Yesterday (Wed. May 6), I was invited to give a talk to the Carolina Berg Wanderers, an outdoor group based in Charlotte. This group, over 30 years old, hikes, bikes, camps and does other outdoor sports. Many are very serious about their outdoor pursuits and seem to be out most weekends and weekdays after work.
The Bergs, as they are known for short, seem to span people from their 20s to 60s, though the leadership was definitely toward the older set. They have monthly meetings. In the summer, they have a monthly pot luck dinner in a city park and just socialize. The rest of the year, they meet in a church classroom and have a speaker and a short business meeting.
On the evening I was there, I spoke for about 45 minutes – I was the program. Then there was a business meeting. That evening, they were getting ready for their yearly elections. To my amazement, there was actually a two-way contest for president. The members also seemed to be amazed. Each candidate spoke for a few minutes. The president then announced that the ballot was going to be sent out via email and they were going to check carefully to make sure that only members voted.
The Outing Chair then mentioned all the activities that were going on until the next meeting. Though all the activities are detailed on the web, the Outing Chair wanted to make sure that newcomers understood how the club ran things. He also introduced the hike leaders if they were present.
The group communicates via a Meetup site but they also communicates via their monthly meeting.
I got a T-shirt as a thank-you gift. I also got a nice rating. With Meet-Up, you can comment and rate the event.