Ever-responsive to customer requests, we have added a few fields. The reader will note that, when we add fields, that implies that, not only do we carry them in the database, but also
They are present in spreadsheet uploads, for bulk data input.
They are present in spreadsheet downloads.
They are available for searching.
Within the Member person records, we have added marital status and maiden name. Thus, if you’re planning to run a young singles night, you could ask the system for a list of those with marital status of ‘single’ who are under the age of –you pick it– …And then email those Members from within the software.
Within Yahrzeit records, we have added Hebrew name and maiden name.
As you’re gathering momentum (or just starting) to prepare for the holidays, allow me to recommend something a tad bold and different, but which should help mightily.
Does this describe your situation? (1) Many events to orchestrate and coordinate; (2) Several people, and several committees, with varying responsibilities; (3) A mix of professional staff, office personnel, clergy, and off-site volunteers, all with different tasks and ideas; (4) a flood of emails roaring across the landscape, some with too narrow an audience, some with too wide an audience.
What is Slack? It’s a tool to collaborate online. Everyone involved in planning for the holidays (or for any large event, for that matter), can be a member of the Slack channel, and can post questions and answers, by topic. For example, you could set up topics such as Seating, Children’s Services, and Assignment of Honors.
Let’s spell out a few advantages of this way of collaborating:
— All communications happen in one place, segmented by topic.
— All content can be searched from one location.
— If there are documents to be shared, that can also be done within Slack–even if you use tools like Google Docs or Dropbox to house them.
— If the need arises for private communication, that can be accommodated within Slack.
— There are iPhone and Android apps for Slack; thus, team members don’t need to be in front of a PC to fully participate.
If your holiday preparations flow smoothly, and coordinating among the widely varied participants poses no challenge–well, keep doing what you’re doing. Otherwise, consider giving this intuitive, popular tool a try.
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