[older messages]
16 Dec 17, 11:59 AM
DanaHanson
Two additional questions have been cued.
16 Dec 17, 12:04 PM
EmmaMak
I think this is something that needs to be encouraged by the board, but done more at the regional and club level. I came up with some awards in a report I prepared for the board’s last meeting that would aim to encourage activities that would increase membership. For example, NAFA Flyballers of the Future Award – give to the club that adds the most handlers in a year. Another – NAFA Flyball Training Excellence Award – a flyball teacher or club that provides excellent training and education in flyball and encourages new flyballers. The awards could possibly be of monetary value (saving in NAFA fees) as well as promotion on the NAFA website.
16 Dec 17, 12:05 PM
LyndaMantler
We need to be good ambassadors when competing and encourage spectators to ask questions. Encourage prospects to come out and see what flyball is about, take part in public demos when possible. Reinforce that all dogs are welcome. Invite people we know that have not seen flyball to come out to a tournament to see the excitement and fun.
I have participated in many public demos at events such as fairs, Canada Day celebrations and at church groups. I also was one of the organizers and trainers for introductory flyball lessons for many different sessions over the years. We handed out flyers that were produced by our club and also the NAFA brochures. And of course, I talk about flyball to anyone I meet who does not know about it!
The flyball club that I am a member of is currently working on details for our members and dogs to perform at a half time show at a local lacrosse game.
Those that have businesses that involve caring for and training dogs are in a good position to promote flyball to get new members.
16 Dec 17, 12:05 PM
JohnForseth
Working with our sponsors to help promote their product and our sport. This might be done through creating National Ad's with multiple viewing platforms. Creating NAFA as a brand and us it similarly as organizations like NFL, NBA, NASCAR. Using any revenue to offset NAFA cost and grow each region to create classes and train people and dogs.
16 Dec 17, 12:06 PM
LisaDaum
In our area, we do several demos a year and have been currently working on setting a demo set up with Old Dominion University. Working with ODU could potentially get flyball some local TV exposure as well. Weather we do this at a football game or a basketball game it would be wonderful. It's also always great to work with our local school systems trying to bring in new junior handlers to flyball. Working with local obedience/agility clubs to add a flyball class to potentially bring in other potential dogs and owners.
16 Dec 17, 12:06 PM
AaronRobbins
Putting out ads in other dog related magazines or newsletters, Promotional videos on how to get involved that when members post to social media they get a discount code towards an entry or registration of a new dog. Club directory on the NAFA website of teams per region that are open or closed for new members. Clubs advertisement page. Contact Dog training companies that when a student completes a certain level of flyball training they get a discount on registration. Or if you introduce a friend to the sport there is some sort of incentive. Teaming up with the sponsors and working cohesively on promoting both NAFA and their products via websites or email directory or social media.
16 Dec 17, 12:07 PM
KATHYHANEY
Local media is a great way to get the word out about NAFA. I think some updated flyers with information which could be sent out to the media along with dates and information about local tournaments would be a good start. Teaming up with local rescue groups and presenting demos at the rescue group fundraising events. We participate in as many demos as we can in order to give the public more awareness of flyball and, since we practice in public parks, we always try to have flyers available to pass out to passersby.
16 Dec 17, 12:10 PM
JanBrule
Marketing and exposure to the sport of flyball is extremely important especially with so many other dog sports available for people to participate in. Perhaps working with local pets stores doing demos or informational forums. Pet adoption days would be a great time to talk to people and promote flyball. Pet expos would also be a good place to expose the public to flyball. A lot of communities have community ed or community festivals that might also be a way to expose the public. Some other opportunities to get our youth involved would be demos or talks with local 4-H clubs, Boy Scouts and Girl Scout clubs. Exposure is key.
16 Dec 17, 12:11 PM
DanaHanson
Candidates please prepare your closing remarks.
