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Old 05-09-2012, 07:53 AM   #43
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Old 05-12-2012, 02:38 PM   #44
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First of all I am not a current member. These are some ideas that have crossed my mind, be it my own ideas or someone else's.

1. Renew membership in the month you join, just like the DMV uses your birthday.
2. MAL's have a right to vote on national items, can't hold state or regional offices but could hold national positions.
3. ONLY Airstream owners as members, if you opt out of ownership then you opt out of membership. Life Members etc Too Bad!
4. Voting via internet, including at the international rally, international membership meeting should be on the web start to finish, this way those of use working stiffs could still participate, and vote on items brought to the membership


Just a few items and thoughts.
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1. Renew membership in the month you join, just like the DMV uses your birthday.
4. Voting via internet, including at the international rally, international membership meeting should be on the web start to finish, this way those of use working stiffs could still participate, and vote on items brought to the membership.
I agree wholeheartedly with all four points, but only points 1 and 4 are on-topic, as they're the only ones related to technology to improve WBCCI. Points 2 and 3 have been argued ad infinitum on other threads, and I'd hate to see this thread hijacked by people who just keep rehashing the same tired old differences of opinion.
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Old 05-12-2012, 03:52 PM   #46
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Purpose of the ECC & this tread

This thread was started by a member of the ECC to illicit ideas that might be used by the ECC to use electronics and technology to improve communication within the club and enrich the member experience. That also is the purpose the ECC was formed. Communication within the club includes the use of the internet, (websites & emails) as well as the club magazine (Blue Beret) and other person to person communication. We have added email addresses to our national directory and many units have included the member's cell phone numbers as well as their land lines in their directories. Also the new national website is structured to be readable on smart cell phones. At this point, we have not got the members' permission to make their information directly available over the internet. Only 60% of our members currently utilize the internet so we also need to get all important communications to those 40% of the members who do not use the internet.
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The meeting with the Executive committee has approved our broader use of our existing contract with "Constant Contact" beyond its exclusive use by the Marketing Committee. By using the new club database, we can now send out information to selected groups of our members via email.

An example of how the club might better use emerging technology would be: to seek the EC's approval to investigate the possibility of interfacing the new club database with an auto-dialer to make phone calls to selected groups of members in the future. 99% of our members have phones.

Another example would be: to seek EC's approval to include the members cell phone numbers within the national database. Since many cell phone contracts assess a charge on incoming calls, this would have to be an "opt in" option on the dues renewal form for next year. If approved, we could make contract with our members, even when they are on the road enjoying their Airstreams. The individual club members would also be able to reach other members on the road.
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You may make my information available. (It all ready is via various internet searches) WBCCI 10199
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Another example would be: to seek EC's approval to include the members cell phone numbers within the national database. Since many cell phone contracts assess a charge on incoming calls, this would have to be an "opt in" option on the dues renewal form for next year. If approved, we could make contract with our members, even when they are on the road enjoying their Airstreams. The individual club members would also be able to reach other members on the road.
As I see it, the biggest hurdle here is to ensure that unauthorized people can't get hold of the information. No one wants to open themselves up to potential identity theft, so any means of making this information available to members MUST be secure, without making it too hard for authorized people to access. Until you can assure members of that, you'll be unlikely to get a lot of takers.
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The meeting with the Executive committee has approved our broader use of our existing contract with "Constant Contact" beyond its exclusive use by the Marketing Committee. By using the new club database, we can now send out information to selected groups of our members via email.

An example of how the club might better use emerging technology would be: to seek the EC's approval to investigate the possibility of interfacing the new club database with an auto-dialer to make phone calls to selected groups of members in the future. 99% of our members have phones.

Another example would be: to seek EC's approval to include the members cell phone numbers within the national database. Since many cell phone contracts assess a charge on incoming calls, this would have to be an "opt in" option on the dues renewal form for next year. If approved, we could make contract with our members, even when they are on the road enjoying their Airstreams. The individual club members would also be able to reach other members on the road.
I do not like either of these suggestions, the last thing I want is more ROBO CALLS at meal time. Why publish cell numbers? The Blue Book already gives out to much personal information such as address.




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While I have no objection to my phone being in the directory, I am strongly against any kind of automated calls.
I have no problem with E mails because I can deal with them at my leisure.

As I have said before , I believe far more than 60 % of the members have e mail but have not turned in their addresses for publication due to spam concerns
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I do not like either of these suggestions, the last thing I want is more ROBO CALLS at meal time. Why publish cell numbers? The Blue Book already gives out to much personal information such as address.
The answer to that is simple… Just don't "opt in" to having your cell number listed in the database, then the database won't be able to auto-dial you, thus exempting you from both options.

It seems to me that they're trying to bring WBCCI into the 21st century, but they're leaving an out for the people who want to remain entrenched in the 20th.
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Disliking phone calls hardly puts you in the last century. I seldom use a phone either cell or otherwise and look at any non emergency call as a nuisance. Being able to opt out would be great! Jim
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I think you miss the point. Typically those who don't use e-mail, DO rely on telephone communication. It is that group we need to reach if electronic communication is to be relied upon.
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I consider emails a pain also. I do not like to talk to anyone, I lie also. Jim
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Apparently WBCCI needs a "paranoia factor" - ranging from 1-5, where 1 is "post my address, phone, and email address, it's all fine, in any directory that is available only to members", and 5 is "don't even list me in the directory; I'm an unperson", and each member can pick which one they want.
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