Our deadline for draft one of the ‘programming needs’ document we’ve been asked to create for the Steering Committee is quickly approaching (March 8th)! We’ve been charged with the difficult and rewarding task of expressing the ‘heart and soul’ of the Grove House and summarizing the space’s programming needs and daily use, so that any restoration or rehabilitation undertaken is done in such a way that strengthens what’s already here instead of fundamentally changing the spirit of the place (we’d hate to see the House become a museum!). At the first meeting (which you can read about a little in the previous post), we discussed a wide range of House-related issues and focused on the GHC’s role in maintaining and shaping this community space. I’d like to call a second evening meeting for this Friday, March 1st at 6:30 pm. Because I’m also having a mandatory meeting for stewarding clubs that day, I don’t think I’ll have time to cook dinner this round, sadly – but I’d love to make you some tea and dessert! Or if someone else (with a servesafe certification) wants to spearhead a cooking project that’s all right with me.
Anyone ready to invest in some big conversations about the Grove House and community space is welcome and encouraged to attend; please RSVP (to firstname.lastname@example.org) as soon as possible. If you’d like to come and you were unable to attend the previous meeting, please let me know so I can send you the notes!
For this meeting, I’d like to focus on House programming and GHC structure/organization. This will mean evaluating our current programming and discussing where we’d like to see this go in the future, as well as evaluating our current GHC structure and organizational needs for the future. On this note, we’ve been talking a LOT about pushing the Grove House to run more like a community center: creating more consistency in programming, activities, and organization, as well as opening up more organizer roles to students. I know you all have a lot of insightful things to say about this – please be thinking about it this week! If you feel so inclined, feel free to bring in notes or examples of well-run student/community organizations that we could look to for inspiration (for example, I’ve been talking a lot with my sister about Motley management, which is extremely organized and effective and entirely student run!).
Our last meeting was an empowering, energizing conversation and I am deeply looking forward to this one. I hope you will join us!