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Running A Town Hall

What is the VTH position on public gatherings during COVID?

Aug 4, 2020
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We at VTH are acutely aware of both the collective national need to gather to process the aftereffects of war, and also the very real threat that such gatherings have posed to the public health over the last year. With that in mind, our recommendations can be found below. However, each organizer must assess the…

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Do I need to worry about insurance, liability and so on?

Mar 2, 2020
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Arranging for insurance is the responsibility of each individual event organizer, and many venues do require event insurance. If you need or want to arrange for insurance, talk to any organizations you’re partnering with (or might like to partner with). If they have insurance, they should be able to list your event, with the venue’s…

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How can I publicize the event?

Mar 2, 2020
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First off, share the event on our website. We have a simple form where you can add the date and location of your event. Effective ways of getting the word out include: social media; press releases to local newspapers, radio stations, and television stations; announcements at town meetings; and posters on community bulletin boards. Make…

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How many people should I expect to attend?

Mar 2, 2020
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Encouraging attendees RSVP will give you some idea of how many people to expect. Actual attendance will vary depending on your community and outreach and publicity efforts, as well as variables like the weather and any events that might be happening on the same day. While it’s ideal to have a good crowd, don’t be…

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How do I find a venue I can book?

Mar 2, 2020
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Town or city hall buildings are often ideal and free or inexpensive to use. If the town hall building isn’t available, choose an accessible venue that’s well-known and central to the community. Many venues charge a fee. Depending on your budget, you might want to ask the venue if they’ll consider donating the space –…

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How do I manage emotional outbursts or discussions that become heated?

Feb 26, 2020
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Event hosts will probably know when an emotional speaker has gone from having a cathartic experience to a destructive one. It is entirely appropriate for the host to step forward and try to manage the moment in a healthy and supportive way. Of course, emotional honestly does not excuse any sort of abusive or threatening…

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