I didn't even notice the email from H-P. If the Santa Cruz New Tech Meetup gets a cool presentation or a few bucks for pizza, and the price I have to pay is the couple of tenths of a second it takes me to click past an unwanted email, I'm happy.
Bottom line: I'm fine with whatever decision the volunteers who have stepped up to run our Meetup make.
Thank you for the hard work!
Tellus Venture Associates