Communications Update

The November meeting of the Communications Committee was largely about acknowledging the progress being made in BCRTA communications so far, and looking at ways in which to keep the progress happening.

Tim Anderson of Alphabet Communications, hired on an initial, part-time, 3-month contract by the Board, met before our meeting with the IT subcommittee, to continue work on the BCRTA website—looking at ways to further improve it, and to keep it current. They looked as well at ways in which to make it easy and practical to have branches linked to, and kept up-to-date on the website. Ways of individualizing and improving member ‘interactiveness’ with the website are also being considered.

Postings to the BCRTA Facebook page are suspended for a while, while we consider questions like who should post to it, and what the appropriate sorts of things are that should be posted on it.

The PostScript and Liaison Priorities subcommittees are now considering similar questions to the IT subcommittee, regarding who decides on the material going into our print publications, and what rules, if any, should be adopted regarding the types of articles, and ads, that are appropriate. The Committee was pleased to hear from these two subcommittees, how well they had been able to work with Kristi, in the office, and Tim Anderson, in putting together the recent issues of their respective publications.

Speaking of Liaison Priorities… the Committee recommended, and the Board agreed, that Liaison Priorities will henceforth be known as BCRTA Connections.

Through the IT subcommittee we came up with recommendations that the Board later adopted: to investigate the purchase of a small-office-sized, large-ink-tank printer, for the use of Directors (and members visiting the office), and to engage the services of LightStream Communications to ‘perform an assessment, and to prepare a proposal regarding the technological requirements of the BCRTA office’. The subcommittee is also taking a look at lower-cost, group access to Microsoft Office for staff and Directors.

We hope that you, when you visit our website, and read PostScript and BCRTA Connections, are pleased with what you see. And we hope that you will let us know if you think of ways in which we might make BCRTA communications even better.