|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
Green Dollar Exchange Inc.
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
|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.
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.
More excerpts next newsletter.
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 .
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$), Newsletter, computer data entry or set up system for recording transactions. Market co-ordinator. Promotions Person. Nurturing Person (Green Friends or Buddy System).
Computer or manual recording system, call minder or similar(system for recording transactions) could be a cheque drop off box if using that system. Photocopier (or use of one for G$)
DO A TIME LINE
Target 30 people for a public meeting, involve other like minded community organisations.
Explain working of system, everyone has a skill to offer, play LETS PLAY game to show how G$ works.
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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