|Sent on:||Saturday, January 21, 2012 1:05 PM|
Someone recently asked why SALUT! uses waiting lists for certain events, and I'd like to explain. There are certain food and wine adventures where we can accomodate as many people as would like to show up. These tend to be large, free-flowing events where we don't have to be super-organized, like last year's Sausagefest meetup or our the visit to Christkindlmarkt a few weeks ago. But with other adventures, we can only invite the number of people that the shop/class/restaurant we've chosen can comfortably accomodate.
When we plan a dining-out event, especially, a size limit helps ensure that our meal will be casual, fun and stress-free; more like an intimate dinner with friends than a stuffy banquet for dozens. From the moment we're seated through the settling of the check, things just run more smoothly when the group is of a manageable size. Unfortunately, this also means that some people get stuck on the waiting list, and that brings me to the moral of the story: because not everyone gets to attend every event, we very politely insist on a few simple courtesies:
- Be accurate with your RSVP. If you say you're "going," we'll expect to see you. If you say you're bringing two guests, please either bring two guests or change your RSVP.
- If you have to cancel, please change your RSVP to "not going" so the next person on the waiting list can come in your place (and do it AS SOON AS POSSIBLE so they'll have ample notice that they're invited!)
- If you're on the wait list, please keep a close eye on your email to see if you've been bumped to the "going" list. Make sure your Meetup settings are adjusted to receive notifications from the group.
- Please show up on time to the meetup, but ONLY show up if you're on the "going" list. Crashing a meetup (late or not) is just not cool.
It's been suggested that we avoid no-shows by charging everyone who signs up for a meetup a dollar or two, in the hopes that they'll feel more "invested" in attending if they have to go through the process of paying a modest sign-up fee. This works well for some Meetup groups, and it's something we may look at more closely in the future. But for right now, I'd really like to keep SALUT! free to join and free to participate, and for that I need everyone's help in making sure we all follow the proper meetup etiquette. (And besides, being polite makes your mom proud!)
As always, feel free to contact me by clicking on my name above, or by emailing me at [address removed]. I look forward to many exciting adventures this year with all of you!
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