|Sent on:||Thursday, October 31, 2013 6:33 PM|
Every year we go through this. ALL MEETUP GROUPS GO THROUGH THIS. During season our local establishments are packed full of vacationers here spending money like its their job. Thankfully that helps keep our economy going so we can enjoy paradise. The flip side of that is this is the opportunity for those places to make great money. They do that by having people spend money there. If we come along as a large group and reserve seats and people only order water or soda and don't eat and don't drink - we are taking up tables that they could be making great money on. Our organizers can only reserve seats for people who:
1. Show up
2. Eat, drink and spend money
We aren't going to have restaurants and bars angry at us as a group because a few people want to go out and enjoy live music and entertainment and not pay anything for it.
So, from now on any events that are posted, maybe's will be considered NO's and seats will not be saved. It isn't fair to our organizers or to the establishments we visit to leave everyone hanging in case you get a better offer to do something else. People who sign up and don't show up will eventually lose their privilege to be a member. This group isn't just about you as an individual. It is about everyone and especially all of the organizers who work hard to make sure everything is perfect for our events. You, as a member, have a responsbility as well. Don't abuse Meetup. The reason this is the best group in SWFL is because it has the best people in it. So please be at your best while being a member of this group. Don't use it and abuse it. Also, not signing up but showing up is ok - just don't expect to sit down in seats reserved for people who did the right thing and signed up!
Thank you to Stephanie, Scott, Deborah and Tom for joining on as organizers and Doug and Claudia for posting some new fun things for everyone. Our October calendar was smoking hot with activity! Love it!!
Looking forward to seeing all you YES RSVPers at an event soon!
Thanks for your support and Happy Halloween!