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Carolyn Duncan
07-24-2001, 09:37 PM
I was wondering... how many people here are also signed up on the RCU forum? Is the RCU gonna let guys chat and post on the forum ( I know Eddie already has) but really, how's it gonna work?

A. Leese
07-24-2001, 10:15 PM
I feel dumb..I'm an RCU member..but forgot about the whole forum thing. oops!
Carolyn, Lora should be able to answer your question..or Jess or Kristen (KJK)
~Angela who rushes to the RCU site to check out the forum

Carolyn Duncan
07-24-2001, 10:16 PM
Yeah, there's really nothin' there. That's the reason I asked.

Flair
07-25-2001, 12:16 AM
Pardon my ignorance, but what is an RCU? Is it a fun forum? Is it worth it?

Jessica Boucher
07-25-2001, 06:03 AM
Carolyn, I am sorry that you seem rather dissappointed that there was nothing there.

Flair, to answer your question, the RCU is an open forum for females on FIRST teams to meet & talk about various subjects. We have members from across the nation, and we will be having an annual meeting at Nationals, similar to what we did this season. This is rather eerie for me to say because yesterday I decided that I would ask you if you wanted to join. It has been agreed upon that males will be able to join, we're just rather stuck on what to call them and how to run it so noone seems slighted.

It is popular opinion that something needs to be done to bring more substance to the group, but it is a rather hard task to complete. Think about it, 165 girls from across the nation, run by a girl in CT and a girl in NH from different teams who talk predominately over instant messager. It isnt an organization run by a team, and it isnt an organization run by someone who has very close ties to FIRST (as is SharingFIRST or SME). I haven't seen an organization with those characteristics grow to a large scale within FIRST yet.

Plus, the email list has been rather quiet lately, and I feel rather frustrated that there really is nothing to say between the girls. They are such a great resource, and I know that they can work hard if they feel that it is for a worthy cause...I just wish that we were considered a worthy cause to the girls.

Furthermore, it seems that the FIRST community could care less about the group; I dont know how many of you read the RCU Illuminaries articles, but due to lack of interest (among other things) they have been stretched out to maybe one a month instead of one a week.

In my opinion, something is blocking Kristen & I from raising the quality, and thus later raising the quantity of the group. We should be having a meeting with FIRST in the late summer, and we will schedule it once this Team Forum stuff dies down.

If anyone has any opinion about how to raise the quality/worth of the group, or how to grow the organization, or just advice in general, please let me know by replying or email. I know all of you are very opinionated people, and have some very good ideas, and I would like to tap that. Thank you.

To answer your question again, Flair, it is amazing to see all these girls from all over sitting down and talking at Nationals....and instantly having a rather silent comraderie that I find incomparable to anything else. I think its worth it, but thats just my opinion.

-Jessica B
Founder & Co-moderator, Robot Chicks Union

mike o'leary
07-25-2001, 01:14 PM
youre gonna let guys join now? im sure anton will...he did try to already but that was before you when you were all sexist and told him he couldnt

EddieMcD
07-25-2001, 02:32 PM
Well, they don't call it "Robot Chicks Union" for nothing.

Thanks to RCU, I can now call the girls on my team chicks. :D

Christina
07-25-2001, 04:24 PM
Oh yeah, I got an email about the RCU, but I lost it, so in turn, I never signed up. How do you sign up anyway?

~Christina šoš

Carolyn Duncan
07-25-2001, 08:48 PM
Originally posted by Christina
Oh yeah, I got an email about the RCU, but I lost it, so in turn, I never signed up. How do you sign up anyway?

~Christina šoš
Just hit the link on the home page of this forum and sign up. It's really easy.
BTW, Jessica, I sent out an e-mail today about the forum to try and get people there. I hope it works!

EddieMcD
07-26-2001, 11:32 AM
I'd sign up, but then Lora would have my head on a silver platter.

Carolyn Duncan
07-26-2001, 05:36 PM
Originally posted by Carolyn Duncan
BTW, Jessica, I sent out an e-mail today about the forum to try and get people there. I hope it works!
Yeah, that email won't go through. Says that only plain text stuff can be sent and that's what I did, twice. I'll try again later.

Flair
07-29-2001, 11:31 PM
Well, I would probably join, mainly because I find it easier to get along with girls (in general) then guys. However, opening it to everyone would definently make it grow. I also believe that it has grown, and hasn't deminished. I think you just need to do something during the off season. Kinda of something to keep you together instead of just email's. I know its hard, because of distance, but what else is there to do?

EddieMcD
07-30-2001, 11:58 AM
*points to his above post*

No, not the silver platter one! The other one. Why do you think it's called "Robot Chicks Union"?

Carolyn Duncan
07-30-2001, 07:51 PM
This site is a team 47 thing. We are not all on team 47, does that mean that we shouldn't post here Eddie?

EddieMcD
07-31-2001, 01:57 PM
I was referring to a guy actually joining RCU.

mike o'leary
07-31-2001, 05:18 PM
whats the difference?

Carolyn Duncan
07-31-2001, 07:49 PM
I'm with you Mike I don't see a difference.

EddieMcD
07-31-2001, 08:39 PM
See, we post here, but that doesn't mean that we actually joined team 47.

mike o'leary
07-31-2001, 08:45 PM
so eddie? at our school we have various multi-culteral clubs, ie blsu (black latino student union) acc (asian culture club) ccc (celtic culture club) icc (italian culture club) to name a few...the point is they dont discriminate their membership. its possible to be in every one of the various culture clubs at once.

EddieMcD
07-31-2001, 09:10 PM
My point is, if Lora wants to limit it to females, she should be able to.

Carolyn Duncan
07-31-2001, 09:46 PM
Eddie what your saying borders on illegal. A person cannot discriminate based on race, creed, sex, etc. and in this case team afiliation (though the latter is not legal).

David Kelly
07-31-2001, 09:51 PM
Originally posted by Carolyn Duncan
Eddie what your saying borders on illegal. A person cannot discriminate based on race, creed, sex, etc. and in this case team afiliation (though the latter is not legal).


The RCU did honor a male for their Illuminaries thing if you didn't know eddie.

http://www.geocities.com/robotchickunion/illume3.html

mike o'leary
07-31-2001, 09:51 PM
Originally posted by Carolyn Duncan
Eddie what your saying borders on illegal. A person cannot discriminate based on race, creed, sex, etc. and in this case team afiliation (though the latter is not legal).

do you mean though the latter is not ILlegal?

Carolyn Duncan
07-31-2001, 09:58 PM
I meant that it had no legal affiliation, so I guess the answer is yes.