16 Dec 17, 12:15 PM
AaronRobbins
Very thankful for this opportunity to convey my ideas on this platform. I'm looking forward to working with NAFA members and BOD. I think keeping NAFA current with technology, rules, financials and safety is of most importance. I have been in this sport for 25 years and watched many things come and go and feel I have great insight on where the sport is headed and how to get it there. I hope to get your votes so we can work together making NAFA a stronger organization
16 Dec 17, 12:15 PM
JohnForseth
Thank you Dana, Kyle, and NAFA for putting on this chat this morning and thank you to everyone that submitted a question. If anyone has any additional questions that they would like to ask of me feel free to reach out to me directly. I look forward to the possibility of serving everyone in the NAFA community.
16 Dec 17, 12:16 PM
DanaHanson
While the candidates prepare their remarks, let me remind you that transcripts of this and the two prior chats are available at the NAFA home page via link. Please take time to get to know your candidates. If you have additional questions, reach out to them.
16 Dec 17, 12:19 PM
KATHYHANEY
I would like to thank everyone who has provided us with this opportunity to let the flyball community get to know me and the other candidates and to everyone who has participated in this chat. I have enjoyed hearing what the other candidates have to say. I hope I will now get the opportunity to give back to this wonderful game of flyball in the form of being a member of the Board of Directors. I am ready to do all that it takes to keep NAFA strong and make it an even better organization. I look forward to being a representative to all of the NAFA membership.
16 Dec 17, 12:19 PM
LyndaMantler
Thank you for your interest in the chat today. I am certainly willing and up to the challenge to serve on the NAFA board of directors. I hope to get elected and I will work hard on your behalf. I have a sense of responsibility for making things happen to keep NAFA current and relevant. Thank you for considering me.
Good luck to all the candidates!
Wishing you all a fantastic holiday season and fast times and clean runs in 2018!
16 Dec 17, 12:19 PM
SteveCorona
Thank you candidates for your time and thoughtful responses to the questions posed during all 3 candidate chat forums. Good luck to everyone in the upcoming election! I look forward to exploring these ideas and working alongside you in the future.
16 Dec 17, 12:19 PM
EmmaMak
There were some great (and some quite ambitious!) ideas presented today. It’s great that there is such a lot of energetic, passionate candidates to choose from. Thank you very much to NAFA, most especially Dana Hanson and Kyle Mankes, and those participating, both those posing the great questions and my fellow candidates. Thank you for considering me for a position on the NAFA Board. I hope I have demonstrated through my years of volunteer work and during these candidate chats that I'm willing to work hard and push for what's fair, as well as keep the sport moving forward. Enjoy your weekend, everyone.
16 Dec 17, 12:21 PM
LisaDaum
I would like to thank everyone for this opportunity. I am 100% committed to continue to improve NAFA and to taking flyball to an even higher level. It would be an honor to serve on the Board of Directors. If not elected, I will continue to dig right in and promote flyball and help where ever I am needed. Thank you Dana and Kyle for hosting these chat sessions and it’s been a pleasure getting to know the other candidates.
16 Dec 17, 12:24 PM
JanBrule
I would just like to say thank you to everyone involved. I always like to discuss flyball with anyone who will listen. I love flyball and I think NAFA is a great organization. I am extremely honored to have been nominated for the board. I have been involved with flyball for over 25 years and I have a passion for flyball. I would very much like the opportunity to give back to the organization as well as helping to move forward. Thank you for your consideration.
16 Dec 17, 12:26 PM
DanaHanson
Thanks to all of our candidates for joining us today and for their willingness to serve. Best of luck to all of you. Thanks, too, to Steve Corona, chairman of the board, and Kyle Mankes, nominating chair and elections committee member for joining and helping steer today’s chat. To our membership, please vote. Polls close Monday, January 22, 2018, at midnight CST. Great weekend to all!
16 Dec 17, 12:26 PM
KyleMankes
Thank you to Dana for scheduling these candidate chats, and to Emma for her technical help. Good luck to all of our candidates.
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