Re: [Detroit-Drunken-Historical-Society] Should we charge for events?

From: Mary
Sent on: Sunday, February 2, 2014 4:01 PM

I think the financial and practical pitfalls of collecting a fee were nicely outlined in a previous posting.
 
One easy tweak would be to require that someone hosting an event define the place, date and time before they post it.  I often RSVP to something I am interested in and then later when the details are defined I may have to change the RSVP because they don't work for me.  I notice most of the things I am interested in at DDHS have no details defined.
 
I have found that the system sometimes won't let me change an RSVP the day of the event.
 
As DDHS has grown many of the events have been overcrowded.  In fact I decided to change my RSVP and not go to the Beer talk because I couldn't get there an hour early to get a seat and I didn't want to get squeezed into a SRO corner where I couldn't hear,  much less eat or drink. Turns out that was a wise decision.
 
I have also walked out of DDHS events because they were over capacity.
 
It actually seems a bit strange that a discussion of no-shows is springing from an event that was over capacity.  If the no-shows had arrived they would not have gotten in anyway.
 
Most meetup groups have no-show issues but a fee does not seem to help.
 
There is also the consideration of how much management energy is available to manage a volunteer effort.
----- Original Message -----
From: Tim Reade
Sent: Sunday, February 02,[masked]:49 PM
Subject: Re: [Detroit-Drunken-Historical-Society] Should we charge for events?

I think Meet- up already cancels people with two no-shows.  I was on the wait list for the Stroh's event ( thought I had registered in Dec.), the email saying I  was approved came at 5 p.m. when I had already made other plans.  I hope I don't get bounced!

I agree there should be a way to have members keep some skin in the game, I like the idea of a small registration charge.  Maybe there could be a 50/50 raffle at the site, with half the pot going to an attendee and the other to a charity or DDH.


On Sun, Feb 2, 2014 at 1:59 PM, Angelique Meiu <[address removed]> wrote:
If the point is to minimize no-shows that have RSVP'd yes, perhaps you can take attendance/register members at events and if a member is a no-show at two or more events, simply remove them from the group.   I think an annual membership fee is fine, but I'm not in favor of paying to attend a specific event.  

On Jan 31, 2014, at 10:43 AM, Brian Mulloy <[address removed]> wrote:

Hello History Lovers,

We're looking for your help. We have a vision to make Detroit Drunken Historical Society one of the most compelling ways to learn about Detroit history.

So, we are trying to constantly improve our events.

One of the questions we're considering is whether we should charge for events in order to better predict attendance and to guarantee members a spot.

Would you please let us know your thoughts?

Here is a quick, 6-question anonymous survey: 
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/RVFNBXQ

Best,
Brian Mulloy





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