Lesson Learned

A lovely morning moon following an evening’s heavy snow

Friday, January 17, 2020

Yesterday, what a day! Throughout it, our area had had light snowing and no accumulating. But around 4 p.m., a head-on weather change killed my then-plan, to feed the horses before leaving for Redmond to attend a driving club meeting.

When sudden heavy snow and high winds took over, this environment dimmed. Snow accumulated quickly and winds whipped juniper branches into high action. From inside, I peered through one window after another to assess the storm’s velocity and potential length. Finally, the Driving Club’s leader and I, both feeling terrible about this, decided to cancel the meeting. I posted notices through Facebook and email, at about 4:30, or an hour before the scheduled start.

So, we could have guessed! One person showed up for that meeting and texted me angrily. She missed the cancellation notice while traveling from Sisters to Redmond. She added that neither Sisters nor Redmond had any new snow. She also explained her eagerness to expand local driving opportunities through the Club.

We communicated lots, with me highly apologetic, and meanwhile, the Club’s leader managed to find a location and reset the meeting for next week. The person in Redmond seemed mollified, but still, I felt badly for her. A couple of years ago, I traveled from Bend to Redmond, through an unusually hard-driving rain, to attend a driving club meeting. Standing alone outside that Library, and by then soaking wet, I learned that the meeting had been cancelled. After that, I avoided the driving club, it seemed in disarray.

Recently, Central Oregonians who enjoy driving horses, who’ve participated in past with the club, have worked hard to revive the common interest. We’ve met successfully, are communicating regularly via Facebook and email. For January, we had distributed a meeting agenda. The late-hour weather blew-up the plan.

My lesson from this experience will be to change the wording in meeting notices. From now on, they’ll include a blurb about “weather permitting”. This area’s winter months often become confounded by instant weather changes. Through the remainder of this winter, and in future, we will try to caution ahead and to communicate changes better.

Dear Friends: Successful collaborations rely on leadership, planning, communicating. Diana

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