Not being a tech "guru", it took me a little extra time to react to the sudden new realities that were brought about reacting to the COVID pandemic. I knew that our responsibilities as leaders within NAHU weren't going away, and that our members still needed the extra guidance and training that we're here to provide. So...what to do?
We've been fortunate to provide quality meetings every month this year, and have solid presenters already scheduled for the next 3 months. That'll make 7 straight months of fulfilling our obligations, and enjoying it along the way!
What were the lessons learned?
* Zoom meetings were a viable, reasonable alternative. However, we didn't use Zoom meetings
every month but instead tried some other creative tactics.
* Pre-recorded video interviews with interesting speakers was an alternative, and we did it! These video
links were then sent to our members.
* A written question & answer sheet with a presenter was completed, and sent out to the membership in
place of a monthly meeting.
* Coordinating events with other chapters helped fill some of our voids in scheduling. In fact, one clear
result of recent events is the need for the local chapters to "tag team" with each other to present quality programming.
* Picking up the phone and chatting with fellow members was an effective way to stay in touch. In fact,
those conversations may have been more meaningful than the actual face to face meetings because
the purpose was more focused.
* Going forward, even when all restrictions are lifted, Zoom meetings are going to a part of how we communicate, both as a board and as a chapter.
Clearly, we all wish things could have been different over the past year, and I am definitely one of those people looking forward to seeing members face to face and sharing a laugh. But in the end, the only way to look at the past 15 months is to acknowledge that we're all better because of it, and move forward!