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 Post subject: Brainstorm!
PostPosted: Thu Mar 19, 2009 11:18 pm 
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Here are some things I'd like to see implemented in our spiffy new section...


List of ideas... please feel free to add or tell me they suck :D

- First and foremost some form of 'leadership' --> should we have a poll to determine?

- Who's really here? -- > Sign up on the new roll call

- Monthly calender of events in Illinois + other major events in other groups

- Bi-Monthly news letter --> 'Lost Illinois Magazine' ? include stories, pics from wrenching events, tech blurbs/info other stuff, trail ride info ( would be available in pdf form? )

- Monthly meetings continue --> be nice to have some sort of agenda for the get togethers

- Phone Tree --> This is something I've been wanting to do for a while...


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 Post subject: Re: Brainstorm!
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callaway wrote:
List of ideas... please feel free to add or tell me they suck :D


They all suck. :shock: :shock: :shock:
KIDDING! :P :wink: :lol:


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- First and foremost some form of 'leadership' --> should we have a poll to determine?

- Who's really here? -- > Sign up on the new roll call

- Monthly calender of events in Illinois + other major events in other groups

- Bi-Monthly news letter --> 'Lost Illinois Magazine' ? include stories, pics from wrenching events, tech blurbs/info other stuff, trail ride info ( would be available in pdf form? )

- Monthly meetings continue --> be nice to have some sort of agenda for the get togethers

- Phone Tree --> This is something I've been wanting to do for a while...


Any other things to do?


Leadership - yes. I'm thinking either a poll, or something to do at our meeting. Plus side, better to discuss in person. However, not everyone turns out for those... so the poll might be better so everyone can have their say.

Calendar and newsletter could be combined? Good idea or not so good?

Definitely continue with meetings... we can continue on with our 2nd Sunday of the month schedule (excluding holidays), or shift to some other day on the weekend?

Phone Tree - Absolutely!! E-mail tree would be good too... Yahoo group?

Personal add-ins...
Market our group. Whether it be fliers, chatting with local dealerships, hosting a meet-n-greet much like the Extreme Jeep event last summer... something to show our presence.

Meetings can consist of lunch meetings, at someone's house if a lift/repair party is needed, local wheeling events, etc. Let's not limit ourselves here.

More ideas forthcoming, I'm sure. :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Brainstorm!
PostPosted: Fri Mar 20, 2009 2:19 pm 
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More of my .02 8)

Leadership: maybe keep it informal for now - maybe a chairperson or something. Once we get a better idea of how many active IL members there are, we can create a better hierarchy.

Newsletter/Calendar/Phone-Email tree: Definitely

If we set up a Yahoo! group, we could also have a "real-time" calendar there for any last minute stuff. (maybe include member birthdays???)

Meetings: working pretty well, so far. Maybe set up a rotating schedule of locations? That's something we can also determine once we have a better idea of who's LOST in IL.

For marketing purposes, maybe come up with a modified MW logo to say "Illinois Chapter" or something like that.

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 Post subject: Roll call
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Can we ask one of the Mods/Admins to make the roll call thread a sticky?

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 Post subject: Re: Roll call
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Can we ask one of the Mods/Admins to make the roll call thread a sticky?


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Um, phones don't grow on trees. :roll:

Seriously though, I don't do yahoo.

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oddball wrote:
Um, phones don't grow on trees. :roll:

Seriously though, I don't do yahoo.


What would you like to see happen... ideas?

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Well personally I don't see any need for a President of LOST Midwest or even for local groups. If anyone should be a president, vice president, etc., it should be the big dog's who run this web site.

So I agree with keeping it informal. Maybe having a "Director" for LOST IL, LOST OH, and so forth should be the way to go. Now without putting anyone on the spot or hurting anyone's feelings, from what I've seen, I think yellocoyote would be a excellent choice for this position because it seems she is always initializing meetings and such. As I would think tommudd would be for OH. But with that said, I believe the best option is to have a poll here in our new IL LOST forum to elect a Director or whatever.

Which brings me to the newsletter and online communication. For starters, I don't think it's a good idea to have a yahoo group. Not because I am anti yahoo, but because we are apart of the LOST org. I feel all internet communication should remain within the confines of this forum. Now if someone has the time and ability to write a monthly newsletter, it should be done here. I would suggest it be a monthly sticky such as the "Rig of the Month" poll we see each month. But with that said, I realize it takes a mod or admin at LOST to submit a sticky and if I am correct, no one from IL is a mod or admin? No one active anyway? So one of two things would have to happen, either the admin here will post our monthly newsletter, but seems like like a pita for whoever would handle the task, or have the admin make our Director a moderator for our forum. Not sure how that will go over but maybe they will agree or have a better solution.

As for monthly meetings, I like what you're doing now. Although I think changing locations once in awhile would be nice too. But if it works for most people traveling to Arlington Heights, then I would say keep it that way. Also, for those who miss a meeting regardless of reason, they could be brought up to date in a sticky thread here (again, in our new IL forum).

Although I was joking about the phone tree in another post, I think comunication would be easiest through this forum. But with that said, I am not opposed to sharing my email or phone with other members. Keep in mind, some may be troubled by this.

As for marketing our group with third parties and such, I would think anything we do would have to be approved by LOST. I could be wrong but it would be a good idea to know where they (the big dogs) stand on this.

That's all I got for now.

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Oh, I had one more thought. I also think it would be a good idea to keep the LOST IL forum clutter free. We're all going to spend time in other forums / threads, so I would say if you're going off topic, talking KJ, KK, CRD, tires, CB's, etc., do it in the general forums. I think it would make it easier for everyone involved to keep the IL forum neat & tidy. That way we can find important things and subjects we all need to be aware of, quickly and easily.

