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This Meetup is for vegans, vegetarians and the veg-curious. We come from all over the greater Portland metro area, East, West, North and South. We do not promote any one political party or religious agenda, nor do we sell anything or recruit for other Meetups. Our group is open to singles, couples, and families of all kinds. We're here for fun, socializing and making new like-minded friends.
In the past, we've posted volunteer events, outdoor events, movies, concerts, plays and author readings. We've had hikes and bike rides, done garden walks, played air hockey at arcades, etc. -- often (but not always) with a veggie meal before or after for those interested. Many of us support animal rights, environmental and human rights issues. If you have other ideas, just ask Mathew or Susan to help us plan events!
Note that our calendar has two types of postings: the tan-colored notes, which are not events and thus have no host, and the blue-and-white events, that have a host and expect you to show up. More on this below, in what serves as our bylaws:
Q: What is our main purpose?
A: To join fellow vegans/vegetarians for meals, chat, fun, and anything else under the sun! Or, to be more accurate, under the rain clouds much of the year in the Pacific Northwest. We're NOT centered around political activism, but we're more of a laid-back social group. Our group is for meeting people and doing fun activities in the Portland Metro area.
Q: How do I join?
A: You must have a photo of yourself in order to join. We are primarily a social group and it makes it easier to identify people when we do events. It also makes it more comfortable to invite people to your home for a potluck if you can see who is attending. Do be aware that we reserve the right to not admit new members with inappropriate photos or nicknames.
Q: Are there dues?
A: Portland Metro Veggies has a suggested donation of $5 per year to help the Organizer keep the group running. Meetup is about $200 / year to organize a group of this size.
Q: Do I and/or my guest have to be a vegetarian or vegan?
A: No, but as a courtesy PLEASE ORDER VEGETARIAN when dining with us. That means no meat, including chicken and seafood. Although many of us are vegans, some of us eat eggs are dairy products. Do let the others know if you come to a potluck with a non-vegan (lacto-ovo vegetarian) dish.
Q: Who organizes this group?
A: Mathew Gauvin is the current organizer as of August 2013 and Susan W is our co-organizer. Active "Assistant Organizers" (event planners) are listed to the left. Just let us know if you want to be one (or want to be one again). Please remember to contact the organizer in charge of the event that you are inquiring about or me if you have general group questions. And organizers, if you post a note, make sure you let us know who posted it. Thanks!
Q: How do I become an Assistant Organizer?
A: Three requirements: meet the head Organizer(s) in person, contribute dues, and then simply ask!
Q: What's the difference between the tan and blue postings on the calendar?
A: The tan ones are notes of interesting things going on in the Portland area.
The blue postings on the calendar are proper events with a host that you need to sign up for. Please keep your RSVP up-to-date out of courtesy to your host and other members. We take the name Meetup literally, meaning our host is a real host, and we expect to actually MEET each other at our events! It may seem obvious, but if you sign up for an event, we expect you to come and actually Meet Up with us. Don't be shy -- bring a friend if you like.
Q: Do you take attendance?
A: Yep! We take the word "Meetup" literally. So when you RSVP for events big or small, you will be marked as absent if we don't MEET you there. Take down the host's cell number and look for our group or sign to find us. I hate to do it, but repeat no-shows and those inactive for over a year may be removed from the group for this reason. The same goes for anyone here simply to recruit for another cause, or who publicly criticizes other members. :( Don't forget, this group is for fun, people.
Q: Are kids welcome at events? How about pets?
A: We welcome vegetarians and vegans of all ages! So, unless specified otherwise in the event description, kids are welcome to events at public venues that are open to minors. Some events may specify "Family Friendly" or "Adults Only." If you have any questions, ask an organizer or the event host.
If the public venue allows animals, pets are allowed as well. For events at a private residence, contact the host for more information.
Q: Why do you limit RSVP's at your events?
A: With some exceptions, we have found that smaller events are the ONLY ones conducive to getting to know each other! Many vegetarian/vegan restaurants in Portland are small. Larger groups get MUCH slower service and it is harder to split up the bill. In larger groups at restaurants, we tend to have a higher no-show and no-tip rate. Introverts can get lost in the shuffle. The list goes on.
Q: Are there rules about the types if events you can post?
A: As our friends at Meet in Portland have said:
Being an event host is not difficult and can be a lot of fun and extremely rewarding. Before you add an event, make sure you follow our simple rules. Most importantly:
All event suggestions posted by new members go through an approval process by the organizers before they go live in order to ensure that the event follows the guidelines and is suitable for posting by the Portland Metro Veggies.
Now go sign up for something! :)
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