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,