Thursday, March 13, 2008

Newsletter from .pdf file....

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Agenda for Meeting on 2/5/2008

Baltimore Biodiesel Strategic Planning Session
February 5th, 2008
5 to 7 PM at Biohabitats, Inc.

I. Introduction (5:00 - 5:15 PM)
• Introductions by attendees…state your name and why you are here.
• Overview of the Evening

II. Vision Statement (5:15 – 5:45 PM)

• Everyone create two bumper stickers that promote, or capture the “essence” of Baltimore Biodiesel (not just biodiesel). Group the bumper stickers according to common themes….Then let the group discuss this briefly to select appropriate themes and pass it off to volunteers who will draft the vision (later).

III. Setting Priorities and Creating Goals (5:45 – 6:45 PM)

• Or, write Goals on small pieces of paper and tape them up on a board. Organize and consolidate these into clusters that are similar or the same. Then discuss briefly and vote on these to identify top 5 goals in rank order. If there is time, consider one, three, and five year goals.

IV. Specific Strategies (6:45 – 7:15 PM)

• Break up into groups. Divide goals evenly between groups.
• Take 15 minutes to develop three strategies for each Goal.
• Discuss for 15 minutes to determine most appropriate strategies.
• Suggest actions for each strategy if time allows.

V. Wrap-up (7:15 – 7:45 PM)

• Discuss the Vision and Chosen Goals
• Determine Group Consent
• Approve Strategies
• Save Actions and Monitoring for another meeting? Have individual groups (marketing, technical, membership/volunteering, etc.) come up with action items?

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Advocacy, Education and Outreach

Goals for Advocacy, Education, Outreach Group

1. Attend 4-6 Events this year


-marketing group to explore opportunities

-less preaching to the choir and more education to the laymen

2. Form Partnerships with political lobbying groups


-explore the best groups to align with

3. Educate diesel owners and Biodiesel members


-write article to a trade magazine

-conduct workshops on maintenance

4. Target Diesel Professionals


-educate diesel truck drivers about the product

-align with willing diesel mechanics to promote the coop and educate other mechanics

5. Organize the other biodiesel groups/seller/home brewers of MD


-share common interests and lessons learned

-act as clearinghouse for biodiesel information

6. Build membership and maintain current base

Other Goals not discussed:

Identifying local sources of fuel