Re: Community funds for alcohol for parties?
From: Racheli Gai (
Date: Sat, 3 Oct 2009 08:18:34 -0700 (PDT)
Some people have strong feelings regarding alcohol because they grew up with an alcoholic parent; dealing with an alcoholic in their family; etc. ie: it's not always a matter of
religious belief or an "ideological" issue.
It seems to me that if someone has a really hard time with the idea of the community providing alcohol, why not look for other solutions, along the lines mentioned by others? Why insist that the community should buy it? (It would be a more difficult issue if someone insisted that no alcohol consumption should be allowed at the
party, period.)


On Oct 3, 2009, at 7:04 AM, Joanie Connors wrote:

It doesn't seem like much to ask to use some of those funds for wine
or beer, but you might want to place a limit on the amount spent, as
good wine or beer adds up quickly.

If anyone in your community has religious or personal issues with
alcohol, then you might do as Sharingwood does, the booze potluck.
That would also allow people to bring what they want.

Another potential issue would be whether there are sloppy drinkers in
the group and this is a subtle way that some folks are saying to cut
down the supplies.

Just curious, is it the single folks who want the booze and the
parents who don't? Is there a logic, 'since I pay for childcare, I
should get a glass of wine out of it' ?

Then you might need to have a good look at the where the money goes
and reconsider both.

On Fri, Oct 2, 2009 at 5:15 PM, Marty Roberts <martyr [at]> wrote:

Hello folks,
I haven't been on here for awhile, but here is a community question
that we would like to poll you on.  We recently had a 10 year
celebration and invited lots of friends, and family,  and extended
community members.  We have a voluntary fund that we all (almost all)
contribute to that is used primarily to pay for childcare for
meetings, but is also used to pay party costs on occasion.  This time
the issue came up as to whether this fund should pay for any alcohol.
Most said sure it is part of putting on a party, but some were
strongly against paying any community money for alcohol.

Those in favor thought if they pay for childcare, or meat, or potato
chips that they may not personally use, that it is OK to spend a
little money from the social fund on wine for a big community event
now and then.  (For meals and small parties, wine and beer is brought
and purchased by individuals.)

We'd like to know how you all handle this sort of thing as we move
towards some sort of consensus on the issue.
Marty Roberts
Two Acre Wood, Sebastopol
Ten years???  Hard to believe!
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