The Waterloo Coin Society (WCS) is the latest coin club to transition to a virtual meeting space in a bid to continue operations during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The club’s executive committee usually meets in person every other month to plan upcoming member meetings, which are held on the second Tuesday of each month, as well as to review WCS finances and its annual Cambridge Coin Show, among other matters. But with ongoing restrictions stifling social gatherings since mid-March, club officials have begun using WebEx, a free online meeting and collaboration platform.
“Many people have heard of Zoom, which allows people to do a big group video chat,” said WCS Secretary Peter Becker, who’s also the club’s newsletter editor. “WebEx is basically the same, but better.”
Using WebEx, the executive committee recently hosted a virtual meeting “with most members present,” Becker added.
“Some people had their webcams going and we were also able to share content from our computer so that members could follow along with the agenda and see details from the financial report,” he said, adding the group also experimented with online voting. “The executive was satisfied with how things went and we are planning to host future meetings in the same way, possibly even after conditions return to normal.”