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Advise on G2G's from Kansas (one of the most successful chapters)
We have ours on the same day each month, that seems to help with the preplanning so that more people can come. Consistency is a good thing. We aren't going to stop just because only three people show up (it has happened more than once). Due to the size of the state, we have two g2g's each month so that members don't have to travel so far, we have found that distance is indeed a factor in who will come, especially in the beginning. There isn't a new guy around that wants to drive for 3 hours to hang out with people he doesn't know.
We always try to plan our meets at a dining establishment, it adds an incentive to the good company. The true way to a man is through his stomach! Now, to go against what I said earlier about consistency, we try to change the location every month. That way, if a particular member didn't care for the selection at one location, we might get him at the next one, we do try to stay with mainstream places like Sonic or Backyard Burger.
We have just recently had our first statewide g2g and it turned out fairly well, but I think that a chapter starting out should try to have quite a few smaller g2g's before attempting a big one, this would give the chapter members a chance to get to know each other on a local level and that alone would increase the turn out at a bigger g2g later with the possibility of a carpool situation.
I hope that some of what I have written here helps you out Dutch, I am by no means a guru on g2g's but our chapter does pretty well and I have seen what works and doesn't work for us. If there is anything else I can do to help you out, please let me know.
Think outside of the box - especially if you built it yourself
I feel honored to be quoted, but the reality is that it is up to the members to get up, get out of the house, and go to a g2g. These are what have made our chapter as strong as it is, without them, we would all still be sitting at our computers typing away and wondering who the other guy was. Now we are more than a chapter of FTE, we are an extended family. We are close enough to help each other out in times of need, or if one person is having a problem and needs a sounding board. We didn't get that way overnight, and there were setbacks along the way. These are to be expected. But everybody has to get out there and meet each other before anything can happen. Remember: Three people is a g2g!!!
Bargod is right. It takes members getting out of the house to make a GTG good. We just need to plan meets & see what happensd. If we get 3 members to show it was a meet. We do need to take pics to show the other members what they missed.
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