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Organising a local get-together or sub-group (Dublin)

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Organising a local get-together or sub-group (Dublin)

I live in a city with about 50 active warm showers host, and I've been active at hosting for quite a few years. It has occurred to me that I've never actually met or had any contact with the other hosts here (and several live within 5 minute walk). Occasionally, when I haven't been able to host visitors they've asked me about other good hosts in the area and I've had to admit I've no idea about them, apart from whats written on their profiles.

So I was thinking of contacting all those in my city and organising an informal get together some evening, partially as a social thing, but also maybe to set up a bit of an informal network (maybe using a FB or whatsapp group) that we can swap information and host requests to maybe make the whole thing a bit more efficient, and to help out any new hosts who are worried about how to deal with visitors.

Has anyone any experience of this, or are there 'do's' and 'dont's' about contacting people in this way?

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We did this in Grand

We did this in Grand Junction, Colorado last fall and it was fantastic.

It is awkward contacting people, as mass contact is actually discouraged on the site. I don't think people would mind you using the messaging system with copy and paste, but it's a lot of work. Posting in the forum and on the facebook group will definitely get you somewhere.

If you find it too awkward, let me know and we can consider a mass email to Dubliners. I've never done that before, but don't think there would be too much of an uproar about it.

-Randy Fay
Warmshowers Webmaster

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Thanks Randy, I was worried I

Thanks Randy, I was worried I was breaching some rule by doing a mass contact.

I think I'll try to organise it via a forum post and contact people individually as soon as I have time. If I struggle with all the cut and pasting I will get back to you to see if you can do a mass email, that might be easier!