New (sadly necessary) RSVP and attendance policy and June booklist

From: Anne
Sent on: Thursday, May 22, 2008 2:03 PM
Hi to all. just sent you a notice of the June meeting. ?I'm following up by mailing everone ?the new RSVP and attendance policy, which is also posted on the website.
I'm not a "rules" person and I'd like to keep things as casual as possible, but in the last couple of months the gap between who says they are definitely or likely coming, and those who actually show up, has become so great that unless things change I can't keep organizing the group. Without further ado, the policy:

1) Please RSVP ASAP after receiving notice of the next meeting. You can always switch later.

2) When you RSVP "yes" or "maybe," at the same time you RSVP, ?indicate your book choice (from the current list!!!! June list is at the bottom of this email). A "yes"or "maybe" RSVP that doesn't include a book choice will be considered a "no." You can always change your book choice, and we include books of short stories or essays so that if you're not sure you can finish a book before the meeting, you have rewarding choices. Also, most books on the list carry forward from one month to the next, so if you read half of a long book and want to discuss just the first half, ?that's great. It will be on the list again the next month, so come back and discuss the second half. In other words, the book list is super-flexible, but the need to choose a book when you RSVP is non-negotiable.

3) If you RSVP "yes" or "maybe" please also email at [address removed] me from your email account, nor through the meetup interface, and include a phone number where I can reach you. You need only do this once unless the info changes as I will keep your number on file. I will use this information for the sole purpose of confirming your RSVP by voice contact the weekend before the meetup. The reason for this is that I have to go through last minute preparations for the meeting and go to the venue if there are "yes" or "maybe" RSVP's on the site, whether or not anyone else shows up. This can lead to grrrrrr moments.

4) Any "Maybe" not converted to a "Yes" by the Sunday immediately before the meeting will be considered a "No."

5) If I can't contact any "Yes" or "Maybe" RSVP-er the weekend before the meetup, that person's response will be considered a "No."

6)?Please remember this is a small group that relies on active participants, not names on a web page, so give your RSVPs and attendance the same weight you would for any social or business event where the host is putting in work and needs accurate information.

I hope I don't sound like somebody's mean ol' gym teacher, but being mellow about this stuff has NOT been working of late.


P.S. ?Since I'm a already sending out a long email, I may as well copy and paste in the June booklist, which is up to twelve selections and has something for everyone, I hope.

1) Only Yesterday by Frederick Allen. Reissue of classic informal history of America in the twenties.

2)St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves by Karen Russell (short story collection, slightly surreal, set in Florida.)

3)Second Lives: A Journey Through Virtual Worlds by Tim Guest (Personal reportage on what's going on in Second Life et al)

4)Chronicles, Volume 1 by Bob Dylan (autobiography)

5)Into the Wild by Jon Krakaur (nonfiction; a young man's life follows a startling trajectory.)

6)Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard (part memoir, part nature writing, seventies classic)

7)Walden by Henry David Thoreau (American classic to revisit or read for the first thing if you were thinking about other things in high school)

8)The United States of Arugula: The Sun Dried, Cold Pressed, Dark Roasted, Extra Virgin Story of the American Food Revolution by David Kamp (The title say;s it all!)

9)A Free Life by Ha Jin (Novel about the immigrant experience, interesting perspective on American life, Chinese life, the artist's life, married life, plain old life)

10)Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain: How a New Science Reveals Our Extraordinary Potential to Transform Ourselves by Sharon Begley ( Popluar science and a little self-development)

11)An Eater's Manifesto by Michael Pollan, follow-up to The Omnivore's Dilemma

12)E=mc?: A Biography of the World's Most Famous Equation by David Bodanis (Science and history of science presented for the non scientist.)


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