Please reference the posts on Facebook and Chicago-SF.org to discuss how to keep this group alive.
As Dancing Bob posted, our long term server at D&B, Stephanie, has taken a job elsewhere. In her goodbyes, she made mention that D&B would probably not be the best place for the meet up going forward. I tend to agree. The numbers have been dwindling for sometime as the larger presences within the group find themselves unable to attend, for whatever reason.
The secondary effect, or perhaps the primary effect, of the dwindling numbers is the loss of funds that came from the meetup. As most were aware, any overage beyond what was necessary for the bill and generous tip would go to support the operating costs of the group. Namely this board and a membership on Meetup dot com. As of last month there was no more money to pay those bills.
This means that at some point in the near future, unless funds are raised by some other means, this board and the meetup page are going to go away.
I tried to keep things going in hopes that more help and more people would show an interest, but then life stepped up with a (very necessary) job. Unfortunately a job very far from home with an alternative schedule from normal business hours. This means I have very little contact with most members of the group and am completely unable to attend the monthly meetups.
I am uncertain of James's plans, he declined to find me at Windycon and has had very little contact.
At this point, I am going to suggest a total migration to facebook, which has the drawback of being more insular, easier to segregate and harder to use in the same way as this board. But has the benefit of being easy to share. And being free. I would like to give moderator access to whomever is going to organize the bookclub meeting so invitations can be made which can more easily include everyone in the group. I will discuss giving mod access to anyone who speaks to me about organizing other events, or they may request that I post the invite.
The floor is now open.
Please tell me your ideas, questions, comments, concerns.