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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The Gaskell Ball Committee

Prior to everything with Pixel, I expected the biggest news of the month to be that Erik and I are now officially members of the Gaskell Ball Committee. After 18 years of attending the ball, I'm now one of the folks responsible for making it happen. The committee had two of its longtime members, Ellen and Rory, retire in December and Erik and I were asked to take their place. We'll be helping with the afternoon class and working on publicity. I've been trying to get a handle on the parts and pieces already in motion there via things like Facebook, ZVents, Twitter, a terribly out of date email list, a large paper mailing list, and generally starting to see where things could go. The first surprise was doing the math on paper mailings and figuring out that it was $264 in stamps alone to send out the flyer. Seems like we could make better investments elsewhere, so we'll see if we can convince the rest of the committee that it's time to go all-online (or mostly online) in the next year or two.

The other piece that is missing is a photo library. Oddly enough, the Gaskell Committee lacks a shutterbug, so there's no official pool of photos of the Gaskell Ball for marketing purposes. I'm not quite certain what to do about that for now, but it's on my to-do list for the year.

This Saturday is our first time as committee members. I'm looking forward to shepherding my favorite ball into the next generation.

3 Comments:

  • I can't think of better, more energetic and organized people for the Gaskells Ball Committee. I would suggest approaching David Bedno as a Gaskells shutterbug. He seems a natural choice. With regards to the regular mailing list, I am assuming between the two of you, you know how to do a mail merge in Word to generate mailing labels almost instantly, but if not, let me know because I do it quite often for work.

    By Blogger Chrisfs, at 11:20 AM  

  • There is a Flickr pool for Gaskell's photos that you might use as a start http://www.flickr.com/groups/gaskells/

    By Blogger Kim, at 8:21 PM  

  • I'm willing to do some Gaskells leg work if you need it.

    By Blogger Chrisfs, at 10:12 PM  

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