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Re: [DallasVegGardeners] Poll about membership fee

From: Julia L.
Sent on: Saturday, December 15, 2012 6:56 PM
Thanks for the reply, Terry.
I only have the one group, so it's $72 every 6 months.
I belong to one meetup that uses Amazon. You click a pay button, and it takes you to Amazon, and you pay for it there, like buying something. I don't know how much Amazon charges for this - I thought I'd find that out if it looked like we might do this.
I'm thinking of making this a one-time thing. If most of the group paid, we'd be set for 2 years (depending on what it costs for Amazon, if we use that.)
I don't think it would be too hard to keep track - I think that Meetup has ways to do that, but since I'm a newbie at this, I'm just learning.
Some of the meetups are being charged for already by the presenters - like the two we have scheduled in Dallas, $15 each - and we get none of that for the group. I kind of hate to make people make two payments for the same thing. I guess if belonging to this group is not worth paying $1 or so a year for, we should probably just let the group die. Anyway, that's what I was thinking. :) We might lose half or more of our membership if we do charge a membership fee, I don't know. Just thinkin'.

From: Terry Jensen <[address removed]>
To: [address removed]
Sent: Saturday, December 15,[masked]:17 PM
Subject: Re: [DallasVegGardeners] Poll about membership fee

Meetup was set up to be social gatherings. Some of us (me included) have made our groups learning experiences. Many  are using it for marketing. Organizers can have three groups for $144 per year so one group is less than $50 a year. But some are looking to make money from the group itself and I hate to see that start. . Maybe charge for an occational meeting if an organizer needs to make back the money paid to meetup but don't charge to join the group. Also, would it be a collection nightmare? If it was turned over to paypal or the like, I would not want $1 coming out of my account and I wonder how many people would even join under those circumstances. Again,. I had rather pay for the occational meeting that I think is worthwhile paying for (and that is really not too many). Interesting poll, Jul;ia. Thanks for setting it up  Terry.

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