May 2, 2008To start things off, I'm looking for honest input from the CT Chapter, not any sort of sympathy. I've had a lot of things on my mind lately in regards to this site and the CT Chapter. I've enjoyed my time on here, but over the last few months, things have been getting a bit rough for me. I'm not saying I'm leaving, but different things have made me feel like being here isn't as worth it as it used to be. I bring this up because I don't want the CT chapter to be put into a worse position. I know the chapter has been through a few rough spots, moreso in the lack of communication here (whether the site has been acting up or people haven't been posting here) and less meets every year.
First, I've been getting pretty annoyed with the site's performance. It looked as if the Ten was finally making it enjoyable again, when all of the Ten sites were sold to another company, who appears to have brought back the pop-up and roll-over ads. On top of just the ads, it seems like every time I go to access this place, I get a database, server, or some other random error. I'm positive that I'm not the only one that's been getting annoyed with this. I actually have stopped logging in daily (mainly on the weekends) because of the amount of hassle it is to log into here.
Once I'm able to get on here though, while there are places I always go (CT Chapter and Pre forum), it seems like people just aren't as friendly any more. Not that I expect everyone to be holding hands, singing praises, and enjoying life, but it seems like people are just getting ruder and ruder, but it could just be coincidence that I've seen this and not those better moments.
My last gripe is about the CT Chapter. I don't expect this to get us more active, but there's been very little posting and interest as there used to be. I'm willing to accept blame at least for part of that because the Chapter President should set an example, but in some cases its been hard to when it feels like the chapter doesn't have the support it used to. I'm not going to blame any one other than myself directly on this, but I feel as a chapter, we could do better. I know we go through this every year, and I'm not going to say that this will turn us around, but I'd like to at least get us moving in the right direction. I know when it comes to meets, its hard to plan one as everyone's schedule is different, driving and fuel costs are really starting to hurt, and at least in my case, I haven't been able to fully rely on either of my truck for long distances. I'm not trying to make excuses, just making sure you know that I understand there are different circumstances for everyone.
I wouldn't bring this up without asking for the chapter's input. So, what do you guys think we should do? Do you want me to stay as President? Do you have any ideas to at least get this place or at least the chapter in some way, more active, even if its just some BS stuff? Am i the only one that feels this way?
Just so you don't think I'm all negative about this, I thought we had a great turn out for Dan's bon voyage at Hooters. Its easily the largest meet we've had in a long while, and I'd like to see a turnout like that more often. Maybe a bi-monthly meet? Whether you guys want me as Pres. or not, I'll still try and schedule a monthly meeting (assuming there's not already a show), but I figure maybe we can try and get a larger meet going separate from the show schedule.