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Homebrew Clubs / Re: Thoughts on handling longterm guests
« on: November 29, 2012, 05:58:36 PM »
First meeting is free, then you join. It has been stated that it is a homebrew club, not a drinking club,

Can you shed some light on how you go about enforcing this?  That's what I'm looking for.

Cheers,
Tom

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Homebrew Clubs / Re: Thoughts on handling longterm guests
« on: November 29, 2012, 05:57:15 PM »
Maybe the guy is just feeling out the territory and unsure as to whether joining a "group" is right for him. Don't discount the man. He may not just be an opportunistic freeloader. Sound him out and engage him in some light conversation and see where he stands. Don't be aggressive.

This person may end up being your strongest asset.

While I agree that getting "agressive" is not the best course of action, one would think that by the time you have attended 3 meetings, you'd have more than felt out the territory.

I do appreciate your statement about him possibly being the strongest asset down the road, but it seems there should be a limit to free.  IMHO

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Homebrew Clubs / Thoughts on handling longterm guests
« on: November 29, 2012, 05:12:06 PM »
Hello all,

I'm hoping some of you can provide some insight on how you handle meeting guests, after they've been attending multiple meetings?  We have not run into this problem before, but we currently have a guest, which guests are encouraged to attend, but he has now been to 3 meetings without joining the club!  You kind of have to call it as it is... it appears he's just there for free beer. 

I assume other clubs have had a free-loader or two to deal with, so I'm looking for some advice.  How many times do you let a guest attend a meeting before politely letting them know they either need to join, or quit coming?  And how do you approach that conversation?  Are your actions supported by anything in your by-laws?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Cheers,
Tom

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