This is a friendly monthly reminder to contribute $10 yearly to help us pay off the yearly Meetup Group fee and additional cost to run the group and keep the group going. This is more for member's information and is not meant to sound that I am angry. Also, note that Biagio is NOT getting rich from the group fees. This is a YEARLY fee and NOT a monthly fee.
I wanted to address these crazy rumors and incorrect assumptions that I am getting rich from Meetup. These assumptions are based on having ALL 8,000 members paying the $10 a member fee which would equal $80,000, but that is 100% incorrect. I am not making $80,000 a year for this group!
So please let me clarify less than 1% of the group’ members actually pay the $10.65 yearly Voluntarily Donation. Out of that $10.65 Amazon take their cut so I get only $10 per member. I barley take in $200 a year and that is NOT enough cover the yearly Meetup fees and the other Meetup expense like printing out Meetup materials, supplies for the group, batteries, games, Meetup business cards, etc. Over the past 6 years I've acquired over $2000 of debt to run this group and cover Meetup expenses. So it is time to understand the truth and stop making assumption.
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 2014 and have only collected $60 from members for the Meetup 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 2014 is due.
Don’t forget, I pay for batteries, supplies, printouts, signs, games, stands etc. etc. to run this group its over $500 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 large. 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!