Monday, November 30, 2009 11:17 AM
First of all, I just want to thank everyone for being a part of our chess and coffee meetup group. Over the past two years, we have grown to 159 members, had 103 meetups, and been consistently rated 5 stars by members.
I'm writing this message to let you all know that due to sparse attendance during the holidays, we will be putting the meetups on hold for a while.
Another issue on the table is the fact that I am considering stepping down as the organizer of the group. The meetup group has been costing me $12 a month to meetup.com for the past two years ($288 total, so far), and I'm not sure how to make it so I'm not the sole person who's paying for all this. If I charge membership dues, I'm afraid the group would just fall apart, since everyone loves the fact that it's free. If anyone has any ideas, please let me know.
Another reason why I'm considering stepping down as the organizer is that I'm getting frustrated by the lack of RSVPs to the event. For the past 6 months, we have almost consistently had 8-12 people show up, but only 3-4 people ever RSVP each week. This has started to have a negative effect on the meetup group itself, and now less and less people seem to be showing up each week because they don't think anyone else is coming. This either has to turn around (people need to start actually posting their RSVP), or this group will inevitably completely fizzle out and die.
For now, let's just take a break from things for the holidays. Please email me if you have any ideas on how to solve the other issues, or if you are interested in taking over and becoming the organizer.