This intro message is from Maureen, who started this group back in October 2012. Although she may not be organizing the events now, we still have the same goals, along with the simple rules that are meant to make it more enjoyable for everyone. If you are new to the group, please make sure to see the requirements for joining...
I've been back in Vancouver 6 years now after living in the U.K. and one of the rituals I really miss from across the pond is meeting up for drinks on a Friday, to unwind with friends after a long work week. I've noticed that Vancouverites don't seem to do this, so I decided to start up a group in the hopes that other people who feel the same way might like to join me for a bevvie or two. Suggestions for other activities are most welcome, as are suggestions for places to meet.
I'd like to try many different venues around Vancouver for this group (and keep everybody happy) but as a lot of places don't tend to accept reservations on a Friday night, going too far can be risky as far as securing tables. I was working in Yaletown when I started this group but have since moved to my company's Kerrisdale office, so may not be able to get to the venue right at the stated start time. I'll be there as close to it as I can. If anyone is able to get to venues early, help in acquiring seating would be very much appreciated. If any one would like the meetup held in a pub near where they live that is outside downtown, they will need to be willing and able to get to the venue early to hold tables for the group in case I don't get there first.
A few house rules:
This is a laid back group, but I still ask that members PLEASE honour their "Yes" RSVP after the deadline. It's very difficult to organize large groups when people say they're coming and don't show up or don't RSVP and show up unannounced. Venues that take reservations tend to get very annoyed about this sort of behaviour aswell and may not allow us to make reservations in the future. Let's also be considerate of others. When you say you are coming and don't show up, you have taken a spot away from somebody who was willing but unable to join us. PLEASE CHANGE YOUR RSVP as soon as you know you won't be coming (BEFORE the deadline) and give your spot to someone else. Any RSVP changes (from YES to NO only) made AFTER the deadline will be considered a "NO-SHOW". After 3 NO-SHOWS, you will be removed from the group. Sorry if this seems harsh, but it's become necessary. On the flip side, if you decide after the deadline that you'd like to join us, and there's still room, you are more than welcome to. Just pls post a message and let me know you're coming. If there isn't room, you can express your interest and I will let you know. Usually it works out.
Please be advised that this group is not a forum for marketing/promoting your business. This is a social group. Anyone found to be aggressively promoting themselves and harassing other members will be removed without warning.
I will NOT tolerate harassment or bullying of any kind. Anyone found to be engaging in this type of behaviour will be removed from it immediately.
There are three simple requirements to join the group:
1. Write a decent introduction.
2. Post a photo of YOURSELF(this is for group safety reasons, not vanity - EVERYONE is welcome ;P) Feel free to change your photo once we've met, if you wish.
3. Answer the profile questions (PROPERLY!...otherwise don't bother joining). They are asked so that myself and the group can learn something about you before we meet and also to gauge people's sincere interest in and motives for joining the group. We have a very good group and I just want to protect it, and the people in it.
Looking forward to making some new friends :) Slainte!