The previous organizer was an East Coast transplant, had a great vision for this group and followed through with many past events and fun times. Unfortunately, she has stepped down as organizer and this group would have been closed in 8 days if someone did not stepped up and taken over the group. I am not an east coast transplant but do enjoy lively, intellectual conversations with witty women. Sarcasm has its' value as long as it is without malice intent and not directed at any other member. I agree that laughter helps keep one healthy and presents a light heartedness to any situation and life in general. I too envision a group of bright, open minded, outgoing and opinionated "women of a certain age" who get together to talk about everything from their travels, trials and tribulations to politics and ethics and well ... life.
We'll wine and dine, attend cultural events, enjoy all that the Bay Area has to offer. The group is open to women in their 40's and 60's, too but sorry 30-somethings - you haven't lived enough yet.
Most people don't know this but when you host a Meet Up group, you have to pay to do so. At this time there will be no charge for membership however, possibly next year there may be a nominal $5.50 annual fee. Unlike other groups, I would like this group to be more of a member-voice where every group member can post events to attend without waiting for one person to do so. That each member has the ability to take charge of expanding her circle of friends.
With every group there has to be a lead organizer. With our group we have that along with every member being an event organizer if she chooses. With this change and relaxed way of maintaining a women's social group, there needs to be a few guidelines. Please read our 2 policies:
Flake Policy: A common courtesy and respect is expected from all members. This refers not only to conversation with one another but to one another's time as well. If you rsvp yes to an event please ensure you can attend. Understandably things can happen at the last minute that could prevent you from attending. But this should not happen on a continuous basis. If you no-show (don't call, don't show)you will be given one pass. The 2nd time you will not be allowed to rsvp for 30 days to an event. At this point, you should re-consider if this group is a good fit for your schedule. The 3rd time you will be asked to leave the group. Please don't put anyone in the position to do any of the above. We are all grown women and shouldn't need rules like this but believe me, it does happen.
No Solicitation Policy: This is a social networking group and not a place for business networking or promoting. Members may not actively solicit business from other members. If it happens naturally as friendships form, that's fine but please don't come with a hustle mindset.
I hope you welcome the slight changes in our group, remain a member and help our group thrive by posting a new meet-up to enjoy fun times with other "WOWs". If you are a new member, "Welcome". Carpe Diem!