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It was coming. [Feb. 25th, 2006|07:49 pm]
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I may have mentioned this already, but after talking with some people, I'm really beginning to doubt the viablity of the soc. Seriously.

First year, we had 104 members at the end of Fresher's week. I'm sure if I actually looked at the numbers, 6 of them were the committee themselves. I'd say a good portion were friends of the committee, and joined just for that reason. As for others, I don't know. Some were pagan, but most didn't actually seem to be interested in what we had to offer - there again, that's just as much down to Freshers deciding they'll join and participate in everything they can. Then there were the random supportive parties and other such people. Overall, we had a small core, and a big, big committee.

I like to think I was ok as a secretary. I was able to get things done that Neil just didn't have time for. Sign off on room bookings, that sorta thing. We had a committee that could do things.

This year - about 2 of us were able to do any work, other than minions. Cathy had advised me, and has kept the books clean, and that's all I asked. Otherwise it was myself and Rose for most of it. Thing is, I'm fucking proud of the fact that I held it together long enough to get the Samhain party done, that something could be done. But without a secretary to take care of the tasks that I just don't have time to do, I could only arrange trivial things otherwise. As a result, arranging workshops, which is more than trivial to do, is out of the question.

So, now we have fuck all of a core membership, and very few reusable members from the committee.

I'm going to have to talk to our senior treasurer and Butler, with a view to keeping them up to date, and talking about the very real possibility of winding up.

It was good while it lasted.

I suck as an auditor.

[User Picture]From: nycelle
2006-02-26 10:21 am (UTC)
Don't be so hard on yourself, this happens a lot to societies with an older committee. Netsoc is a case in point.

I know most societies in UCD have died at one time or another and been resurrected years later by enthusiastic new people (the ELS has been born and died more times than Louise L. Hay). So you guys still laid down the basis for something in years to come.
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[User Picture]From: ebel
2006-02-26 03:43 pm (UTC)
I think the problem is older committees. It reminds me of this article about the Pugs community. It was started by Autrijus Tang to implement Perl 6. Apparently lots of people are having a lot of fun being involved and there is a great community around it. According to the article, people are given 'commit bits' very quickly. i.e. if you do some simple task, you are given permission to write to the source code repository, so you can start doing real work on the project.

Perhaps that's the solution. If someone shows a bit of interest in the society, make them an OCM. Have a committee of 20 people. Not all will be very involved, but they will probably feel more involved. A wikipedia for socities if you will.
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