Changes for 2017
Good Morning Chive New England!
It’s that time of the year where everyone and their brother are writing a “year in review” and now it’s our time.
2016 was a year of many changes throughout Chive Nation, and especially here at home with Chive New England, Berry New England and our state chapters. We had our successes and our failures and here we are suddenly at the end of 2016, staring 2017 in the face.
In 2016, we introduced a new structure for Chive Chapters within New England. The plan was for Chive New England to operate as the parent chapter to the states and Berry New England, with a Board of Directors from the collective admin group. We refined our social media presence, organized the board with roles and responsibilities, and wrote a huge chapter charter with the help of OK Chive. (Thanks guys!)
A lot of work was done with the planned outcome to make Chive New England and it’s sub-chapters leaner and more focused on events to help make the world 10% happier. Instead, what we found was the process got in the way of progress, it was too much rigger and too complicated to act quickly on opportunities and to effectively operate as a team. As a result, we saw turnover within the admin team and a crippled organization unable to get out of the way of itself.
Recently, we started the ball rolling by asking you guys to fill out a survey with some very simple questions to help us with future events and charity work. The full report on that survey can be found here.
In addition, a good discussion was started up by Zach Dawson within the Chive New England group. From this, it was crystal clear that the membership was feeling the pain from the admin team not operating as it should. We knew the changes we needed to make based on the discussion and decided that now, not in 2 weeks or 4 weeks, is the time to do it.
So here are the full list of changes that are going into effect immediately, broken down for easy reading:
- Berry New England, effective immediately, will no longer be a “sub-chapter” of Chive New England. They have grown immensely as a group and in turn, will be making some changes of their own.
- State chapters will cease to exist and we will operate as a unified Chive New England. Each of the state chapters over the next two weeks will be notifying their members through posts, pigeons and pamphlets, of this change. All groups and social media platforms relating to those state chapters will be closed.
- Connecticut: Alex, Nicole, Rich and Scott
- Massachusetts: Erin and Steve
- New Hampshire: Johnny
- Rhode Island: Aisa, Mandie and Pete
- State admins will now be admins for Chive New England only, this also means no crossover admins for Chive New England and Berry New England. This reduces the overall workload and lets us focus more on very specific tasks in our local regions.
- Each state has selected a representative who will be the single voice of their respective area. The representative’s responsibility is to make sure all states continue to work together. Alex will represent CT, Erin will represent MA, Johnny will represent NH and Pete will represent RI. Also in this representative group is Kristyn, who will currently represent Berry New England to ensure we continue to communicate well and work together.
- To foster open communication, we will be hosting Town Hall meetings for members to chat with the admins and share their ideas for events, charities and local outreach. In addition, a “contact us” form has been added to the website in case you want to get ahold of any of any admin privately.
Now let’s talk events.
- Event posts will be published on Sunday of each week notifying everyone of upcoming events.
- A complete list of events will be found on the website and on the Facebook Page.
- Gatherings/Meetups will be scheduled in every state on a semi-regular basis and will appear on the upcoming events post and events list well ahead of the planned date. MORE CHARITY will be happening! We are also working on doing a lot more community outreach such as by volunteering at local dog shelters or soup kitchens. We were provided a great list of potential events through the survey, but it does not stop there. These events will consist of three categories which can be combined:
- Humor: Fun events like go carts and mini golf where family can be included.
- Hotness: These are going to be the strictly 21+ events at our favorite bars.
- Humanity: Events that are more focused on making the world 10% better.
With this new development, we look forward to growing with all of you for a successful 2017, developing more quality events and promoting more activity within the membership, improving our communities locally and in conjunction with our neighbors, and working towards making the world 10% happier.