Communities across the world are in various stages of reopening. Some areas that have gained the upper hand on COVID-19 are moving closer to normal operation, while some hot spots are reinstating restrictions. 
 
Regardless of your community’s situation, it is likely that there are members in your club who will not return to in-person meetings until a safe vaccine is developed and is readily available. Keeping those members engaged with your club is vital to your club’s overall health and impact.
 
Giving members the option to meet online or in person has many benefits, including convenience, affordability and choice.
 
Some clubs are beginning to consider running their regular meetings as hybrid meetings - a combination of live and online attendance. 
 
Recognizing the value of hybrid meetings, PDG Terry Weaver from District 7750 in the USA has produced a best practice document to support clubs considering this arrangement. 
 
This document addresses some of the key challenges associated with adding an online audience to a live meeting; it identifies options for equipment and presents technology configurations suitable for hosting hybrid meetings.
 
It goes on to describe best practices for meeting production and provides links to some useful video resources clubs can take advantage of.
 
Whilst the document is technical in nature and best read by those with a reasonable level of technical literacy, it is definitely a worthwhile read for any club considering hybrid meetings. To access the full document and other resources to support hybrid meetings, click the link below.