I have decided to move the activities of this group to our Facebook group. Therefore I will not schedule any future activities via the MeetUp site. My goal when I started the group was to meet other people that shared my interest and passion for Photography and eventually create a community/environment where we could exchange ideas, experiences, have fun and organize events that were of mutual interest. I have grown frustrated with MeetUp and their stiff environment so much, that I ended up creating a group in Facebook to circumvent MeetUp lacking. It takes time and effort to be an organizer, specially if you want to bring value and do things as professionally as possible. Maintaining two sites not that I am willing to continue doing.
The Group will be in place until 2015 as I already paid the next 6 months, however, any new activity will be posted in the NEXT Level Facebook group and take it from there. FB is free, which removes all financial pressure. Also, FB just as MeetUp, offers events, calendars, banners, profiles, but FB excels at photo albums, comments and better connection tools.FB is more dynamic and allows sharing news, tips, promotions, just about anything and everybody can easily see them. MeetUp does not offer these capabilities. A big difference with MeetUp and FB is that the latter does NOT collect money (for now) which is not a big deal to me as my events where free anyway.
Here is our address in Facebook, feel free to join ...it is free!