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San Francisco World Travelers Pages

RSVP POLICY

SFWT offers a social setting for traveler's in the Bay Area community to meet their fellow travelers at no cost to themselves. In doing so we ask our members to be considerate in terms of RSVP'ing for events.

Due to limitations imposed by venue size we have to limit the number of attendees for each event. As our community of SFWT members is large (exceeding 5,000 members) events often fill up quickly and on many occasions a 'waiting list' is needed for those who would like to attend an event that is already full.

Members of SFWT are reminded to please change their RSVP if their plans change. This frees up space for others who might otherwise find themselves stranded on the 'waiting list' on the day of the event. This is a simple matter of courtesy and good manners and takes 2 minutes of your time.

Records of 'no shows' are now being maintained at our events in addition to the central records maintained by Meet Up which Organizers are able to access. When a member 'no shows' an NS (NS1, NS2,or NS3 will be posted on their SFWT profile).

SFWT may occasionally hold No Show amnesty events. Members attending these events will have prior NS designations removed from their profile.

Members who RSVP 'Yes' for 4 events but who do not turn up for those events will be removed from the SFWT group membership

GROUP MEMBERSHIP
The San Francisco World traveler's meet up group (SFWT) is a private group.

The organizer reserves the right to decline, or terminate the membership of any member of the group and to ban them from rejoining the group in the future for any reason.

Attendance at SFWT Events is for members and their designated guests. To attend an Event you must have registered a valid "Yes" RSVP for that Event on the SFWT website.

SFWT SUPPORTS THE GLOBAL BATTLE AGAINST MALARIA

Beginning with our August 19th, 2009 event we shall be requesting a $2.00 dollar charitable donation for attending SFWT events. The donation is a not a condition for attendance but in the spirit of the groups activities we hope that SFWT members will agree to support this important cause.

Unlike more and more Meet Up groups that are either charging their group members for personal profit, or seeking 'external sponsors' to cover their Meet Up group fees, SFWT will be donating these funds to The United Nation's Foundation's 'Nothing but Nets' (www.nothingbutnets.net) organization to support the global battle against Malaria in the developing world.

Malaria is particularly devastating in Africa, where it is a leading killer of children. In addition to being home to the deadliest strain of malaria and the mosquito best equipped to transmit the disease, many areas in Africa lack the proper infrastructure and resources to fight back.

As of the beginnning of 2015 SFWT has raised more than $8,000 NBN and purchaed more than 1,200 nets for families in need.

Malaria is Both Preventable and Treatable

Malaria is both a preventable and treatable disease. It can be prevented by giving families and individuals insecticide-treated bed nets to sleep under and taking steps to kill mosquitoes where they breed and when they enter houses to feed at night. At the same time, anti-malarial drugs such as artemisinin and other combination therapies that are widely available can treat malaria before it becomes deadly.

Malaria has been brought under control and even eliminated in many parts of Asia, Europe, and the Americas. Yet in Africa, with increasing drug resistance and struggling health systems, malaria infections have actually increased during the last three decades.

Bed Nets

Despite the magnitude of the problem, there is a simple and cost-effective solution to prevent malaria deaths. For just $10, we can purchase a bed net, deliver it to a family, and explain its use. Bed nets work by creating a protective barrier against mosquitoes at night, when the vast majority of transmissions occur. A family of four can sleep under an insecticide-treated bed net, safe from malaria, for up to four years.
Although $10 for a bed net may not sound like much, the cost makes them out of reach for most people at risk of malaria, many of whom survive on less than $1 a day. Nets are a simple, life-saving solution, but with your help we can assist in providing them to those in need.

Life-Saving Facts

Each year, malaria afflicts approximately a half-billion people (roughly the population of the United States, Canada, and Mexico combined).
• Malaria kills more than a million people per year; 90 percent of those who die are African children.
• Every 30 seconds in Africa a child dies of malaria.
• Malaria incapacitates people, keeping countries poor. In addition to the health burden, malaria illness and death cost Africa about $12 billion per year.
• For just $10 we can buy a bed net, distribute it to a family, and have its use explained.
• Long lasting insecticide-treated bed nets can keep a family safe for up to four years.
• The United Nation's Foundation's Nothing But Nets has partnered with the Measles Initiative to deliver the nets to even the most hard-to-reach areas of Africa.

*FACT CHECKED BY THE US CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION (CDC)

SFWT has evolved to provide a regular meeting place for Bay Area residents who share enthusiasm for international travel. We arrange approximately 14 events each year, attended on average by approximately 90 people. If each attending member donates just $2.00 (and you are free to give more) the SFWT community can raise $2,500 dollars each year - enough to provide 250 mosquito bed nets to families in Africa who would otherwise go without and contribute to the process of saving lives.

A great many of us have traveled to parts of the world where malaria presents a constant threat to local communities. A small donation from each and every one of us at each meeting can make a world of difference to families in need, so I thank you for supporting and embracing this initiative,

FAQ's about The United Nation's Foundation's Nothing but Nets
www.nothingbutnets.net/about-the-campaign/faqs.html



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