Hello hikers... The end of the year is fast approaching and it has been quite eventful. So far this year our club has logged close to 60 hikes (and counting) with each hike averaging about 5-10 miles each! Unfortunately This is also the time Meetup requests that their bills be paid. Meetup charges $144/ year if you prepay in 6 month intervals. Of this amount less than 1/4 of this is covered by members donating $5 annually so the remainder of the fees are out of pocket for the organizer. Attempts in the past to raise money for the group included charging annual memberships and charging a per hike fee to recover the costs. These approaches were abandoned because it seemed petty to charge a few dollars every hike and also, the participation levels dropped... The goal of the club is to provide opportunities for hikes where everyone can join in and participate who normally don't get a chance to experience the beautiful nature of Georgia and to provide a chance to meet others and make new friends with those that have the same interests.
That being said, I'm asking everybody to step up and support the group by RSVP'ing to this event. When you RSVP you'll be making a $5 donation to the club's dues. If you'd like to donate more, just RSVP +(Whatever Number) and it will calculate the fee ( $5 x total RSVP's). Only a valid credit card is needed.
So please, If you enjoy the group activities and would like to see Hike Georgia remain an active group on Meetup please donate to the cause.
Thanks in advance and I hope everyone has an awesome Christmas and New Year!