|Re: dining clubs||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Lynn Nadeau / Maraiah (welcomeolympus.net)|
|Date: Sat, 14 Sep 2013 17:57:02 -0700 (PDT)|
In 13 years of common house use at RoseWind, I don't think we've ever encountered the idea that it's rude to have events that don't include everyone. There are Community Events that are always for any and all of us: Thursday potlucks, Monday cooked meals, meetings of all sorts, any time we've done a spell of TGIF gatherings, or a monthly brunch. Holiday meals, such as Thanksgiving, Christmas. RoseWind events such as these always take priority for reserving use of the common house. We also have Personal Socials (such as birthday parties, cast parties, family reunions) which are by invitation and may include some RW folks and sometimes only the sponsoring member. And Sponsored Events: meetings of organizations, slide shows, workshops, retreats, rehearsals, dances, etc. These are mostly non RW folks, besides the sponsor(s). In addition, some subset of members might decide to have a brunch or get together, just spontaneously, usually with small numbers, at a time nobody else is using the CH. It's kind of a spare living room/dining room/kitchen. Occasionally we've had hybrid events, like the New Year's Eve party that was "the" RW NYrs party, and was also publicized as a party for the GLBT folks in town: must have been about half and half. That worked so well that we just recently had a dance party that was similarly GLBT and RW. With the combined populations, we had a crowd of just the right size. The times we've had events that were all members, but not whole community events, were like the no-alcohol dinners another post-er mentioned. A bunch of members were into a very specific diet, according to a certain book, and they gathered for such meals. I guess anyone who wanted to follow that constraint was welcome to join their potluck, but nobody else wanted to eat that way. Maraiah Lynn Nadeau RoseWind Cohousing, Port Townsend WA www.rosewind.org where the weather is mild and glorious, the garden overflowing with goodies...
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