Heart to Heart Meeting Reminders for the month of May
HEART TO HEART MONTHLY NEWSLETTER
For May 2020
Hi Monica, I wrote a Newsletter for April and then forgot to send it. Whoops! I also wrote a newsletter in March but called it the February Newsletter. Whoops again! I just can never get these things right. :) Things have certainly changed over these last few months. All our meetings have been converted to virtual meetings via Zoom. It is free to use and you can use your phone or computer to tune in. They have mostly been successful and we are getting a decent turnout. We still have Spotlight Tables and they are half price while the meetings are virtual. A new thing I have implemented is a Monday Night Happy Hour on the nights that we don't have our regular meetings. This is just a short and casual way for us to stay connected during the pandemic. Starting now, I am moving them to Wed nights and the next one is on May 20th. These will continue until people stop showing up. Another change has been our Bunco Anniversary party. It was originally scheduled for April but then I moved it to June but this would be the day after their supposed open date. Our venue cannot open until Phase 3 which, at the earliest, would be June 16th. So, now we have pushed it out to Aug 19th which was already on the calendar for a regular bunco night. I will open up the RSVPs when we get closer to the date just to make sure the venue is up and running. Once we go back to in-person meetings, there will be some restrictions based on the health department guidelines. We probably will never have a serve yourself buffet again so I will be curious what our plated options will be. We will most likely need to sanitize our hands upon entering the venue as well. We also may need to still practice some social distancing which will affect how our seating arrangement will be handled. It is a whole different way of interacting with people again! Finally, I encourage you to stay connected with each other on our Facebook Group. You can share your own virtual event, a sale or promotion you are holding or just something funny you saw. I have received messages from people that say they are not active with comments or likes but check the group regularly for ways they can help support their local women owned businesses. Make sure you are posting so they can help you out! ~Monica~
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Due to the new guidelines that Snohomish County has instituted to restrict gatherings of 250 and fewer people, we are considering moving our meetings to virtual meetings instead. Please read the information regarding the new guidelines from Snohomish County:
I am happy to work with Shawn O'Donnell's on the social distancing issue as that is really the only problem I see with our room set up that we normally do. However, we might be forced to cancel anyway since we currently only have 12 people registered for our March 23rd meeting. Tracey has been kind enough to let me borrow her Zoom account to test out using it for our virtual meetings. Please join us for our test meeting on Monday March 16th at 6:45pm (see info below) and if we can make it work, I will set up a Zoom for our March 23rd meeting. I will be monitoring the situation on a weekly basis to see which meetings will be in person and which ones will be virtual.
Before I upgrade my Zoom account, I would like to come up with a plan on how we can use Zoom on a more regular basis even after this crisis passes. I would love your ideas on how we could incorporate virtual meetings to our schedule. We had talked about creating some sort of mastermind meeting but that never materialized. Or maybe we expand our "Discussion Topic" time to a separate virtual meeting? Let me know your thoughts! Tracey Warren is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: H2H Test Zoom Meeting
Time: Mar 16, 2020 06:45 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
We have 20 RSVPS for Monday's meeting!! I am so grateful for all of you in this group. I have discussed the situation with Nicole (our speaker) about the current outbreak status. We both agree to move forward with this meeting. We are a small gathering of ladies and many of us are not in the demographic that COVID-19 seems to affect.
Of course, if you are over 60, pregnant or have pre-existing health conditions that concern you, please stay home. Also, if you have a fever and a dry cough, seek medical attention right away. We will have free sanitizing hand wipes for all who attend.
Life is not stopping. Take the necessary precautions. Wash your hands and cover your cough with your elbow. Jazz hand greetings instead of handshakes. Boost your immune system with vitamin c, elderberry and whatever supplements you prefer.
Heart to Heart Meeting Reminders for the month of February
HEART TO HEART MONTHLY NEWSLETTER
For February 2020
Well, well, well. Another late newsletter. I was supposed to send this out last month! One of these days I will be more regular. ;)
We have had several things decided at our meetings over the last few months. It is important to show up to our meetings because we are making decisions on items and the people who show up get to help decide!
I am still experimenting with our extra 8 mins for our meetings. I am trying to keep a rotating schedule for the DISCUSSION TOPICS. On the 2nd Monday we will alternate between a MEMBER LEAD TOPIC and LEADER LEAD TOPIC. Then on the 4th Monday we will have a 3rd Spotlight Table available.
Our next meeting we have a Speaker coming to help us Detangle Your Digital Office. It will now cost our paid members $5 to attend and guests $10 to attend. We need 3 more RSVPs to move forward and I will decide by Wed if that will happen or not.
I have planned a great event coming up on Sept 20th! I have booked a suite at the Storm game in Everett. It is a great way to network and get to know each other. Watching the game is optional. Let me know if there is another networking group we can partner with to maximize the event!
Finally, I have made some updates to our Facebook Group where we have split out the monthly dedicated posts. One will be for sharing events and a separate one for posting your latest sale or promotion. If you have more than 3 sales/promos posts, we encourage you to invite people to join your mailing list or FB group.
Heart to Heart Meeting Reminders for the month of January
HEART TO HEART MONTHLY NEWSLETTER
For January 2020
Happy New Year! I didn't send out a newsletter last month and I am late sending this month's out too. Typical! So anyway, last monthI experimented with a few different formats for our meetings now that we have trimmed our introduction time. Which format did you like best?
Open Topic Discussion
Guided Topic Discussion
Extra Spotlight Table
Unfortunately, we had to cancel our Jan 13th meeting which was our Holiday Party but I have moved the party to replace our Jan 27th meeting. Your RSVP on our website has been moved to the new date so please update your RSVP if you cannot make it on the 27th. I will refund anyone who needs to be.
On our Facebook Group, please check out the poll to see when we should plan our next Storm outing to watch the women's basketball game. I purchase a 20-person suite and the cost is less than a regular ticket to the game. It is a great way to network and get to know each other. Watching the game is optional.
Finally, I am moving forward with our Bunco Night on Feb 6th. Thank you for your interest and hopefully we can get enough people to play! I will need a minimum of 16-20 people to make it worthwhile. Please RSVP and pay for your spot!