Under the "About/About Us" page you will find a side scrolling Testimonial of our members, along with an outdoor pict of themselves and how they came to love nature, their exposure to the outdoors at an early age and more. Keep an eye on this section because we are asking ALL of our section to submit a pict and a few sentences about their experience
Enjoy the scrolling 'main event' text on the Home Page. This feature will allow our section to showcase anything we wish to do, easily changeable as the need arises.
• The EVENTS page is now a LIVE feed from our Meetup website! This means that any event posted on Meetup shows up automatically on our website. This will allow anyone who is browsing our website to quickly review our events, get more details of any particular event, and choose to go directly to that event on Meetup. We have provided instructions for current Meetup members and for those who wish to join the first time.
You can choose HOW you want to view the summary of events - my favorite is "Masonry".
Next meeting, (and final one until after the busy summer): Mon, June 19, 2023 5:30-6:00 (social), 6:00 - 7:30 (meeting)
Present at the meeting: Reed, Ken, Tim, Barb, Robin, Ann, Billy At this writing the following has been accomplished:
First pass 'guiding statement' has been published on web
Testimonies of 7 members now on the About Us. To be added to any and all members
Meetup events have been published for next outreach: Relaxed Hikes
4 new signs for "Zaphod's Run" have been weather preserved and returned to Jim Sullivan
The following are ideas and thoughts from our discussions. There is no particular order, the purpose of this list is to preserve the 'explosion' of ideas and energy that has emerged from our group meetings.
Persons and organizations to contact and connect with: need point persons who would like to make initial contact and followup with possible cross linking of websites, training of section, etc. Is this YOU who are reading this?
Bennington Museum Trails - WHO?
Plant ID in the city - Master Gardeners organizations - WHO?
Library - how and what can collaboration help us outreach - WHO?
Grafton Lakes - WHO?
Scouting - WHO?
Synchronize calendar on section website to Meetup Events - Billy
VINS - Vermont Institute of Natural Science -a valuable schools contact - WHO?
Digital website (Weebly) and Meetup training for other members of our local section - Ann
Posting of Events on Front Porch Forum for more outreach for events - WHO?
Outreach to Realtors - benefit to them having GMC as segway to outdoor activities - WHO?
Connect with Manchester and Brattleboro Section - WHO?
Decide on Social Organizations - join or not join on our website
Reprint Bennington GMC business cards - w/QR codes to our site and mothership
Redo our trifold brochure and make it a firm Card to fit in brochure boxes in chamber of commerce, etc
Meet with Search and Rescue to see how our knowledge of outdoors may be of benefit
Not forgetting our outreach to younger persons - Imagine Kids (of all ages)...Walking ridges and discovering trails, making memories and finding meaning, connecting to their world. New River State Park, North Carolina Interpretive Center
Meditative Forest Encounter - Anyone wish to spec out such an event? Certainly would attract various 'non-hikers'
Add Link to Prospect Nordic Skiing live cam feed to our site
Put on web more Stories about adventures in Nature - idea of reprinting from Stepping Stones
Already presented more 'relaxed hiking' activities on Meetup
Podcasts of members backgrounds and experiences
Equipment for Sale - mini craigslist for our members - Billy
Business Card Reprint with QR codes for Section and mothership - Billy
Ancillary outdoor groups: SVHC, Rail to Trail, Showbusters
Create rack mount card for chamber of commerce and motels instead of trifold brochure
Education classes: back country first aid, compass, knot tying,
Ann and Billy were invited by Jonah Spivak to give a presentation to the Rotary Club several weeks ago. (As it turned out Jonah was not able to attend due to immediate needs in the family in Arizona.) (Rotary Club Website) The meeting was held in the back of the Elks lodge in the white and lavender trimmed 'carriage' house. (PS This house was used for horses many years ago and was part of the large estate at that time.) We were greeted by Marsh who helped us set up our computer and equipment on a table for the presentation. We also brought some of our GMC tools that we use to clean and clear trails. The big Katanaboy saw was impressive for those who had never seen a saw like this. The club treated us to a sandwich that was prepared by a local shop, the club had a small business meeting along with a raffle or two for various things. We were graciously introduced and proceeded with our Keynote presentation. Ann presented the first part presenting an overview of GMC organization, our section's participation, showing picts of our activities and various events. Billy presented the second part discussing our recent decision to outreach to other outdoor organizations, the necessity of creating an "outdoor calendar' for our community, the dilemma of our aging membership, and need for our club to provide more events for all ages and physical skills. We provided a release form ahead of time for the presentation. Who knows what they will do with this? The following was received in an email after the presentation and was graciously received by us
"Thanks for the wonderful program today at Rotary. Colorful, full of fascinating information and vital steps to shape a strong future for GMC. Thank you so much for offering great leadership and inviting people into our outdoors, and community, and responsible participation!"