Ark 3rd meeting / lunch BLACK FRIDAY

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  1. otisdodge Jedi Padawan

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    Otisdodge is a memeber of the Memphis Fan Force.

    So.
    So are you. Do you have to renounce your membership in another FF to be a part of another? I will be in LR all summer and so intend to be an active part of both clubs. As much as I will miss SMT people if I am in LR at the time, I will probably be attending opening night with y'all--Is RAVE lucas approved???

    No, Amidala Starkiller, we didn't elect a pres. I think we should probably wait until Conway and Hot Springs have decided if they are going it alone, and if not, plan a big activity where more people can be in attendance and do business there, or nominate and vote online, so people who can't attend a particular event can have a say.
  2. Elan-Rai RSA Emeritus

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    There is no problem with anyone being a member of another FanForce organization. Matter of fact, that's a good thing. I am still a member of the Nashville FanForce, but I'd like to get this one going as well. For one thing, it is a shorter drive! ;)

    As for electing our CR, it needs to be someone that's willing to devote some time to the cause. Organizing meetings is just one aspect. Forming a line for the Rave (which I believe is Lucas "approved", but we'll see) will be a major focus for the CR come next spring. A lot goes into this "job" so-to-speak, but it shouldn't run your life either. A good friend of mine that was the CR for Nashville at the time of AOTC put his heart, soul, sweat and tears into the line party at the cinema. He went all-out and managed to strike up a nice take-away program with lots of coupons from area businesses and restaurants. It was a cool thing, but it nearly burnt him out of Star Wars period, too. ;)

    All I am saying is that whoever wants this job needs to know the responsibilities therein. Building this FanForce needs to be the biggest concern. There are tons of fans out there in Arkansas; they just don't know we exist yet. Advertisement will be key and knowing what you can and can't get away with doesn't hurt either. ;) :D

    Anyway, enough of my rambling. To wrap this up, if you belong to another FanForce, but want to be a CR for this one - then that is fine. BUT, know where to draw the line between them and us. We can have joint meetings occasionally too, just don't try to merge the two groups because you belong to both. Hope all that makes sense. :D

    As for multiple FF's here in Arkansas, I'd get Little Rock on the board first. Then if we really need to branch out, then do so. Conway is pretty close to LR, in my opinion, but if you honestly think you guys will need one of your own then you are entitled to do that. :) My personal opinion is that we start large (even though it is a drive for some), then maybe split later down the road if we all feel it is necessary.
  3. otisdodge Jedi Padawan

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    I'm not nominating myself for CR. I am just saying that I still count as a member.

    I wholeheartedly agree about getting one group off the ground first.
  4. Nyborg13 Jedi Youngling

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    I meant nothing harmfull about my comment. Since you live in Memphis and are a full member there I didnt know if our last meeting counted. Yes the Memphis fan force has said I am a member of there group but as soon as Arkansas takes off we will change over. We will still go over and hang out with them when we can but this is where we live and I personally have been wanting a group for very long time so this Arkansas will be our prioraty. ELAN if this is all the case then the last meeting was oficail and it would make three so if you could contact the proper people and turn on Arkansas' board. Thank you
    As for CR I would be interested but have know clue what you can and cant get away with. You do but I figure as far of as you live from Little Rock you wouldnt want the job if you do thats fine if you dont and someone else gets it could you help guid them for awhile.
  5. Elan-Rai RSA Emeritus

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    Nah, becoming a CR is a learning process within itself. Everyone will do it differently. So, it's no big deal.

    I would love to take a stab at the reigns, but time is something I don't have a lot of, unfortunately. I was CR in Nashville for about 2 years, and it drained the life out of me. Now, 4 years, a wife, and kid later, there's no way I could do it. :( But, I would be more than happy to shed advice for anyone that takes it. There is no extreme hurry to do this anyway. Have a couple meetings to hash out any interest; then go from there.

