UPC DINERS CLUB TO LAUNCH THIS FALL
Ever wish you knew more about the interesting people at UPC?
Diners Club is a chance to do just that in a fun and easy way.
The concept is simple. We want to connect groups of 7 to 9 people who may never have met and encourage them to share an occasional meal or outing. The group can decide how often to meet. Our only suggestion is that each member have a chance to host one time. Other dinner clubs we contacted met flexibly from one month to six weeks between outings. Or even less!
Lunch, brunch or dinner. Cookouts, covered dish in homes or meeting at popular restaurants is ideal. Individual groups will decide what to do and where to gather. Members will take turns hosting and either make reservations for the group to eat out or decide on the menu for an in home covered dish meal.
Singles will be joined alongside couples. Ages will be intermingled. All to introduce us to each other in a no frills, relaxed way.
Many groups may decide to mix up how they get together depending on rotating hosts. Some hosts may want members to come to their homes. Others may prefer making arrangements to eat out.
If, for any reason, a group member is uncomfortable having an in home meal, there are options. That person can share hosting with someone else. One may prefer opening his/her home while the other contacts the group and organizes the menu. Or, the group can eat out. Whatever simplifies the logistics is applauded.
While entertaining is an art and talent shared generously by church members, this is not the focus here. Hospitality, yes. But, fine china, formal linens and crystal are discouraged in favor of everything dishwasher safe and casual.
It is the conversation, friendships, discovered interests and shared stories that matter here. Whether the meal is eaten on laps, trays or the kitchen table is of no consequence. The idea is to come comfortably and relax— even as an in home host. People remember the company far longer than the accoutrements.
Participants will be asked to fill out a short online ( upcch.org) or printed questionnaire. Couples can submit one joint questionnaire. And, if couples discover only one wants to participate, then the interested partner can sign up. Singles are important group members. The more the merrier!
Questionnaire options will include most convenient times to meet— lunch or dinner, weekdays or weekends, etc. Groups will be formed to accommodate respondents’ preferences and time constraints.
Our suggestion is once every four to six weeks when possible. Some months get especially busy. If the group wants to meet for dessert only or not to meet at all, that is perfectly fine.
The goal is to enjoy the time together and to form friendships. To that end, we encourage staying together as a group long enough for each person or couple to host one time.
Couples and singles can also share hosting responsibilities
The printed questionnaires will be available this month (May) in prominent locations at church. A return box for the filled out paper forms will be nearby. If this complicates church policy, we will publicize an alternative accommodation.
The online survey will be accessible via a link on the website (upcch.org).
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if there are problems accessing a questionnaire or with any additional questions. We want to include everyone!
The only priority is to allow groups spontaneity and to foster making new friends.
September, 2019. We want everyone interested to have an opportunity to predict his or her availability once school and fall activities are in place. Some may wait to submit their questionnaires once the academic year begins.
We will accept questionnaires as long as we can into September. A deadline for submissions will be announced in early fall.
However, we encourage sign up as soon as the decision to participate is made. It will help facilitate our group formation process. If for some reason the ability to follow through changes, we realize life surprises us all. We anticipate some ebb and flow in this launch and will adjust our groups accordingly.
We will form new groups based on responses to the fall launch and offer questionnaires in the winter for these sign ups. We can’t wait to hear all the things we never realized we would learn about each other. Have a happy summer!