Monthly reminder to pay our Annual $10 group Meetup fee to keep the group going

  • March 18, 2013 · 7:00 AM
  • The Meetup Web Site -time to pay the Meetup fee

Monthly reminder to pay the $10 group Annual Meetup fee to keep the group going. This is more for member's information and is not meant to sound that I am angry.

This is a Monthly reminder to pay the $10 group Annual Meetup fee to keep the group going. Also, to note that  Biagio is NOT getting rich from the group fees.

This is a yearly fee and NOT a monthly fee!

I am shocked to hear from many of my Organizer that our members think I am getting rich collecting on  the  voluntary $10 yearly group fees. I would if anyone paid the group fees. BUT  that’s is NOT happening! ……………….I get less than $100 dollars a year from the members meetup fees.

That means Biagio pays out of his own pocket to keep the group going to support your fun. How much has Biagio paid out of his own pocket to keep to group running over the last 5 years…ready for this ...its over $1000!............This is not fair and I am making a point to fix this now.

Biagio is pretty Poor and Not rich. Luckily, there hasn’t yet been a need for me to start to begging for money on the side of street……….. yet!

I just paid $72 last Jan 2013 and have only collected $40 from members for the group fee so far, if we cannot get members to pay this yearly voluntary $10 fee then I’m just going to let the group shut down due to lack of  funding when the next $72 payment in July 2013 is due.

Don’t forget,  I pay for batteries, supplies,  printouts,  signs, games, stands  etc. etc. to run this group its over $300 a year,  which includes the $144 a year ..Since I pay Meetup the $72 every 6 months!

So please be informed and realize what it takes to run a group this big. Oh and add to that I spend 30+ hours every week of my own time running the group which I get paid $0 for.

Please help keep the group going. Don’t let not giving $10 a year, every year stop all the fun. Oh and you don’t have to pay the $10 online you can pay the $10 in person or e-mial me to pay by check

Thanks and let’s keep the fun gong!

Biagio

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  • Debbi

    I'm happy to contribute again but want to mail a check or bring it to the next event. I appreciate all the work Biagio and the organizers put into running good events.

    March 18, 2013

  • Angela

    May I ask how much you collected thus far as a result of this event and the ensuing conversations? Are you close to breaking even w/ regards to the meetup site (excluding event costs)?

    March 18, 2013

  • Peggy T

    The Social Fun page- it is on the left hand side. It has the $10. listed. You can pay using Amazon.

    March 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, I just joined the group - can you tell me how to pay on-line? Sorry!!

    March 17, 2013

  • Peggy T

    I paid online. Thank you Biagio!

    March 17, 2013

  • Judy

    Hi Biagio -- I just paid, and appreciate your boundless energy that keeps this thing moving. For some reason this appeared in the email with a status saying "no spots left" which is kind of NOT what you want be saying.....!

    March 16, 2013

  • Mike M

    OK to flip you a tenner next time I see you?

    March 15, 2013

  • Marshunda

    $10 isn't much to ask for programming great fun :)

    2 · March 7, 2013

  • Krista H.

    I will pay my $10 online tonight and really appreciate all your work. I also was confused initially though and thought that it was $10/month, and not $10/year, and I had thought that was too much to be asking every month. I think David's suggestion below to clarify that it is an annual fee is very good.

    March 12, 2013

    • Biagio

      Thanks I saw that you paid .. its great!

      March 14, 2013

  • Peggy M.

    Biagio, we can we send it?

    March 12, 2013

    • Biagio

      I sent you the details via an e-mial

      March 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    As suggested by David, I've changed the title of this "Meetup" to reflect the fact that although the reminder is monthly, the fee is annual.

    March 12, 2013

  • David

    While the reminder may be monthly, the $10 fee is annual (i.e. 12-monthly). I'd like to suggest to Biagio that he change the title and the first line of the message "Monthly reminder to pay the $10 group Meetup fee to keep the group going." by inserting the word "annual" somewhere to clarify this.

    And also let people know that can pay online by clicking the "voluintary donations" button on this page.

    March 9, 2013

    • Kim

      Biagio....Bill and I would like to send you a check or give you cash the next time we see you. Thanks. :-)

      March 10, 2013

  • David

    And a note to myself - check my spelling and grammar before hitting that "Post" button!

    March 9, 2013

  • Sharon

    I won't be going to a meeting any time soon. So how do I pay?

    March 8, 2013

    • Biagio

      You can pay online or to (me) Biagio or to one of my organizers! You can even e-mail me and I can can you details how to pay by check if you like.

      March 8, 2013

  • Alexis

    Can I pay an organizer or do I have to Biagio directly

    March 7, 2013

    • Angela

      You can pay me at any of my events and I'll get it to Biagio.

