Conference Calls... A Salvation!
I have to attend a committee meeting this week. It’s the marketing committee of The Greenwich Village and Chelsea Chamber of Commerce, or the GVCCC to be ever so slightly brief! That’s actually the problem with committees and their meetings. Take a group of intelligent, savvy business people, put them in a committee, arrange a meeting and watch what happens.
Presumably, somewhere in the dim and distant past, a previous marketing committee made up of the neighborhood’s brightest and most outgoing business owners, came up with the slick and ultra-catchy name ‘The Greenwich Village and Chelsea Chamber of Commerce’ and then bludgeoned the rest of the membership into painful but hysterical acceptance.
Maybe the moniker was just a joke – a deadpan prank by a playful group of local traders trying to bring a little levity to the serious business of naming an exalted organization. Perhaps it was simply fudged reporting by the parish press who, relying on sketchy facts while caught in a hold-the-front-page-frenzy, published the ridiculously truncated name in the forlorn hope that at least part of it was correct. It may have been a mistake made by an overworked and confused local printer who probably agreed to print cheap flyers (local printers invariably print cheap flyers for chambers of commerce - it's in the unprinted rules of local printing) but then lacked either the resources or the interest to do the job properly and a hideous typo was committed to indelible print. Personally, I think it was likely to have been the result of unceasing bloody infighting within the ranks of the committee itself, which was, no doubt, comprised of commercially invested guerrilla groups, forged into warring factions representing both neighborhoods of Chelsea and Greenwich Village. When neither of these vicious and desperately entrenched cabals would yield the only outcome was the longest, clumsiest, most forgettable name for a chamber of commerce in the history of, well... commerce!
Thankfully, this week’s meeting is by way of a conference call. Technology is to be our salvation. The committee members can phone in, say hello, and simply carry on minding their own business in the privacy of their own business premises. Besides, the chamber offices are in Chelsea and nobody wants to schlep all the way over there from Greenwich Village!
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