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Bogleheads Local Chapters: Now in the Bogleheads Blog!

Post by LadyGeek » Fri Feb 24, 2017 8:26 pm

As noted in The Blog has Moved!, Barry Barnitz has been maintaining our blog since the on-site effort was terminated in September 2014.

The blog is located here: Financial Page (the link can be found on the left-side menu of every wiki page).

Like the wiki, the blog represents the contributions of the Bogleheads community. To that end, we have incorporated the Bogleheads Local Chapters.

See: Bogleheads® local chapters | Financial Page

Unfortunately, many of the blog's chapter posts contain out-dated information and are incomplete. We're asking chapter members to help update these posts. As a start, perhaps the chapter info could contain information such as:
  • When did the chapter start
  • How often does it meet
  • Where does it meet
  • Size (mailing list population; how many per meeting)
  • Meeting structure, general agenda,
  • General ambiance of meetings
  • Images of the local area or meeting location
The idea is to provide enough information to attract readers.

- If your chapter isn't listed, we can add it. Post the info in this thread.
- If you want to edit the blog yourself, PM Barry Barnitz or myself and we'll make you an editor.

Do you want a quick reference on upcoming meetings? Take a look at Upcoming events in the main menu. Yes, that's Google Calendar. Key to a Calendar's success is keeping it up-to-date. We can provide chapter members access to the calendar.

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I should also mention that we're looking for bloggers. As long as the content is relative to the forum or wiki, that's good enough. No experience is required, but understanding WordPress would be very helpful.

How's it look?

Comments / questions / corrections are welcome.
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Re: Bogleheads Local Chapters: Now in the Bogleheads Blog!

Post by Barry Barnitz » Sat Feb 25, 2017 9:55 pm

Hi:

To provide an example of some of the difficulties involved in using public information to determine the active chapter/inert chapter status of a given chapter I will document three cases.
Case One: Baltimore-Southern Pennsylvania Chapter
Master thread

The chapter has the following documented meetings:

January 25, 2015
April 26, 2015
July 12, 2015
October 11, 2015

May 22, 2016
July 10, 2016

There is a proposed October 16, 2016 meeting but the temporary closure of the habitual meeting place requires a new meeting venue. There is no indication that the October meeting took place, nor is there a notice of a planned January 2017 meeting.
Case Two: Charlotte NC Chapter
Master thread

The resurrected chapter has the following documented meetings:

June 6, 2013
Dec 5, 2014

February 28, 2015
June 6, 2015
September 12, 2015
December 5, 2015

A 2016 agenda is set out for meetings in March 26, 2016; June 4, 2016; September 10, 2016; and December 3, 2016. There is no evidence these meetings took place.
Case Three: South Carolina/Greenville Chapter
Master thread

The chapter has the following documented meetings:

June 14, 2014
July 26, 2014
August 23, 2014
November 15, 2014
October, 4, 2014
November 15, 2014

There is a scheduled meeting for January 24, 2015 but no indication that this meeting, or any future meetings took place.
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Post by LadyGeek » Sat Feb 25, 2017 10:16 pm

To be clear, this post is not directed at the chapter coordinators alone. Any member is welcome to help update the blog.
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Re: Bogleheads Local Chapters: Now in the Bogleheads Blog!

Post by Barry Barnitz » Sun Feb 26, 2017 7:14 pm

Hi:

The following chapters are listed as inactive in our database. If any of these chapters is active, please inform us

Inactive local chapters
  • Chapter 1 - Dallas / Fort Worth (resolved)
    Chapter 3 - Southern California (resolved)
    Chapter 4 - Arizona (resolved)
    Chapter 9 - San Francisco Bay Area (resolved)
    Chapter 10 - Central Florida (resolved)
    Chapter 11 - Hampton Roads, Virginia (resolved)
    Chapter 12 - Southern New England (resolved)
    Chapter 16 - Sonoran Desert Diehards (resolved)
    Chapter 18 - West Texas / Midland(resolved)
    Chapter 20 - Chicago (resolved)
    Chapter 22 - Cincinnati (resolved)
    Chapter 23 - Syracuse (resolved)
    Chapter 24 - Houston (resolved)
    Chapter 25 - Michigan (resolved)
    Chapter 26 - Nashville, Tennessee (resolved)
    Chapter 27 - Central Alabama (resolved)
    Chapter 29 - Charlotte, North Carolina (resolved)
    Chapter 30 - Richmond Area Diehards (resolved)
    Chapter 31 - Castle Rock, Colorado Diehards (resolved)
    Chapter 33 - Kansas City (resolved)
    Chapter 34 - European Diehards (resolved)
    Chapter 42 - Phoenix, Arizona (resolved)
    Chapter 44 - Tucson (resolved)
    Chapter 45 - New Jersey (resolved)
    Chapter 46 - Orlando Local Chapter (resolved)
    Chapter 48 - NH/ME Local Chapter (resolved)
    Chapter 51 - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (resolved)
    Chapter 53 - New Orleans, Louisiana (resolved)
    Chapter 59 - Huntsville, Alabama (resolved)
regards,