      March 7, 2013

    • Biagio

      You can pay it to any social fun organizer

      March 8, 2013

  • Jim

    Just paid. Organizing is hard, and paying after doing all the legwork is pretty taxing. Biagio, if you end up with $63K, I presume you'll let us know that we can stop paying for a while :)

    2 · March 7, 2013

    • Beth

      Yes, what about all the organizers who put in hard work and time - all for free!

      1 · March 7, 2013

    • Angela

      Us Organizers do not pay to organize. That just sounded weird. (I have never asked for money from my orgs and have attempted to give it back to them when they give it to me yet they are pretty good at convincing me otherwise.) Some of us run our own groups or are organizers in other groups as well. We organize events cuz we enjoy it and it benefits us as well. Biagio does a great job with Social Fun. Wish more people would get out and attend an event. :)

      March 7, 2013

  • David B.

    As I recall, it used to cost only $5 per Mix & Mingle event at Jose Mc's. Then it changed to $10, and we moved to the Wild Rover. Social Fun is having at LEAST 4 events per month at the new location. Based on the headcount from the events that I attended, the average take per event is $1,000-$2,000 for the organizer. I highly doubt that the food costs that much more than at Jose's. It might even be free. If the Wild Rover is too expensive, we should just move to a bar that wants our drink business. Or, just drop the event cost back to $5, and then charge everyone $10 per year to belong to Social Fun. I know the website does NOT cost $60,000 per year, so why charge everyone $10 each (5,932 members)??? Something smells fishy...

    1 · March 7, 2013

    • Biagio

      David, You have to realize that half the group has yet to attend even 1 event. The rule is you can donate after you have attended 2 event, which is less than 1000 members, most of which never paid once in the 5 years! I’m lucky to get 10 member to pay a year on a good year!

      March 7, 2013

    • Biagio

      Also, I only run 1 Mix n Mingle a month the other are not mine, I have seen $0 from the others. The money goes toward the 1 drink and the food which if we went to any bar in Boston would cost you $15 or more. $10 is a bargain. Part of the Mix n Mingle money collected goes to support other Meetup groups who attend as well. Please STOP assuming and start realizing it cost a lot of $$ to run these kinds of events.

      2 · March 7, 2013

  • crystal

    Sorry Biagio The 10$ fee wasn't so obvious. You seem like a nice guy I hope all 5,932 member pay up, that would be $59,320!
    You should go to Vegas with that dough and take me. Just kidding, you have great website, all the power to you man.

    March 7, 2013

  • Karen A

    Biagio, how do we pay the fee?
    To those who don't agree with the fee, keep in mind that it is VERY time consuming to run a group. If you were an organizer, you would understand.
    As an organizer myself, I understand how much time is involved in keeping a group going, which includes; answering MANY emails, researching events; creating and posting events; approving memberships; overseeing assistant organizers; buying supplies and signs; etc. My group is small, only 300 members, and it is like a part time job. For a group of over 5,000 members, the time required to run the group would be the equivalent of a second full time job.
    Some people want to join and participate in a group, and not contribute, yet they have no problem sending emails requesting events, or complaining that there are not enough events in their area, etc. They ask a lot but offer nothing. Even if Biagio were to make a small profit, he would deserve it.
    LETS DO WHAT WE CAN TO KEEP THE GROUP GOING!!!!

    1 · March 7, 2013

    • Karen A

      Thanks Jim, I just noticed it and made my contribution :-)

      March 7, 2013

    • Biagio

      I refuned your $10 Karen, you and the other Organizers work hard enough to run events for the fun of the group.

      1 · March 7, 2013

  • Robin B.

    One option you can do is collect $1-$2 from members at events. I live on the north shore and only do things with your group once a year or so. I would be happy to throw you a couple bucks at the events I attend. Many other organizers charge $5 per year. All you need to do is cover the $72 and whatever portion of your time you feel is neccessary. The rest is optional, really. But don't let it get to this point that you're angry about it! A side note, another group has lost a lot of members by treating it as a for profit group and over charging for each event, so be careful.

    March 7, 2013

    • Biagio

      Robin thanks for the feedback! Sorry my message was not menat to sound angry, that came across wrong. I have looked at charging $1 at events and felt it’s not right for us. I also put I don’t expect a donation until you attend 2 or more event a year so no worries Robin. My point there are almost 1000 members that have attended 2 event or more so why can I not collect enough money to keep this group gong on its own and have to pay for it every 6 month out of my pocket every time?

      1 · March 7, 2013

  • David

    Even if Biagio is making money from this (which I doubt), more power to him. match.com, eharmony, et.al. charge a lot more and they don't even do anything!

