Some questions have been asked so often that I decided to compile all the questions and their answers into this page. Hopefully it will provide the answer to the question you were just about to ask.... smile
Q. Is there any membership fee?
Q. Is this a for-profit group?
A. No, I organize events because I enjoy doing it. I already have a full-time job and this is a pleasurable pastime for me.
Q. So why do some events have fees?
A. Well, some events require me to pay in advance or cover other costs. In those instances, I will ask for a payment. In some cases you pay at the door when you get there and in other cases, such as our day trips and weekend getaways, you pay in advance to reserve your spot.
Q. How do I pay you an event fee?
A. If the event requires payment in order for you to RSVP, you may pay online with any major credit card or Paypal. In fact, you will not be able to RSVP for the event unless you pick a payment method. If you prefer not to pay online, I am more than happy to accept Interac eTransfers, cheques, money orders, wire transfers, gift certificates, prepaid loyalty cards, Canadian Tire money, or cash. In other words, I'm happy to accept payment in whatever method suits you -- please contact me and let me know how you wish to pay and I will provide the appropriate instructions.
Q. Is this a singles club?
A. Absolutely not! This is a social group and I welcome singles, couples and individuals in relationships who wish to attend events on their own. The whole point is to get out of your routine, meet people in the safety of a group environment and attend events you might not otherwise attend. And above all, have fun.
Q. Every time I try to RSVP, I find that the event is full. How do some people register so quickly?
A. My event announcements go out to every member at the same time. Some people have an advantage because they have access to their emails on their mobile devices. Meetup apps are available for mobile devices that allow you to perform basic things like RSVP'ing for events. If you are limited by having access to email only when you are at your desktop PC, it is entirely possible that those with mobile devices managed to grab all available spots for an event before you got a chance to read your email.
Q. How do waiting lists work?
A. A full page is available to explain how waiting lists work. Click on the "Pages" pull-down menu above and read the page about waiting lists.
Q. Are gays and lesbians welcome?
A. Of course! All members of the LGBT community and same-sex couples are most welcome to attend any of our events.
Q. Are children welcome?
A. Only to certain events. Minors are not able to attend events which involve alcohol or gaming. If minors are allowed to attend, it will be specifically mentioned in the event description.
Q. What about pets?
A. Pets are allowed at certain outdoors events. If pets are allowed to attend, it will be specifically mentioned in the event description. Service animals are always welcome.
Q. I have an NS after my name. What does it mean?
A. It means you were a "no show" for an event. If you RSVP "Yes" for an event, it means that I am expecting to see you at the event. If you then don't show up, not only is it very rude but you possibly also prevented someone else from coming because you were using up one of the limited spaces available for that event. This is not nice social behaviour and I mark your name with an "NS" after it.
Q. What are the repurcussions of having an "NS"?
A. You will not be allowed to register for certain events where I require a high reliability of attendance. You receive a warning email once you have been a no-show 3 times. You are permanently removed from the group once you reach 4 no-shows.
Q. How do I get rid of the "NS"?
A. Show up at a few events and eventually, when I have a higher confidence in your ability to attend events that you say you are going to attend, I will remove the NS designation. Please note that this is completely discretionary on my part and there are no fixed rules.
Q. A member has behaved in an inappropriate way towards me. What should I do?
A. Report it to me immediately via email. Click on my photo on the left side of the screen and then click on Email. Give me the name of the member and the details of the inappropriate behaviour and rest assured, I will investigate immediately and take appropriate action. If you have witness(es), then that's even better. Please include their information in your email.
Q. What is inappropriate behaviour?
A. You are all adults so I am sure all of you know the meaning of the phrase "inappropriate behaviour". But just in case you are hearing it for the first time, any behaviour where you harass, stalk, pursue, chase or otherwise force your company on to someone else who doesn't want it, is most definitely inappropriate. Same applies to any verbal comments that you make that are sexually overt, racist, bigoted or homophobic. All of the above will result in immediate ejection from this group, a lifetime ban against joining the group again and attending any of our events and further, I will report it to Meetup.Com who may take their own actions with respect to your membership of other groups. Quite simply, inappropriate behaviour will not be tolerated under any circumstances.