edit: first, second, and final rounds of resolved status 3/13/2017
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Re: Bogleheads Local Chapters: Now in the Bogleheads Blog!

Post by delconte » Mon Feb 27, 2017 4:16 pm

Here is the information for Seattle:

Started September 2014

Meets about once a quarter

Next meeting is March 11th, 2017 @ 3pm

Top Pot Doughnuts
10600 NE 9th Place
Bellevue, WA 98004

Usually about 10-15 members at meetings
Currently 80 members on the mailing list

Meetings are generally informal discussions. Members bring questions and topics they'd like to discuss.
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Re: Bogleheads Local Chapters: Now in the Bogleheads Blog!

Post by digarei » Mon Feb 27, 2017 5:33 pm

Barry Barnitz wrote:Hi:

The following chapters are listed as inactive in our database. If any of these chapters is active, please inform us

Inactive local chapters
  • Chapter 1 - Dallas / Fort Worth
    Chapter 3 - Southern California
    Chapter 4 - Arizona
    Chapter 9 - San Francisco Bay Area
    Chapter 10 - Central Florida
    Chapter 11 - Hampton Roads, Virginia
    Chapter 12 - Southern New England
    Chapter 16 - Sonoran Desert Diehards
    Chapter 18 - West Texas / Midland
    Chapter 20 - Chicago
    Chapter 22 - Cincinnati
    Chapter 23 - Syracuse
    Chapter 24 - Houston
    Chapter 25 - Michigan
    Chapter 26 - Nashville, Tennessee
    Chapter 27 - Central Alabama
    Chapter 29 - Charlotte, North Carolina
    Chapter 30 - Richmond Area Diehards
    Chapter 31 - Castle Rock, Colorado Diehards
    Chapter 33 - Kansas City
    Chapter 34 - European Diehards
    Chapter 42 - Phoenix, Arizona
    Chapter 44 - Tucson
    Chapter 45 - New Jersey
    Chapter 46 - Orlando Local Chapter
    Chapter 48 - NH/ME Local Chapter
    Chapter 51 - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    Chapter 53 - New Orleans, Louisiana
    Chapter 54 - Des Moines, Iowa
    Chapter 59 - Huntsville, Alabama
regards,
The request may be analogous to asking for those absent to raise their hand... some chapters conduct their business away from the forum via social media, email etc . Participants are probably not frequent visitors to this sub-forum.



Elaborating the format introduced above by delconte....

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Here is the information for Sacramento Area Bogleheads (Chapter 61):

Started March 2015

Meets on the Second Saturday of each month

Next meeting is March 11th, 2017 @ 10:30am

Meeting location sent to members via email and upon request

Midtown
Sacramento, CA

Usually about 10-15 members at meetings

Currently 30 members on the mailing list
There are 25 active members in our group

Discussion topics are compiled annually from those requested by members and loosely organized around a theme for one or more consecutive meetings. Members and guests can also introduce questions or topics extemporaneously to be taken up by the group.


For more information, please refer to the Sacramento, CA Area Chapter - Master Thread
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Re: Bogleheads Local Chapters: Now in the Bogleheads Blog!

Post by Maid of the Mist » Mon Feb 27, 2017 8:31 pm

Below is info on the NE Ohio Chapter (Cleveland area):

First meeting was held on June 9, 2012.

We meet on the second Saturday every other month. Meeting time is 10am until 12pm. We currently meet at the North Royalton Public Library.

Our next meeting is April 8, 2017.

Our e-mail list is about 50 people and we generally get 15-25 folks at each meeting.

Our meeting structure is as follows:
- Moderator begins with an introduction - all attendees are invited to give a brief introduction of themselves. In many cases we have a specific question that attendees can comment on (for example - when and why did you become a Boglehead?)

