First, we all owe a thanks to Ilayna for starting the group in the first place!
Second, we owe a thanks to Tuck for stepping into the breach with his credit card! Although he's generously not asking us to do so, I strongly suggest we pass the hat on Tuesday and share the burden with him.
I think one of the difficulties with the group as previously configured was that the Valley and West Side groups were on the same Meetup account. That made it confusing when people got the same announcements for both, and I think it got overwhelming for Ilayna to organize. From the traffic below, it seems like it would make sense to start over with separate groups, each with a separate Meetup account and membership list, for the various regions (you could sign up for and attend as many as you want). How many regions? That's only limited by how many members can support them. I guess that if you advertise a "West Hollywood Classic Novels" group on Meetup, you will get more turnout than an "L.A. Classics" group because people would feel that it speaks more directly to them. I'd be happy to step up and lead a West Hollywood group, since I also live there (maybe the Bodhi Tree can give us their meeting room?).
Regarding book choices: For a while we were voting on the next month's book at each meeting, but the nominees were determined in advance (I don't know how). I gather that people were not always happy with the choices. Given that a publicly advertised book group is always going to have members flowing in and out, it might be a good idea to nominate and vote for books on a meeting-by-meeting basis. That way it stays fresh, and the selections reflect the people who actually show up rather than the people who sign up online.
Those are my $.02. Perhaps those who are interested in any future book group (regardless of how it's broken up or led) should come on Tuesday to discuss it. I dare say this will be even more important than the book selection (Prince and the Pauper), so if you haven't read it, come anyway.
On Sat, Jun 14, 2008 at 11:27 AM, Mamatha Medarametla <[address removed]> wrote:
I am interested in joining a gathering on the Eastside. Please keep me posted regarding upcoming strictly classics meetup events. Thank you.
On Sat, Jun 7, 2008 at 3:46 PM, Tuck <[address removed]> wrote:
I just read the email notice that the Strictly Classics Meetup had lost its organizer and would expire in a week unless someone agreed to be organizer and renewed the subscription.
The subscription has been renewed on my card for 90 days. If any of you want to be organizer, let me know, and we will figure out how to continue this Meetup.
I attended a couple of the Westwood discussions this past winter, but I have not been involved recently because I live in Hollywood and neither Westwood nor Sherman Oaks are convenient.
Ideally, I think it would make sense logistically to have someone near Westwood and Sherman Oaks lead those respective gatherings. I am willing to lead a gathering in Hollywood, if others on the Eastside are interested, at least for a few months.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend.
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