I recently hit my 2 year anniversary for running this group. I have achieved the critical mass necessary to be able to plan any type of event, large or small. I never wanted to be the largest group, just "quality" as cliche as it sounds. I do recognize that there is power in numbers when negotiationg with venues. Surpassing the 1000 mark in members with nearly 100 events over 2 years is enough to speak for itself.
I contemplated taking this group private in order to better control who can join. I want to be able to decide for whom I will invest my time to create experiences for. "Why would you plan a party and then invite people you really do not care for?"
I want these people to be those that I feel I share common ground with...and likewise with other members that represent the majority bulk of this group's members. Sadly, there are people in the group who do not seem to fit in--they are well outside the "demographic" of the group, whether it their demeanor, socialibility factor or something as quantifiable as chronological age.
I decided against taking the group private and will maintain this as an open group. This means anyone can join and the content is public. There are pros and cons to this decision, the most compelling is that anyone can join with no restrictions :)
What I will do in lieu of taking the group private is ask more people out of the group. Running a meetup group is not one of equal rights and democracy! :) If I have asked you out of the group (and referred you to these ABOUT pages) then I have deemed that you fall outside of what I have stated I seek for this group for one or more reasons.
As judgmental as it sounds, it is no more so than making a decision by a photo and a few words or no words (because a person fails to fill out any questions in the profile) without ever meeting them in person.
So to establish some future guidelines for members of the group:
1) See definition of "LIVELY" on home page
you have social energy, you have physical energy, you have positive energy
You are someone that comes to a meetup event with the feeling that you want to contribute something. You want to actively engage with others. You are social and generally considered an outgoing person. Meetup is not for the shy wallflowers who wait for othersto engage with them or who expect others to make it "fun" for them.
2) Age range of 30s and 40s
late 20s to early 50s is fine too, as many of our members are. However, those that fall outside the range are usually an exception for their age. Mid 50s and older, then this group is probably not for you. There are plenty of groups that are designated for specific age ranges. Let's be realistic in acknowledging that age is usually a determining factor for sharing common ground and establishing a connection with someone.
to be continued.....
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|No Shows or cancellations (Change to No RSVP)||February 10, 2010 6:01 AM||Maria|
|About LIVELY FRIENDS of South Bay/LA||January 7, 2017 5:44 PM||Maria|