I did a little 4H when I was a kid, also soccer, track, theater.... Somehow it was possible despite no WWW, cell phones, FB, email.
I guess it pretty much isn't anymore, even for something like 4H which seems to (or at least used to) value things (animals, plants, nature) that may be in many ways the opposite of what FB or similar social media communication values are. As I recall, times and days were standard, important announcements given at prior meeting. People knew that if there was an emergency or flooding or snow causing schools to be closed (announced on radio--and generally visible or apparent in other ways) that the activity would not happen either. If there was a National holiday on the activity day, it was known it would be skipped. It seems like all the current rapid communication possible has actually caused an over-all greater level of difficulty and time wasting, not so much real help.
I have a mixed response to this post. Here's my over/under:
Again, FB or any social media can just be a tool. I follow FB pages and groups that are about music, nature study with children, Waldorf crafts, almanac, plant and tree study, so my FB news feed can be as placid, peaceful, and "values" driven as I'd like. I could ignore all of that to follow celebrity gossip, talk radio hosts, and political pundits, but I'm in the driver's seat.
I agree with you that there is too much pivoting in every single activity we're all involved with now - it WAS simpler, clearer, and more effective in the good ol' days. I agree 100%. I think the extra fancy footwork about constantly accommodating everybody's whims and schedules has not simplified anything, even if the intent is to include more people. It's just exasperating. Back when the deal was "every second Tuesday at 4, at the same place, there will be an update ONLY if there will be a very rare cancellation of the event" - you got there or you didn't. You knew if you wanted the news and information, you needed to be present.
But I don't reckon there's any going back. I've been the secretary for a not-for-profit that is committed to simple schedules and communication (nothing's changed since 1975), and I run a business now. People will not LET you be simple about it. They'll ring your phone off the hook or blow up your email inbox, wanting special attention and restatement of information that is readily accessible (and they know it).
Which is what the thread is about, I guess. If families would calm down, streamline their schedules a wee bit, and take personal responsibility, then we could run things more simply again.