Posts posted by Adrian Clarke
On the specific question of branches not knowing who their members are - why would data protection regulations prevent this? Obviously the LI knows who its members are and how to contact them - if it didn't it couldn't function. So, why are the branches different?
Just out of interest, do you know how many people have nominated LINE as their primary branch, and how many as their secondary branch?
Hi Abi - welcome on board! As you can see the branch forum doesn't get much (any) traffic. But we can certainly notify members of its existence next time we send out an email. I think that one of the issues for our branch is that we no longer know who our members are. Is there something that can be done about this?
Nice to see restriction on branches has now been lifted. We already have a few things in the pipeline.
Thanks for getting involved in the discussion. I hope others will contribute too. I'm coming at this whole question from the perspective of a committee member for the North East (England) Branch. The benefits of online are considerable - as you say. But it seems to me that a reasonable approach (for the branches) would be to lift the current restrictions and allow branches to make their own choices about programming events. There will be a mix of approaches taken no doubt but I suspect that most will continue to hold at least some events online. There is also the opportunity to stream 'in-person' events as well although the branches would need support in this. In my experience most branch events incur minimal costs, so the worries around organising large scale events (such as the LI Conference) don't, I think, apply at the local level. There may be COVID-related guidance which needs to be adhered to, but I'm sure branches are capable of managing this.
Is it time for the LI to lift its restriction on 'in-person' events?
Back in June it was announced by the Board of Trustees that LI activity (including branch events) would remain online until the end of March 2022. I understand this decision was to be reviewed recently but as yet there has been no update.
I’m curious to know what other members think about attending ‘in-person’ events?
Interesting discussion Tom - perhaps there is a future LINE event in there?
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I don't think many (any) branch members check this forum or even know about it. The branch AGM is scheduled for 19th April. Would you like to give a short presentation at the meeting to try and kick-start some discussion/debate?
All the best,