Leading a grassroots “Communiversity” means that I always have to have my “ear to the street” and my heart in tune with the needs of 540WMain’s students, patrons, and supporters. Many times I liken this “leadership” to being the captain of a ship on an important voyage. There’s an overall course and mission but the methods and means to getting there and staying on course means that at times it is necessary to shift gears, slow down, speed up or or slightly modify the way we travel the course.
Metaphors aside, after multiple conversations both internally and with students and visitors to our HQ space I’ve found it necessary to make a slight change to the way in which the community registers and pays for classes and events held at 540WMain.
Effective Immediately all classes will require registration/RSVP online with payment at the door. No one will be required to pay for classes in advance online.
As I have shared in previous communications, a lot of behind the scenes planning, coordinating and preparation goes in each and every class that takes place at 540WMain. I’ve found that our current structure of requiring some classes be paid for online and others be pay at the door has proved to be confusing for our hosts and interns as well as the community.
This along with the fact that not everyone has the ability or desire to pay with a credit card online has made this change necessary.
Your interaction with registration will largely remain the same. If you have currently paid for a future class online there is nothing you need to do but show up for your class as usual. Eventbee will continue (for now) to be our event registration platform.
All classes will continue to have a RSVP link that will allow you to RSVP online only. Once you RSVP for the class you simply show up on the planned day and make your payment in cash or credit card at the door. Exact change is always preferred.
With this new model we simply ask that if you are unable to attend a class for which you have RSVP’d that you email us (firstname.lastname@example.org) prior to the course so that:
Following these guidelines will allow our course instructors to allocate resources as accurately as possible and prepare properly for all courses.
As we continue our year of “sustainability” you should continue to expect refinements and improvements in the way we interact with you as community partners. I cannot wait to share more exciting developments and sustainable changes with you as the year progresses.
Together We Grow,
Calvin Eaton (aka theglutenfreechef)