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One more idea

Feb 17, 1998 07:18 AM
by M K Ramadoss

Here is one more idea to encourage the TSA National President and members of
the Board of Directors to get actively involved in the Theosophy maillists
and Newsgroup so that Thesophy and Humanity can be served.

One or more of us could draft a letter focusing on the immense opportunity
that these channels are providing for communication with members and others
interested in Theosophy. Also should be addressed is the issue of bringing
them up to speed what maillists and newsgroup are and how they function and
how they have worldwide coverage at no cost to the person participating in
them. It is very difficult for anyone to visualize the maillists and
newsgroups until and unless one gets involved in person and even then it
takes time to learn how to best use these free resources. I am speaking from
personal knowledge. In spite of my long involvement in computers, until I
got myself Internet connection and started participating in the maillists
and newsgroups, I did not get a first hand appreciation of the immense power
and potential of these tools.

Once the draft letter is finalized, it can be sent to the National President
and each member of the Board of Directors with a request to the National
President to do two things. (1) Include it in the Agenda of the upcoming
meeting of the Board of Directors and (2) Suggest that in the next annual
meeting to have a town hall meeting type of discussion on the Internet and
maillists and newsgroups and how they can be used as communication tools.

When the above letter is sent, I recommend that it be sent to the National
President by First Class Mail, e-mail and Fax. The reason for sending it
through multiple channels is to make sure that the communication positively
and quickly reaches him. Also after a couple of days, a followup fax is
advisable to inform that if the document has not reached asking to be
contacted so that the document can be re-faxed. As for the rest of the
members of the Board of Directors, the document should also concurrently be
sent by First Class Mail. This speeds up communication and allows time for
the Board members to be aware of the issues and think it over a period of
time before the actual Board meeting takes place.  The multiple modes of
communication recommended above, I have found to be fool proof over a period
of time in almost everyone of my communications with the National President
and that is why I am recommending it. I believe that on very important
matters such as the one we are considering we should not take any chances of
the letters being lost in transit, misplaced etc.

My 0.02.


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