Wow! For a small group of people, we have a ton of ideas and engagement in this creative process of building an effective movement. For a brisk hour and a half the group achieved excellent accomplishments, namely:
• A name (‘branding’ in marketing speak): Community Health And Resource Group – CHARG!
• Two immediate goals:
o Recruitment (we’re up to 28 now)
o Get the word out (Blog in the works)
o Both of these goals will be accomplished by:
§ Blog (tied into the Transition Foothills blog and perhaps others to be determined), featuring reviews of holistic practitioners and workshop listings
§ Flyer or hand-out (distributed at key events and locations, not to mention all your friends and acquaintances)
§ Utilizing Meetups
§ Participating in County Fairs
§ Engaging the Chamber of Commerce (Hickory and Conover - and others?)
§ Facebook (private group)§ Lenoir Rhyne University (known for promoting obesity prevention)
• Other goals:
o Building the practitioner listing
o Re-skilling workshops in a variety of skills that enables one to be responsible for one’s own health and healing all focused on some key areas of healing, such as meditation, yoga, and biofeedback, that are easily learned, but have far-reaching effects (checking out Asheville’s FreeSkool for an example of managing and scheduling)
o Locating venues for the workshops in various locations in order to serve a broad geographic area; suggestions are (to be checked out):
§ Hickory Convention Center
§ Science Center (they will put on their schedule)
§ Community colleges
o Community service: “4 to 1” Meals, helping empty nesters prepare healthy meals for one or two people
If you are interested in becoming involved in this essential working group of Transitions, join us at our next meeting, which will be:
CHANGED TO: Tuesday, November 13, 2012
10 North Summit Avenue, Granite Falls, NC (turn at the flashing light off 321A;
it’s the only commercial building in a residential neighborhood)
Refreshments will be served.
For more information, and/or to get on our email list (to be reminded of meetings), call Robyn Cornwell at 828-758-0880 or 828-729-1232 (cell) or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Robyn writes permaculture articles for the Foothills Transition newsletter and has a background in marketing and technical writing with certifications in Sustainable Building, Regenerative Building Design, Organic Farming, Permaculture, Rain Garden Design, and Transition training, and has just completed a workshop on building with cob (look for a newsletter report). She has taught a class on healthy living at Duke University.