- Topics have been pre-selected (usually at the prior meeting) and communicated to all via e-mail prior to the meeting.

- We have some web presentations or short videos on selected topics before we begin open discussion.

- Discussion is informal and open-style. We rely on participants to be courteous. We avoid political topics.

- Attendees are asked to suggest topics for future meetings.

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Post by LadyGeek » Mon Feb 27, 2017 9:25 pm

Seattle, Sacramento, and Cleveland have been updated.

See: Bogleheads® local chapters

- Cleveland Bogleheads®
- Sacramento Bogleheads®
- Seattle Bogleheads®

To avoid changing the pages every time, meetings are listed in Google Calendar, which is the Upcoming events link in the blog header menu.

If there are any corrections or suggestions, post here.
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Post by Fallible » Mon Feb 27, 2017 10:44 pm

Nice work Barry and LadyGeek! I think adding all local chapters to the blog could increase communications among the chapters and provide a quick and valuable source of information for forum posters looking for chapters to join in their areas or wishing to start one. That could also help increase the number of chapters.
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Re: Bogleheads Local Chapters: Now in the Bogleheads Blog!

Post by Barry Barnitz » Tue Feb 28, 2017 2:53 am

Hi:
Thanks all for supplying the information. I have placed it into narrative form and formatted the posts.

See: Bogleheads® local chapters

- Cleveland Bogleheads®
- Sacramento Bogleheads®
- Seattle Bogleheads®

I would like to point out a specified example of the potential value of our calendar. At the current time, one of our most respected and beloved forum members has retired and is gallivanting across the country to his heart's desire. Now suppose he would like to drop in on you, if he were, at the moment near Cleveland, Seattle, or Sacramento. With an easy glance at the calendar, he can see that a meeting is within reach (both time and distance) and with a few clicks, he can find your chapter page and e-mail contact. Surely none of you would deny Rick Ferri paying you a visit.

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Re: Bogleheads Local Chapters: Now in the Bogleheads Blog!

Post by digarei » Tue Feb 28, 2017 3:40 am

Barry Barnitz wrote:Hi:
Thanks all for supplying the information. I have placed it into narrative form and formatted the posts.

See: Bogleheads® local chapters

- Cleveland Bogleheads®
- Sacramento Bogleheads®
- Seattle Bogleheads®

I would like to point out a specified example of the potential value of our calendar. At the current time, one of our most respected and beloved forum members has retired and is gallivanting across the country to his heart's desire. Now suppose he would like to drop in on you, if he were, at the moment near Cleveland, Seattle, or Sacramento. With an easy glance at the calendar, he can see that a meeting is within reach (both time and distance) and with a few clicks, he can find your chapter page and e-mail contact. Surely none of you would deny Rick Ferri paying you a visit.

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Of course not.

But he'd have to abstain from gallivanting during the actual meeting. :annoyed
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Re: Bogleheads Local Chapters: Now in the Bogleheads Blog!

Post by LeeMKE » Wed Mar 01, 2017 8:12 pm

Looks good to me! Milwaukee chapter is all correct and current.

Going forward, what would the Blog admins like from those of us managing a local chapter?

I post our meetings in three places (Google Group Page, Facebook and under our master thread on Bogleheads.) Should I add the blog to the list? If so, who should I contact and what information should I send them?

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Post by LadyGeek » Thu Mar 02, 2017 8:38 pm

LeeMKE wrote:Going forward, what would the Blog admins like from those of us managing a local chapter?
Hi,

Having an up-to-date calendar would go a long way to remind members of upcoming meetings. If any chapter members would like to edit this calendar directly, please PM myself or Barry Barnitz with an email address and we'll share the calendar with you.

Like the wiki, the blog represents contributions from its members. The blog could be used to document meeting activity. We'd like to encourage chapter members (not just the coordinators) to become blog authors. This is only a suggestion, as it depends on the member's interest and availability to do so. Otherwise, posting in the forum (or elsewhere) can certainly continue. We're just offering another way to communicate with members.

Alternatively, if anyone has chapter info they'd like to see in the blog (and doesn't wish to create the post directly), please post in this thread with the update. Or, PM myself or Barry Barnitz and one of us will post the update in the blog.

The local chapter pages listed in the blog are actually "project pages" and can only be edited by Barry Barnitz or another blog administrator. If anyone would like the local chapter page updated, please post here (or PM Barry Barnitz or LadyGeek).
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