David, it's been a year since MCC established a page on FaceBook. There has not been much of a reaction to it in that time. There certaily is no preference to FaceBook over this message board, at least not by any significant number of club members.
My original idea was simply to use FaceBook to promote the club, not as a primary form of communication for the club. To some small extent that has happened.
The Mackinaw Canoe Club decided some time ago to stop publishing a newsletter and trip book. I believe the main reasons for that decision were the cost of producing the newsletter ( printing and postage ) and the labor/time it took for editing.
For decades the newsletter and trip book had been the primary form of communicating with the club membership. Now that the newsletter is gone, the club is searching for a better way to communicate with the membership. This message board is one of the few resources the club was left with ( the web site had been more or less taken down years ago and is no longer very active ). The problem is, not very many club members have chosen to register with this message board and they don't seem to be using it.
The only other way the club has been communicating for the past few years is with mass e-mails sent out by Frank Black. Those messages are effective and have kept the club going, but it is a cumbersome and slow type of communication. The club has been trying to figure out a better way to communicate, but so far no good solutions have been found.
One big challenge is that many club members seem unwilling to try something new or are not very tech savy. This is a tough challenge. You,can not force people to do something they don't want to or are unable for any reason to do.
If you have any ideas as to how the club can communicate better with it's membership, please feel free to post those suggestions here. I further encourage any one to contact one of the club officers with your ideas, opinions, or questions.
Danno / aka Dan Faust
That's my story and I'm sticking to it!