Quite simply... Meetup.com isn’t free!
It costs about $230 a year (19.00 per month) to list events on Meetup.
This does not include the costs in other areas associated with being an organizer (name badges, business cards, decorative items, door prizes, etc) (There
are ways to get this fee reduced, say...by pre-paying on your credit
card for 6 months in advance, having multitudes of groups... but if
you are a new organizer looking to start up one group and pay for one
month to test-drive that group, it is $19.00/month and if you
multiply that by 12 = $228.00)
Many of the events I plan are free for you to join us in-- like the Pot Luck Picnics and concerts at Grant Park, the Holiday Parties, most festival type events, and for for specific groups of mine... dancing, kite flying, fire dance performances, the sharing of hot mulled cider at the Holiday Lights Festivals, etc.
I try very hard to plan events that you all will enjoy, while trying to keep them budget friendly for you. I have given you heads up when I have heard of a great deal, have distributed FREE advanced movie screening passes, coupons for free articles of clothing, free meals, and other handy discounts. Point being, I actively try and look out for my groups.
I am not in meetup to make a profit. This is not a business or revenue generator. I do however feel that the group should be self-supporting. (which it has not been)
There is a donation button which was mentioned at the time you joined, and if you paid at that time, I say 'Thank You'. (and we are not asking for payment for this year from you)
For those of you who haven't yet made payment I am requesting $2 to be paid annually via this Virtual Calendar Event (created to make payment easier and to recognize those who have paid)
Please RSVP 'YES' with your $2 by the end of the month. It would be a shame to see the group fold if we do not raise enough dues to cover our meetup.com fees.
Any surplus would be funneled back into the group and used toward future events. At this time, we are going to end the year in the red so there is no surplus.
Thanks for understanding and paying your contribution at your earliest convenience. If you are unsure if you are paid you can check your profile here and see for sure.
Again, if you have paid, Thank You, you can just ignore this. THERE WILL BE NO PHYSICAL MEETING, this is just the best way to collect the $2 and keep a record of it.
May you find peace, happiness, good health and prosperity in your life!
Catt aka Playful