Q: Do I have to be on the GONewEngland-Blurb e-mail list to
A: Yes. Before running an activity with GONewEngland, you must have
been on the GONewEngland-Blurb YahooGroup for at least one month or
sign up for the YahooGroup and get out and attend one or two activities that
have been posted by others. GONewEngland activities should be by and
for those associated with GONewEngland, and this will prevent "drive-by
postings" by those who may try to take advantage of our Bulletin Board.
Q: What's the basic ground rule on who may post?
A: Activities must be by and for GONewEnglanders and are
not-for-profit---that's why we're here. If you are promoting a
business through the activity, seek to make money, or have some other
motive, the GONewEngland Bulletin Board isn't really the right place for
Q: What do I have to do to run an
A: First, come up with the event, and propose (or schedule) it by filling out the Send In An Event form or by sending e-mail to Your Webmaster. Handle any questions that come
in about the event, and make any necessary arrangements (campsites, ride coordination,
letting people know about special requirements for equipment, and so on). Then, finally,
just be there and enjoy the event along with everyone else!
Q: What types of
events should I run?
A: Run what you would like to do or would like to try!
But it'll be too "lame"... There are some people in the group who would
appreciate a light, easygoing event. Light hikes are great for beginners and people who
are getting fit. A leisurely horseback ride removes the tensions of the day. A
get-together at a state park can be a great way to spend a warm weather holiday.
Visiting a sugar house during maple syrup season is what New England is all about!
I don't know what event to do... Usually you can find something in a trail book
(the AMC Guides are great), tourist sites on the Internet, tourist brochures, or from
other GONewEnglanders. Your Webmaster would be more than happy to send something out in
the newsletter asking for suggestions. Do you have an interesting outdoor hobby that you'd
like to get other people into? Or that you would like to get into?
It's too difficult to set up or coordinate... Post an event that
you'd be comfortable doing--don't drive yourself crazy! Sure, some
activities may require some legwork.
For the Acadia trip Your Webmaster had to find a campground, but that was readily
available on the Internet, and a quick call got the sites. Sometimes you might have to
help someone find a ride, but more often than not, someone else who's going along can
provide a ride. Because it's all done through e-mail, it's easy.
Q: What about activities related to a charity?
A: Charities are very important, and GONewEngland would like to support your
work with the charity. If you post an activity for GONewEngland (a
hike, walk, biking, whatever), write up the event as you normally would, but
don't press the submit button yet. After the event's description, take
an extra two or three sentences and announce your charity activity or other
message, then submit the GONewEngland activity plus your charity's message. This way GONewEngland gets a fine
activity, and your charity gets a good mention to all the visitors to the
Bulletin Board. Win-win!
Q: Can I announce my business here---a sale at the
outdoors store I own, for example? Can I announce memberships in my
ski house? Can I try to rent my timeshare out? Can I mention my
cottage that's for rent?
A: No. Activities go on the Bulletin Board---activities by and
for GONewEnglanders. If you have a business to promote, a timeshare or
cottage to rent out, or wish to announce membership availability in a ski
house or other similar situation, there are other places on the Internet for
However if you are a member in a ski house, for
example, and you wish to bring GONewEnglanders as guests for a weekend away,
that's fine (usually there is a small per night charge). Or if you're
renting a cottage or are going away to your timeshare and want to invite
GONewEnglanders along, that's OK, too (and it's OK to split the rent).
The difference is you're not advertising anything; you are having
GONewEnglanders join you on a GONewEngland activity---and you're a
participant as well, as should be the case with all GONewEngland activities.
Q: Can I limit attendance?
A: You control the horizontal, you control the vertical. You decide the maximum
number of people you'd like along, and you can establish a minimum.
Be aware of the rules of where the activity will take
place. Some areas, such as state and national forests, limit group
Q: What if I need to cancel or change the event at
A: You need to let people know that the event is cancelled or changed. You
can do this by e-mail or the Hotline Mailbox (if one has been assigned to your event---ask
Your Webmaster if you'd like one). If something comes up and you are unable to run
the event, you may ask that someone who's going take it over. But please do your
best to inform everyone who's attending about the status of the event. Usually that
means e-mail (if it's far enough in advance) and the Hotline (the day of the event).
Q: What if someone is disruptive or is unprepared?
A: Safety comes first. If an attendee does not have the right equipment, he or she
should be urged not to go along on the event. Beyond that, GONewEngland has adopted a Zero
Tolerance Rule, meaning that anyone found to be disruptive can be barred from the event,
and perhaps from future GONewEngland events. It is our intent that all events are safe,
comfortable, and enjoyable for everyone. (For more information on the Zero Tolerance Rule,
please see the Intro document.)
Q: What do I get out of running an event?
A: Aside from the exercise and fresh air, you will meet and hang out with some
great people. You'll learn something new from someone who goes along, and someone will
learn something new from you as well. You'll get some organizing and coordinating
experience. And don't forget that the activities have their own intrinsic rewards!
Q: Why don't you pay people to run events?
A: Get Outdoors New England is strictly not for profit. All events are
pay-as-you-go, and people expect to chip in their fair share, but that does not include
anything beyond small, reasonable expenses for the person running the event. We'd like
people running events who are into what they're doing, do it for the sheer enjoyment of
it, and enjoy sharing their experience with others. The people who run events for the
GONewEngland are GONewEnglanders themselves, and they run events because they want to.
It's an opportunity for people who normally participate in activities run by other
people to give a little back.
Q: Do these event submissions go right onto the web
A: No. Your Webmaster receives an e-mail with what you typed in, and
the information is edited and added to a database from which the Bulletin
Board is created. It may take a few hours to a day or two for your
activity to show up on the web site. Please note that Your Webmaster
has final say in what gets posted. Activities of an inappropriate,
questionable, or objectionable nature will not be posted. Please
review other questions in this FAQ for other posting guidelines.
Q: I'm running an event, but I need help!
A: If you ever need a hand, contact The GONewEngland Crew. You can even
enlist the help of people who have signed up for the event!
Q: You didn't answer my question here.
A: Send e-mail to Ken if you have
any questions about running an event for Get Outdoors New England!