Re: [sushi-121] Attendance

From: allison
Sent on: Tuesday, December 10, 2013 7:41 PM
I think pre-pay is a great option. We changed our rsvp a few days before the event because of our move, which allowed some on the waiting list get the spots. We manage to get a house and had to arrange the movers to come.For those that dont know us we just moved here dec 2 from wisconsin. We are so sorry we missed this event. I am so sorry if our rsvp change caused any issues.
happy holidays and we are looking foward to joining you all next year.
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On Tue, 12/10/13, Ed Haddad <[address removed]> wrote:

 Subject: [sushi-121] Attendance
 To: [address removed]
 Date: Tuesday, December 10, 2013, 10:52 AM
 
 Dear Members:
 I had hoped never to have to write an email like this,
 but certain few insensitive, irresponsible members have
 forced the issue.
 Last Sunday we had a Meetup at Yoshi.  It was to be our
 last Meetup of the year.  At one point there were 30 YES
 and 5 WAITING.  Yoshi graciously allowed us to add 5 to the
 list, but then people started to PROPERLY drop off and we
 had 25 attending at the CLOSE of the RSVP.  I gave Yoshi
 that number.
 ONLY 13 SHOWED UP!!  Yoshi had a delicious spread of
 some of the best sushi I have eaten and there was a lot of
 food that was wasted.  Thankfully 2 people walked in for
 dinner and found the private party.  They paid for 2 of the
 no-shows and we still had 10 short.  THIS MEANT A $300 LOSS
 TO THE RESTAURANT THAT HAD JUST GRACED US WITH ITS BEST.
 I am very proud of the members that DID attend.  They
 volunteered to buy "Doggie Bags" to help defray
 the cost.  I bought $50.00 worth of extra sushi myself. 
 And the restaurant STILL lost money because of the
 irresponsible few.
 Changing your RSVP to NO After the deadline IS A
 NO-SHOW.   One Member changed his RSVP at 4:00 PM, the
 beginning of dinner.  Sorry, but the food is made by then
 and the money spent.  By the end of the deadline,
 restaurants have already bought extra food, made extra
 rolls, etc. and incurred extra costs.
 So if the few want to act like children unfortunately ALL
 will suffer.  From this point on, any ALL YOU CAN EAT will
 be PRE-PAY ONLY.  Depending on the ease of the restaurant
 to handle pre-pays, you will either call in a credit card or
 send checks to my office with sufficient time for them to
 clear.   They will be non-refundable.  If you make a
 commitment, KEEP IT.  Most social events sell tickets and
 you can't sell those back, so why should we be
 different?  For now we will continue to have discounted
 menu offers paid at the restaurant, but REMEMBER, they have
 to buy extra food.  Also with discounted offers things are
 made to order and the wait to eat is longer.  No-shows to
 these events will be tagged and the rule is 3 and you are
 out of the Meetup.  You will NOT be tagged as a no-show if
 you pay for all you can eat events and can't make it. 
 Since you have paid and the restaurant will not suffer,
 there is no harm.
 Now for those who failed to attend Yoshi's or changed
 RSVP AFTER the deadline, show a little class and send money
 to Yoshi to help cover his cost for your delinquency.  Then
 let ME know you did so I know which of you understands what
 happened here.
 I have been the Organizer of this Meetup group since
 2008.  I not only volunteer to do this but I alone pay the
 $144.00 annual assessment to Meetup.com for the cost of
 being a Meetup Group.  Unfortunately, I alone face the
 embarrassment when things like this happen.
 I apologize to those Members who have diligently honored
 their RSVP's but I know of no other way.  For those of
 you who take issue with any of this you are free to leave
 our Meetup.  For a time I considered quitting myself and
 Joel, our Only Assistant, was prepared to leave as well. 
 Do any of YOU want to try your luck at organizing our 700
 member group?  Offer yourselves as Assistants first and I
 will be happy to let you share the burden of running the
 programs.
 Soon I will be posting January's schedule and setting
 up the pre-pay options for each one.  Let's hope this
 alleviates the problem.  I welcome comments from all of you
 about our required changes.
 Ed
  
  
  
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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