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No Show Policy
We have a fairly strict no-show policy--RSVPing but not showing. Members that no-show will get a warning email on their 2nd no-show, and be banned on their 3rd. No-show includes canceling within 24 hours.
While this may seem draconian, it's very hard to organize a group when we can't predict attendance. Restaurants are reserving a space for the promise of a big enough order, and when there's a waiting list, no-shows prevent others from coming.
We understand stuff comes up, just send an organizer a message if you got a flat tire, stuck at work, or cut a finger off at shop class.
References for Discussion
Except for the occasional PBS shows, the spirit of Walter Cronkite, Huntley & Brinkley and even Ted Koppel may have come to an end.
A few years ago CNN made Michael Jackson's death the major news story for at least one week and during a period covered the story to the exclusion of everything else. During our recent storm, local news interrupted national programming to show us long lines of cars and repeating the same comments bad traffic and slippery conditions for hours.
Is this what we ask for in TV news?
Is this what is hoisted upon us whether we like it or not?
Has the perception of what constitutes news changed?
Do stations like Fox and MSNBC provide more than commentary and political posturing?
Do we mind these channels as a part of our television landscape?
Are two minute sound bites on issues of interest to us enough for us or do we desire more detail?
What alternate news sources can we consult when these become unsatisfactory or if we want more information on an issue?
The rules for this meet are simple:
1. Be civil 2. Be on time 3. Stay on topic 4. Speak to the moderator to reply and not to the last speaker if you disagree.
5. Read and watch the materials before attending for context and understanding.
6. Be ready to talk and share. This is a "no wallflower" zone.
7. Order food and/or drink to keep us being invited back.
8. Be prepared to stay for the full session or please un-RSVP
For those who are a bit leery of the “no wallflower zone” I’ll make a deal with you. For your first meet, simply introduce yourself and I’ll call on you only once with one question. No doubt you’ll feel comfortable for future meets and you’ll be able to fully participate without fear.
See you there!