Welcome to the “NEW” Vocal Expressions. Why do I say “NEW?” We have not been producing a newsletter/magazine of any kind for a few years, now. It was decided by the House of
Delegates (HOD) some years back to disband publication due to seeming lack of interest and as a way of saving money for the Rocky Mountain District (RMD).
This year during our semi-annual board meetings I brought up the idea of once again publishing the Vocal Expressions as another way of communicating with the members of the district. The RMD Leadership Team unanimously felt that it was time to once again ask editor Steve Jackson to start publishing again.
You may be wondering why now. Very simply, during our first ever roundtable discussion in the HOD meeting, the chapter delegates felt that there needed to be more communication with the individual members in many different ways. They, however, did state some very definite wants in the “NEW” Vocal Expressions.
First, they wanted news from the district officers that meant something to them as individual members, not chapter officers. To that effort, we are asking for that input from each district officer for every issue of the magazine we publish.
Second, those giving input for their chapters wanted to have concise reports from individual chapters, especially news that could spark an idea that their chapter may want to try. (Why re-invent the wheel if someone has already done it?) Chapter leaders and members are always looking for ideas that can help their chapter grow, improve, be more appealing, etc. The Vocal Expression will be such a place for sharing those ideas.
It was also noted that readers didn’t want a huge issue as they don’t want to either wade through page after page to find what they needed. If they were printing it off for friends who don’t do computers (there are still those among us), they didn’t want to have to use a huge amount of paper or ink to reproduce each issue for their friends and chapter members. To conserve costs, this will still be an online magazine/newsletter. It costs a large amount to print and mail issues out, so we are not going to be spending the money to do that.
In an effort to keep things short and relevant, we are asking that the editor (and helpers—we’ll get to that later) actually edit and not just copy things from one source to another. As Joe Friday would have said, “Just the facts!”
As another cog in the communication wheel, you will be receiving information from me periodically in the form of an email blast. If you see it come in, please don’t just delete it. It could very well have important information for you as a member.
Each chapter has a Leadership Team member who is responsible for communicating with your chapter. Again, please make sure your chapter president knows what your chapter needs so he can communicate with the officer. If we don’t know, we can’t make things happen.
It is our desire to be in communication by many different means with all of you so that we truly represent you, the member of the chapter, district and Society. Thank you for allowing us to serve you. I’ll be looking forward to seeing you all in October in Cheyenne for the fall convention.
John Elving, RMD President