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RE: [philosophy-240] Meeting place ideas

From: Helen
Sent on: Wednesday, September 14, 2011 11:55 AM
The libraries are closed on Sundays, and close by 7pm on the limited days they are open. And the fee is $50.
It is difficult to get a restaurant to agree to a room for any group without their intention of ordering food.  Tea and beer probably won't cut it. Restaurants want you to spend money.


From: [address removed]
To: [address removed]
Subject: Re: [philosophy-240] Meeting place ideas
Date: Wed, 14 Sep[masked]:19:21 -0400

Hi Everyone, 
I'm new and was planning on coming this past Sunday, but had to cancel because I wasn't feeling well. I was really sad to miss out because I've really been looking forward talking w/everyone and learning more about your group. I'll be attending the next meeting and I'm really looking forward to it! 

As for the meeting location: I have no preference as to the location- it does not appear to me that because it's in someones house, that it's a closed group! I guess I can see how some people new to the group might perceive that though. I also like the other options you posed: I like to get out for some drinks,  or grab a bite to eat. The only "possible" problem I could see with that is that dining out or sitting at a bar outside could possibly become distracting and take momentum away from the discussion...?? I dunno.. How has that worked in the past?? 

Some other ideas for a meeting place: hmmm.. The library has rooms that they rent out for a small fee... Maybe check there? Or, I know Panera bread near Concord Mills has a good size meeting room. I guess the only problem would be finding a central location for everyone. 

Many thanks to Cathy for opening her home and to Bill for keeping this going.. Can't wait to be a part of it! 

Tori Groat

Sent from my iPhone, so please excuse the thumb typing errors.

On Sep 13, 2011, at 10:14 PM, Bill Van Fleet <[address removed]> wrote:

In recent meetings, we have thought more and more about the possible desirability of moving our group meetings to a public place, rather than having them in a private home, because we worry that some potential new members may decide not to come to meetings because of feeling uncomfortable going for a first time to someone's private home.  In this past Sunday's meeting, a member said he thought that San Antonio's Mexican Restaurant at South Park might be good, because it has a big meeting room (which can be divided into three).  It would be relatively quiet, so it would not be likely to cause our group to fragment because of not being able to hear each other.  So I was to check it out.
I did indeed go there, after talking with the manager my phone.  The problem is that they cannot set it aside for us unless we can guarantee 15 members actually showing.  There would need to be some commitment to eating, also.  They do not have any other place that could accommodate us that would not be just out in the noisy area, and the table arrangement would not accommodate a very large group without breaking down into subgroups.  My verdict is that it would not be suitable.
On the other hand, Big Ben has a good situation outside.  The problem there is what we could do if it rained.  Inside is somewhat noisy.  I don't know that we should rule it out, but I certainly have the impression that meeting at Cathey's is currently more acceptable for our discussions.
Bottom line is that we need ideas.  For the time being I will assume we will continue to meet at Cathey's, but if anyone knows of something more public that would be satisfactory, please let us know.

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