For the majority of regions and chapters distance prevents face to face meetings (the best way to connect). If there is a DESIRE to connect someone needs to take the initiative. The Albany NY chapter will be Skyping with the Guatemala chapter on May 18; emails were exchanged to determine the date and time, the agenda will follow. Again, someone needs to start the conversation and see where it leads.
Individual affiliates could post their name, tel# and email address within our internal website noting their key involvement or expertise concerning which they would welcome other affiliates to contact them concerning. [Submitted by R. Guidry]
"As a group we come up with the following ideas:
- To use Facebooks pages to follow news and activities of other chapters
- To invite Regional Coordinator, a Board member or any affiliate from other chapter to visit our chapter to bring news, a new perspective and spark joy.
- To have a Live Conference on line, once or twice a year, where most chapters could join and follow the conference, who can be a Maryknoller and an Affiliate. Video conference or Webinar can be by Skype Business, YouTube live, Zoom or other platform.
- To have another regional meeting."
The following responses were collected at a Guatemala Chapter meeting and submitted:
That each member chooses a theme among three that occur and establish a union between those who choose the same topic. The three themes could be publishing in the bulletin.
That the Leaders communicate with other affiliates through WhatsApp, Facetime, any…
Communicating monthly by a newsletter, via internet.
Strengthen social networks and internet resources.
Carry out more activities between chapters, it can be by sectors: Central America, South America.
Create monthly campaigns (activities) in which all the affiliates work in harmony.
Create a site on the web that is fed with photos or videos or articles.
A group of global WhatsApp.
The video calls (like the ones we held today at our meeting (Capítulo Guatemala 02/23/19): Richard Lessard (Affiliate Board) and Carlos Apcho, Peru) are a good idea. It would be a good idea for a person from another country to be present throughout the meeting and participate as an invite member.
Exchange of letters with different countries.
Global network of Maryknoll Affiliates, with newsletters and presence in various electronic social networks.
All affiliates be connected by WhatsApp, because it is more efficient and cheaper
Pray to stay united in good and bad moments.
Continue with phone calls, like the one we had today in the Guatemala Chapter.
Join all the affiliates on Facebook
Have a list of affiliate groups and assign a day or week to pray for that group.
Video conferences (establishing a communication between chapters or to receive general formation as affiliates.
Information through email (news, topics, know other chapters)
Share experiences, reflections, through emails or WhatsApp.
Share reflections through video with generating questions.
Share news and others through the media that we already have: Capítulo Guatemala Boletin, Bulletin NTLH.
Create a blog to maintain a constant, active communication.
Create a page on Facebook where all the affiliates are.