2008/11/9 Pharos <pharosofalexandria(a)gmail.com>om>:
What does "sister chapter" mean?
Does it mean we share a budget? NO.
Does it mean we have some sort of world government for chapters? NO.
Does it mean your board members get all-expenses-paid trips to study
the sociology of Manhattan nightlife, and our board members get
all-expenses-paid trips to study the geology of your fantastic
beaches? Again, sadly, NO.
It's a symbolic thing, and practically it's all about "communication",
and semi-formal channels for such.
For example, Brianna suggested regular joint Skype meetings. And I
have my own dream of a videoconference between meetups.
Because there are a limited number of English-speaking people who
regularly think about outreach-type projects, and we should
cross-fertilize ideas as much as possible.
This last idea I strongly agree with. And Pharos has done a great job
of reaching out to people, and I aim to do a good job of communicating
what WMAU is up to.
I'm all for inter-chapter communication, but I'm just not sure we need
to call ourselves sister projects to do it. And I feel it is bad for
the WMAU ego to be considered a sister to a region- rather than
country-level chapter. :)
(PS. Sociology of Manhattan nightlife and geology of beaches -- that's
They've just been waiting in a mountain for the right moment: