President's Report, October - The End is Nigh

01 Oct 2009 12:12 PM | Chris Betcher
G'day.

How time flies!  It's almost Thanksgiving, Halloween is just around the corner, and the club's AGM is coming up fast!  Where has this year gone?

This will be a quick president's report this month. I've been travelling a fair bit lately, presenting at a number of edtech conferences here and in New Zealand.  I was in Auckland last week, and am heading off to Christchurch next week.  On my return, Linda and I are moving into a new house we just bought.  So it's all been a bit crazy lately...  my apologies if I've been a bit tardy in getting things done or replying to emails, etc.

So, back to club business...  Are you all registered for Thanksgiving?  It's one of the major events on the club's calendar each year, with a traditional dinner, complete with turkey and pumpkin pie, along with Canadian trivia and games for the kids.  Numbers are looking very healthy, but there is plenty of space at this venue so if you still want to join us there is room.  Just register and pay through the website.

I haven't seen the details yet, but I believe there is a Halloween event planned too.  Take a look through the website or the newsletter for more info.

Finally, the club's Annual General Meeting is coming up at the November Mixer.  This is a chance to wrap up the year and elect a new committee to run the club for another 12 months.  There are also a few proposed changes to the committee that we'd like your thoughts on, so please come along to the meeting and have your say.  It would be nice to see as many members as possible come out for the AGM and to hang about afterwards for the Monthly Mixer.  Details on the website.

Speaking of the website, we've been tracking the site's statistics over the last few months and seeing how many hits it gets.  The overall numbers are very healthy - 2,348 visits in the last 30 days from 340 Unique IP addresses. Based on the number of hits we're getting, it appears that most members are now accessing important information about events and news directly from the website.  While this is great news, the downside is that the number of people who bother to access the official club newsletter (in PDF format) from the website has been very low.  Given the amount of time and energy it takes to produce the newsletter, combined with the apparent lack of enthusiasm for accessing it in PDF format, I think it's fair to say that the end is probably near for the newsletter as we know it.  The website has become the primary way that members get their information these days, so you'll probably see the newsletter disappear over the next few months. 

If you want to have a say on this, please use the Add Comment link below, or have your say in the members' forum area of the website.

Till next month,

Chris Betcher
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