here’s part of my next blog post…..
I have become the person I could never quite figure out while I was on the Asmp San Diego board of directors. That person is a local, experienced, long term member of Asmp.
While I was President we reached out to those photogs and we had some success. We felt it was important to have a community that had members that could share their knowledge, help us become better photogs and be successful in business I’m long gone from the board and now feel like I have become one of them, the untapped resource.
I have only been to a few meeting since, partly due to a good business and a lot of rehashed meeting subjects. I rarely get emails on upcoming events and unless I missed it, nothing on this year’s election.
I hope whoever is on the board “gets” what I’m saying. I want to support and be proud of a creative chapter I’m proud of that embraces us old guys.
Here are a couple suggestions, some that worked for us:
Phone tree: Call all, young and old. Not just once but two or three times a year. Let them know you appreciate them as part of the chapter. TALK TO THEM…… get to know who you call. What do they do? Are they active in the chapter? If not, why? What would it take to get them to come to a meeting? Any special topic they would like to see? Are they getting emails? Invite them to a meeting. LISTEN TO THEM… maybe, just maybe they might want to speak to the chapter on something cool they’re doing.
Variety: reevaluate your meeting topics. Just because it’s relevant to you doesn’t mean it’s be done 3 or 4 times before. Sorry, me and the other oldsters won’t come. PLEASE, be creative. I want an excuse to get out of the house.
In conclusion: This has been a long term problem and I know you know it. This is our photography community too. Embrace us, we have knowledge, you have youth and hopefully the desire to grow.
About me: after a successful career as a photojournalist I opened my own business in 1992 based in San Diego and joined ASMP at the same time.
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