THAMES G$ HAS RECEIVED $1500 FROM COGS (Community Organisation Grants Committee)we hosted the National Conference 2002 and 10 of our members attended. Thanks COGS.

60 members on our regular  email list at present

Thames Green Dollar Exchange Inc.
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Dear Member,                                                           You have a new committee, Blue as Chairperson, Roz as Secretary, Maureen as Treasurer and Co-ordinator, Alice and John as market day co-ordinator and Merlyn, Del, Kay, Herb, Marise, Lois, George, Norma, Geof and Sheryl as committee members. So watch for some exciting new ideas. I have just become qualified as a Real Estate Marketing Consultant and will be taking over from David in the Harcourts Thames office (my latest newsletter enclosed, with a free offer and a $50 voucher draw, this can be in G$), I want to help people into their own homes and enhance their quality of life, the same as I believe G$ does, so I will not have as much time for G$ as I have had but your new committee will be giving you lots of opportunity for enhancing trade. Some of the ideas from the AGM included looking at identifying G$ members at our regular markets, ie tee shirts. A shared table being available and a person taking charge of as stall for a member for remuneration. Suggestions of having demonstration stalls and to entice you to read your newsletter a spot the mistake competition so watch this space next month for these new ideas. We need a new printer, hence your account is handwritten to the right, the details are on the computer just not been able to be printed. There is some important information below, I thing it covers for me what G$ is about, please read and as always, happy trading Maureen Mallinson Co-ordinator

 

Trading for October over G$4000.00

Shop Talk We are looking for a new venue.
Email List Thames Members only email plumbing@e3.net.nz
Steps in setting up a G$ system below
Exerpt from article written by James Taris, founder of www.LETS-Linkup.com

G$ Philosophy. Think of G$ points as ‘favours’ rather than ‘money’. This will help build a community minded spirit within the group and place a freindlier tone on each trade. Your Offerings. Only offer three kinds of goods and services.

Things you love doing.

Skills you want to learn, improve or perfect.

Items you don’t want or need. (often excess goods).

Trading. There’s 3 things to keep in mind when it comes to trading too. Meet as many members as possible, as soon as possible. You’ll find members more willing to do favours for people they know, rather than for strangers, and the best way to meet group members is by attending the monthly G$ events.

G$ Get togeathers, purely social events where members and their families meet for breakfast, lunch or dinner and

G$ Market Days. Members can exchange goods and socialise as well. But it is not compulsory to bring anything. As will all trading you need buyers as well as sellers.

G$ Project Days. These are working bees which are organised for a specific task. This can either be for the benefit of your group or a member and all earn G$ for their time.

More excerpts next newsletter.

TRADING OPPORTUNITIES

MONTHLY MARKET

9th November 2002 8.30am

at Grahamstown Hall

Mini Christmas  Auction starts 9.30 , goods on table by 9.15am please. Clearly labeled with your G$ Number and reserve price which includes 10% commission for the exchange. New or near new goods only suitable for a gift.

 

Coming up …….

14th December Christmas Market and Auction

GREEN DOLLAR SHOP is currently looking for a new Venue.

G$ CONNECTIONS IS THE NEW ZEALAND WIDE INTERTRADING GROUP FOR GREEN DOLLAR EXCHANGES.


LETS Review  IS THE NEW ZEALAND WIDE MAGAZINE  FOR GREEN DOLLAR EXCHANGES .


STEPS IN SETTING UP A GREEN DOLLAR

SYSTEM.

FIND A CORE GROUP

Find a core group of 3-8 people with skills in Networking, Budgeting, Leadership, Co-ordinating, Desktop Publishing (Newsletters, Green Pages), Marketing Skills, Public Speaking skills , Book keeping, Systems Analysis (data base), Facilitation, Management and last but not least a belief that Green Dollars enhances peoples quality of life.

SETTING UP JOBS

Create a name and logo, find a place to work from, do a budget, set fees. plan initial promotion, create a brochure and joining form (can be one and the same thing). Develop a promotional educational package. Set up regular meetings. Liase with like minded community groups.

MANAGEMENT GROUP JOBS

NZ $ Finances (budgets for NZ$ and G$), Newsletter, computer data entry or set up system for recording transactions. Market co-ordinator. Promotions Person. Nurturing Person (Green Friends or Buddy System).

TOOLS

Computer or manual recording system, call minder or similar(system for recording transactions) could be a cheque drop off box if using that system. Photocopier (or use of one for G$)

DO A TIME LINE

Target 30 people for a public meeting, involve other like minded community organisations.

PUBLIC MEETING

Explain working of system, everyone has a skill to offer, play LETS PLAY game to show how G$ works.

FIRST MARKET

Plan a market event to begin trading, with traders advertising their services as well as goods. This could just start at your meetings with small trading tables and develop into a market with a small meeting. Set up to produce regular newsletters and green pages. (preferable join a member who can hand deliver these)

To celebrate start of trading. Music, food, invite press, invite public.

MONTHLY JOBS. Newsletters, statements

ON GOING JOBS. Data entry, new members join up kits.

2-4 TIMES PER YEAR. Complete update of goods and services.

ANNUAL JOBS. Renewal of membership fees, budget, auditing of G$ and NZ$ accounts, Financial Reports, AGM.

SECOND YEAR. Legal Structure, keep growing.

Resources availabe from Wairarapa Green Dollars they hold the G$ Information Library, and back issues of the G$Quarterly.

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