Re: BSA Policy : The Internet
Randy Finder (naraht@DRYCAS.CLUB.CC.CMU.EDU)
Fri, 1 Sep 1995 12:55:08 -0400
I commented about 6 months ago about similarities and differences between
Alpha Phi Omega's & BSA's experiences with electronic communication. I
think now is an appropriate time to comment again.
Alpha Phi Omega has been a little (2-3 years) ahead in the cycle of BSA,
but the experiences have been somewhat similar. One reason for the
earlier results is that a much higher percentage of the people involved
had email (college students tend to have the best electronic setup of
their lives. )
At the 1988 APO convention, we had an APO & Computers forum as one of the
activities at the convention. Twenty brothers showed up, half from two
techie Universities (MIT & Carnegie-Mellon). While the brothers at that
meeting recognized that computers and electronic communication were
useful, we also recognized that until a much larger percentage of chapters
had electronic mail(at least) that very little could be done. Our head
professional was considerred somewhat of a computer-phobe and the National
Office records were just then being moved onto electronic format (On an
IBM 36 Minicomputer!)
Fast forward to 1995...
The Public Relations committee has an electronic communications
sub-committee, all of who are very computer literate and includes a
member of the National Board. The computer mailing list (APO-L) has
almost half the National Board Exec committee on it (though they rarely
post). The head professional (same guy) is now surfing the web and
finding what brothers and volunteers have created out there. The last
National convention (Xmas 1994) had 3 computer related meetings, one for
beginners, one for advanced users (creaters of web pages and such) and
and a social get together for those brothers who know each other well
through communication on a social APO list.
What brought acceptance to APO electronic communication...
1) One younger(30's) National board being willing to explain what APO-L
was and how it could help.
2) One particular episode that had information spread MUCH more rapidly
than the National Office wanted and the National office had to send out a
mailing to All chapters to make sure they knew the final results of the
incident (The situation at Alcorn State (APO-L had the first info on it))
and the National Officers decided that they were better off using APO-L
to help dessimate correct information rather than cursing for
distributing some incorrect information.
3) General increase in computer literate National Officers.
Remember it may be 10 years before all councils have email...
Leadership, Friendship and Service - Alpha Phi Omega
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