In Progress: Switchover to new server, thanks to BenScott
  • Make the Wiki more friendly and informative - attendance, links to announcements and notes
  • New server - discussion.
  • Special chapter webs? Email forwarding?
  • Demonstration of new TWiki features and capabilities
  • Discussion of new server services

Outreach Programs / Member activities / Community projects

  • NELS, Sofware Freedom Day, Hosstraders, Linuxworld booths, presentations
  • Should GNHLUG create and be responsible for outreach programs
  • What resources should GNHLUG provide for member developed outreach programs
  • How should GNHLUG approve or regulate outreach programs which use the name GNHLUG

-- TedRoche - 12 Aug 2006

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