Sunday, August 24, 2008 7:50 PM
After much thought, conversation and consideration, the Chandler-Gilbert Wine Meetup will be converting to a fee for membership group. The main reason for this is financial, obviously. As the Organizer and founder, of course I expected to have initial out-of-pocket expenses to start the group. But as time has gone on, those expenses continue to add up. (I tallied my personal monetary outlay so far and since I started the group 2 years and 4 months ago, it?s over $[masked]).
These expenses include glasses (at least one or more break every month), name tags, charms, wine openers, markers, meetup fees (there is a yearly fee to be an organizer), travel to meet with the prospective venue, and people who don?t show up to events for which we have had to prepay (yes, it?s true-I have had to pay the restaurant for people that did not show up!).
The fee will be $12 annually per person registered (think of it as $1/month). The site will be configured so that the fee is required for registration for future members. I will be collecting the fee via Paypal, since Meetup does not have Amazon enabled for that purpose. If you absolutely must pay by cash, then you may pay at the September 10th event (Bar Tepo). If you are currently a member, you will be required to pay by September 15th. If our decision to add membership dues means that you no longer wish to be a part of the group, I regret that but understand, too. Please let me know if that is the case right away and I will remove you from the listing, (or you can easily remove yourself). As of October 1st, those people who still have not paid or contacted me regarding payment will be removed from the group. The membership fee will be implemented immediately for new registrants.
If you choose to leave the group and then change your mind and want to rejoin, you may do so at any time and simply pay the fee.
I sincerely hope each of you chooses to stay in the group, but again, if not, I understand.