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RE: [robotrobot] Member or non-Member?

From: Rick H.
Sent on: Monday, February 18, 2013 10:57 AM
I have been a member of this meetup since the most recent robot expo hosted by your club. At some point, when I have more time to myself, I would love to come to a meeting. That is just not possible at this time.

However, I do enjoy reading what is going on with the club, and seeing event announcements that myself and my kids can attend. Especially since it is reasonably close to the High Desert, making the drive not too bad.

Why anybody would be bothered/offended for any reason that a non-member would deign to participate in a public forum such as meetup provides, whether as an active participant or as a passive reader, is beyond me. It makes the robotics club seem elitist, which makes it a group I would not be interested in joining.

It does not cost the group a single penny or any additional labor to have 250 members, so why care? If you continue to announce your meetings and events, you perhaps garner additional attendance. However, charging people just to read your public announcements gains you nothing.

Regards,
Rick Howard

> Subject: [robotrobot] Member or non-Member?
> From: [address removed]
> To: [address removed]
> Date: Mon, 18 Feb[masked]:30:53 -0500
>
> Hello,
>
> According to Meetup, we have nearly 250 members, yet at any given meeting we only have 15-20 people attend. Where are those 230 other people?
>
> I've had several discussions with other club members about this. Several members have said that it bothers them.
>
> In order to get "non-members" to drop off our list I am thinking of requiring that each member pay a one time $1 "meetup fee" that will be returned when he/she attends a meeting.
>
> In other words, you pay a buck, and you get the buck back when you show up.
>
> If you are a regular or semi-regular member who attends 3 or so meetings per year or I know you personally, I will bypass this requirement.
>
> Your feedback / comments PLEASE!
> Your feedback / comments PLEASE!
> Your feedback / comments PLEASE!
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>
> Thomas
>
> Like robots?
>
> Visit:
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> www.Robots-And-Androids.com
>
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