Do you enjoy meeting new people? Developing friendships? Having fun? Experiencing life in San Francisco?
Have you found that this becomes increasingly difficult as you move around? Develop new interests in which your existing friends don’t share? Your longer term friendships pair up, start to have children and/or move outside the city?
This group attracts people who believe that trying new things, making new friends and having fun makes life fulfilling regardless of age. Members are interested in developing real friendships versus dropping in occasionally for “something to do.” For this reason, we have a strict show policy which means the people who say they are going to the event actually do go, unlike many Meetup groups. Find details further down in description. Most activities take place in San Francisco.
Our events reflect a range of interests, including but not limited to: *Intellectual (e.g., discussion groups, museums, etc) *Play (e.g., hiking, games, tennis, circus class, etc) *Local Events (e.g., Festivals, etc) *Nightlife (e.g., Happy Hours, Live music) *Sports viewing (e.g., World Cup, Warriors, etc.) *Hang-outs (e.g., chilling in the park, sharing travel stories, etc.) *Volunteering *Other (e.g., cooking class, improv, etc)
Our events are kept small, with the exception of a couple happy hours per year, so that we can actually spend time getting to know each other better.
To facilitate our vision of fostering real connection and delivering fulfilling event experiences, we employ some guidelines for membership:
1. Member Profiles--
When was the last time you made new friends using a fake name or wearing a bag over your face with a photo of your cat or a pretty sunset? Anonymous profiles impede new friendships, may create an unsafe space for other members, and make it difficult for event organizers to recognize you. Our group is private, so only fellow members may view your profile or see which events you are attending. So, to maintain membership...
*Your PRIMARY profile pic must clearly show your face *Use your real name
2. Participation is restricted to those who were born between the years of 1964-1984
3. Show Policy--
In developing friendships, reliability is pretty key. Who wants to develop a friendship with someone who always cancels on them at the last minute? Toward that end, we enforce a strict show policy. We all lead busy lives and find ourselves juggling various interests and commitments. All we ask is that you consider your calendar when you sign up for an event, keep your RSVP updated to reflect your availability, and communicate. It is the rare occasion that one must cancel within 24 hours of a commitment, if they have planned accordingly. This policy has enabled us to attract and retain members seeking real friendships and deliver fulfilling events with the number of people needed to make that event happen. It also ensures people on the waitlist don't miss out on an event of interest unnecessarily. So, with all that in mind, our show policy is enforced as follows:
* 1 NO-SHOW with absolutely no communication to the organizer and you could be out.
* 2 NO-SHOWs, even with communication, and you are out.
No Show is defined as not showing up to an event or canceling within 24 hours. This may be expanded to 2-3 days advance notice in situations where an event is popular and has a long waitlist.
It's a bummer, but there are a lot of flakes on Meetup. Don't make us do it!!! It's easy, if you can't come, BE CONSIDERATE and keep your RSVP up to date.
**Five cancellations within 48 hours and we may also ask you to move on. We try to keep our flake factor to = zero! 4. Intentions-- This group's purpose is to deliver a forum whereby people can develop new friendships. This is not a singles group. Unsolicited messages to members is discouraged and will lead to removal from the group if a complaint is forwarded to me. Similarly, we discourage people coming to events with any intention other than just making new friends. With that said, people are adults and connections may be made. We simply don't want that to be one's primary focus in participating with this group.
Similarly, we have many members who are coupled. For off meetup events, invitations may be extended to our meetup friends' partners. However, this is not a "couples" meetup; we encourage people to join who are seeking some independent friendships and activities in their lives.
Please set your notifications to on. We often communicate logistical information via event comments. Also, our events fill up quickly because we limit the numbers for each event. If you aren't getting notifications, you may not be able to attend events of interest and we want you to!
Other things to bear in mind..
For most eating out events, please bring cash so that we can settle the bill with one credit card.
We want members to have a good time and develop solid friendships through this meetup. As such, we have some scenarios under which a member may be removed from the group.
** If you are rude/unfriendly, a constant complainer, or disrespectful/make others uncomfortable on a consistent basis, you will be kindly asked to move on.
** Also if you have not logged in or attended an event in the last year you may be removed.