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Info on Over 45 Singles Group from Barb T (Organizer of group) **Please Take the Time to Read**

From: barb t.
Sent on: Monday, April 16, 2012 8:32 PM

Hello all the wonderful members of this group,

I started this group almost 4 yrs ago to find others around my age who wanted to get out of the house and have some fun.

I never gave a thought to the idea that we would still be a group after 4 yrs with 500 members!!

I have met so many nice people, so many I now call “friend”.

I have had so much fun, done so many things I would have not done if not for this group.

 

That being said, the larger we get, the more difficult it becomes to set up events that allow us to sit, talk and get to know each other.

We are having 40 and 50 RSVP’s per event now and there are not a lot of places in the Portage and Summit area that can accommodate us all…much less fit us all comfortably. It is challenging to find places that will let us make a reservation for this many.

Aside from limited locations, the biggest issue we have is the no-shows.

 

Attendance:

PLEASE take the time to read this part as I am looking for a solution to this problem.

Since the beginning, we have had an issue with members saying they are coming to an event and they don’t show up. This is more than an inconvenience as it affects ALL members of the group at EVERY event.

Reservations are made, seats are saved, all members wait for the yes RSVP’s to arrive when in fact, the no-shows are not coming…..but did not have the manners or consideration to let the event host know this. We have empty seats…that we continue to save, while other patrons stand in line for a seat.

Other groups have this same problem. A lot of them now take attendance at every event and you get 2-3 strikes and you are removed from the group. Is this my only solution??

Sometimes we need to set a limit…and the “no-shows” have tied up a seat that another member could have used.

 

Fun Events:

On another subject, I love that we have such great members that assist with setting up events.

This allows us to do so many different activities and visit so many nice and fun places.

I sometimes get emails that all our events are in one area. They are set up where event hosts are willing to set them up.

I am offering to any member, and we have you from all over NE Ohio…to think about being an event host for an event in your area. I can make any member a one time host for an event. (I would help guide you through the process..not very hard, except for the “no-shows:.)

Something fun going on in your area? Have a favorite bar, winery or restaurant?  A special event planned for your city or county? Let’s set it up on our site!

If you don’t want to host, still send me your ideas and maybe I or someone else will host the event.

 

Members we have not met:

Out of our 500 members I would guess, if I counted, that I have met maybe 1/3 of you.

You are missing our on a nice people and fun times by not showing up. We all came for the 1st time. I promise you that the group will welcome you. There is always at least 2-5 new members at each event..so come join us! I do go through the list of members every few months and remove members that have not been on our site for the past year. (you are welcome to re-join when you want to come to events.)

 

So, again, what a great group of people!! Keep the fun coming!

Be considerate of your hosts and other members by being accurate on the RSVP’s.

See you all soon!!
Barb Travis

 

(FYI.. I am planning to set up a “mixer”(kinda like a speed dating maybe) in the next few months. I will set 2 up for 2 age ranges. Still tossing around ideas of how I want to do this. I am going to charge a small fee for this event  as I plan to need some supplies for this.

There will be NO room for “no shows” at this event!!!

More info will be coming….

 

 

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