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Sunday, January 23, 2011

Notes On Our Tenth Meeting

Date: January 20, 2011
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Location: South Texas College, Pecan Campus, H-231
Attendance: 11

The Rio Grande Valley Zeitgeist Movement held its tenth meeting this week, in McAllen, Texas at our old meeting venue at South Texas College. We were once again graciously hosted by the Zeitgeist Movement at South Texas College student organization. We were able to discuss a good number of important upcoming events, welcomed our two newest members, and planned for our next meeting.

We began with a discussion of our recent screenings of Zeitgeist Moving Forward, and discussed how we could better use the film at future events. We determined that due to the length and content of the film, it might be better viewed in sections, rather than shown as a whole. This discussion lead us naturally into a discussion of our upcoming major event, Z-Day.

We discussed the idea of turning our Z-Day event into a three-day, art/music/lecture/video/presentation/community event, allowing a diverse group of individuals, organizations and artists take the stage at STC to help bring awareness and understanding of the Zeitgeist Movement to the community. The STC student organization will be attempting to reserve the auditorium for the weekend of March 11th, and we will intersperse sections of the latest film, lectures and presentations by local professors and community leaders, TED videos and other documentary selections, as well as musical performing artists. We hope to have nearly 20 hours of content to help fill the time we have requested, which should not be difficult due to the overwhelming amount of information that is available to us. We ask all of our members to think about who and what they would like to see discussed and suggest it on our discussion list so that we can  approach them with this interesting opportunity.

During this discussion, two of our newest members joined in the discussion. We were able to give them copies of the rough draft of our New Member Orientation information, and they immediately started contributing their ideas and suggestions to our plans. We are very grateful for their attendance, and we encourage them and others to continue attending our future meetings and events. We each give valuable perspective to our shared vision, and it makes for a far better outcome.

We then discussed the possibility of having meetings in the lower valley. There has been a growing number of people in Harlingen who would like to be a part of the movement, and we would very much like to see this become a reality. I encourage all interested parties to let us know when and where you would like to meet so that we may organize a meeting there. I hope to see all of you soon so that we can help spread our information to more people in more areas!

We also discussed some more ways to help make people aware in more ways as individuals. We have previously discussed things like Day-Z, which is the effort of chapters in California to wear or display Zeitgeist Movement and Venus Project related items on the first day of every month. I recently proposed an idea that would encourage all of our members to write a few paragraphs that explain why they are a part of this movement, and share them on this website. There was also discussion of having an informational booth in a local mall. We also had a member indicate that we could display flyers and posters in a network of businesses that he is a part of. There are so many opportunities for us to help bring awareness to the people in our community, and we are fortunate enough to have members who are doing so.

We ended by making plans for our next meeting, which will be on the first Wednesday of the month at STC. We hope to see you there, as we will be planning for the final McAllen Art Walk of the season that following Friday. Pictured below are some of the attendees of this week's meeting. As always, our friends at the RGV No State Project have hosted the audio recordings of this and our previous meetings. Thank you for your time and attention.