[DFT] Helpful suggestion to engage newcomers

Richard Threlkeld rjt at softwareinnovation.com
Sat Aug 26 15:19:53 PDT 2006


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[mailto:dragonsfire-tor-bounces at lists.ansteorra.org] On Behalf Of Dragonetti
Sent: Saturday, August 26, 2006 17:02 PM
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Subject: [DFT] Helpful suggestion to engage newcomers

Greetings Dear Friends,

I am forwarding a message that appeared recently on the Grand Council list
where we are discussing ways the Board of Directors might encourage
membership. I think many groups, hospitalers, autocrats, etc, might benefit
from this simple idea.

In the service of kingdom and crown, I remain, Baron Armand Dragonetti Grand
Councellor Appointed from Ansteorra 

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Fiskr
> Sent: Friday, August 25, 2006 4:34 PM
> To: Grand Council Mailing List
> Subject: Re: [scagc-l] Membership discussion
> I found a great looking old box at Hobby Lobby. It was about 15" X 15"
> by 8" deep, and it had ten drawers. When I first got to an event I'd 
> hunt down "hats" and Peers and get them to cough up, er, donate a 
> token or favor or bauble or something, and I put one item in each 
> drawer. Then I went on a newcomer hunt, asking EVERYBODY if they'd 
> seen any first timers. Upon finding my quarry, I'd ask them to pick a 
> drawer, any drawer (always making sure that each drawer was stocked 
> with a favor). I told the new person that what they had was a gift 
> freely given to them from someone at this event. Since we are a 
> society of honor, the only proper thing to do was to thank the donor. 
> Sadly, I'm an old man and don't recall just which person gave that 
> gift, so you must approach everyone you meet, introduce yourself, and 
> ask if they are the original owner of the favor. Heh.
> It was the most amazing ice breaker, and gave each new person a hand 
> held reason to talk to anyone they fancied. I haven't done this in 
> years, and suddenly wonder why.
> Fiskr, going off to search the garage for the old box...
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