National AUG
By Barry Wilson

NATIONAL AUG ????

I had previously proposed an idea of a National AUG. There has been some positive response and some confusion.

The positive response is that: AWAUG(WASH DC), Inland Empire AUG (CA), Omaha AUG (NE), ST.LAUG(MO), 463 AUG (IN), ADAM-LINK (UT), ARKON AUG (OH) have expressed interest in this concept.

The confusion is to be expected as this is just a very vague concept now without definate form or shape. Perhaps this should be designated as a Federation of Adam Organizations across the USA or something similar.

It is NOT dissolving your local AUG, it is NOT giving up your independence, etc. I know what it is not but I don't know what it is.

Actually that is part of the whole idea, some nationwide organization or loosely aligned group made up of local AUGs, etc. For such a creature to actually be national, it cannot be made up of my ideas or thoughts, etc. It must be a sharing of the ideas and thoughts of all the member AUGs.

All that I am trying to do is get some discussion started, get members or representatives from the various AUGS in contact, so that THEY MAY FIRM OUT THIS CONCEPT AND PERHAPS THEY WILL DETERMINE THE TIME IS NOT YET RIPE FOR SUCH AN ORGANIZATION. I do not know what they will decide , I only want to get such discuss started.

There have been suggestions that some type survey be taken, perhaps as part of the ADAMCON '89 in Orland this year, where we can get ideas from as many Adamites as possible.

WHAT WE (I) NEED IS FOR SOMEONE TO STEP FORWARD TO TAKE THIS PROJECT OVER AND KEEP IT RUNNING UNTIL THE VARIOUS GROUPS DECIDE IT IS A GOOD IDEA OR NOT A GOOD IDEA. ANY VOLUNTEERS ?????????????????

I think the initial group working on this should consider the following, along with whatever else is suggested:

  • How the various AUG members will communicate amongst themselves.
  • What other Adamites should be added to this initial discuss group.
  • Should organizations other than Local AUGS be involved. (I think so, I think there would be room for suppliers, distributors, programmers, national newsletters-NIAD-Adams Alive-etc. to be part of this group).
  • How to bring the BBSs into the organization and discussion group.
  • What about FUTURE conventions (EVERYONE SHOULD BE SUPPORTING ADAMCON 89 TO MAKE IT A SUCCESS AND THEREBY PROMOTE FUTURE CONVENTIONS) would be appropriate; national, region, coordination between them, etc.
  • How to raise $$$ to get the NATIONAL AUG or FEDERATION OF ADAM GROUPS, some operating capital. How much capitial is needed, how to raise it.
  • Contributions from suppliers, deals, buy lottery tickets, etc.
  • Small membership fees from Adamites (maybe $l,2 in addition to local dues, local AUG to collect & send to National) ????
  • What about Adamites not in local AUGS (none in their area, etc.)? Just pay dues to National AUG, assign them to the nearest local AUG (at least they could get newsletter from nearest local AUG) and collect the extra $l,2 for National ????? Newsletter. Would we want a National Newsletter (costs, work,etc.).
  • Should there be a national AUG page or column in the local newsletters? Some means of National communication???
  • National efforts on group purchases (let producers know that they would have a market of xxxx people, etc.) Buy disks in huge quantity from suppliers, get very low price, sell at slightly higher price to raise money for National Organization. United stand against Piracy, rip offs, etc.
  • Function as Better Busines Bureau, handle consumer complaints, etc. ????
  • Joint projects. If no regular producer will make an optical scanner,e tc. for ADAM, maybe the National Organization can help finance the research & development on such an item by any Adamite or organization having the ability and interest to develope the item. National Organization repaid out of lst sales,etc.
  • YOUR IDEAS, THOUGHTS, ETC.

These are just some of the items I think the discussion group could consider. I know you must have others.

VERY IMPORTANT THAT WE GET :

l. YOUR IDEAS
2. SOME PERSON TO TAKE THIS PROJECT OVER & PUSH IT.
3. THE DISCUSSION GROUP STARTED.

Look beyond your little space, your local group, etc. there is a whole great big wonderful world out there just waiting for you to take the lst step towards it.

--Barry Wilson

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