By Charlie Johnston
Today, the CORAC website is up and live. Please bookmark it or put it in your favorites bar so you can check it regularly. Every time I put up a post here, it will also be filed on the CORAC website under the ASOH Blog at the top menu bar.
Even if you have signed up before, I would ask that you sign up directly on the website. One of the problems of getting good volunteer spreadsheets has been that many people just assume I already know they are with us. That works just fine if you are talking about a family gathering and can look and see who might be missing from the list. When you are dealing with hundreds and thousands of people across the land, even if my brother had not signed up, I wouldn’t notice it. Problems that can be dealt with easily with small groups get trickier when you are dealing with magnitude.
The interactive map on the site, when you click your state, shows what region you are in and how to contact your Regional organization directly. We have just issued the dedicated emails to all the coordinators, so be patient over the next week or two as we integrate and get those emails active. We do have a nationwide team of regional coordinators and have been having ZOOM meetings every two weeks. I have to tell you, it is kind of cool to go through those meetings and know that, on the screen, we have every region in the country represented. It was a trick, too, to find a regular meeting time as we cover five different time zones. When we start, it is seven p.m. on the East Coast and 3 p.m. in Alaska.
We have a section for upcoming events – which will highlight events in each region as they come up – and who to contact to participate in those in your area.
Also, there is a shop for shirts, hats and coffee mugs and such with various logos and mascots on them. I am perfectly happy if you make your own squirrel apparel for use at events and such, but I was utterly charmed by the cool images on the stuff in the shop – and immediately saw two items I wanted for myself (which I, too, will pay for – it is all run through a third party fulfillment company) – and most of the TNRS team was charmed, too, and saw stuff they wanted. (One of our team, who LOVES Hello Kitty stuff, wanted something in that line – but it does make the squirrels nervous).
I had some things I wanted to get posted here this week, but got caught up in a bunch of major projects, including organizational ones here. I will get to it in the coming week. The main thing I wanted was to get this new website live. Please bear with us the first couple of weeks, as there are usually glitches that pop up when you first get started.
Many people played a role in getting this up and running. But the two leads in getting the website going are our own MP, who is Deputy Director of CORAC (he prefers to be called our deputy coyote – because deputy director sounds too much like a politician and deputy dawg sounds too cartoonish) and Brent Clingerman, our IT guy who has a real gift for making what is very complicated and complex on the back end easily intuitive and user-friendly on the front end. We are very fortunate to have a multitude of talents stepping up to live solidarity with their neighbors and stand for faith, family and freedom – and an incredible amount of activity, organizing and planning is going on. Without the volunteers who have stepped up, we would not be able to launch this vital project for our world’s future.