I want to toss this out there so people can ruminate on it.
For the past 5 years, we've gotten together for a guild meet-up. Of course, last year's was at Disney World for our 10th anniversary.
I want people to think about this year's meet-up. I am taking a break from organizing them. I've done the last 5, which included Disney, and I need to not be the organizer for a couple years. If we are going to do something this summer, we need to be thinking about it, voting on ideas, and organizing. These are the criteria for a meet-up:
- Must be between the last weekend in May and the second weekend of September. This helps our teacher and student guild members.
- Must be in a location which can accomodate from 10-25 people. This will include spouses and children. At the Wednesday game night, when we were at Disney, we had 20 people. The prior year's meet-up was 22 people at my daughter's house. The venue must have adequate parking for everyone.
- Must be in a location with hotels and be reasonably easy to get to. Some guild members come from a distance and will happily stay in a hotel to make the meet-up.
We are well-versed in "Please bring something.". People have brought cups, napkins, soda, salads, chips, desserts, alcohol, hot dogs, buns, etc. Directing attendees to local groceries is also good. You don't have to fund much of the food. We always had extra food at the end, too.
The event usually runs from 4-10 p.m., which allows people coming to decide about driving home or to go to a hotel. We usually grill, sit around and talk. We've had games and a pinata in the past. The 3rd and 4th meet-ups had themes. If you decide you wish to organize the meet-up, you do not have to create the theme. Once a location is selected, we can work on other details. The people who usually come to these are great about ideas and we've also just spent the evening talking without having any kind of theme.
If you are interested, please post here. We need to make a decision within the next month so people can plan time off, if they want to come. I'm pretty sure we are open to most anything, but the eastern half of the US seems to work best.
This area is reasonably easy for most guild members to get to.
We don't have to do a meet-up this year. After all, last year was pretty spectacular. I'm throwing this out there so we can start the thought processes. I'd love to see people again. I just don't want to plan it.
If you have any questions about what's entailed with hosting, please talk to me.