RE: [walkers-326] Stepping Down as Group Leader

From: Hans
Sent on: Wednesday, November 25, 2009 11:56 PM
AJ yes, I am fully with you on what you said.
When I just read all the discussion I had noticed that one voice was missing and
that's Kristin's. We will have to hear from her.
In the meantime I am also joining your chorus: this group which I have to credit for
some of my best times in the past years would not have existed without Kurt and he
definitely deserves thanks for starting, running and growing it to the quality it has.
The thanks also go to you and Steve and to Kristin in particular who kept the group
going when Kurt had to step in the background.
Except Kristin wants to take it on, my take, based on experiences also with other Meetup
groups as they mature, is that indeed managing such a group can and should not long
term be responsibility and burden put on a single person's shoulders. I then would suggest
a team effort of maybe 6 interested assistant organizers to split up the duty so that it
stays fun and nobody gets overwelmed - and most importantly there is backup.

=> Let's hear from folks who would be willing to help organize.
My name's on the list.

Hans 
 

From: [address removed]
To: [address removed]
Subject: Re: [walkers-326] Stepping Down as Group Leader
Date: Wed, 25 Nov[masked]:13:28 -0500

One thing we are forgetting in all this, is to Thank Kurt for his leadership for the last nearly 3 years.  Some of you may not know Kurt as he has had personal business to attend to for the last year or so. We (Steve M. (an assistant leader) and I have) run into this same issue.
 
However if it was not for Kurt, this group would not exist.
 
On my own part then, I would like to say: "Thank you!". 
 
I hope however you will continue to be an active member of the group and attend hikes from time to time.
 
On Kristin as the new leader. It is clear she is the obvious choice, as she had been the most active of the assistant leaders. The question is then, does Kristin want to do this?  It is a lot of work.  She has been doing hikes, but now there is paperwork involved.
 
Take care all.
 
Here's one for Kurt....
Here's one for Kristin....
 
AJ

--- On Tue, 11/24/09, Kurt Herold <[address removed]> wrote:

From: Kurt Herold <[address removed]>
Subject: [walkers-326] Stepping Down as Group Leader
To: [address removed]
Date: Tuesday, November 24, 2009, 5:07 PM

Hello All,[/b] wink

After much thought about the groups future and also my personal time available to manage it, I have decided to step down as Owner/ organizer of the Rochester Hiking Meetup Group.

As of December 4th, 2009 I will no longer manage or assist in this group.

It has been a great journey that I hope you all will continue for many years to come. We have grown dramatically and met friends we would not have had a chance to meet otherwise. I hope all of you have gained something or look at our world a bit differently from this time together. I know every time I am in the woods I look back on an event we have had or a situation that arose and I pop a smile. You all are special to me and I will miss your company.

My wish is to have you all vote on ONE new leader to run the group. I suggest using a prominent assistant organizer or anyone else with experience in the outdoors who may show interest in doing so.

Normally it takes 1/2 hour of time to plan, schedule, post maps for an event and some new hiking areas will need to be scouted prior to posting so we can rate the hike intensity level accordingly.

Here is where things get a bit confusing.......
We had a total cash income of $558.20 ( according to our website financial tracking) I believe this number does not reflect paypal fees of about 45Cents per transaction times about 100 transactions that was also taken out by processing. ( possibly $45 or a net income of about $510). sorry.... confusing and hard to track 300 peoples transactions over 2 years time....

PLEASE NOTE WE STILL HAVE OVER 100 UNPAID MEMBERS! Their fees are crucial to continuing this group!!!
I suggest the new leader address this issue immediately in order to be ready to recoup your payment cost.


our to date group expenses total $515.00....


Expense: Nov 24, 2009. Reimbursement for misc group supplies ( cups, utensils, jello shots, donuts, trail mix , etc) used as 2nd year perks

($50.00)

Expense: On June 5, 2009 a charge of $72.00 for your Meetup subscription was successfully processed

($72.00)

Expense: On December 5, 2008 a charge of $72.00 for your Meetup subscription was successfully processed

($72.00)



Expense: On June 5, 2008 a charge of $72.00 for your Meetup subscription was successfully processed

($72.00)

May 24, 2008

Expense: Payment for band "EL Kabong" to play at skybrook campout. Covers their travel and food expenses

($30.00)

Dec 30, 2007

Expense: Reimbursement for misc group supplies ( cups, utensils, jello shots, donuts, trail mix , etc) used as 1st year perks to support noobie members and to promote comradeship.

($75.00)

Dec 5, 2007

Expense: On December 5, 2007 a charge of $72.00 for your Meetup subscription was successfully processed

($72.00)

May 21, 2007

Expense: On May 21, 2007 a charge of $72.00 for your Meetup subscription was successfully processed

($72.00)

A NEW LEADER MUST REGISTER A CREDIT CARD BEFORE the DEC. 5TH payment of $72.00 is due

Good luck in your future,
With Love... Kurt Herold




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