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SCMWT Group Policies

Hi,

I wanted to introduce this page to the members as a way to communicate a couple of key points/policies that have been brought up in some common questions.

First, this is a wine group, and in that vein, the events center around wine and often include people drinking. From the people I have met so far, we have a very good group of responsible tasters. It is still worth stating that being a member of this group and attending an event with wine involved, requires you to drink responsibly and take responsibility for your actions. If there is a tasting event with several bottles of wine are included, there is NO shame in sipping and spitting. I would expect everyone is mature enough and responsible enough to understand their own limits.

Second, I have a strict policy that when the location of any event is at someone's home, the location and person hosting be kept out of the comments on the event. I do not allow any comments or communication that even hints towards the location of the event. The pages on this site are very public and can be accessed outside the group. I also know that you do not need the actual address to find and locate the person's home. Often just the mention or hint of the hosting member is enough for the technically savvy to find the location. I keep this policy strict to protect the members of this group and hope you understand my motives are always in the best interest of the group and its members. However, after an event is over, I strongly encourage any comments of gratitude for those that host our events.

Also, there are often wall comments that may include jokes and/or cute sayings that people comment for an event. I try to let as much communication as possible that facilitate the event (i.e. questions, ride shares, suggestions, etc). Since all our comments last forever and stay with the event page and outside people read these comments as a method to determine their future attendance and membership, the quality of the comments is an important aspect to what our group says to the public.

With the two cases I mentioned above (i.e. location of hosted events and joke comments), I reserve the right to remove any comments that either compromise the safety of our event or do not provide the right positive or relevant information about the events. I would ask that you do not take any of this action personally and realize that I am just trying to build this group and do the right thing for the group's messaging.

Next: I ask that everyone who attends an event to keep respect for others as the primary value of the group. Often people can be attracted to each other and may want to take extra steps to start something extra with someone else in the group. All this is very natural and fine and even encouraged, but when the interest is not mutual, I ask for everyone to be respectful of others first and encourage a friendly and team spirit above all your own personal motives and/or issues with each other. A group this size with varying personalities always requires us to step "above" our own interests. This includes the wearing of name tags as they allow first timers to find the members in the larger group and implicitly invites them to start conversation easier. So far, this group has been awesome in this regard and I thank everyone for the awesome spirit shown.

Also, we have events in both public places and at member's homes. While there is never any restrictions to attending an event at a public place, everyone who attends MUST RSVP via the meetup site. This shows respect for the other people in the group by letting them know you will be there and helps the organizers plan the event properly. With regards to events at private homes, I go the extra mile to ensure a safe and fun place for these events hosted by a member. For this reason, I reserve the right to refuse admission to anyone and I expect and request a genuine attitude of cooperation and willingness to share details that provide me or the organizers with enough confidence in your membership motives.

Lastly, there are charges for certain events and with wine, you would expect more probably in most cases. Please realize that I am not making a living off this group and am strictly trying to cover the costs and overhead of running the events and group. In some cases, I may ask for a deposit, and state the min/max total cost in the event description. This is because the total cost depends on the total number of attendees. Anyone who participates, must realize that costs are often put out before the event in a lump sum to get a negotiated price and cancellation with a refund is simply not possible without me having to pay out of my pocket. I will always do my best to try and refund where possible, but more than often this is simply not possible.

I hope these statements help create the right positive atmosphere for all our members. Our group can only be successful based on the attitudes and motives of all the members that attend events. Thanks for a great group so far and lets keep this going !

Thanks
Rob LaRiviere

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