It's the last day of 2012 and tomorrow we get to start anew.
I am really excited for a few things: 1st, the beginning of our new CF101 program which I think will fit the needs of our new members better than On Ramp did. New members are coming to us with more experience and need an introductory course that builds on what they already know and still brings them up to speed without going back to square one.
Second, I'm actually excited for the CF Opens to begin and Regional planning. We have some great athletes who have been working hard and it will be fun to see how far they go. Regionals will be bigger and better (again) this year and the little information we've gotten from the CF Games staff has me chomping at the bit to get planning. Each year it not only gets easier to plan but it gets more fun as our numbers, sponsors, and opportunities grow. I really want to plan a kick ass volunteer party this time.
Lastly, I'm excited to get to spend so much time with my friends - with the people I car about - watching them reach their goals and do amazing things. We have a lot of women who want a muscle-up this year and we're planning on making that happen. I've got the camera ready to capture and celebrate all of the truly awesome things that are about to happen at RCF.
January is also a time where we shape the trajectory of the year before us. RCF is an ever growing, always changing amoeba-like thing that tends to dart off in unforeseeable directions.
Over the next week or so, I'm going to ask for your guidance. I need you guys to help forge our direction.
My first question is about fundraiser workouts.
We're approached, on an almost weekly basis, to take part in a fundraiser workout. So far, we've chosen to consistently participate in 2, 3 kind of. The 2 are the Maltz Memorial Challenge in March and Barbells for Boobs in October. The third is RCF's Strongest Man and Woman, which is not exactly a "fundraiser workout" that we participate in :)
We purposely limit these as we don't want you to feel like we're asking you to donate money every day you're in the gym.
Many of the organizations that solicit our time, attentions (and hopefully) dollars are worthwhile causes. They are honorable people working toward their goals of fundraising and they're inviting us to be part of it.
My question to you -- Do you want to be part of it more often?
Let me know if being part of something bigger is what you're looking for. We can certainly participate in more of these.
Or let me know if you want to "support" some of these by doing the workout and honoring the idea rather than actually collecting and remitting money.
The third option is that we stick with our few, add another in here and there if it calls to us, and continue be a place where you come to work out, rather than a fundraising engine for every worthwhile cause on the planet.
As much as I'd like to send oodles of money to everyone who needs it, it's more important to me that we listen to what you guys want and serve your needs.