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Event: Harvest Party, October 31st in Hidden Valley LakeViews: 353
Oct 18, 2007 7:16 amEvent: Harvest Party, October 31st in Hidden Valley Lake#

Lamar Morgan 954-603-7901

Folks,

If you live in Northern California, within driving distance of Hidden Valley Lake, don't miss the 17th Annual Hidden Valley Community Church Harvest Party. We may even have a special guest from Skype and Scala in attendance. For details, check out this online article - Harvest Party.

If you would like to share a kind word to encourage word to amaze the local residents, visit this link and click on the Evite invitation. Then, simply follow the instructions.

Lamar Morgan
Network Moderator

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Oct 27, 2007 3:23 pmre: Event: Harvest Party, October 31st in Hidden Valley Lake#

Lamar Morgan 954-603-7901

Folks,

If you have yet to take a look at the Harvest Party site, by all means please take a look. Be sure to click on the Evite invitation and read the comments of those who have RSVP'ed. Believe it or not, even those whose comments lie in the "No" category are encouraging. Please do not hesitate to add your encouraging comments if you have not already done so.

Why am I reaching out to the Ryze world to encourage this community? Because the community here itself desperately needs encouragement. It has taken 26 years just to get a viable town hall started. The problem is the overwhelming of majority of people who live in this county by necessity must work outside of it in order to be able to afford to live within it the lifestyle they prefer. Consequently, the majority of local residents are spending the majority of their time and money where they work - not where they live. This design is not good for the local merchants. It is not good for the local economy. It is not good for community efforts like a harvest party.

There is not a lot that can be done in the short-term to change this unfortunate demographic other than perhaps change the mindset of local residents. And, that is why I am asking for your help.

If you go to Odeo Studio and record a free audio endorsement of this party and send me the website link address, I will include the link on the Squidoo lens page - along with the link from New Zealand.

I sincerely appreciate everyone's participation in this effort.

Lamar Morgan
Network Moderator

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Oct 31, 2007 4:56 amre: re: Event: Harvest Party, October 31st in Hidden Valley Lake#

Lamar Morgan 954-603-7901

Fellow Members,

The response from my request for Ryzers to RSVP regarding this Northern California harvest party is very encouraging. I have actually received feedback from around the world. Some Ryzers have even sent me audio clips. Very nice. Even though I am typing this message on the night before the night of the party, if you want to send me an audio clip tomorrow or even after the party is over - I will still post it to the Squidoo site.

The way I see it, this gesture of good will is important. In a world that all too often encourages a self-centered mindset, it is truly refreshing to see the exact opposite. But, that is not all. I believe the lifting up of someone else, a business or other group is by far more beneficial to everyone involved. It most certainly beats being apathetic.

If you live within driving distance of Hidden Valley Lake, CA, come to the party. If you do not live within driving distance, RSVP anyway. Your encouraging words will no doubt have a big impact upon this small community. For details on the party and to RSVP, click here.

Please understand, I am not simply asking you to do me a favor. When the time arrives, I hope you will feel free to reach out to me requesting I respond in kind to help you. This is meant to be a win-win arrangement, not win-lose. So, if you have a special event coming up and want an encouraging RSVP or even an audio clip endorsement, please ask me to send one your way.

Lamar Morgan
Network Moderator

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Nov 08, 2007 5:19 pmre: re: re: Event: Harvest Party, October 31st in Hidden Valley Lake#

Denise Michaels
How was the Harvest Party event?

Would enjoy hearing what the turnout was like.

All the best,

Denise Michaels
Author, "Testosterone-Free Marketing"

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Nov 08, 2007 5:50 pmre: re: re: re: Event: Harvest Party, October 31st in Hidden Valley Lake#

Lamar Morgan 954-603-7901

Denise,

Fortunately, a lot more people showed up for the event than actually bothered to RSVP. But, some Ryzers from around the world did bother to RSVP - some even sent audio clips endorsing the event event though they obviously could not be there. The real challenge here as I see it is to get the locals "to care." There seems to be a problem getting even the folks of my own church - folks who are working the festival (it's 17th year)- to bother to RSVP. And here, they asked me to help them. I was lucky to get news of this party placed on the front page of the local newspaper. While folks were pleased with what I was able to accomplish for them, most refused to do the simplest thing I requested of them - click a mouse button on an Evite and RSVP. I made phone calls, sent letters and even handed out cards about this to MY OWN CHURCH MEMBERS! It hurts when people actually ask for your voluntary help and then will not help you help them.

