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LAWS - Los Angeles Women's Social Meetup Group Message Board LAWS - Policies, Guidelines & Tips › LAWS POLICIES AND GUIDELINES - PLEASE READ!!


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Beth R
Group Organizer
Los Angeles, CA
Post #: 264
Please read and revisit this page whenever you need a refresher. Be sure you understand how LAWS works so you can get the most out of it.


LAWS frequently has events where attendance is limited to a specific number of people due to space considerations. Usually this is because of the need to make restaurant reservations or because someone has opened her home to an event.

There is nothing more disheartening for myself and the LAWS Assistant Organizers than to put together an event, get there, and then find that only five people have showed up for a reserved table of eight! What's just as bad are those late cancellations (within a couple of hours of the event) when it is too late to take any corrective action. Keep in mind as well that there are frequently people on the wait list who would have been delighted to take those empty seats!

No-showing is not cool! It is not considerate! Nor is it acceptable! So here is our No-Show/Late Cancellation Policy -- and it will be diligently observed.

No-Show/Late Cancellation is defined as failing to attend an event for which you have RSVP’d ‘yes’ and for which you have not called, emailed or changed the RSVP to ‘no’ within two hours of the start time of the event. No-Show/Late Cancellation status only applies to limited-attendance events, not open-attendance events.

-- The first time you No-Show or Late Cancel, you get a warning.
-- The second time, you are not allowed to RSVP for an event for a month.
-- The third time, you are blackballed for three months.
-- If you do it again, you're removed as a member.

Note also that individual LAWS AOs may choose to establish their own stricter no-show or late cancellation policies for specific events, that could have additional consequences where that AO’s future events are concerned. You need to read event descriptions from beginning to end to see if additional restrictions are in effect!

Note also that special extenuating circumstances that lead to a No-Show or Late Cancellation may be taken into account at the discretion of the LAWS Organizer.


When a limited-attendance event fills up, it is usually closed to further RSVPs so we can put our standard wait list procedure into effect as follows.

1. If you wish to be on the wait list, choose the "waiting list" RSVP option.

2. When/if spaces open up, we'll fill them with those on the wait list by changing your RSVP to 'yes' for you. You will then get a notice that your RSVP was changed.

3. IMPORTANT: When you receive the notice, do one of two things:
*If you can make the event, go to the event description page, click on the "Change your mind about attending?" link, and type "confirmed" or something similar in the RSVP comment box.
*If you can't make the event, change your RSVP to 'no'


The best way to hook up with another member is to add a Comment to your RSVP to that effect. One problem with this method, though, is that not all members who have already RSVP'd will return to the event description page and see your comment. So ...

The next best way to hook up with another member is to check the profiles of those who RSVP'd 'yes' to see what area they live in. Then email any potential carpool buddies to see if they are interested. To email, click the envelope icon next to their name.


I frequently get requests from LAWS members (and others) to post notices or host events which advertise or promote services or products, often with a discount for LAWS members. I feel strongly that the LAWS network not be used for purely commercial purposes but I also don't want to deprive LAWS members of offers and opportunities that may be of interest.

Announcements or events will be disallowed if they ...

1. Require payment from LAWS members


2. Allow the poster/host to profit directly from LAWS members.

Examples from recent posts or requests to post:

OKAY: LAWS member posts about employment opportunities. This is okay because the LAWS member who responds is not required to pay or purchase anything.

NOT OKAY: LAWS member offers a discount to other LAWS members for a product she sells or a service she provides. This is not okay because there is a purchase involved from which the poster will profit (discount notwithstanding).

OKAY: LAWS member offers discount tickets she has purchased to other LAWS members (including service charges/handling fees that she has had to pay) at no profit to herself.

NOT OKAY: LAWS member offers discount tickets she has purchased to other LAWS members and charges her own service charge/handling fee (above and beyond mailing expenses). This is not okay because the poster is making a profit on the transaction.

OKAY: LAWS member posts about a charity event that costs money to participate in. As long as the poster is not receiving any compensation, this is okay.

Please note that I am not a lawyer and it is possible, even probable, that I've left a bunch of loopholes. I will have to take each case on an individual basis and use my best judgment to decide which posts/events are appropriate and which are not.

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Beth R
Group Organizer
Los Angeles, CA
Post #: 370
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LAWS has become so large that we now have six Lisa's in the group (including two Lisa J's!), five members named Sandra/Sandy, five Julie/Julia's, and many fours (Barbara, Patricia, Karen, Ruth), threes and twos. There are two simple things you can do to make it SO much easier for us to organize even more and better events: Use a distinct Meetup name and post your picture. Here's how to do both.

To change your Meetup name, just go to any Meetup page and at the top right of the page, click on Account. Then click on the link next to your name that says "change" and change your name to something more distinctive (unless you know you're a one-of-a-kind). In most cases, a last initial will do it. Another possibility is how Assistant Organizer Sunny distinguishes herself from blond Sunny: she changed her Meetup name to SuNny. Anyway, the possibilities are endless and it's so simple to do.

Uploading a picture is almost as easy and will help us to identify you at events as well as helping those of us who are memory challenged to remember who you are! First you need to have a picture ready to upload. If you don't already have a digital picture of yourself, just have a friend take one with a digital camera and email it to you.

Once you have the picture on your desktop and ready to upload, go back to your Account page and click on the link that says "Manage Photos". On the "Manage your photos" page, click on the link that says, "Choose file" which should be next to this text: "Upload a new photo and make it your main photo." That will open a window into your computer so you can navigate to the picture file that's on your desktop and choose it (or double-click on it). Then click submit and you're done! What could be easier?


LAWS is basically a loosely-knit group of women who are interested in sharing LAWS activities with other women. For that reason, LAWS events are just for women by default. However ... the Organizers may occasionally designate any specific event as open to male guests. If any of us choose to do so, that fact will be clearly stated in the event description. If you see no such statement, assume men are not welcome.

Keep in mind that when we're writing up event descriptions, we often don't even think about this issue. So if you see an event where you think it might be okay to bring a male guest (such as an event at a public place where there will be men anyway), you can always email whichever of us organized the event and ask. If the response you get is 'no', please respect that decision. It is completely at the discretion of the event organizer. In general, expect that most LAWS events are and will remain for women only, with an occasional exception.
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