I would first like to say that it is great to be working with everyone at MOC. We have all done soo much in the first year of MOC's existance. I have been here since before MOC was incorporated and have seen a lot of great work!
Since I have been with MOC as Dupty Director and now Director, I have been watching and listening to what the members are saying. This has been passed along to the Board and much talk about many different projects that relate right back to the IT world. In the coming days or weeks, IT itself will start providing members with updates as to what we are doing.
Project 1: MOC Forums
These are to be release and functional on Evening of Thursday, April 1, 2010. Now that I wrote that day, I am shooting myself in the foot.. what a day for a release! All MOC Paid Members will have access to the Forums. Please make sure to also continue posting on OCDO though! OCDO is where most of us came from and they are supporting the same cause as we are. The MOC Forums allows us to organize information a lot more and provide more to our members.
MOC Forum Registration Process:
Step 1) goto http://forums.michiganopencarry.org
Step 2) Click on "Register"
Step 3) Fill out the required information
Step 4) Read and re-read the Acceptable Use Policy
Step 5) Click "I Agree" at the bottom of the AUP and click "Register"
Step 6) IT will recieve your registration request and approve your account based on the MOC Membership list. After approval, you will recieve an email with your Forum Account Activation Link.
*** miopencarry.org email users -- We will automatically activate you and email you due to a minor problem with the domain.
The use of the MOC Forums is starting out as a trial. Make full use of it as per the AUP. If things get way out of hand and the moderators are unable to control the problems, MOC Board has made it clear that the Forums will be removed.
Project 2: Project Mangement System & IT Help Desk
This is a 2-for-1 Project. We are bringing up a system that will allow MOC and non-MOC members to be able to submit Tickets to IT in regards to Problems on the Forums, Web Site, Logging in, etc. This is so that problems and projects can be tracked. This will also allow the submitter to recieve quick and easy updates on their problems, concerns, or questions. To start with, it will be for IT related use only.
The second part to this project is a Project Tracking System, which will incorporate into the new Web Site we are currently building. All projects will have a Ticket associated with the Project. This information will be available to members by logging into the MOC WebSite. It will also allow the Board easy access to updates and see where projects are going. It will also be used for MOC Board Projects and presented as such also.
Project 3: Membership Information System
After much review of systems, we are building our own Membership Information System (MIS). This will hold your membership information, registration date, renewal date, etc. It will be secured and encrypted so that information is not readily available to anyone. You, as an MOC Member, will also be able to log into the system and update your email, address, and phone number.
Project 4: Email Alert System
This is another 2 part project. The first part is a communication system so that all MOC Members all get emails from the Board, Leadership, and/or IT. This will provide a way so that we know everyone recieves the email rather then everyone's email addresses floating around from Board member to Board member.
The second part to this is an Alert System, that anyone (MOC Members, Politicians, non-MOC Members) can sign up for. This will be used for Urgent and/or Important Alerts and Updates that may or may not be MOC related, but would be related to the 2nd Amendment in some form.
Project 5: MOC Website
We are doing a complete over-haul of the MOC Website. At the current site, you can see a login box, which IT uses at the moment. On the new website, it will be used by MOC Members to be able to access Member Only Information, which will include Projects and their current status, Board Meeting Minutes, and other MOC related information. You will be able to access the MIS system from here also.
We also have several more projects on the books on top of all that was just listed. Theme to setup forums to look like new website, Video/Audio Upload for MOC Members, Membership Renewal Notification system, miopencarry.org email for MOC Members, Businesses having ability to update their own business information and to list themselves as OC friendly (or remove themselves), and more as more ideas are suggested!
If you have any questions, concerns, or comments... you can always contact IT at firstname.lastname@example.org or the Board at email@example.com.
MOC IT Director