You'll be welcomed like a long lost friend... Seriously it's a fun easy-going group... Come on out sometime... You'll have a blast...
The more frequent attendees to our events know most of what follows, ideally I'd like to speak to new members, the infrequent attendees and those that never show up at all
Since August 06, we've grown to over 1600 members, and had almost 500 events - more than any other group in South Florida. I'm amazed by the new member count, and that much of it was driven by word of mouth from our members.And as for the frequency of very unique and interesting events that's all due to input from the active members. .
My initial goal for this group was to develop a group of friends who were intelligent communicative folks, who had interests in travel, culture and outdoor activities near and far... In that area, my wildest expectations have been exceeded...
This phenomenal success brings a new set of challenges...
In the past year, we've become involved with charities, public relations agencies, and a variety of businesses. In order to have these groups assist us in building larger more meaningful adventures, we are broadening and deepening our ties with these groups - in a stronger and more lasting way. This requires an increasingly professional approach.
Things we are:
A fun, adventurous social networking group - Generally speaking we're all most especially the "regularly attending members" - very calm in demeanor, very welcoming to new members, very open to humor, very open to new experiences. While many of us are professionals, some highly successful, a more common attribute is that of a reasonable level of
humility, sincerity and civility
. Ultimately, all this really means is that we are all very sociable and, - frankly speaking -
this level of sociability is a basic requirement to participate in the group
In addition, the size and demeanor of our group has allowed us to contribute to the community, through volunteer efforts and support of a variety of charitable endeavors, including support of Make-A-Wish, Women in Distress, The Leukemia Society, Woodhouse of Pompano, LES of Hollywood and other local charities. This is an are that will continue to grow...
Things we are not:
A singles dating group. Most of us are single, and there is attraction between various members and surely that's some of the fun in a group like this, however if this is your prime motivation for attending - don't show up - there are other groups better serving your interests.
A group for you to impress: If your lack of self confidence evidences itself in an oversized ego, or if you delight in domination or intimidation of other people you may also want to go somewhere else - pretentious people simply need not apply here...
A happy hour bar group - While we do get together fairly frequently to socialize at a pub or nightclub - drinking isn't the focus - many members don't even drink - so if beer bongs or downing shots is your passion - some of the other nightlife MeetUp groups may also be better suited to your interests...
A business development / network marketing group: No sales pitches allowed. Don't try handing out literature... There's better groups for this...
Periodically we do get together to discuss various issues, including members (new or old) that may not exhibit the types of character traits this group desires... and yes we've taken actions in this regard. Rest easy here, there is no long admittance interview or anything like that, but remember that if you do exhibit antisocial behavior - not limited to those listed above, you will be removed from the group... .
Our Mascot - The American Bison
Where we're headed, and conjuring up The Bison Club:
When my dad was young, he became a member of a neighborhood-based social and athletic club, named "The Bison Club". They'd rent buses for trips to Yankee games, they'd go to see boxing in Newark, or they'd hang around a rented storefront that served as their headquarters. They'd have ball teams and go to movies and the theater, and go fishing and camping and do all sorts of interesting things. Well it's now 50+ years later and he still occasionally flies up north to a meeting of his old friends in the Bison Club. I believe we're on a similar path with this group. Over this very brief period of time, I know a number of very good friendships (and more) that have already developed. I'm sure more will follow
(1) Participate - Show up to an event, RSVP regularly, make use of the RSVP comment section and bulletin board. And of course , if you dont have a picture online - get one! Photos of dogs, cats, babies or inanimate objects do not count!
(2) Bring a Friend to the next event! - or just send them the hyperlink to the group
(3) Spread the Word about MeetUp and this and other groups
(4) Keep your eyes open for quirky unique fun events, and drop us an email about them
Thanks again to all of you who have been instrumental in growing this group so quickly in the last few months, and making it so much fun with so many unique events. I, for one, have been truly been enjoying the ride...
See you all soon