There is now a "final revisions" document in the files section of the
group. Please take some time to go over it for the comments and
concerns we have raised over the last few months, and do not hesitate
to bring up new issues we might have overlooked.
Note that I have not yet printed it to look for formatting issues -- I
am sure there are plenty of those.
Once we get a clean "final" it can be posted to the website for
general review, then the floor can be opened for discussion at the
September meeting (Dover, 18 September -- note the Thursday date
rather than the normal Tuesday -- the library has its own program
Tuesday night). If you could all be there for the September meeting
it would be great. This would give Shire members the opportunity to
talk with the committee members directly. That said, do not stress if
you are unable to make it.
While we can't forbid it, I am hoping to discourage discussion about
the proposed changes on the Shire Yahoo list -- we have all seen how
electronic discussions frequently fall apart. Face-to-face
conversations tend to be much more productive, and tend to be much
less prone to turning negative. The idea behind posting it to the
website is more to save time (and paper) during the meeting (we have a
90 minute limit in the Dover meeting room). Shire members would have
time to read the changes before the meeting and come prepared with
If you have an alternative suggestion for handling the presentation of
the changes, please let do not hesitate to let us know.
Despite the inherent challenges of an electronic forum, I think we
have managed to beat the odds -- we kept this entire process really
positive. Thank you -- it has been a pleasure to work with you all!
In service, and appreciation,