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Hi everyone! I'm a social butterfly, and enjoy meeting new people in my immediate neighborhood (Astoria), arranging social events, and facilitating great connections between other people.

For this group, 'Eclectic Astorians', most outings will occur within the confines of Astoria, and they will be 'eclectic'. (Only occasionally will I suggest an event outside of Astoria...) Another feature of this group is that most events will be limited to 10 or so people at a time. I want people to truly get to know each other...to have good conversation...I don't want this to feel like a networking/name-tag kind of group.

Our group (whose events will be purposefully small in size) is not like other Meetup groups where you can feel anonymous. Not showing up for events of this size does affect the host and other attendees. If you can no longer attend an event (or think you won't be able to make it), please give me Two Hours notice. It's very disheartening for me to pay Meetup Organizer dues, arrange events, etc., only to end-up with a bunch of no-shows. All I ask is for common courtesy. Thank you for your understanding!

Every so often I will arrange for a somewhat larger outing, once I feel that enough good relationships have been created between members of the group.

'YES' to:

- members that are engaging, who have a positive energy, with varied interests, and who are comfortable meeting new people and diving right into conversation! All profiles must include a clear photo of YOU and your real name. (I don't like hosting small, intimate events and having no clue who I am to meet. ;-) )

- members who understand our events will generally be small and intimate, and that communicating to the host if you can no longer attend, is expected.

- events where we support and enjoy both the new AND the old-school establishments of Astoria. (I think it's hugely important to support the small businesses that have been in Astoria for more than a few years, and which seem to be gradually disappearing due to rent increases, etc,)

'NO to:

- joining this group because you see all Meetup members as potential clients for your business, product, etc.

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I find groups most interesting when they have a good mix of members (singles/couples, straight/gay, younger/older, etc.,) so no one should think this group might not be for them! I'd like to have members who are capable of enjoying people who may have different backgrounds from you, different political views, economic backgrounds, much older/younger than you, etc. What matters most is that we all are people with positive energy, and who respect each others' viewpoints.

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NOTE: To help offset the fees that I must pay to Meetup.com each month as a Group Organizer, I'd like to kindly ask for a $2 donation from each member, whenever they attend one of our events. Thank you!

Thanks for your interest, and hope to see you soon!

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