    Hopefully, I will make it to some of these soon. Weekends are usually good for me, but weekdays are terrible. I have a lot of responsibility coming up these next few weekends, but we get out for Christmas on the 22nd. So, anytime between there and the second week of January - I'm game for sure; and maybe one or two weekends in front of the 22nd. We'll see. ;)
  6. wicket1138 Jedi Knight

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    As for multiple FF's here in Arkansas, I'd get Little Rock on the board first. Then if we really need to branch out, then do so. Conway is pretty close to LR, in my opinion, but if you honestly think you guys will need one of your own then you are entitled to do that.

    The problem is not really the distance, although that makes it more of a problem. Its the transportation and arranging for us all to be together. Besides, we can also gather up the College force here and use the school's facilities to assist us in hosting our meetings and smaller events.
  7. Elan-Rai RSA Emeritus

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    Makes sense, Joseph. I used to be in college once, so I can relate. ;)

    You guys do what you feel like you need to do. I see great things coming out of Conway. Go get 'em. :)

    Oh yeah, once you guys get a good 3 people locked down from Conway, have them post either in this forum (in a new thread regarding Conway's board creation) or the MidSouth forum so we can get you guys an official board for starters. :D
  8. wicket1138 Jedi Knight

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    Alright, there are at least three, maybe four, having our first Official Meeting tomorrow at our College's gathering point the Burrow at 1... I don't know how long it'll be, but I'll make a quick handout to give instructions on how to get to these boards so they'll be on here... we're all really excited. Good times lie ahead. I'll fill y'in on how it goes.
  9. Padawan915 Jedi Master

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    Just would like to wish all of you the best of luck in your meeting here in Arkansas. I've known Joe for some time, and I'm sure he's very committed to Fan Force along with the JC. If any of you need assistance, your Philly brothers are here to help. :)


    Herb
    Co-Pres & CR, Fandom Alliance of Philadelphia
  10. otisdodge Jedi Padawan

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    Can we have sub-groups under one force? It seems like as long as there are only a few people in each locale, it would be better to have one Force and one board until each area grows more. Conway could still have their own meetings and LR and Hot Springs, etc., but we would have threads for all those meetings here and that way we would still have a larger support group to rely on here online. A discussion board with only three or four members would get really slow and boring in my (oh so humble ;) )opinion.

    As was stated before in another post--I don't remember who said it--we could have local meetings every month or more and have one big state--or at least Central AR--meeting that everyone tried harder to attend every quarter or so.
    Everyone would still be invited to all meetings, so if you liked what was planned in Conway and you were from Hot Springs or Little Rock, you just make the trip--and you would know about the meetings because there would be a thread here about it, because we'd only have one board, for the reasons I already stated.

    Anyway--just my opinion, but I really think that we need larger communities first.

    --Jacob
  11. Elan-Rai RSA Emeritus

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    Yeah, I think most of us are in agreement on building the larger community first. I think it would work out better in the long run. But I do understand the college kid perspective of "no transpo". I wonder if we could just rename the LR board to maybe - Central Arkansas, or something. Just a thought. ;)

    I believe most of us are just excited that LR is official now. Little Rock never had the hustle and bustle it now has. Heck, this board even got deleted about 2 years ago due to inactivity. Now look at us. Already trying get two FF's goin'. ;)
  12. otisdodge Jedi Padawan

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    Should we change the name of the boards from Little Rock, AR, to Central Arkansas, or just Arkansas? Or is it FF policy to have a city name?
  13. Elan-Rai RSA Emeritus

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    While the majority of chapters do represent a city, it is definitely not required. There are more than a handful of regional chapters due to the layout of the states and so forth. Sure, we could do it if everyone is in favor of it.
  14. otisdodge Jedi Padawan

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    [strike thru]Maybe you should start a thread on the subject, since everyone may not be reading this particular thread. Is there a way to put a poll on a thread here?[/strike thru]

    Edit: I started a thread on the subject. Go vote! :D

    2nd edit: Should we take nominations and vote for a CR online, or should we wait for the next meeting?

    Personally, under my suggested format of a united Force with sub-groups for different locales, I think that we should have an officer for each of the locales with a significant concentration of members.

