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[Announcements] 2015 Year End Report

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19 Feb 2016 14:03 - 19 Feb 2016 14:07 #229218 by Jestor
I think I apologized in the body of this, but, the influx from the movies, and other projects I had going on, some STILL going on, made me a bit late... Not to mention the remodeling of my house a bit, which also limited my time, but, hey, they wife is happy, and that is kinda important too... ;)

So, I have a procedure in mind to make this happen a little quicker next year, but as we grow, and things become ever larger, it creates more work, and more typing, and I'll be honest, Im not that great a typer or speller... lol...

Forgive any inconsistencies of flow, and let make sure to add to this thread, any things that you feel needed mentioned from 2015... :)

2015 has come and gone…

Over a month gone, at this point…

I hope everyone had a good holiday, and a good start to the New Year…

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Thanks you to everyone who has made TOTJO (TotJO to some, lol I’m looking at you Akkarin… ;)...) what it is... Knights, members, and even the guests... We are getting bigger, and better… I, and others on the Council used to know everyone by name, and be able to talk to each and everyone of you… Now, as duties get greater and greater, and membership larger, it seems we have less time for the ‘funner’ stuff of silly conversations, and instead spend our time ‘in the machine’ of TOTJO… But, never let that dissuade you from reaching out to us if you have a question, comment, suggestion, or anything…:) We do take every comment under consideration, but some stay under consideration less than others... ;)

Every person here is integral to TOTJO, you all are the nuts and bolts of this virtual sanctuary, and without you, it would be 6-10 people sitting around, talking ourselves to death, lol…

We all have the power to help another, be it clicking a ‘like’ on the TOTJO wall, saying hello in the introductions ( the MOST important job here I feel), answering new people questions (there is always someone newer than you), or, challenging someone to think harder in their beliefs, or statements…

Something that has popped up lately, I like to call “censorship versus trolling”, and, as a ‘spirit of the law’ community, the line between them is thin…

So, when you come across a particularly difficult to understand/talk to person, what better time to use the patience a Jedi is supposed to be famous for, or to ‘turn the other cheek’... Just some advice… :)

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As has become our custom, and for the newer folks, this is a yearly compilation of TOTJO… Our fourth edition of this yearly report, and they still dont have anyone volunteering to do this who can make gooder sentences than me… Crazy, eh?

We try to only hit the highs, but, we can not shy away from the lows, as they are where many lessons come from, but we also do not like to dwell on them…:) (Shouldnt dwell on the good either, but I digress, ;))....

We just celebrated our 10th year, and things are just crazy at this point… Here are the past Year End Reports should you want to read them over - www.templeofthejediorder.org/forum/114-A...372-year-end-reports

The new movie created a rush on us at Christmas time, and we are still seeing higher numbers than previous years… We felt the surge, but, we did not topple from the volume, lol…

New to this year, I have ask the various departments to give me some input on the Year End Report, and have spoilered each section for ‘compactness', lol…

Even my own, to be fair, lol… :)

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Membership Affairs

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Finances

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Knight Secretary (secretary to the Knights)

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Youth Officers
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Clerical Affairs
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Public/Media Relations

In chronological order

March 2015

www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-essex-31795408


May 2015
This article was removed from the web, and we cannot find it any longer… Should someone find it, let me know via PM, and I will edit this…:(

June 2015

www.blogtalkradio.com/thethinkingatheist...-religions-of-film-1


December 2015

www.lm-magazine.com/blog/2015/12/01/alexandre-orion/

www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/weddings/7524...ss-Leia-and-Han-Solo

www.guidelive.com/star-wars/2015/12/16/r...force-probably-think

www.templeofthejediorder.org/forum/jedi-...-beaumont-enterprise



www.bigissue.com/features/6072/how-do-jedi-celebrate-christmas




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For some reason, I was more disorganized than previous years…

Probably because I am not used to asking for help, and I just ask each person directly what I need to know, this year, I sent out PMs, and receive replies via PM, posts in forum, and email… lol… None of them were in the same spot… And some, like the library, had little to no movement, so they told me ‘nothing to report’...

