by Terry Thornton
A progress report on the Association of Graveyard Rabbits indicates that the membership of the group has been extremely active in writing, publishing, and in recruiting new members. Further, such a report indicates that the membership is very busy making plans for the future of the association as the specifics accomplishments outlined below will show.
You all make me proud to be a member of this group --- and on this third month anniversary since the founding of the association, consider these accomplishments.
- On October 18, 2008, the association opened for membership with three members and three membership blogs/websites. Today, three months later, we have sixty-six members publishing seventy-six blogs/websites devoted exclusively to graveyard study.
- The membership is averaging slightly more than 100 published articles per week about graveyards --- and that number is increasing rapidly. It is not beyond the most conservative estimate that by year's end the members will have written, published, and made available "free-of-charge" more than 5,000 articles for readers around the world to access about graveyards and the people buried therein.
- An anchor blog, The Graveyard Rabbit at www.thegraveyardrabbit.com, was established as the official site of the Association of Graveyard Rabbits. That site features regular articles such as a weekly "Meet a Rabbit Column" and "Links to Articles Posted By Graveyard Rabbits" along with other notices and articles. At the anchor blog are membership lists, a Directory listing all of the members searchable by name, author, or geographic location, a Bury which is a feed aggregator listing the three most recent articles by each member, and tabs to explain more about the Association including email links and an Application form to complete for prospective new members.
- A logo or association badge designed by footnoteMaven is displayed at all member blogs along with the phrase "A Member of the Association of Graveyard Rabbits."
- The administration of the Association is evolving --- we've passed from a one-person operation to the association being under the control of an acting fifteen-member Board of Governors. I am happy to share Co-Chair responsibilities of that Board with footnoteMaven.
- A Graveyard Rabbit Journal has been announced and an editor and staff appointed. Julie Carhill Tarr is Editor and has announced plans for the first quarterly publication for April 2009.
- A method for communicating directly with the membership has been developed with the use of the Graveyard Rabbit e-Letter which goes out periodically, weekly, or as needed.
- The full membership was today, January 18, assigned to one or more of seventeen subcommittees charged with the task of developing a constitution and the writing of a set of by-laws by which the association will govern itself.
- Earlier in January, the membership of the association voted, in its first e-balloting process, to hold an organizational meeting of the association in Dallas, Texas.
- A local Texas committee of Graveyard Rabbits headed by Janice Tracy has made a site selection and has submitted details to the Acting Board of Governors to act on and to announce.
- The Association of Graveyard Rabbits will meet the last weekend in April, 2009, in Dallas for the purpose of adopting a constitution, by-laws and the election of officers including a nine-member Board of Governors to immediately take over the operation of the group.
It is an exciting time to be a Rabbit! If you are not a member and would like to join. please click the ABOUT tab and the JOIN tab above to learn how. Consider this your invitation to become a member of the Association of Graveyard Rabbits.