|Sent on:||Tuesday, October 2, 2012 9:25 AM|
This will be the last such e-mail I'll be circulating.
Yesterday evening, at George Chopping's Jamboree, a total of 3 of the 9 members who RSVPd 'Yes' showed up, despite clear indications where we could be found, both on the event page, and in the signs placed at our table. This was a particular shame, as we'd manged to secure, thanks to George's goodwill, a whole section of seats with prime views in an otherwise crowded venue - quite an achievement in Oxford. Sadly, this situation is not untypical.
Everywhere we go, I meet event promoters, and club and gallery owners who are genuinely interested in Oxford Arts Group and delighted to hear that people are coming along to their events. Many go out of their way to accommodate the group, yet time and time again, we get perhaps half, or if lucky, two thirds of those who've RSVP'd 'yes; actually turning up. Sometimes, the numbers are even fewer. Of course, plans change, and things can crop up unexpectedly, but the discourtesy of not letting the organisers know, when all it takes is a moment to change your RSVP, and my mobile number (0787-[masked]) has been available for over a year now, is becoming increasingly hard to tolerate.
To make things clear, if you're no longer able to attend an event, please change your RSVP to 'No'. If it's within an hour or two of the start time, please text to that effect: 0787 -[masked], or the number of the individual event organiser, if this has been circulated.
Three 'no shows' without notification, or subsequent explanation and membership will be removed.
For new members, we are always looking for suggestions for events, or people who are willing to act as event hosts. It can be a very rewarding and enjoyable experience!
Until next time,
(Oxford Arts Group organiser)