By Deanna Tharpe, Executive Director
The first Town Hall Meeting held by Down Syndrome Affiliates in Action was an amazing experience for me. Everyone there sharing their thoughts and giving the organization its direction in its first year was simply fantastic. Let’s do it every year! However, at the conference in 2011 the topics were mostly conference-related or were just kudos. Yes, thanks, we DO like to hear what we’re doing well. However, in a limited-time situation, we really need to hear what you’d like us to do or do better. It was great to get that kind of feedback in DC at the meeting.
Ah…but what about the people who are not able to attend the conference? When do they get their forum? And why should we have to wait a year to hear from members in that type of setting? Good questions. The answer is coming your way in the form of quarterly meetings and the first one is Thursday, April 26th. Personally, I can’t wait. I hope that we have at least one member from every group on the call. I hope that they all come with ideas that will improve our service to our members. I also hope that they come ready to share their needs with us. And I hope that they come ready to interact with each other as well.
We’re trying new technology for this meeting which will allow you to “raise” your hand using your keypad on your phone so that no one is talking over another person. (Let me tell you, that was a huge concern.) It will be the first time for us to use this technology, but we hope that it will make for a more productive meeting for all.
So, circle the date. Thursday, April 26th. We’ll start promptly at 7 pm EASTERN. Talk to other members of your leadership about attending. We understand that life is busy, but we’re sure that at least one member of your organization is available for an hour on Thursday night. Am I right?
And what about the groups who are not members of DSAIA? As much as we would love to allow you a vehicle to share with other groups across the nation…membership does have its privileges. Our members deserve a time to talk about themselves, ask us questions and give us feedback. This is it. We hope you use it well and come back for more!
To register, go to http://dsaia.org today!