Hi Susan and welcome to Live Out Loud! My goal with this group is to have a nice variety of activities so if there's ever anything you're interested in, please let me know. I look forward to meeting you! :)
We are a group of adventurers who love the outdoors, especially hiking, kayaking, canoeing, bike riding, and walking the beach. We also have indoor adventures as we go along, including lunches and dinners (especially after an outdoor adventure), happy hours, plays, comedy clubs, and whatever else we feel like. And meeting new people and making new friends along the way makes it even better!
NEW MEMBERS: please read the following sections before joining our group.
DOES THIS MEETUP COST MONEY? The organizer pays the fees to Meetup.com and it is asked that active members (attends more than 1 Meetup) to contribute at least $3 per year. You may give it to Nancy when ever you see her. This will help cover the base costs, and is very appreciated!
All organizers are volunteers. We work really hard to post no-cost activities, occasionally however, some events have fees that are passed on at cost. See each meeting detail for information on any fees.
BEFORE YOU RSVP While we care a great deal about the safety of EVERYONE (not just you), it is YOUR responsibility to be safe while you are at any event with us. This means that if you would like to join us, it is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to read the event description and come prepared. This keeps all of us safe and happy. Always read all the way to the bottom of each event page. The event organizer is fully empowered to turn folks away or to ask folks to turn back part-way through any event for any reason. Organizers are also fully empowered to bump anyone who regularly shows up unprepared or RSVPs "Yes" for an event that's outside their ability. Organizers can edit the RSVP list.
ONCE YOU RSVP If you RSVP YES for an event, then learn you cannot attend, please change your RSVP to a NO as soon as possible! If it is a limited # person type of an event (horseback riding, kayaking, dinners, etc), please make sure to change your RSVP to a NO, no later than 24 hours before the event to free up the spot for someone else. Simply not showing up for an event causes undue work for our organizers, guides and hosts, so please be considerate.
IS ALL OF THIS SAFE?Our organizers are volunteers and not paid professionals. While one of our group's goals is to make sure everyone has a fun and safe time at an event, your personal safety is your responsibility. If you have a medical condition or limitation of any type, it is your responsibility to prepare yourself for any unforeseen problems that you may have. If you are unsure if you are able to include yourself in an event, please consult with your medical caretaker for their opinion of your abilities. We are not doctors. Even without a release form, be aware that Meetup.com's terms of service agreement specifically states that members join any and all meetups at their own risk and cannot hold meetup.com or its organizers and other members liable for any damage.
CARPOOLINGWe often meet at a designated spot then carpool or car follow to an event depending on who has rsvp’ed for the event. Please see each event for futher information. The carpool drivers are volunteers and it is very important to keep in mind that the wear and tear on their vehicles is far greater than just the gas spent on the trip. Thus being said, it is requested that all passengers of a carpool pay the gas, tolls, and all parking fees relating to the trip. Over paying the driver is far better than under paying them! If you cannot afford to contribute your share, please let the event organizer know in advance so they may try to put you with a driver who is able to “cover” your expenses. Not sure how much to give? My recommendation is to be generous! If you think this is extreme, then I recommend YOU volunteer to drive your car on the next event and let others pay your gas,etc. DO NOT volunteer to drive if you can not read a map, follow directions, or have an unreliable vehicle!
WHAT IF I DON’T KNOW ANYONE AT AN EVENT? We are a very friendly group. If it is your first time out with us, you may THINK that everyone at the event knows each other except for you. While this is easy to believe, it most likely far from the truth. Just start talking. It works every time.
RULES OF CONDUCT This is a fun group, and our members are very diverse. I have been amazed at the diversity of our members and how well everyone has gotten along. I would also like this group to be as “open” as possible, with members suggesting and leading events (when possible), and not putting limits on things. Unfortunately, I need to mention a few things, and limit a few things. And yes, they are common sense to most people, but I need to be clear on where this group stands.
We have as current members, at least 6 different religions represented, and of course the full spectrum of political views. As I said before, I am amazed at how many conversations I have witnessed and been a part of on these controversial topics where everybody showed mutual respect and got along. Good for us! We don’t, and shouldn’t in my opinion, all believe the same things. It’s what makes the world go around!
For the most part however, controversial topics are best left alone while at a meetup. But as we get to know one another, these topics will naturally arise and I do not want to say “Off Limits” to anyone. I think it is healthy for people to discuss whatever they want, and get to know one another. This group however is not a place for anyone to push their views on others, so here is this meetup’s rules:
· If anyone asks for a topic to be dropped or not started (especially religion and politics), drop it immediately!
· Do not push your views on anyone for any reason!
· Do not cause a scene of any kind for any reason!
· Do not deliberately insult any other member for any reason!
If you fail to abide by the above rules you will be removed from this group.