Re: [Harp-L] SPAH and Clubs
I have not been involved in any local clubs. Since I can think of only a
couple of serious harp players in the great rural expanse of Northern
California and Southern Oregon, we are unlikely to be able to form a
club in our area. (Northern California does not include Central
California communities such as San Francisco and Sacramento, and
Southern Oregon does not include Eugene.)
If SPAH wants active members even here in the West, where the SPAH 'con
rarely comes (but thanks for Sac'to,), if SPAH wants members who are
active even if they can't afford to go East or, like me, just don't like
traveling any more, then SPAH must empower individuals.
You don't need a club to go out to events ad put up a SPAH table or
distribute SPAH literature, only one committed individual. You don't
need a club to create events, only the willing efforts of a few
committed people. And you don't need a club to have Special Interest
Groups (SIGs), only someone willing to act as moderator of an email
and/or telecon group.
But even with willing individuals, there is a need for SPAH to act. SPAH
needs to provide its activists with banners, literature and a set of
guidelines covering what to do and not do at SPAH sanctioned events.
This can all be accomplished with little expense and little Board attention.
As an experienced political activist and organizer, I can tell you that
empowering the individual works and can go a long way towards refreshing
and growing the SPAH membership. It will work for SPAH because our
members are so strongly committed to their art and their instrument. I
believe many of us will act if given the opportunity.
Some immediate activities that could start the ball rolling:
1. Make SPAH literature available to members who want to tell the SPAH
story to others..
2. Start creating some SPAH SIGs. I would be willing to host or
participate in a harp teachers' SIG.
BTW, my aim is not to deprecate clubs, only to activate members who
can't or don't want to be part of a club.
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