(sorry, this is definitely a little long-winded, but luckily, I usually only write once every three years or so... )
I would like to take this opportunity congratulate our active members of the group for really keeping the spirit of friendship alive and thriving. Even though I haven't been able to attend a lot of the recent meetups, I've been to several of the dinners, and had so many people tell me what fun they've had at the many events that have been posted lately. You are an awesome group of very friendly people, and I'm so happy to have you all as part of my life. I lead a pretty busy lifestyle personally, but love to meet new people. I'm actually a bit on the shy side, but once I get to know you a little, you'd never know I was shy at all. With that in mind, I have been so pleased with the way the group has grown lately, and so many new events are always being planned and available. It's amazing to see how friendly people are, especially to the new faces that keep coming! I've kept the group free to members, and intend to do so as long as I can afford it. :) Please take advantage of the free benefits of friendship!!
I would especially like to thank the other Event Organizers who give their time and attention to planning events and being there early to make sure we all have a place to sit when we show up right when the meetup starts, or in my case, I'm usually a few minutes after everything is going... :) Thank you all for making things so awesome and easy for the rest of us!
There were a few meetup events affected by some recent transitions made within the group. I apologize if you were signed up for any of these events. Please check the scheduled events for the most up to date postings.
Also, as a reminder, please do not post 'advertising' meetup events to sell a product. Do not try to sell directly to other members either at a meetup event or by email through meetup. This is not a forum for harassing members of the group with a sales pitch. Members doing this will be banned immediately from the group(I have banned other 'salesmen' in the past). I believe we've had a few dinner things with jewelry. Most such events are fine, I think it's more the level of aggressiveness involved, and if you are abusing the privilege of being an event host for personal profit rather than making friends. If you have an idea for an event and you aren't sure if it meets these criteria, please contact me first. Most of the events are fine if the leadership team is aware of them upfront.
There was also a bit of drama recently. One member of the group was accusing another in the group of a crime in an attempt to have that person removed from the group. The issue has been resolved, as both parties met together with a mediator. It was found to be a gross misunderstanding of sorts.
I have extremely little tolerance for drama. The accuser in the previous paragraph has been warned, and if any other infractions occur, they will be banned, and no longer able to participate in any future events with the group. We are all adults here, let's please keep the drama at bay.
Remember, this is a meetup to form friendships, someplace you can go and meet new people, have fun, and make memories. We all have enough other things going on in our lives that attending a friendly meetup should be a safe-haven for fun and relaxation. At least that's how I'd like to see it... we do make little jokes with each other, and when it's all taken lightly, we all have a great time. If you ever feel like there's someone who's causing undue drama in the group, please talk with them, or see the event organizer who will contact me, or feel free to contact me directly.This includes any male or female making unwanted advances, as this has also come up in the past.
Please note as well that sometimes there will be an event held at a personal residence. Many people prefer to only invite those people they already know. You may see these posts, and if you haven't been to any events, don't take it personal that you're being excluded. People should be cautious and not invite strangers into their homes. Attend some events in public first to meet everyone. The event organizer should be able to introduce you to other attendees of the meetup and you will soon get to know us all. :)
I truly want for everyone to participate, and to have fun with each other. That's all we really want anyhow, right? Feeling accepted, feeling important, and feeling like you're a part of the group is really nice, no matter who you are, or how old you are, it's always nice to be greeted when you walk in a place, and know you have friends who are happy to see you. I've really met a lot of fun people at the dinners lately, and participation has been great! The last dinner had over 20 people. It's hard to get around to see everyone, but it's always nice to see new faces coming out week after week as well.
If you know of an event you would like to host, or an event you're going to, and want company, check with me about becoming an 'event organizer'. Typically the people coming out to our dinners are in their 30s and up. I made the meetup group for all age levels. We have many members who are younger, but want more energetic meetups to attend. Please feel free to suggest anything! It would be great for the other people who are thinking the same thing, but don't want say it first... This is basically a free forum to post things to do where you meet other people and have fun. If you've got ideas, let me know, take advantage of the forum!
Ideas: ideas submitted previously via email: (feel free to write with feedback)
group cruise; trip abroad; karaoke; shooting range; fishing; ybor city; pub crawls; live concerts(Def Leopard/Kiss -coming soon); Warp Tour; St Augustine day trip; day beach trip; corn hole; cookouts; pool party; photo contest; tubing in rainbow springs; renting a pontoon boat at the springs; visit brewery; visit winery/wine tasting; paint a long; pottery making
If you haven't been to an event lately, or at all, please join us for one soon!!! Don't let the bad and the ugly keep you from enjoying the good, because there's sooooo much more of the good stuff to come, You'll be sad if you miss out on it!!
If you've stayed with me all the way through, then I greatly appreciate it!!
Have a great day!
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