I'll apologize in advance for my uber-anal-retentive meeting organization tendencies, but I've had too many horrible meeting experiences to not take some precautions. I hate to be the square guy making up rules on the playground, but it's gotta happen eventually.
So it sounds like March 11th will be the first official "get down to business" meeting. I think we'll have a lot to talk about, and Common Roots limits us to two hours, so we need to have some sort of agenda that we can stick to if we're going to get everything done. So, in that spirit, I open nominations for agenda items. What I'd like to see discussed:
Group name- we might be able to do that online before the meeting.
Level of formality- we should make some decision about this early. Are we a club? Do we elect officers? Draw up by-laws? Are we going to incorporate as a non-profit
? Do we charge dues yet? If so, why?
Meeting schedule- how often do we get together to "do business"? Do we have full group meetings and officer-only meetings?
I think these three things need to be hammered out, written down, and agreed upon before we go any further. Once we have them nailed down, we can move on to the fun stuff, like plotting a course to finding a space, organizing classes that we can charge for to raise revenue, or deciding whether or not to kit up items for sale.