And, I forget who said what… :blush:

So, NEXT year, I will have my stuff a little more organized, and this should not be such an ordeal, lol…

As always, I am sure I have missed something, so I ask that you post any memories (or reports from you department heads) in this thread…

Thank you, all of you, for being you…:)

And, May the Force Be With You… ;)
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19 Feb 2016 17:24 #229250 by Jestor
So, let this serve as a BUMP....

It has been brought to my attention that I missed a few apprentices...

Mostly, because I do the work, then try to update the records later...

Evidently, the Year End Report isnt the only place I could stand to improve my methods, lol...







I have no trouble being wrong... :) Or screwing up, lol...

"The only way you can never make a mistake is by not doing anything. but then, that too, would be a mistake.: ~ ;)

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19 Feb 2016 17:37 #229254 by Edan
I would like to add please that Locksley also became my apprentice in 2015.

And, that the welcoming party sent 3960 messages to new members.

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19 Feb 2016 18:00 #229255 by JLSpinner
Sounds like 2015 was a good year. I'm glad to have joined at such a pivotal time.

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19 Feb 2016 18:08 #229256 by ren
In terms of IT infrastructure, we've also moved to a cloud-based openstack infrastructure, as totjo experienced hardware issues which had caused significant downtime prior to the move. Our main data center is also now in North America (Canada) and is mainly powered by hydroelectricity, and no longer in the EU (France). This move should ensure european members continue to have good speeds (although reduced), while US members should see much improved speeds. We also experienced network issues as people who don't think fibre-optic lines matter still use diggers.

Totjo also started using https in 2015. While not essential, It should improve speeds for some users, as well as contribute to privacy protection for all. It paves the way for http2 implementation.

The site continues to suffer from the occasional bug followed by the occasional crash. This is due to high traffic and underlying issues with the software we use. The next instalment of the website will likely use different technology.

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19 Feb 2016 18:08 - 19 Feb 2016 18:10 #229257 by Trisskar

Jestor wrote:






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So how does this break down? These Apprentices were paired up with?

EDIT: Actually....looking at the list...those in the image are in the list....
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19 Feb 2016 18:34 #229264 by Jestor
Yes, in the Knights Secretary list...

Loudzoo's point was that they those names joined this year, and made it to apprentice this year...

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ren, thank you for you information, I dont recall if I even ask the SysAdmin department, but, know that your work is muchly apprenticed... :)

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19 Feb 2016 18:47 #229267 by Akkarin

TotJO to some, lol I’m looking at you Akkarin… ;)...


You're damned straight! :P

Here is the PR and Library stuff which you couldn't find :P

Akkarin wrote:

2015 has been the busiest year by far for the Public Relations and Marketing department. There have been over 100 separate inquiries this year which covers everything from professional media publications to student projects and some more personal enquiries. Of course the film has helped boost interest towards the end of the year and there is not doubt that similar boost will occur for as long as Star Wars remains in the popular imagination.

The range of media publications we've been involved with range from TV appearances, radio broadcasts and a number of online and print news articles.

The department has also been gifted with the arrival of Brenna who will assist Akkarin in running things :)

On the merchandise side of things, we've had our first fundraising auctions and Kamizu has set up a TotJO section on her shop for your merchandise needs :)

A selection of the media publications:

Cabur:



Wescli, Brenna, John:
www.guidelive.com/star-wars/2015/12/16/r...force-probably-think

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Akkarin:
www.bigissue.com/features/6072/how-do-jedi-celebrate-christmas

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Alexandre Orion
www.bienpublic.com/edition-dijon-ville/2...-maitre-jedi-a-dijon
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Library

Not much to report for the library. A book of "extracts" from Alan Watts' The Book: On the Taboo Against Knowing who you are has been added to IP lesson 2 .

There is also an academic publication due out this year (it was due out last year but has been delayed) so watch for the post of when that arrives in a few months time!

There is also another book due out later this year which is an updated version of the old Way of Jediism (2010). This should be out pretty soon and currently the plan is to update it every couple of years with all the updates to our structure and procedures etc.


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19 Feb 2016 18:57 #229269 by User22414
*Waves back at Jestor* :woohoo:

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20 Feb 2016 02:33 #229313 by Jestor
bump...

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