|Sent on:||Wednesday, July 4, 2012 11:18 PM|
Hope you're all having a fun 4th!
Our four group organizers (Lisa, Swetha, Alex and I) got together last week and decided to make a couple of changes to the group, and I also wanted to send out some clarifications/reminders.
First, we've changed the group settings to 'private'.
This is just a bit of a precaution so only members can see where and when we are meeting. Potential members won't be able to see everything on the site before joining, but we didn't think that would really affect new memberships.
Second, we've decided to establish a policy regarding event no-shows. They are a drag for the event host, the restaurant manager, and the members who do attend. So we'll be keeping track of meetup RSVPs and attendance. Life happens so everyone will get two free passes, but anyone who flakes three times will be dropped from the group.
A reminder: since this is a vegetarian/vegan group, it should go without saying that all of our events are entirely meat and seafood free for all members and guests.
-The first game night meetup at Alex's house was really popular, so we now plan to have them on a quarterly basis! The next one will be posted soon.
-We talked about several other possible events: cooking classes at someone's house, pizza-making party, documentary (like Vegucated) showing at the USC Green Quad, a pool party at my neighborhood clubhouse (I'm looking into rental for the day), road trips to Charlotte veg*n friendly restaurants, hikes, volunteer visits to farm animal sanctuaries and more. I also think we should run some 'campaigns' to get local restaurants to offer more veg-friendly options.
If you have an idea or would like to host a meetup, just email one of the organizers!! Or if you would like to take a leadership role in the group and become an organizer, please let me know!
-I finally deleted the Earth Fare cooking class from the site. I kept hoping it would come together, but evidently the employee who was willing to work with our group is no longer there. My hope is that the new Whole Foods will be able to host some classes for us and/or allow us to have potlucks at the store. My impression of WF is that they are more community-minded, so we'll see!
-There was some discussion on Facebook (my personal page) about including animal welfare activities in Columbia Veg. The consensus was that animal issues are important to many of us so we should continue the way we have been. Of course, not every event will appeal equally to everyone, and that's ok.
It would be great to have a separate animal rights group in this area. At this point I'm not able time-wise to really organize it, though I would certainly help. If you're interested in starting an AR group please let me know and we can talk about the possibilities.
Looking forward to seeing a bunch of you at the BBQ on the 14th! If you haven't posted what you are bringing yet, please do soon.