So tonight was our Roundtable. Sort of. Only 3 people showed up. Our DE, the presenter and an Associate District Commissioner. Yea. That was a let down. I won’t take it too personally, however. I understand that life sometimes gets crazy, and with the cost of gas going up constantly these days, getting people to attend Roundtables is going to be increasingly difficult.
One thing I’m thinking of doing is trying some type of online collaboration. Not sure if it’ll be a web conference where we can be interactive with online viewers, or if it’ll be more of a recorded Roundtable and then put it up on a site. I’ve been asking our DE’s and even Scout Executive what they currently have for web conferencing software – and if it would work for Roundtables. I seem to be getting a positive response so far, but I’m still in the ‘feelers’ stage of this.
I recently put out a survey for Roundtables – and it seems the best way that people want to get information is “Online newsletters with links where I can find additional information, and connect with subject matter experts”, followed closely by “Quarterly, in person Roundtable meetings”. So I’m thinking a mix of meetings and technology need to come together. Just not sure yet how.
Well, that’s all I’ve got to say about tonight. The DE, presenter and I sat around for darn near the whole hour talking Scouting though, so it was still a productive evening – just not the way I thought it would be.