Be a host or be a guest, but please join the conversation!
Thursday, September 27 is the deadline to register to host a table during FranklinTomorrow’s new community initiative, On the Table.
“We are thrilled with the folks who have pledged to host a table,” stated Mindy Tate, Executive Director for Franklin Tomorrow. “We also have organizations, such as churches and nonprofits, who have stated they will be Super Hosts by hosting more than one table.
“To help in preparation for the October 30 event, we need people interested in becoming host to register through this link by September 27th.”
We know not everyone can commit to serve as a host, but there’s plenty of room at the table for you to join one or more conversations. You can make an early RSVP at http://www.franklintomorrow.org/onthetable and then we will contact you with more details as Oct. 30 draws closer.
The important thing is to find a way to participate in On the Table initiative!
Mary Lee Bennett, Tim Murphy, Jim Roberts, Mindy Tate, Allena Bell, and Patrick Baggett
Team leading On the Table
Franklin Tomorrow Board members Patrick Baggett, Allena Bell, Mary Lee Bennett, and Jim Roberts are serving as co-chairs of the On the Table initiative.
What is On the Table?
On the Table is a one-day opportunity for the people of Franklin to gather in small groups around a table with friends, neighbors, colleagues and maybe even a few people meeting for the first time, to share a meal and have a real conversation about what’s important. Tuesday, October 30, has been selected as the official date.
Email them to email@example.com and we will include some in our Facebook Live chat on Tuesday, Sept. 18, at 2 p.m.!
If you sign up as a host at the kickoff event at Breakfast With the Mayors, your guests will be assigned to your table from those who register for Breakfast With the Mayors.
This event normally draws 350-400 people, but we hope to host as many as 500 people on Oct. 30.
If you host a private event in your home or business, the guest list is up to you, but we ask that you ensure that each guest has signed up through the On the Table portal to ensure they have the chance to take the online survey.
If you’re unsure about who to invite, start with people you know – friends, family, colleagues, and neighbors.
You may consider reaching out to a larger community by co-hosting your event with a local church or nonprofit and making it public. Consider asking your guests to bring a friend or invite people from your network who don’t already know one another.
Hosts are encouraged to be creative. The priority is to create an atmosphere conducive to meaningful conversation – a potluck in your dining room, a picnic in a nearby park, a gathering at a neighborhood restaurant, or a backyard barbecue are just some of the many possibilities.
Plan on a 45- to 60-minute conversation and leave 15 minutes at the end so you and your guests can fill out an online survey.