Thanks for these questions. I just responded to another post that is similar to your first question. If I may, I'd like to refer to that response because it's lengthy and I feel it addresses my thoughts on representing the members of the AHA in detail. https://www.homebrewersassociation.org/forum/index.php?topic=34658.msg436754#msg436754%u200BHow will you gather information from members to bring to those meetings?
%u200B and How will you disseminate the information you gained at those meetings to members?%u200B
Communication is key as a GC member, and also can feel daunting when the membership runs in the tens of thousands. In the organizations I serve and have served in the past, I generally have a few strategies for handling this. This is how I would start off initially as a GC member. First
, leverage the channels that already exist. That means for the AHA if I am assigned to a particular sub-committee then I would use the subcommittee forum area to post information there. In order to get the topics in front of as many members as possible, I would additionally post in other forum areas and at times try to get certain topics into Zymurgy%u200B. It is also advocating within the AHA for certain topics to be discussed broadly as necessary.Second
, is to speak directly with club organizers so they, in turn, can inform their members and communicate their perspectives to me directly. Many members are less connected to the AHA forums and conversations and more involved in their local club. I am often one of those as my club is highly active on a private slack channel and in-person meetings. I go to them first for most issues and I know a lot of other members go to theirs as well. Third
, is to create internally (that is, on my side) lists of those passionate about certain topics. Get their emails, engage and ask opinions. Make sure that their voices are heard. GC members largely work in 'big picture' areas as no one should expect us to be omniscient%u200B in every topic, but we should be able to facilitate conversations. I would like that 'list' to be as large and inclusive as possible and it would likely be a slack channel or google group open to anyone to join. But the goal is for me to be able to identify those passionate about a subject within the AHA I am working on and making sure they have a direct line to the GC where they feel heard.
Gathering and disseminating within a group's culture is a process, but this is where I'd start functionally, adjusting and building from there.
Terry di Paolo
AHA GC Candidate 2020Slightly edited to correct grammar issues.