Well, it was a good and productive meeting we had today. Thanks to all who came out or showed interest.
The purpose of the meeting was to brainstorm ways to expand in Detroit and the surrounding counties. Certainly we're not detaching ourselves from the rest of the state (in fact we're not setting up any specific boundaries) only establishing that we are going to have increased activity in our locality, in addition to all other state wide activities we're already involved in. The reasons are that this is where most people live in Michigan, and this is also where the most anti gun sentiment exists, so we who live around here need to step up our efforts.
The consensus we reached is that we will be doing meetings every 3 weeks, always on Sunday. That way we can avoid doing things on the same weekend as the radio show, and meet on the day almost everyone is available.
We talked about many key points, and I took notes, so here are the highlights of our ideas for the future:
We could do litter clean ups, perhaps even through the adopt a highway program. Also maybe graffiti clean ups, but that is a bit more complicated.
I missed the initial thread on this, but someone here has a billboard on their front lawn that we could either paint, or get a banner to cover.
We talked about standing meetings, that is once every month or so having at least a few people come out to a certain location, so that if anyone new to OCing would like to speak to someone about the details in person, it could be done there.
We could go to car shows and cruises like the Telegraph and Woodward cruises, and any others in the area
We could try to get permission to march in parades, carrying a banner while having people on either side passing out fliers
Other events like Arts Beats and Eats, or the freedom fest are easy to go to
Also discussed were having future meetings in the following locations: At a park behind the Plymouth Canton PD, Addison Oaks, Garden City Park, and the Fire and Ice Cafe in Westland.
Lastly, we decided it might be a good idea to compile a list of businesses that go out of their way to welcome OCers. Imagine how nice it would be to have a list of places that invited OCers, and we could even go as far as to put on fliers that business owners can join the site and post on a business thread that they welcome us. That system could benefit everyone.
The idea here is not that me, or anyone else specifically from the group will be organizing all of this, but that each of us needs to step up to the plate and pick one or more of these activities to go set up.
What I'm going to do is check my calendar, and make a list of every third sunday for the next 6+ months, and post that either here or elsewhere to use as an easy to edit and quickly referable to event schedule for the upcoming events we are planning. This will be a rather crude/simplistic system, and we discussed web programs that exist to shedule things in a nicer maner, so if someone else wants to figure that out, please do.
Any ideas, criticism, offers of help arrange some of these things, or points from the meeting I forgot to bring up, are much appreciated. If you see something from this list of ideas that you like, or if you can think of another idea, PLEASE go ahead and set it up!