The Importance of Being Earnest (and RSVPing!)

“I don’t need to RSVP…I’m sure they can fit just one more at the table.”

“I’m sure they won’t miss me tonight at the dinner if I don’t show up.”

“But I come every time, the host will surely know to count me in.”

Have you caught yourself making excuses like this recently instead of communicating with the host about an IWCS event? Here’s what we ask of members regarding signing up for events:

If you would like to attend an event – be sure to let the host know.

If you have already RSVPed and find yourself unable to attend at the last minute – just give the host a quick call or send her a text or Facebook message.

Here’s why it’s important:

1. If we don’t know you are coming, we can’t save a place for you. And in smaller venues with limited space, that could make the difference between everyone having comfortable seating or…not.

2. Even you are thinking “Ah, I’m just one person,” there are usually five other people thinking that exact same thing.

3. If more than 2 people don’t show up for a dinner without cancelling with the host (which happens pretty much every month), that empty table being saved for you stays empty and we feel pretty guilty watching the restaurant turn away business while we wait for people who may never come.

4. If the event is being held at a small place with limited seating, the host will need to know exactly how many people are coming to manage her wait list.

So if you plan to attend an outing, a dinner, or even a meeting in a small apartment, please be courteous to your host and ALWAYS let them know if you are coming or cancelling.

Looking forward to seeing you at an event soon!
Your IWCS Steering Committee