AC21 Technical Information for Members

Due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 North Alabama Annual Conference will be a virtual meeting with satellite venues for those without reliable internet capabilities in their area.

We have contracted with GNTV Media Ministry, our annual conference partner for over 20 years and experts in this field, to help us produce this year’s online Annual Conference.

The Clergy Executive and Laity Sessions, as well as the Business Plenary Sessions, will take place online through a Zoom Webinar. Voting will use an online voting system run by GNTV.

All Zoom links and voting credentials will be shared with Annual Conference participants through email on June 1. If you are not receiving Conference emails please contact Conference Registrar Doris McCullers at dmccullers@umcna.org or 205-226-7950 or Conference Director of Communication Danette Clifton at dclifton@umcna.org or 205-226-7973.

Equipment

Zoom Webinar:

The Sessions of the 2021 North Alabama Annual Conference will happen through a Zoom Webinar. To participate you will need the following:

  • an internet connected device (computer, tablet or smartphone)
  • an internet connection
  • speakers – built-in, plug-in or wireless Bluetooth
  • microphone – built-in, plug-in or wireless Bluetooth or a phone line if you wish to join the discussion of a motion

 

You will want to download the Zoom Desktop Client on a desktop or laptop computer (Windows, macOS, and Linux) or the Zoom application on a tablet and smartphone (Surface Pro, iOS, Android or Blackberry). To download Zoom go to www.zoom.us/download.
 

Online Voting:

Voting will use an online voting system run by GNTV. It is recommended you have a second internet-connected device (computer, tablet, smartphone, e-reader) to use for online voting. Voting can happen on the same device as the Zoom Webinar, it will just take skill in switching between internet windows. Thus, a second device will be easier to navigate for most participants. Any internet-connected device with a web browser (e.g. Android phone, iPhone, iPad, Surface tablet, Nook, Fire, etc.) should work.

After producing a large number of virtual Annual Conferences in 2020, GNTV has taken the feedback they received and improved their online voting system.

Some of the changes this year include the following:

  1. Voters will now only need to input their Voter ID one time. They will log in to the site and then vote on all eligible ballots.
  2. Only active voter IDs will be able to log in to the site. This will eliminate invalid ballots due to typos.
  3. People can only vote on ballots that they are eligible for. This will eliminate the majority of the invalid ballots we saw last year.
  4. Voters will not have to enter a Ballot Code for each vote, this happens automatically.
  5. There is a new feature called “Get Recognized.” This is a link to a submission form for members to be able to quickly make motions and respond about the business before the conference. This form is available even if someone is not logged in to the site, so non-voting members who have voice privilege during business sessions can access it.

 

GNTV Downloadable Tips / Cheat Sheets

 

 

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