IMP^o^ 030 Expectations

Mary Calhoun moriah at
Fri Dec 17 23:29:44 JEST 1999

IMP ^o^ Bulletin 030
"Dear f/Friends--"
Expectations about IMP^o^ Bulletins

<|>   IMP^o^ bulletins have been in use for a while now, and several SAYMA
f/Friends have sent notices to be posted...

<|> it's probably time to be clear about what expectations the office
has for IMP^o^ bulletins.

<|>  It's also important distinguish between sayma at (a list server,
sort of a post office) and the IMP^o^ bulletins (which "ride" on the list
server, carried by our "postal worker").

<|>  Anybody can post a message to sayma at

<|>  IMP^o^ bulletins come from the SAYMA office, and are posted to
sayma at

<|>  Anyone who subscribes to sayma at can get it's messages, both the
personal kind and the IMP^o^ bulletins.

<|>  For SAYMA f/Friends' future reference, the following clarifies how
IMP^o^ is conceived to be and do.

<|>  IMP^o^ = "Information Made Present"
-- bulletins will be about information, not primarily to raise issues
-- messages about issues will report them as business or activities in
meetings or the YM
--IMP^o^'s main goal is to make information available to meetings, SAYMA
workers, and SAYMA f/Friends generally

<|>  "is a bulletin service"
-- bulletins will be brief, to the point, concise, user-friendly
-- bulletins are meant to serve the on-going interests of SAYMA fFriends,
meetings, and the YM
-- bulletins will build faith in their own reliability as a service

<|>  "of the SAYMA office"
-- IMP^o^ bulletins will be prepared and published by the Administrative
-- the content of bulletins will not be proprietary, and may be freely
-- the IMP^o^ logo will signify its role as a recognized source of
-- bulletins will not necessarily be the only source of information on any

<|>  "to provide practical details"
-- bulletins will seek to provide information of near-term consequence
 -- bulletins will seek to give details otherwise unavailable or likely to
be overlooked
-- bulletins will be a way to provide convenient reminders

<|>  " to our geographically-challenged Yearly Meeting"
-- bulletins seek to make up for the hampering effect of distances in SAYMA
-- IMP^o^ seeks, through information, to link us better as a community
-- bulletins will seek to provide information that enables SAYMA f/Friends
to do and decide things together
-- IMP^o^ bulletins will supplement mailed SAF newsletters traveling great

<|>  "via our free list server"
-- bulletins will seek to make good use of an available high-speed
electronic resource
-- bulletins will speak appropriately in a media for which the ultimate
audience is unlimited and unknowable
-- IMP^o^ messages will seek to rebuild credibility for sayma at as
a SAYMA resource
-- the IMP^o^ service recognizes that e-mail is available to many, but not
-- IMP^o^ messages will be Friendly to the f/Friends who volunteer to pass
them along
-- bulletins will be constantly informative about how to access
sayma at
-- bulletins will encourage e-mail and sayma at newcomers to
attempt access to it

<|>  "semi-official information"
 -- bulletins will strive to be accurate, adequate, and timely
-- bulletins will be mindful of consequences, and of the AA's role in the
SAYMA community
-- bulletins will be transparent about their sources
-- bulletins will release only information intended, by its source, for
general publication within SAYMA
-- bulletins will recognize Friendly inclusiveness, that no one source is
has all the truth
-- bulletins will seek to build confidence that they reflect the business
proceedings of SAYMA and its meetings
-- bulletins will seek to clarify and support Quaker process within SAYMA

<|>  "faster than the SAF newsletter can get to you"
-- bulletins will seek to be supportive, in tone, content, and timing, of
busy f/Friends, meetings with strained resources, and the sometimes-stressed
structure of SAYMA officers, committees, and volunteers

<|>  "bulletins that you can print, post, announce, publish, or pass around"
-- bulletins will use a format that is easy to pass on into other
communication channels
-- bulletins, in tone and form, will encourage f/Friends to utilize them in
local business process and communications
-- IMP^o^ messages will encourage infrequent sayma at readers to
carry news
to local fFriends and their meetings

~~~~~~~end ^o^ ~~~~~~

IMP ^o^ ... "Information Made Present"

is a bulletin service of the SAYMA office to provide practical details to
our geographically-challenged Yearly Meeting via our free list server.
Please address corrections and additions to moriah at,
540-628-5852 (machine), or SAYMA Admin. Asst., c/o 165 Jackson Street,
Abingdon, VA 24210.  Thank you! ^o^ Mary Calhoun, AA
To receive IMP^o^ bulletins, subscribe to the free list server,
sayma at; e-mail to sayma-subscribe at and write only the
word       subscribe
in the body of your e-mail message.
IMP ^o^ ... semi-official information, faster than the SAYMA Friend
newsletter can get to you, bulletins that you can print, post, announce,
publish, or pass around.

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