    For instance, there could be a CR in the LR area with Vice-CRs in Conway, Hot Springs and Northwest AR, etc. Or if we wanted to give different titles like Vice-CR, public relations specialist, secretary, etc.

  15. Kynstar Jedi Knight

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    I voted! hehehehe

    Ramon said he should be able to give us his day off schedule soon so maybe we can arrange to have the meeting on one of his days off. Will let you know once I hear something.
  16. wicket1138 Jedi Knight

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    Well Conway had our own first meeting today... personally while I like the idea of us all still keeping and touch and getting together occasionally, we here at Conway are pretty excited about having our own FanForce... we're building up and are going to advertise around the area and recruit some more members... the reason why I say this is that we won't be able to make many of the Little Rock meetings probably, if any... while I'm not saying that we should split the boards up, and I'd like to keep the Arkansas groups together, I also think we're going to develop into our own seperate entity...

    We had our first meeting today and have set another one for this Saturday, and we've set up some ideas of events and such... for now we're settling for easy common things (watching the movies and such).

    (And by the way, thanks for dropping by Herb... thanks for the encouragement!)
  17. otisdodge Jedi Padawan

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    Cool, Joe, congrats on your first meeting. What did you do? What are you doing on Saturday? Be sure to post your meetings and plans here, in case people want to crash. ;) I for one, would love to try to come to Conway for a SW event if you are doing anything during the time I will be in LR over the holiday (you never told me if you are going to be in Conway over the break...).
  18. wicket1138 Jedi Knight

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    Alright, I'll go ahead and give a brief sum up... after meeting up together we headed to one of our member's rooms where we chilled for a little bit. We exchanged information, talked about possible future plans and goals and then chatted a while about random Star Wars stuff. I'm a hyperspace member so I logged in and we went through all the stuff there. We watched the trailer (and also a hilarious music video that I can't quite put into words), looked through almost all the behind the helmet pics... the art and such as well... webdocs... talked about the latest news we had heard about the movie as well as other Star Wars stuff... we talked about canon and the EU and such... we also got onto the subject of fanfilms and such, so we're planning on watching some of those as an event some time. I own on tape George Lucas in Love, Hardware Wars, Troops and the Star Wars Holiday Special among others so we're going to watch anything that the other members haven't seen. Unfortunately those are in Texas right now, but we have all 5 movies as well as the Ewok movies and cartoons and the droids cartoon, so for our second meeting we're going to watch one of those things. We plan on meeting this Saturday, although the time is not set yet. We had expected it to be an incredibly short meeting, but once we got to talking about all the stuff, it went a lot longer.

    Other than watching the movies and such, we were wondering if those with experience could maybe recommend some other events for us? We've already thought about going to movies together and such, but there aren't really many Star Wars events here in Conway. We missed the great opportunity of going to a 'Star Wars on a wall' thing (don't know how to describe it better than that) but maybe something else will pop up. We're pretty enthusiastic so we can probably pull anything off.

    Unfortunately I'm heading home over the Winter break. First I go on a very short tour with our choir to take our candlelight ceremony to Texas, then back to Little Rock (perhaps you and a couple other Little Rock FFers could drop by to see?) to put on a show there. Then I'm back in Dallas for the rest of the break until some time in January (I've forgotten the date). It would be really cool if some people could come to our concert actually. If anyone is interested I can try and find out when and where that is at exactly.
  19. Elan-Rai RSA Emeritus

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    Make sure you state who all was in attendance. These 3 people need to be board members as well. They don't necessarily have to log in everyday or anything like that. They just need to be registered, that's all. That's one of the FanForce thing-a-ma-jiggies. ;)
  20. wicket1138 Jedi Knight

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    Okeydoke. There were three of us present, myself, Deja_vu and our other friend who is registering as soon as possible. We showed him the site and how to get to this section, so he'll be on any day now.
  21. Elan-Rai RSA Emeritus

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  22. Nyborg13 Jedi Youngling

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    Way to go Wicket please post as soon as you can on when and where your next meeting will be we may try and make it over. As far as Im concern go ahead and start a new thread for Conway/Meetings if you want so people dont have to search around to find info. on you guys.
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