Had it not been for the support of Ryzers around the world, I would have been more than a little disappointed. To get a better idea as to what happened, take a look at the Evite invitation itself. Click here.

Lamar Morgan
Network Moderator

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Nov 09, 2007 2:55 pmre: re: re: re: re: Event: Harvest Party, October 31st in Hidden Valley Lake#

Denise Michaels
Hi Lamar:

It's not just in Middletown where people don't seem to care or RSVP. It's everywhere.

When Ernie and I got married last year there were people who didn't RSVP until the actual DAY of our wedding - even though invites were sent out six weeks in advance. I was getting my hair done and getting dressed for my wedding when several calls finally came in. What are people thinking!!?!

Last night I was part of an event with five other women business owners like myself. It was shocking how many people didn't RSVP. 400 people were invited (throught Evite.com ) and several reminders were sent - very few RSVPs came in though we had a full house last night.

I used to give a Holiday Tea Party for my women friends between Christmas and New Years - just something fun for the ladies in my life to let them know I appreciate them. I would painstakingly hand make lovely pastries, scones, canapes, tea sandwiches and more. I stopped doing it because people won't RSVP. I just became frustrated trying to chase people down when it seems to me they should be just a little bit grateful for the hospitality. Just a little bit.

I think maybe we need to come up with a different system besides RSVPs. It just doesn't seem to work anymore. I don't know if it's stress or people don't want to commit or what - but other friends I have who sometimes entertain say the same thing.

All the best,

Denise Michaels
Author, "Testosterone-Free Marketing"

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Nov 09, 2007 5:17 pmre: re: re: re: re: re: Event: Harvest Party, October 31st in Hidden Valley Lake#

Lamar Morgan 954-603-7901

Denise,

Well, I have actually been told some folks actually resent receiving Evites or even email. I have been told by my own business association's webmaster that when he sees he has an email from me he usually deletes it without reading it. Why pay to be of an organization, allow yourself to be put on a mailing list and then be upset that you get email?

I personally think that what has to happen is the mindset of people needs to change. We may both be encountering the same problem. I am not sure the reason is the same. But, here in Lake County, CA you have a bedroom community. Most folks must commute outside the county to work to be able to afford to live here. Just last weekend there was an amazing disaster preparedness exhibition at a local school. Helicopters were flying overhead, the local fire department was involved, among several other high-profile groups. But, you know what? Despite all the publicity that went out, few people showed up. This was an expensive showcase for the benefit of the public. The planners told me they were thinking that they would never go to this much trouble again for the benefit of the community. Why? Because the community did not respond. They did not even respond to something that could potentially save their own lives.

Lamar Morgan
Network Moderator

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Nov 12, 2007 8:51 pmre: re: re: re: re: re: re: Event: Harvest Party, October 31st in Hidden Valley Lake#

Denise Michaels
You can't blame the market, Lamar. It's a waste of good energy. Saying you have to get people to change their opinion and attitude is obvious - but it's the job of a good marketer to do that.

I have a very good friend who is a distributor for an MLM company that manufactures essential oils which are really amazing products when you start learning about them. She asked me if I would like to get emails with info about the products and how they're used. I said sure. I sometimes get four emails a day from her about the oils - and as much as I love her - it's just way too much. I've gotten to the point where not only do I not read 'em - I don't even open them. I'm ready to tell her to take me off the list.

That guy who just deletes your emails - it's probably because he's busy and stressed and he just doesn't see the value.

The answer? Compelling headlines, compelling content and perhaps less frequency.

All the best,

Denise Michaels
Author, "Testosterone-Free Marketing"



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Nov 13, 2007 6:26 amEvent: Harvest Party, October 31st in Hidden Valley Lake#

Lamar Morgan 954-603-7901

I am in total agreement. Evites are set by default to resend every two days to those who do not RSVP. When I learned this was happening I went into the system and changed the setting to "Not Resend." However, what really strikes me as odd is that the folks who actually asked me to help them "get the word out" would not help me help them. I mean they were all for the front page news stories, but RSVP to an Evite to show they were actually planning to attend the harvest party? No. Now, what logical reason would a person who actually planned to be at the event not want others to know in advance that he was going to be in attendance - especially if he wanted a large crowd to be there? I do not understand the logic of asking a person like me for help, but refusing to help me help your cause.

Lamar Morgan
Network Moderator

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