Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Let The Gathering Begin

With the closing of deer hunting season across the states we're faced with a question of what to write about next?. Most of us write about our hunting experiences and adventures while outdoors. Now we have the opportunity to advance our writings. We have an opportunity before us to expand our knowledge and unite this great nation of Outdoor Bloggers. This union has been a long time coming and has been wanted by so many of us that the time for action is finally here. Kristine at the Outdoor Bloggers Summit has so far been doing all the work to get these Regional meetings up and running, with a select few of devoted members willing to coordinate a meeting in their area. Now she is asking for our help and support to make these Regional Meetings become reality. With the weather changing and spring coming soon, I'm sure that just about anyone can find a park, a picnic grounds with a pavilion or some sort of public facility which can be used to facilitate one of our Regional Meetings. We have far too few meeting locations at present for as many bloggers as we have and we desperately need more meeting locations in states everywhere. You don't have to do all the work on your own, alot of you say " I'll do what I can to help " . Well now is the time to help and make a big difference for everyone. Get Motivated, get your brain to thinking on a daily basis about the Regional Meetings and start putting something together in your area. Kristine will be providing the guidelines to go by, use them and create some of your own. Read the postings on the Outdoor Bloggers Summit and get these meetings started into a forward direction. Recruit others in your area to help you and discuss the possibilities of where to have your meeting. In choosing a meeting site you will need to know how many people the site will accommodate, are they handicapped equipped, easily accessible, well marked on the streets and highways for easy location by all attending, what amenities they have, are they sheltered, If it's a park do they have camping areas with water, electricity and showers- if so what is the cost per camp site, can we get cut rates for our group attending, are there food stores near by for the campers to use, what time the park opens and closes,are night time campfires allowed and is wood available. Check every possibility and the amenities for your site carefully and thoroughly before selecting it. This won't be an easy task by far but the overall outcome will all be worth the time and troubles once the Regional Meetings come forth and are started. Lets all do our part in getting these meetings started. I know it will take some time to organize a meeting but it won't happen if we don't talk locally with each other and get something started. One question I will be e-mailing Kristine with is " How large of a radius area should each Regional meeting encompass as a base starting point for members of the group? ". In the mean time start contacting some of your local members to help you coordinate a meeting in your area. I was thinking of the Cumberland Mountain State Park or maybe The Smoky Mountain State Park for members of Tennessee. I'll know more after I contact a few members from the Tennessee area and hopefully be able to get a Regional Meeting started in Tennessee.

6 comments:

Kristine said...

Thank you for your support of the regional meetings. I appreciate it.

As for the size, I'm thinking at least statewide and maybe covering more than one state. It kind of depends on the distances involved. I also think it might be a bit optimistic to think we'll get a meeting set up for each state.

Of course, some states are bigger than others, so we may end up with more regional meetings in places where driving across a state could entail driving for several hours.

deerslayer said...

Kristine; First I'd like to apologize for not checking my sites sooner, I've been down sick and done nothing for the pass two weeks. I agree with larger states it would probably more fesiable to have more than one meeting per state if anyone could be contacted as a coordinator. I need to get busy contacting people to see if I can recruit help for a meeting panel which I'll do in the next few days.

Othmar Vohringer said...

Great post deerslayer. The way you want to do these OBS gatherings is right up my ally. There are, as you said, many places bloggers can get together. I would love to come down to Tennessee. There is a spot on the old Caney Fork River near center Hill Dam that I used to fish on my visits to the Volunteer State. Dam good trout fishing there.

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deerslayer said...

Othmar; You really surprize me, I never would have thought that you had been to Tennessee and I 've probably been to the same spot your referring to on the Caney Fork River. Thanks for stopping by and good luck with your Regional Meeting.

Othmar Vohringer said...

Lol, Deerslayer. I use to live in America (Illinois) before I moved to Canada. I did a lot of traveling back then and probably have been to more places then most Americans. I still like the south of America. Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, the Carolinas, Louisiana, Kentucky and others like it. I like the people in the south and their mentality. I like southern food too. That reminds me I got to go, I have grits on the stove.

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deerslayer said...

Othmar; sounds like I need to start calling you by the name of "Traveling man ". I agree I like the southern states as well though I'm not big on the grits they do sell alot of them down here. I'm off this weekend so will try working on the computer some and on the Regional Meeting. Maybe one day we could meet up and do some porch talking about our lifes.