I don't know what it is, but the word "Grove" seems to bring people out of the woodwork, rather than "Protogrove". I was talking to Psyche at Fly-By-Night the other day, and she said someone was looking for an ADF Grove, and she pointed to our flier. Apparently, he looked at it and said, "Humph, they're just a PROTOGROVE!"
Well, now we're a Grove, and we've advertised that fact pretty well, I think.
I didn't do the By Laws, so I have to do those tonight.
I didn't practice the breathing exercises Meredith posted for me, so I have to do that tonight.
I have to get back to *lots* of people via e-mail. Sorry if my responses are a bit short. :)
I did most of the Grove Organizers Handbook stuff I was assigned, so I hope to finish that today, and get it posted to ADF-SD. I've gotten some really good feedback from some Grove Organizers, and I think I'll post the outline I did for discussion and request some new ideas.
A lot of GO's are tired with the current status of the GOH. I understand partially why it's taken so long, but really, it's been 10 years since it's been published. athanasios mentioned that he's looking to get it out by Q1 of 2004, and hopefully I'll be able to help with that, since the material hasn't really been updated recently.
I just think it's a resouce that has to be available to our GO's, especially if the GO is isolated. I was lucky: I had 6th Night to lean on, and GROTTO and Triskele/Ancient Path were there when I needed fresh ideas, too. Since I attended festivals and loads of other things, I was able to actually talk to the people who are "higher on the food chain" in ADF than I am. I also made it a point to volunteer for several things (I'm now working with ADF's Web Team, I received all the files for Clergy Training to convert files, and I've talked with many of the people who run ADF on a day to day basis).
For a GO who's just starting out, I have to wonder what kind of support they really have. A new PG just opened up in Alabama. I really hope they can last, but AL is a long way from the large concentrations of ADF members in the NE, Ohio, and the far southwest. And it's not really a happy place for many Pagans.
That's why I think the GO Handbook is so important. Hell, I could still use it: it isn't like I passed some magical threshold when I became an SD last week. That's like saying a couple who gets married won't ever fight again.
Sharon and I had a long chat over IM last week. I told her I'd send her a copy of the GOH in its current, outdated form. Another thing I have to do for tomorrow, I suppose.
Here's the key to getting shit done in ADF: offer to do something in particular, because someone *will* take you up on it. If you bitch, moan, and complain, that *might* prompt someone to do something. But if you show a bit of enthusiasm, take some initiative, etc., then people won't ignore your request.
So, time for me to get back to work, because I have a few more things to add to that outline of what should be in the GOH.
Weird: just had one person subscribe and then immediately unsubscribe from the Three Cranes Announce list. Ugh. Well, back to work, honest.