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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Member News September 2014: Social media and more

We mentioned several news items at the last meeting and thought it would be a good idea to recap them here.

Social media: We're actively encouraging members to use Ravelry and Facebook (FB) as a way to get to know each other and connect between meeting. We now have a panel of members - Theresa, Rosemary, and Maxine - who are responsible for daily FB postings and who are eager and willing to help anyone who wants to learn a little more about FB and Ravelry.

All of us love pictures so we're encouraging members to post pictures of their crochet projects in Ravelry and share them with others. Not sure how to post projects to Ravelry? Click on this link for an electronic copy of the instructions that Theresa shared with the group about posting projects. The social media panel members are also encouraging anybody with questions to bring their laptop or tablet to Open Crochet time for some one-on-one help.

On our Facebook page, each day now has a specific theme with two of the theme days designed to highlight member projects and experience.

  • Tuesday is Member Project day - the profile picture will change to that of a recent project from a member.Members can help by making their Ravelry project pictures public (see instructions mentioned above) or by sending photos to ctclist@gmail.com.  
  • Saturdays will be blog post days with links to our blogs.  Look for Roving Reports, guest bloggers, Meet Our Members and other special posts. Members can help by completing an interview and sending the results to ctclist@gmail.com - you can answer as many of the questions as you'd like or make up similar ones of your own! 
  • Members can also help by finding items to share for our theme days, just send a message with your suggestions to the Crochet Twin Cities Facebook page.
  • Volunteer to furnish Roving Reports, special topics or be guest bloggers; just email ctclist@gmail.com with your idea(s).  Not only will you have fun, but you can earn an extra raffle ticket!!
 Program planning: At the August meeting, everyone present participated in a quick note-card survey to help us start planning for future meetings. Julie gave us a quick summary of the results - one of the things that came through loud and clear is that almost everyone equally values the fellowship and the learning that our group provides. A small group is meeting on Saturday, Sept 20 to do some serious brainstorming about programs for the next year so we can keep our fellowship and learning opportunities strong. Stay tuned for more information that comes out of that meeting.

Chapter business: The officers are in the process of revising the bylaws to make changes to makeup of the board - watch for details and an email two weeks before the October meeting. Julie also announced that the Treasurer slot has been filled - Maxine will serve in that role for the remainder of the year.

Upcoming events: Our next meetup will be on Saturday, November 27 at the Barnes and Noble Cafe at Har Mar, watch for the blog post. And a reminder that football season is here - the Gophers have home games scheduled in both October and November on our meetings date - everyone is cautioned to allow extra time those days and consider car-pooling or riding in on the Green Line. At this point, game time has not yet been announced; we will continue to monitor and post more information when it becomes available.

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