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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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