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I don't know that anyone over here in the IL forum said anything about a president or vp... I think we're all agreeing on some sort of a chairperson/director/whatever you want to call it. Someone to oversee aspects of things that we plan as a subgroup. A point person, like I said in another thread. The 'go-to' guy, so to speak. I don't know that I'd really make it much more formal than that.

The main reason that I would even think to incorporate a yahoo group would be for the calendar feature. All other communication, I think, should remain here as it already does. Unfortunately the LOST site doesn't have a calendar feature... and a yahoo group-type calendar can be made to keep events real-time. It doesn't specifically NEED to be on yahoo groups - especially if someone else knows of another good calendar keeping application. Does google have something, anyone? I also like the idea of a newsletter, but a calendar here could easily become obsolete as plans change. I'm thinking a quarterly newsletter... or bi-yearly... something not so frequent as monthly. :?

As the weather becomes warmer, and depending on what things people may need done, meetings can be hosted at a forest preserve, someone's house, somewhere where we can play on trails... the location in Arlington Heights was chosen because it's a central location in our area... so no one really has to drive much more than 45 minutes to get there. I think it would be a great idea to switch it up. We should start another thread with other potential meeting locations. :)

From personal experience, the phone tree idea would be used in times when we're not near the computer. Checking on people as they are expected at events, calling local members if you can't find a meeting or an offroad locale... things like that. And it would all be voluntary, of course. Whatever you're comfortable with.

Marketing - I think we should get some concrete ideas together before initiating anything. Then we can approach the powers-that-be here at LOST for their blessing. :wink:

I'm liking the ideas... keep 'em coming. :D

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Oh, I had one more thought. I also think it would be a good idea to keep the LOST IL forum clutter free. We're all going to spend time in other forums / threads, so I would say if you're going off topic, talking KJ, KK, CRD, tires, CB's, etc., do it in the general forums. I think it would make it easier for everyone involved to keep the IL forum neat & tidy. That way we can find important things and subjects we all need to be aware of, quickly and easily.


Agreed. The IL forum should be for IL-specific news/info.

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yellocoyote wrote:

The main reason that I would even think to incorporate a yahoo group would be for the calendar feature. All other communication, I think, should remain here as it already does. Unfortunately the LOST site doesn't have a calendar feature... and a yahoo group-type calendar can be made to keep events real-time.


There is a current yahoo group that henri set up but no one uses =/ It has online calender but again no one uses it =/

That's why I suggested a monthly pdf - could be done in excel and posted in a sticky in the boards

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callaway wrote:
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The main reason that I would even think to incorporate a yahoo group would be for the calendar feature. All other communication, I think, should remain here as it already does. Unfortunately the LOST site doesn't have a calendar feature... and a yahoo group-type calendar can be made to keep events real-time.


There is a current yahoo group that henri set up but no one uses =/ It has online calender but again no one uses it =/

That's why I suggested a monthly pdf - could be done in excel and posted in a sticky in the boards


Wasn't that yahoo group for the whole of LOST Midwest and not just IL? Maybe I misunderstood. Do you still have that link, or should we go searching?

I think to do something here as a sticky would be nice, but I almost think that someone in the IL group would have to have mod privileges... unless, of course, the changes were infrequent enough as to not bug the site mods/admins too often with our calendar updates. If something like that isn't possible in the early stages of this subgroup experiment, maybe an off-site calendar would be another option.

I don't know. Just throwing ideas around. ::shrug::

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the yahoo group is for the entire Midwest: http://autos.groups.yahoo.com/group/LOST_MidWest/

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I dunno, i'd kinda prefer to keep all the information in one place, here at the lost forums. Yahoo for use other than the messenger kind of gets on my nerves :P

I don't mind giving out my email or phone, I have most of that stuff already on my lost profile

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Fair enough. Most events here would have their own thread anyway, so I guess just make a habit of checking said thread before leaving for an event? That kinda what you're thinking?

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would probably be more convienent for most, wouldn't it? i mean, i don't have a ton of experience with such things, i just figure it's probably easier to ensure that everyones got all of the information if the information delivered is centralized to something common, I wouldn't throw at fit or anything if it were to start being used more :P

i do very well at doin' what I'm told :P

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Well as i see it, yellow is trying the hardest to make this work, keeping in touch with all and gathering lists of who is attending the meet...So I wouldnt mind YC representing us...I feel she might make the mod list too...If you run out of time I can also volunteer, just ask my wife she says I have a lot of time on my hands....
Marketing wise, if we use the lost logo, i think we should be required to get approval of all advertising done...If we create our own "jeep riding up Lincoln's nose" we get approval from our leader chosen...
Marketing wise i would like to have a pdf all can download anytime to create a handout card size and a nice handout 8.5x11 to maybe give to dealership and 4x4 repair shops... I am willing to post them on one of my websites and just link to there....
I think we are settling on the second sunday as a meeting standard (which we should do) unless a holiday falls in that weekend... thus this can get placed in the pdfs

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yellocoyote wrote:
The main reason that I would even think to incorporate a yahoo group would be for the calendar feature. All other communication, I think, should remain here as it already does. Unfortunately the LOST site doesn't have a calendar feature... and a yahoo group-type calendar can be made to keep events real-time. It doesn't specifically NEED to be on yahoo groups - especially if someone else knows of another good calendar keeping application. Does google have something, anyone?


Google does have a calendar feature, more info here
Google logon required to manage calendar, but I think it can be viewed/rsvp'd to without google account.

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