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    Guild meeting hospitality

    Am looking for ideas for a way to share the responsibility of donating "treats" for the social time at guild meetings. Last year it seemed that not many wanted to bring a snack in and was wondering how this is handled in other guilds. Thanks

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    The guild I belong to has a monthly sign up and everyone signs up for at least one month.
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    Simple solution: If not many want to bring snacks, discontinue the snacks.

    My guild has never served them, and we meet at 10am. In our case, often groups of members go out to lunch together after the meetings. It seems to me that finger foods and fabrics/fibers/quilts don't mix well anyway.

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    My Guild has snacks at the monthly meeting. I understand it used to be done by alphabet assignment, but now its an email a week before asking for volunteers. For the 2 sewing days a month people voluntarily bring something to share for snacks and lunch. We have about 70 members, and it is commonly the same core 20 or so that do much of the organizing, setting up, etc. I think it would be better to have a signup or lottery system, with an email or phone reminder as my garden club does. I usually bring healthier snacks as an alternative to the constant brownies and cakes. Most of our members are 55+ and don't cook much any more so they really go calorie crazy trying to impress the group.

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    No snacks at our meeting. We do get a ticket when we get there and there is a drawing for some door prizes.
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    The guild to which I formerly belonged had you bring the treat the month of your birthday. If you missed that month you were expected to bring it the next month. They had at least 100 members in attendance each month so this was not a problem. I always had a feeling that there was someone keeping tract but it wasn't obvious.

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    We didn't bring snacks on a regular basis as it was held in the library conference room. Sometimes someone would bring a treat but it was totally up to them.
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    My guild meets from 10AM to 3PM. We bring our lunches and celebrate birthdays once a month. ( We meet twice a month). We have one member who likes to bring desserts and usually brings a cake for the birthdays. When she can't, another member will pitch in.
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    Not a guild member, but if there is some resistance to snack duty, why not take a vote. You may find the majority don't want to bother with them

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    how about a hospitality fee? Give folks an option of either bringing a dish to pass, or paying a fee. Have a sign up sheet and those that do bring food can draw from the hospitality fund.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nls View Post
    Am looking for ideas for a way to share the responsibility of donating "treats" for the social time at guild meetings. Last year it seemed that not many wanted to bring a snack in and was wondering how this is handled in other guilds. Thanks
    One of my small guilds used to do refreshments before the meeting. Two people would sign up to be the hostesses for each month and they were responsible for bringing all the snacks and usually water or tea to drink plus the plates and napkins or whatever you needed to eat the treats and then they cleaned up after. Pretty much every body took a turn eventually.

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    if a majority of the members want snacks to be provided a majority should be willing to share the responsibilty
    there are a number of ways to (pass around the responsibility)
    you could pass out numbers as people come through the door- then with the guild calendar in hand randomly draw numbers from a hat- whom ever has the corresponding number would be written down for that meeting- ect until the calendar is filled- then reminders would need to be sent out - maybe in the newsletter/agenda - the secretary would probably be responsible for that- if anyone had a problem-could not participate she could let (whom ever) know so a new number could be drawn to replace her month....there are lots of different ways to deal with it- or if not that many people care about snacks- forget about them-
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    I'm in charge of refreshments at the night meeting and always bring something. I don't mind bringing a dish. It's a chore to get other people to sign up to bring food. They don't want to bring anything (not all members are like that but a majority are)....but they want to eat. If there is no food brought then they can do without...I wish they would just do away with refreshments.

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    We just send around a sheet once or twice a year and people sign up (2 for each meeting). However, many of us have discussed the fact that we don't need or really want refreshments that late in the evening (we meet at 7 p.m.) and I am hoping we will vote not to have them anymore.

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    Long ago our guild used to have snacks at the meetings, but it was decided that we really didn't need them, and now only bottles of water or soda are available for $.50 each.

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    We have a sign up sheet at the beginning of the year. You pick a month and put your name down. At the end of each meeting a reminder is announced to remind the Hostess's they are hosting the following month, works great and no complaints.

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    we do not have snacks or treats at our business meeting or work meetings, unless it is an all day sew or quilt retreat, then we pot luck it. If someone wants to bring a snack in, then it is their choice.

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    Pass around a sign-up sheet for the year. If there is a month when no one signs up, then there are no treats. No begging. No threats of not having treats if no one steps up to sign up. No whining. No judgments. Must keep the message positive or people sometimes are just not responding because they don't like the mean-sounding voices begging.

    Then again, maybe the economy has just finally hit some folks and buying snacks is just an unwanted expense.
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    We meet 10 am to 3 pm and everyone brings a sack lunch. Anyone can bring a cake, cookies, pot of soup whatever to share. No obligation so we always have several who bring something to share at every meeting.
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    We do the Birthday month - you bring in something the month of your birthday- we are a very small group 12 members so others bring in extras so it is not a problem usually
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    As both a member and an occasional speaker at guild meetings I believe treats at meetings take up valuable time.
    I was scheduled to be part of a "round robin" type demo event recently. There were 4 stations set up to demo and we were to have 20 minutes for each demo. Refreshment time was so long that we only had 10 minutes for each demo...The only situation in which it seemes to work is when the refreshments are scheduled 30 minutes before the meeting and program. I personally believe it takes time and effort that could be better spent. If you are having difficulty staffing the time and getting the refreshments then perhaps it is time to discontinue. If I were in charge and had difficulty I would just tell the officials that due to the situation I could no longer do it. If the groups really wants it then someone else will step forward. Now having said all this.....there is one group whre I occasionally speak and give workshops that always has a delicious assortment of Chocolate Chip cookies just for me......

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    our guild does treats but really do we need to eat just because we are there for 2 hours? i think this is why it is so hard to control weight, every place we go we have to eat!!
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    Thanks for all your comments.

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    Our guild also uses the birthday system -- you bring treats the month of your birthday. A few months are low on birthday girls, so the December birthdays are asked to help out, since December is a pot luck lunch where everyone brings food.

    During the meeting break, the birthday girls for the next month meet to decide who brings what.

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    My guild has about 100 members. We bring in treats the month of our birthday. Some months we have a lot of treats and some months not so many, but it works.
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