|Sent on:||Monday, August 15, 2011 5:08 PM|
Dear members of the Photography Meetup Group:
Those of you who have been around a while will probably remember that I stepped in as this group's organizer on an interim basis to "save" it from disappearing until a permanent organizer could be found. I was able to easily do this, because I was already the organizer for two other groups and wouldn't have to pay additional fees to take over this one too.
Well, I'm now divesting myself of all of my groups, mainly because I simply don't have time anymore due to other responsibilities I've accumulated. So I'd like to invite members of this group to let me know if they're able and willing to take over as the chief Organizer. I will stay on until the end of the year if necessary, but if a replacement is found sooner, all the better!
There's a hitch, of course, and that's that the Organizer of any meetup group PAYS for the privilege! Last I checked, I think I was paying around $6 per month. I have never tried to recoup any of this money; I have always just treated it as a personal investment in my own quality of life and in the community.
Not everyone is able to do that, so I'll just briefly mention that there are two ways to cover the out-of-pocket expense of being the Organizer: (1) collect a small amount of dues from members, either at specific meetups or on, say, an annual basis, and/or (2) get sponsorships for the group. In the case of a group of this size, I'm guessing that collecting a dollar per member per meetup would be a good start toward defraying the organizer fee.
Again, please reply to me if you're even thinking you MIGHT want take over as Organizer. If I hear from multiple candidates, then I'll have to decide how to resolve that -- maybe a vote by the membership?
I won't be leaving the group entirely, so I still hope to attend an occasional photography meetup and meet some of the members I haven't already met!