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Re: [css-56] Meetup Renewal is due Today - Can you donate?

From: Rodger F.
Sent on: Sunday, October 13, 2013 11:44 PM
Ingrid, I "get" the 3 meetup groups from experience.  I'm currently the organizer of 4 meetup groups (some just beginning - but one has been in place for over 5 years).  Meetup doesn't always tell you that you get three groups for the same price - but you do.  Given that I have currently organize 4 Meetup groups - I have two Meetup slots still open - I could pick up the renewal of the CSS Meetup without any additional cost to myself.  I'd be happy to do that if you'd like.  That would place me in the Organizer role - which I don't really want to play - but I could make you the primary Co-Organizer and you'd have all the power to set up the meetings, approve new members, etc. - I just don't have the time to play the Organizer role - but I do have the Meetup "slot" so you wouldn't have to pay to renew.

One of the earlier responders mentioned that a possible approach rather than PayPal (which, as Cheryl pointed out, takes a slice of the contributions), is the one that I've taken - a totally-voluntary $1/person at face-to-face meetings.  People are generally really good about that - and it reinforces a central idea of Meetups:  people actually meeting face-to-face from time to time.


From: Ingrid Kast Fuller <[address removed]>
To: [address removed]
Sent: Sunday, October 13,[masked]:10 PM
Subject: RE: [css-56] Meetup Renewal is due Today - Can you donate?

The meetup costs are $72 every 6 months, so  it would be $144 a year.  (Rodger, I don’t know where you get the 3 meetup groups, I’m only organizing this particular meetup group and that’s the cost.)       I’ll go ahead and pay for the $72 renewal, but it would be nice if I had some help.  That’s why I asked the group.   (I am a long-time web hosting firm also and I know we could host elsewhere, but Meetup is the best for this group.)
 
Cheryl has done a great job with organizing all the Adobe meetings. Someone said we haven’t scheduled meetings. But, we have had several online meetings in the last 6 months. I really think the group should meet at a physical location once every few months to get to know each other.  Sometimes we all get too busy.    As I said earlier, I would like to work on a CSS workshop for next month.  And I’ll be getting with Cheryl and any other co-organizers that can make a planning meeting the first week of November.
 
Ingrid Kast Fuller
CityScope Net - http://www.cityscope.net
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From: [address removed] [mailto:[address removed]] On Behalf Of Rodger Fields
Sent: Sunday, October 13,[masked]:43 PM
To: [address removed]
Subject: Re: [css-56] Meetup Renewal is due Today - Can you donate?
 
To say that 372 members paying $1 each would cover the annual cost of a meetup + "some to spare" is rather disingenuous.  An organizer typically pays $12/month (for 6 months = $72) for 3 meetup groups.  I call that a lot more than "some to spare".

Having said that, I agree with all the arguments for staying with Meetup - but please, let's get real about the actual Meetup costs.
 
 

From: Cheryl Wise <[address removed]>
To: [address removed]
Sent: Sunday, October 13,[masked]:08 PM
Subject: RE: [css-56] Meetup Renewal is due Today - Can you donate?

Bryant,

Thank you for the offer but there are several reasons why this group is kept on meet-up even though many of our members are "in the business" and have servers as well as development skills.  Managing this group takes more time than you might think which is one reason that there have been change in leadership several times in the last few years.  In addition, meet-up has a following and tools to make it easy for perspective new members to locate us. That discoverability is one of the primary ways this group gets members. We currently have 372 members. If each member contributed $1 we would have more than the annual cost of a meet-up with some to spare for some giveaways or in person events.

Cheryl D Wise
http://wiserways.com
http://by-expression.com

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From: Bryant

Hello Ingrid and to all...

I know this would help... but I also know that what I am about to suggest might ruffle some feathers.

I am a graphic designer / web developer, who also owns a web hosting company.

I would be willing to donate web server space  and development time... so that this group can have its own "fully social website."

For This group, that would translate...into  Unlimited Flexibility, Unlimited Growth... and best of all  ZERO Cost per month!

I know that this could be helpfully so my only question is... if this could be of interest to the group...

Please feel free to reply back to me directly





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