Sunday, December 30, 2007

Deadlines Extended

As Patrice mentioned on the Elist, this month's deadlines will be as before.

The deadline for the March issue will be the Sunday before the Feb. Meeting.

Why are we doing this? The old deadlines were way too tight and forced the ride scheduler and editors to work week nights and the publisher to give up a weekend to do the newsletter. For example; when I was publisher before, I often had to choose between riding or attending family events and doing the newsletter. This makes it very unattractive for folks to run for publisher. For the ride scheduler and the story editors the previous deadlines were even more difficult. They were expected to turn their rides and stories around in three weekday work days. In my opinion asking that of volunteers is not reasonable, especially if you want to encourage volunteers who have jobs and families that may require care at home to get involved.

Also, as mentioned at the December meeting, I want to train more folks to do the newsletter. New folks will be even slower at doing the newsletter and will need more time. In short I feel this may be difficult, but it needs to be done. I believe the work has to be divided up to make it reasonable. This new schedule gives folks more options in scheduling their lives around their ACTC volunteer work and I hope will encourage more folks to volunteer. I appreciate your time and understanding.

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Saturday, December 29, 2007

Deadline is coming

There's still time!

The deadline for submitting an article for the Feb. 2008 ACTC B&BB Newsletter is coming up. Please submit articles and post your Feb rides, stories and events by Dec 30th.

This gives each volunteer a week to do his or her work around job and other commitments.

If you would like to consider a submission, please let us know:

Current Newsletter Timeline:
Dec 30 Articles and rides to copy editor & ride scheduler
Jan 6 Finished articles to layout person
Jan 13 Newsletter to Printer
Jan 17 Mailing Party (location unknown).
By Feb 1 Newsletter in mailbox

Steve Sloan

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Monday, December 17, 2007

January BBB Newsletter

January 2008 BBB

The January 2008 BBB is Here
For this issue I have been working on the templates to make them easier for folks to use. They are not quite there yet, but that is coming. I hope you enjoy this issue. I had to scramble to fill some blank pages. I hope you don't mind how I filled them.

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Wednesday, December 12, 2007

My third term as publisher

I ran for publisher on the platform many hands make light work. My mission is to lighten and spread the work and thus lighten the load on each volunteer and to make the work more manageable. I hope to do this by creating a more distributed workflow and documenting that workflow. That is my first focus. For me improving quality is secondary to that task. I hope to have it down to the point that two or three people can be laying out the newsletter even though some of those people will be novices. I plan to layout no more than four issues myself this year.

In the end we may be able to achieve better quality, but the workload has to be manageable. Otherwise we may not have a newsletter to improve. In the meantime, I do not want to introduce any new steps to the production process unless the intent of them is to ease production.

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