    I am curious as to why all the meetup mails have biagio as the sender.
    Biagio - do you really review and/or write all the invitations?

    One more thing - someone asked "how do you pay?" It's another instance of that old favorite Internet game "find the button". In my browser it is a button labeled "Voluntary Donations" in the upper left corner of the meetup page (probably all of them) at the bottom of the "about us" section.

    One more "one more thing". I actually ended up paying $10.65. Does the 65¢ go to Amazon Payments?

    March 7, 2013

    • Biagio

      Yes, 65¢ go to Amazon Payments if you like send me and e-mial and you can send me a $10 check if that is easier. I forgot to add that.

      1 · March 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey Biagio. I made the $10.65 yearly voluntary donation. I also managed to change your RSVP. I thought that I wasn't supposed to be able to do that? A Meetup with only 1 attendee doesn't seem like much fun....

    March 7, 2013

    • Biagio

      I refuned your $10 Paul, you and the other Organizers work hard enough to run events for the fun of the group.

      2 · March 7, 2013

  • Jim T.

    5,937 members multiplied by $ 10.65 Dollars = $ 63, 229.05, this sum is a lot of money. I myself do not mind paying a small fee to belong to a group, but 63 thousand is a lot of money!

    1 · March 7, 2013

    • Marshunda

      This amount is highly unlikely since probably less than 20 people will actually pay.

      1 · March 7, 2013

    • Biagio

      Jim, You have to realize that half the group has yet to attend even 1 event. The rule is you can donate after you have attended 2 event, which is less than 1000 members, most of which never paid once in the 5 years! I’m lucky to get 10 member to pay a year on a good year!

      1 · March 7, 2013

  • Karen A

    Found the "Pay Online" button ;-)
    And, made my donation of $10.65.
    Keep up the good work Biagio!!!
    As always, I am happy to help in any way that I can. :-)

    March 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Now that I have your attention, Biagio.... <-8

    As we've discussed, I support your goals for the group -- it's a great group and you've done a fantastic job nurturing its growth -- and I also support you in your desire to have fees or payments instituted. Others have noted this as well, but I'll say it, too: this group is an incredible deal, especially at less than $1 per month.

    However -- your note did come across as harsh and angry; I know that while you may be feeling some frustration, you surely didn't intend to castigate everyone.

    I think that by, in effect, converting the group to a subscription-based service, you run the risk of alienating a sizable percentage of your membership: occasional attendees.

    As Robin has already pointed out here, a much more workable alternative to subscriptions would be a per-event fee. Any reasonable person can see the time and effort that goes into running a successful Meetup and I'm sure they'd be willing to kick in a nominal fee.

    2 · March 7, 2013

  • Jeff

    I own and run a Copier Sales and Service Company sitting at a desk, ordering parts , answering calls, going to the job & doing the work . Im sure Biagio s work is the same sitting at a desk, answering e mails, finding places to go , planning to make fun things happen. Talking to people at there place of business , travel expenses & time used, office expenses ,phones,.being at the events when no one shows or just 2 people show up & waiting. Even if he make s money he s honest about this here. Biagio I just paid and we have only a noded at wilder rover. thanks for your help Jeff

    2 · March 7, 2013

  • Maria (cruise d.

    I don't mind paying $10.00, but batteries, supplies, signs, printouts, what for?
    My suggestion is when you organize a meetup that includes these items, charge per meetup....say $5.00 to help the cost of that specific meetup or divide your total cost by how many people attend. I organize alot of meetups and if I have to buy food or other items, I charge a minimal amount just for that meetup. If my total is $100.00 and 20 people attend. I charge $5.00 a person.
    $144.00/yr for 20 yrs is only $2880.00. Good luck collecting $2,000.00 never mind $63K.

    March 7, 2013

  • Mark

    I'll take over the group at no charge, nor obligation to anyone, if you'd like or are tired of/finished with it...

    2 · March 7, 2013

  • Biagio

    I just paid $72 last Jan 2013 and have only collected $40 from members for the group fee so far, if we cannot get members to pay this voluntary $10 fee then I’m just going to let the group shut down due to lack of funding when the next $72 payment in July 2013 is due!

    2 · March 7, 2013

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Your organizer's refund policy for Monthly reminder to pay our Annual $10 group Meetup fee to keep the group going

Refunds are not offered for this Meetup.

Voluntarily Donations

$10.65 YEARLY

This covers: Pay Meetup fees of $144/year + cost to set up + run Social Fun events

Payment is accepted using:

  • Amazon Payments
  • Cash or check - “Members can pay Biagio $10.00 yearly donation directly at events they attend if they like.

Refunds are not offered for this Meetup.

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