NOTE FROM MARSHA (Organizer of Friends Travel With Friends Meetup)
I originally formed Friends Travel With Friends informally in 2009 in my efforts to invite friends to travel with me so I did not have to travel by myself. A few years ago Verona asked me to start up the Friends Travel With Friends Meetup. Verona, Penny, and I have worked on this Meetup site with over 100 great events resulting. I want to thank Verona and Penny for their efforts associated with the Friends Travel With Friends Meetup. We are now transitioning into two separate groups.
The full message about the transition will also be posted on the “About Us”, “Pages”, and “Message Board” pages of the Meetup site. With this restructuring, the operation of these Meetups should become more efficient. You may now consider joining one or both of the two new groups with names selected severally by each of us:
1.“Active Friends Travel With Friends of the World” presented by Verona and
2. “Friends Travel With Friends - VA/MD/DC and the World 50+” presented by Marsha.
Verona’s new Meetup site can be found at http://www.meetup.com/ACTIVE-FRIENDS-TRAVEL-WITH-FRIENDS-OF-THE-WORLD/?scroll=true
Marsha’s new Meetup site can be found at http://www.meetup.com/Friends-Travel-With-Friends-VA-MD-DC-and-the-World-50-Plus/
Both these groups are an outgrowth of the current Friends Travel With Friends Meetup. Members may choose whichever group(s) meets their needs and we want you to be served appropriately. We appreciate the support for the original Friends Travel With Friends Meetup by so many interested Members over the last few years.
During the transition, Members can contact Marsha, Verona, and Penny just as you always have through the individual Meetups events listed on the Friends Travel with Friends Meetup site and additionally through the new sites. The original Friends Travel With Friends site will remain until most of its events phase out and is expected to phase out completely by the end of July 2016. Each Event Organizer/Hostess is solely responsible for her events/activities. It is important that you direct your inquiries about specific events to the correct person responsible for that event.
Again, we want to encourage you to sign up for the new sites because we anticipate that the latest details for new Meetup events may eventually only be posted on the new sites. We don’t want you to miss out on upcoming new activities.
We also want to assure all members that there will be no interruption for those who have signed up with payment for the trips presented by Verona (aka Traveller). The Friends Travel With Friends site will direct you during the transition to Verona’s new site “Active Friends Travel With Friends of the World” site. People signing up in the future should do so through the new site. It is preferred that those already signed up for those activities should begin communicating through the new site.
We thank all Members of Friends Travel With Friends for their support in our efforts to provide fun trips and events over these past few years. We could not have done it without you. We look forward to seeing you in the future through the new Meetup sites.
Who We Are
Seasoned (Aged 50 Years Plus - younger traveler welcomed too) travelers meet and greet to make friends; plan upcoming trips; share information about trips taken; experience new ethic foods; explore other cultures; share hot deals for travel opportunities; and find travel companions. Three experienced travelers (Marsha, Verona, and Penny) will organize the meetings and manage the group/site. If you are new to travel, learn from those who have gone before you. Don't be afraid to travel. You don't have to travel alone. Travel with us.
We have many Meet Up Events listed. Please click to see them all! You can host an event too. The more participation we have, the better this group will be.
We are happy to have everyone join the group. The experiences within the group will be enriched by full participation by many. However, the Organizers reserve the right to drop individuals from the group for lack of participation, inappropriate behavior, and actions not in the best interests of the group. That decision will made by the Organizers. Additionally, new members must abide by the Cost of Becoming a Member, Photo, Limitations on Use of Member Contact Information, Liability Waiver and Guidelines for Hosts policies and all subsequent future policies to be described below.
Cost of Becoming a Member
There is no set fee for membership in this Meetup group. Organizers pay the required semi-annual Meetup dues to maintain the site and do the work to provide a variety of activities for the enjoyment of everybody. Organizers will plan and execute the details of group events as best as can be done. However, some circumstances may develop that are beyond their control. Good members will appreciate those efforts with understanding when circumstances beyond control arise.
For consistency, new members failing to submit a photo of himself or herself may be sent the following message:
“We are happy that you have joined our travel group. In order to continue to be a part of this group, it is mandatory that you upload a current profile photo of yourself so that all members of this group can see who will be joining them on these events (in all fairness to the other members who have uploaded their photos). Please do so within the next two days, otherwise, we will have no choice but to disallow your membership.”
Photos of pets and cute animals, cartoons, beautiful landscapes, flowers, etc. are not acceptable photographs. Photos prior to an event really do help when groups gather to verify that those who have indicated the desire to participate in an event have shown up.
Organizers may disallow membership at any time even without the said notification outlined in the first paragraph of this section. If you are dropped for violation of the photo policy and subsequently are able to provide an acceptable photo, you may apply for membership again. Please understand that tracking compliance with this photo policy can become a time consuming administrative task. If you are dropped for violating this policy, it should not be taken personally. It is only fair that everybody comply equally.
Limitations on Use of Member Contact Information
This group is not made available by Organizers for others to use for promoting interests outside this group.
The main purpose of the Meetup group is to bring people together who have a passion for travel to share their travel stories and develop deep friendships that might result in them traveling together individually or within a scheduled group. Organizers will offer travel opportunities for the group - both near and far.
Guidelines for Event Hosts
There may be times that Organizers will allow other people to host events. Such events must be submitted for review/approval. If you wish to host an event, please submit description of the event for review..
1) All events must be submitted to me and be approved by the organizers (Organizer and two Co-Organizers) before being posted by one of us.
2) As the "Umbrella" Organizer, I reserve the right to delete events I deem not appropriate. These include but are not limited to:
-Unapproved Parties in private homes.
-High risk activities (e.g., rock climbing, boating).
-Advertisements masquerading as Meetups.
-Events promoting one’s personal business for personal gain.
-Events requiring members to pay any kind of money to Event Hosts as opposed to Organizers. Some events may require a fee. Non-Organizer Event Hosts may have Members pay that fee to the third party (for example, member will buy food at a restaurant or member will buy ticket to an event). (See Item 3 below.)
-Events cross posted from other Meetup groups by Event Hosts.
-Meetups that automatically repeat.
-Meetups with absentee Event Hosts or with none or vague info as to how to find the Event Host & group.
3) Meetup does not allow Event Hosts to collect money through Meetup. Furthermore, I prohibit offline payments to Event Hosts. Only Organizers/Co-Organizers, on some occasions, are allowed to schedule events involving collection of money. This will be on rare occasions and only when absolutely necessary to allow participation by all in the event. Any exchange of money by members, other than with Organizers, is outside of the Friends Travel With Friends Meetup group and all risks are strictly assumed by the parties involved.
We are happy to have you join us on our Meetup events. By signing up for a Friends Travel With Friends event you are agreeing to the terms of the Liability Waiver in the Pages section of this Meetup and will conduct yourself in a way that is mindful and considerate of the health, safety, and welfare of yourself and other participants in the Friends Travel With Friends Meetup activity.
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