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Anatole
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Our IBM Ring meets at a local university that charges us $360 a year to meet in a classroom. We only have 16 members and our dues are $20.00 a year. So we only bring in $320 in dues a year, so we're automatically in the red every year. We make a little extra money by holding auctions and flea markets, but it's not that much.

I'm looking for ideas from other IBM Rings for places to meet.
I went through some Ring reports in _Linking Ring_ of other clubs and came up with these meeting place statistics:
TALLY OF RINGS AND MEETING PLACES
RECREATION CENTERS: 2
CHURCHES: 12
CaféS/RESTAURANTS: 9

Anyone have any suggestions for other possible more economical meeting locations?
I guess we could always raise our dues.

----- Amado "Sonny" Narvaez
----- Sonny Narvaez
Dave Scribner
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Try:

local VFW or American Legion halls
Library
Members homes (basement)
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ActionJack
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We meet at a local library. We are able to reserve a meeting once a month through the local library system at no charge. Afterwards those that choose to go out for a slice of pizza or something similar.
Anatole
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Thank you, Dave and ActionJack. My apologies for not responding sooner.
The last couple of Ring 103 meetings have been at one of the members' church.

----- Amado "Sonny" Narvaez
----- Sonny Narvaez
StephenRoy
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Neil Foster Ring 89 is very fortunate. During non-COVID times, we get to meet at the American Museum of Magic in Marshall, MI. We do a show every year and donate a portion of the proceeds to the museum, as well as pitch the museum during our shows and place their donation box in the theater lobby. Plus, we get to do shows for their visitors at the museum in their summer season. It’s a great symbiotic relationship. Perhaps you can work out something similar with a school or library or other venue.

We meet via zoom currently, like most other rings.
Ado
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In non-covid times Ring 13 meets in the backroom of a diner on a weekday evening. We don't pay anything to use the space, but we all order dinner or at least a drink or dessert. It's been a well-working relationship between the ring and the venue for years and years.

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