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Do you know how many points you have accumulated so far with this group??

From: Sally
Sent on: Wednesday, September 5, 2012 3:51 AM

("A Momiji Leaf" by Komugi-san  May 2010)

 

Dear members,

 

I came up with the following "Point System" two years ago and since then I've contacted eligible members privately to attend a meetup without fee payment.  I think it's about time to re-announce it to the group as there are many newer members.

 

http://www.meetup.com/LACooking/messages/boards/thread/9261925

 

In a nutshell,

-You get 1 point for each meetup you have attended. If your attendance history says you have attended 5 meetups so far, you instantly have 5 points.

-You also gain 3 points if you have made (or will make) suggested donation (thank you!).

-You earn 5 points if you hosted a meetup at your place (thank you so much, it's a lot of work!)

-You lose 2 points for each no-show you have on your record.

And if you accumulate 10 points, your next meetup is on me. If it's a cooking lesson you want to attend, you don't have to pay the fee. If it's a dining-out meetup, you will get a voucher of $15 from me sent by email. You can use that voucher for the next dining-out meetup (please let me know beforehand though so that I can prepare) and you can subtract $15 from your bill (I'll cover) or you can use it at a later event and the voucher is good for a year.

....This is just a small token of my appreciation for your continuous support and interest in my group.  The source of the redemption fund is of course members' donation.  Thank you so much for making a suggested donation throughout the year (and in a row, too!))

Right now I just don't have time to calculate each member's points, so please check yourself, and if you're eligible, please contact me so that you can attend the next meetup on me))

 

Now I'm dying to know how many members qualify to attend a free meetup!))

 

Thank you again for your participation and involvement.  Hope to see you again soon!

 

Best,

 

Sally

 

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Dear members,


Hope you're having a great weekend.

After having so many brainstorm sessions with my own brains, mind, heart and soul, I came to a conclusion that the current system of three-strike rule is not really working for me, and I decided to abolish it by replacing it with a new system.


It's like a reward system which I feel more comfortable and happy with and I believe would be more beneficial for members and effective for me to deal with no-shows.

 

OK, the reason why I'm doing this is stated below that you can read later, but let me explain how it works:

-Just like any points system, you accumulate (or lose) points through activities as a member of this group. After reaching 10 points your next meetup is free or discounted.  
You can check your past attendance record on your profile.

 

-You get 1 point for each meetup you have attended.  If your attendance history says you have attended 5 meetups so far, you instantly have 5 points.

 

-You also gain 3 points if you have made (or will make) suggested donation (thank you!).

 

-You earn 5 points if you hosted a meetup at your place (thank you so much, it's a lot of work!)

 

-You lose 2 points for each no-show you have on your record.

 

And if you accumulate 10 points, your next meetup is on me.  If it's a cooking lesson you want to attend, you don't have to pay the fee.  If it's a dining-out meetup, you will get a voucher of $15 from me sent by email.  You can use that voucher for the next dining-out meetup (please let me know beforehand though so that I can prepare) and you can subtract $15 from your bill (I'll cover) or you can use it at a later event and the voucher is good for a year.

 

Hope you like it.  And I bet you'll have many questions.  Shoot me an email and I'll answer....

 

I know it's not a perfect system yet, but I want to start it today and feel better.

 

Thanks and have a wonderful weekend.

 

Sincerely,

 

Sally
*********************

I just had a meetup going to a German deli and a Swedish bakery in Northern Glendale today.  The food was great and the company was lovely, and I enjoyed listening to members talking so enthusiastically about food.  It was very nice to see again that we have so much passion in common... on food!!

 

And there were several members who couldn't make it because of the true emergencies and also others who didn't show up without contacting me.  What made me especially happy was that  I had a chance to meet a member finally in person for the very first time after communicating via emails many times for two and a half years!!  Glad I've kept organizing the group.

 

When it comes to dealing with no-shows or last-minute cancellations, there are many other organizers who try to control the issue by strictly enforcing some kind of rules, and I have that rule too - the three-strike rule that would kick you out of the group if you have three no-shows.

 

However, the implementation of that rule was not really by me in the first place... I still remember the meetup we had at a member's house.. It was more like those members' unanimous vote...they talked me nicely into having some kind of regulations as they saw me losing lots of money by covering for no-shows.  It was clearly not fair either for the members who really wanted to come but couldn't because the spots were not available for them.

 

But, actually it has never been my style to do things this way.  It never felt natural to me and to be very honest, I was feeling awkward.

 

Usually I don't like to "punish" or "threaten" as a way of discipline... I try to talk it out more or give more chances hoping they will get a clue on their own someday, and yes, because of that, some members repeatedly have expressed frustration of me being very lenient or ineffective and left...

 

But I really couldn't change the way I was.... So, even though I had this three-strike rule, I wasn't really enforcing it. In other words, it wasn't working for me and I wasn't feeling too good about it all the time.

 

So, why keep the system which is not working for me or which I don't feel comfortable with?  This is my group and I should have a system that works best for me. Who cares how other organizers are organizing their own groups?! lol  And I was always thinking about an alternative system.

 

Then it came to me finally during my job assignment in Sacramento...

 

As you know I had been traveling back and forth between Sacramento and Los Angeles until recently. Because of the frequent travel, I was accumulating miles and points on travel or airline or hotel sites, and really enjoying the benefit of point system or frequent flyer or traveler system, whatever called. And I thought about having the same kind of system for my group.

 

What about you accumulate points every time you come to my meetups?  You also gain point if you make suggested donation.  But if you have no-show, you lose points.  And after you accumulate enough points, your next meetup is free on me.   Then this would somehow take care of no-shows by discouraging it hopefully, while it encourages new members to come and existing members who used to come all the time but took a break for whatever reason to return as I honor their past records....

 

I don't think this is a perfect solution, but I think it's worthwhile testing.  Above all, I feel more comfortable and happier with this new system than the disciplinary system since the new system is clearly an expression of my gratitude to the members who keep coming to the meetups. Thank you very much!

 

So.... let me start from today.  You can check your attendance record on your profile. I give 1 point to each meetup you have attended.  You also get 2 points if you made suggested donation.  You earn 5 points if you hosted a meetup at your place (thank you so much, it's a lot of work and time consuming!)   You lose 2 points for each no-show you have.  And if you accumulate 10 points, your next meetup is on me.  If it's cooking lesson, you don't have to pay the fee.  If it's dining out meetup, you will get a voucher of $15 from me sent by email.  You can use that voucher for the next dining out meetup (please let me know beforehand) so you can subtract $15 from your bill or you can use it to a later event and the voucher is good for a year.

 

Again, I might change the details later, but let me get it started now.  I miss seeing members who I haven't seen for a long time for whatever reasons.

 

Just like the attached photo of a new leaf, I want to refresh and start something different with a renewed spirit.  Hope you like it.  And I know you'll have a lot of questions.  Feel free to email me.

 

Thank you again for your interest and support, it means a lot to me.

 

Have a nice weekend,

 

Love,

 

Sally

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