Thursday, February 12, 2009 2:59 PM
I don't imagine I could be more cryptic in the subject line. Well, maybe I could. But...
In an attempt to move our Meetup into a more formal level of activity and to keep the overall costs lower from my personal out-of-pocket expenses, I decided to poll the attendees at the last Weekend Workshop on their thoughts about charging a small annual due. I brought up the fact of the financial numbers of renting the room and providing snacks, thus ensuring a comfortable environment to subdue an audience for up to eight hours, would be taken care of for less than a penny a day. This would mean that no one person would have to look forward to a possible fee of up to ten dollars to attend the Weekend Workshop. Plus, though welcomed, the act of having to supply a snack or beverage would be eliminated. It would all be covered if even half of the number of members on this meetup and the South Austin Pagan Meetup would donate a sum of $3.00 a year.
After a quick show of hands and a call for alternate options, the motion passed 100%. So, having been affirmed in my theory that individuals would not squirm too bad if asked for a yearly tithe of $3.00, we now have the service in place so that everyone can make an easy Paypal donation of $3.00 through the Meetup site.
This will serve us twofold. For one, the number of people that join our group on a whim and do not participate at all over a 12 month period will be shunted into making a contribution to the cause whether they seek to advance themselves or not. For another, we will ultimately save enough over just a couple of years so that we can hold another Weekend Workshop throughout the year or host an end of year party similar to the December meetup that we had at Baby Acapulco's this last year.
I stated at the meeting that I fully expect for at least half our numbers to fall off the list. This is part of a cyclical culling that is necessary for the growth of those that actually strive to take action in furthering their path. There are some people that are on both lists. I don't expect you to pay twice. And, getting started in keeping track of payed dues will be slow and fumbly. So, no one will be suddenly removed from the list.
I hope that, as this year takes its turn, many more of you who may be less apt to participate will take charge of yourself and contribute to our group. Our workshops will continue to get better and span a wider collection of paths and resources. I look forward to learning more from you who would teach me new things as well as learning the few things that I may offer as viable metaphysical knowledge.
I appreciate all of you who have and will continue to grow in this group. I thank you in advance for your support.