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I have recently attempted to establish three guidelines:
#1) I am trying to keep the number of members (in the low 100's). Looking for committed women of all ethnicities who desire to be active enough to surf the meet-up page every four months and attend at least one event. Therefore, if you have not followed those guidelines, I will send you an email a week before terminating your membership. You can always ask to rejoin. I have put this policy in place so that SoS does not become one of those meet-up groups with thousands of members and nobody knows each other.
#2) I would also like to enforce a rule of attending at least two local events before going out of town with the group. I believe that this is only fair and will make everyone feel comfortable. So if you are planning on attending (the camping trip, international trip, or perhaps the cruise in 2019), then you would need to participate in a hike, a festival, a movie, etc., at least two events before that time. It only seems logical that you would want to get to know the person that you are sharing a hotel or cabin room with.
#3) I am asking each member to post an actual picture of themselves. Not a poem, no emoji, or your favorite hat, etc. This way when you are meeting a member for the first time at a movie, the flea market, getting coffee; you know what the other person looks like. I do understand that some members have very confidential careers in law enforcement, social work, or perhaps in your past you have experienced a domestic situation and you do not want someone to find you. If you send me a brief email letting me know why you cannot post your picture, I will respect your privacy.
Our group is for women in the Coastal Empire Communities who enjoy doing just about anything. Travel, bowling, the movies, concerts, plays, wine-tasting, donating our time, camping, going to historical places, etc. Since you want to be around like-minded women, then this might be the group for you. Please be respectful and cancel your RSVP well in advance if at all possible; some of these events take a great deal of time to coordinate and sometimes money. One other item; when you get to your location message and state that you are standing outside the restaurant or movie. Everyone does not need your cell phone; post a message on the event that you are attending that you have arrived. Thanks.
Suggestions are always welcome! (Updated by LDW on 6/15/18)