They said it couldn’t be done…they said it wouldn’t matter…they said we had to keep doing things the way we had in the past. Well, guess what, we didn’t…
The Dickey County Farm Bureau (of which, I am a board member), decided to hold its annual meeting a little differently this year. We called it “Pigs, Pits and Pistols.”
We roasted a whole pig (as in the whole thing, directly in a “pit”), had inflatable games for kids, had shooting sports for the bigger kids, had a Marksmen Quadrathlon and an archery demonstration. There were laser shooting games for kids of all ages, a keg of root beer and ice cream on the deck, sodas for all and room for about 150. Oh, and it was all free…well, except for the Quadrathlon, but the two top scorers took home all the cash.
Guess what? We ran out of room.
That’s right…we had an annual meeting (of which our yearly attendance averages right at 30) and we served over 160 at supper. We planned for 150, but figured it was a pipe dream. It was amazing! We had to open up the other section of the lodge…we had to have people eat outside!
We had teenage boys there on a Saturday afternoon! And they were having fun! At an annual meeting!
I didn’t include video of the meeting part, but the grassroots movement is definitely alive and well. And we were able to initiate some interest and excitement about becoming more involved in our organization. What more could we possibly ask for?
I don’t know how we’ll top this next year…but we better start planning now! 😉 Hmmm…wonder if Siegfried and Roy would come out of retirement…
Congratulations! Hope you get a bunch of active members from their experience!!!
Love the video!
Cool! I am on our county’s FB board as well, and we changed our annual meetings a couple years ago. We started having themes, so far we’ve done Hawaiian and Western. At first people thought it was too hokey, but now they’ve really gotten into it and can’t wait to find out what the theme will be next year 🙂 Kudos to you for going out on a limb!!
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