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Old 03-24-2014, 10:50 AM   #151
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Is there a reason we can't just use a thread on our DIS meets forum for this? This is why we created that forum, and branching off to another tool or site to discuss planning a meet for members of our discussion forum just seems odd. A few of the most recent area DIS meets we're arranged and communicated mostly via email, which also felt odd and awkward to me. And exclusionary, as only those who were on that email list would know about those meets. Here on the DIS is where we all are, and where others in the area who are interested in joining will find us.
Well I didn't create one for the last meet but some people asked us to so now we have it in both places and can get the word out more. All information will be posted in both places
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Old 03-24-2014, 11:16 AM   #152
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Is there a reason we can't just use a thread on our DIS meets forum for this? This is why we created that forum, and branching off to another tool or site to discuss planning a meet for members of our discussion forum just seems odd.

A few of the most recent area DIS meets we're arranged and communicated mostly via email, which also felt odd and awkward to me. And exclusionary, as only those who were on that email list would know about those meets. Here on the DIS is where we all are, and where others in the area who are interested in joining will find us.

We attended the Texas meet a couple of years ago but lost track of this years meet. I thought that I read that it was canceled, was that last years?

Not all of us search all of the forums or listen to the Pod Casts so we miss out. Someone posted that Pete was going to attend, then nothing. He wasn't on the signup list and by the time I talked to DW, the list was closed.

I realize that putting on these events can be a lot of work and I salute the people who take on challenge, but better advertising, taking deposits, getting a larger venue, and publishing the auction items, would get more to attend and increase donations to GKTW.



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Old 03-24-2014, 12:45 PM   #153
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Is there a reason we can't just use a thread on our DIS meets forum for this? This is why we created that forum, and branching off to another tool or site to discuss planning a meet for members of our discussion forum just seems odd.

A few of the most recent area DIS meets we're arranged and communicated mostly via email, which also felt odd and awkward to me. And exclusionary, as only those who were on that email list would know about those meets. Here on the DIS is where we all are, and where others in the area who are interested in joining will find us.

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Well I didn't create one for the last meet but some people asked us to so now we have it in both places and can get the word out more. All information will be posted in both places
I actually like having it in multiple places so that more people are likely to see it. I have felt like the DIS Meets forum is pretty much dead, but maybe it's not. What do the numbers show these days?

That's why some of us started using e-mail and Facebook. The traffic was so slow on the Meets forum. Years ago when you (Kathy) and I used to plan the DFW meets, I'd advertise them on the DIS meets forum, the Theme Parks forum, and the Community Board. The latter two ended up being the best way to find new people. And even though it was listed on the meets forum, we still had to e-mail or private message the "regular" attendees because people just don't check the meets forum regularly. It seemed back then that very few people who had never been to a meet even knew that the meets forum existed, and I'm pretty sure that's still the case.

I have wondered why all of these GKTW meet stickie threads are not listed over on the DIS meets forum or especially the larger-audience forums (Theme Parks forum, Community Board, Budget Board, Resorts), but instead have their own special section over here on the podcast forum which doesn't seem to get a lot of traffic. To me that seems exclusive. If fundraising is the primary goal, I can't imagine podcast-listener exclusivity being the intention, but maybe it is .

The good thing about also having a Facebook page for the events is that people can then check in for the events or invite their Disney-loving friends who may not read the DIS regularly or listen to the podcasts. In that sense, it is a good way to advertise the events, make more friend connections, and increase donations to GKTW.

Discussion forums (while I love them still) are pretty old-school. The podcast is a great way to get the message out, but other social media methods are also almost a must.
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Thanks so much to everyone who made this possible! I had a great time, and I picked up a baby shower gift to boot! I didn't get to say much about this yesterday, but this organization is very close to my heart. I have grown up with and loved children who have only had glimpses of childhood. I'm so glad to have been able to support an organization who makes that possible. I've been with a family who just wishes for a moment when their child forgets about the oxygen and the wheelchair and is just able to be a child, however brief that moment is. I've seen the eyes of the child who is using their wheelchair to dance and feels no different than the child jumping up and down next to them. It is overwhelmingly beautiful. It is no wonder I am so in love with a place that can make that possible. Thanks again for giving of your time and resources to such an amazing cause!
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I'm sorry not everyone was happy with how this event was ran. This was the first time for us and we did the best we could. We have learned some valuable things for next year and are already planning on improving things for next years meet. We know we need a larger venue next year but this year we did what we could.
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Old 03-24-2014, 02:47 PM   #156
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We had a great time It was so great to meet people with a common love while giving to a great charity!


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Old 03-24-2014, 02:56 PM   #157
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We had a great time It was so great to meet people with a common love while giving to a great charity! Paige
Paige, I loved talking with you! Please let me know how may goes! Good luck
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I'm sorry not everyone was happy with how this event was ran. This was the first time for us and we did the best we could. We have learned some valuable things for next year and are already planning on improving things for next years meet. We know we need a larger venue next year but this year we did what we could.
Oh, please don't apologize! You did a fabulous job, and we are all grateful. I don't think anyone is complaining, but just making suggestions for how to enable even more people to find out about and participate in the next event.
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Oh, please don't apologize! You did a fabulous job, and we are all grateful. I don't think anyone is complaining, but just making suggestions for how to enable even more people to find out about and participate in the next event.
Thank you. Sorry if I seemed rude. I've just had a long day and a doctor appt and didn't get quite the news I wanted so I'm just in a yucky mood today.
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I'm sorry not everyone was happy with how this event was ran. This was the first time for us and we did the best we could. We have learned some valuable things for next year and are already planning on improving things for next years meet. We know we need a larger venue next year but this year we did what we could.
Not saying you did anything wrong, sounds like you could have used some help and I could have offered if I knew what was going on.

Does the DIS provide you with a leader packet of info, a guideline if you would?

Hope you feel better soon, you need to put yourself first and take care of yourself.

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Not saying you did anything wrong, sounds like you could have used some help and I could have offered if I knew what was going on. Does the DIS provide you with a leader packet of info, a guideline if you would? Hope you feel better soon, you need to put yourself first and take care of yourself. Bill
No they don't. Each meet is different and what is planned is up to who creates the event. We are already looking for ideas for venues for next year and have contacted one place already. We will post pics or info on the items up for auction as the meet gets closer next time.

We honestly didn't know what to expect this year and who would come. Now we know how to better advertise and I think with each passing year we will gain more knowledge on how to hold a better meet
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My husband and I very much enjoyed the fund raiser. I would love to help next year. Keep me in the loop and I will be more than happy to pitch in!
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My husband and I very much enjoyed the fund raiser. I would love to help next year. Keep me in the loop and I will be more than happy to pitch in!
Aww, I am happy to hear that! I hope you are willing join our Facebook page! At some point when we get a date settled we will start a new thread for next year!
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It looks like we are aiming to have our next Give Kids the World Dismeet on March 28, 2015! This could of course change but it is what we are aiming for right now!
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We had fun and the person I took is not a Disney fan, has very little idea of what a podcast is, and had never heard of GKTW. I am already putting together some raffle or donation items. I love having the Facebook page. Makes it so much easier to keep track of as well as being able to let non Dis people know about it.
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