Information -- reorganization -- new books -- dues, etc.

From: Evelyn D.
Sent on: Friday, December 14, 2012 4:13 PM

Dear Friends, 

 

I’m exploring the MeetUp website and have initiated a discussion (see Discussions – Message Board – Book Lovers Monthly Meetup Discussion forum).  Title is “Book Choices for the year ahead”.  I wrote down the titles that I managed to capture from our discussion last Monday.  Janna agreed to manage the discussion and choices.  We want to work towards selecting our titles for the year ahead instead of only one or two books at a time.  However, it may take a month or two to achieve this goal.  We talked some about not only alternating fiction and nonfiction but considering different genres for both.  For example, Kelly is a fan of science fiction.  We’ve often  selected prize winning novels –“best books” “Booker Prize” .  Last month’s was the Chilean Literary Critics” Award for Best Novel.  On the nonfiction side, we’ve read books about food, natural history, medicine, population movements, Native Americans.  Sometimes we’ve read the UNC Freshman reading book choice.  In general, we opt for variety and high quality in our choices.  Janna will take our discussion forward from here. 

We also discussed and, I believe, agreed that we would collect annual dues to offset the cost of the Meetup website.  Under group tools, there is a way to set up membership dues.  Kelly investigated this and agreed to act as our treasurer.  Here’s what she says:

 “I looked into online dues payment, and we can connect a PayPal account to our Meet Up page. Unfortunately my organizer status doesn't allow me to set it up. Only the "main organizer" can access the tools for PayPal. I think it would be great to be able to pay annual dues through PayPal, since I use it all the time for other things.”

This sounds good to me with the exception of the “main organizer”.  I was hoping that we could run this club with a leadership team.  We have a number of volunteers and enough duties for everyone.  It’s a bit of a drawback if only one person can operate the group tools.  I’m sure Kelly is correct but I’ll investigate as well.  Well, now I’m looking at the Group tools – Membership dues.  And it says we can collect payments through Amazonpayments (I’ve used this), PayPal (Kelly and other are familiar with this) or by cash or check.  I like the idea of having several options, probably the first two have a small charge to the collecting organization.  I see that for PayPal one has to have a PayPal account and email address and agree to the dreaded “Terms of Service”.   In like manner we would need an Amazon Payments Business Account for the amazon option. 

I was going to put in $10 as annual dues.  I suppose we have to define what “annual” means.  Is it the calendar year of 2012? Or is it 12 months forward of whenever someone joins?  Or do we prorate?  My suggestion would be that it’s for the current year and that folks who attend pay the full amount even if they only attend a few meetings. 

In the organizing material, they suggest we can call it “feeds, donations, or contributions” if we don’t like the term “membership dues.”  All transactions are recorded for all to see.  I like that transparency. 

I made some of the co-organizer roles that we agreed to but can’t figure out how to change the list of organizers on our home page.  Vanessa, do you know how? 

Well, this email is too long so I’ll stop.  I’ll make a copy of this and post on the Discussion Forum as well.  There ought to be a way to do this automatically – and perhaps there is and I just haven’t yet discovered it. 

Evelyn

 

 

 

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