Thursday, May 21, 2009 8:07 AM
Hello, everyone! After consulting with a few members at the last meetup, I've decided to change things up a bit. We had two nominations for Birkdale, so we'll have both our Sunday morning meetups there. I think the easiest way to do that is have our coffee meetups at different locations, preferrably in shopping centers with a diverse array of eateries, etc. since the group often has lunch after the meeting. Shopping centers also solve any parking problems we've experienced at other meetups.
That way we can remain flexible while meeting at a fixed point. This will also allow people to come to the meetup later if they would prefer just going to lunch. You know, after church. Seriously. If you're at the location by noon, we can gather to make decisions about lunch. It's like having 2 meetups in one, and you don't even have to wake up at a "decent" time to attend!
This will solve the location problem (Charlotteans would prefer not driving to Gastonia, and vice versa). I think it will be easier for people to travel Sunday morning as opposed to Thursday evening, which is after work for many of you.
The Short Version: We're keeping the Thursday evening meetups permanently in Gastonia, but we'll be rotating locations for the Sunday morning meetups.
Any thoughts? Let's try it and see!
P.S. Planning Whitewater Event right now for a weekend day in July. For those of you who are new, Whitewater Event would include a group of us getting together at the National Whitewater Center and getting all-day passes to go rafting, wall climbing, hiking, etc. If you're interested, let me know and tell me which weekends are good for you, so I can coordinate. Thanks!