The goals laid out were as follows: Full slate of officers by 2011 Growth of members to 25 by 2011, 50 by 2012, 100 by 2014. Increase visibility at MSD Help with the development of a coordination effort between all support organizations for MSD. Continue to grow fundraising so that MSDPO can sponsor more projects and efforts.
The first goal was to have in place a full slate of officers by 2011. Currently, we have three of the four officer positions filled. However, we are still looking to fill the vice president’s position.
The next goal entailed growing the members of the organization to 25 by 2011, 50 by 2012, 100 by 2014. As the article discussed, the concept of member has changed with the coming of social media sites like Facebook and MySpace. While the total number of actual members is currently less than 25, the number of members that have joined our virtual communities on Facebook and Twitter total over 200.
The third goal was to increase the visibility of the organization at MSD. The number one strategy to meet this goal involves improving communication between the MSDPO, parents, alumni, students, faculty, staff, and administration. Over the past six months, several steps have been taken to improve communication. These include the starting of this newsletter; the development of online meetings through tinychat.com; the creation of Facebook and Twitter pages; the revamping of the MSDPO web site to include copies of all meeting notes, news updates, a calendar of events, and a President’s blog; and the development of a funding request form.
Goal number four involved improving coordination between the MSDPO and other MSD support or-ganizations (Alumni Association, Booster Club, etc.). While attendance by a representative to the MSD Board of Advisors meeting is a good first step, more still needs to be done to coordinate fund-raising efforts, and make the best use of the limited resources of these organizations.
The final goal entailed growing fundraising efforts to allow the MSDPO to sponsor more projects and efforts. After six months, MSDPO fundraising has proven successful. Sales at the Kansas and Iowa football games were strong, thanks to the offering of new shirts and products. These efforts were fol-lowed up by an equally successful advanced sales campaign for polo shirts and hats. The fundraiser night at Pizza Hut earned $130.00 for the organization in two hours. Currently, the MSDPO is in a campaign to sell MSD Eagles Spirit Decals.
Another effort that so far has not paid off like the organization hoped is the development of an online store. Through the store individuals can purchase MSD-themed items. Payment can be made by credit or debit card, and PayPal account.
While these six months have been extremely productive for the MSDPO, there is still a lot of work to do. Efforts need to be made to have a full slate of officers, and to continue growing our membership. New products must be developed and offered to increase the use of the online store. Steps need to be taken to continue improving the coordination between the MSDPO, support organizations, MSD faculty and staff, and students. All ambitious goals indeed, but goals that are achievable with your help.