Hosting events

The Leadership team welcomes members suggestions for events. Please post them on the Meetup Discussion board, or send via club via email or share while on a club walk.

The Leadership team wants to mentor members and teach them about hosting dog events so they too can join the team and lead dog walks. Minimum requirement is co-hosting three walks with either Gina H or Susan C and learning first hand what makes a group dog walk go smoothly.

Required reading for Event Organizers.
All these pages, plus the information shown below.
Guidelines
Dining in public
Dog body language
Extreme weather
Guest policy
Hosting yard parties
Meetup info
Organizer notes (event details & more)
Owner responsibility
Responsible dog ownership

EVENTS: planning and creating

Event types. Dog walk, hike, yard play or yard party, nose search, swim. Meet or volunteer at a dog festival or fundraiser. Maybe go camping. Education (class, seminar, presentation, training).

The event location can be simple. It could be in your neighborhood or a local park. Motivation: you plan to take a walk (or do an activity) with your dog and are inviting other club members to join you. Ideas: outdoor: parks, paths, fenced yards of members such as a yard party. Indoor event at a: dog boarding businesses or private home.

Extreme hot or cold weather will always impact attendance. The hotter it gets the earlier or later the start time, with shady locations preferred. The colder it gets then later in the morning and afternoons may be preferred.

Fields on Meetup event form

Title: keep it short but clear.

Date and time: fill in two fields.

Duration: select length of event in hours.

Featured photo: is optional. Can skip it.

Description: what will happen at the event and what to expect.
— How to find you or describe where to meet. Color of your car, what you will be wearing, or what your dog looks like.

— Parking: if necessary describe where to park. On the street, in lot B, near particular business, etc.

— Car pooling? Determine address of place/location where members meet, include details in event description.

— What to expect: grassy, paved, dirt paths, gravel, rocky, slippery, trees, bugs, shade, sunny, water, critters (deer, etc), noise level, restrooms available (yes or no). Is it flat, rolling hills or steep terrain, lots of climbing, are there lots of steps?

— Is there a size limit? Small dogs only, big dogs over 45 pounds, etc.

— Should people bring extra bottled water, food, toys, towels, bug spray, wear waterproof shoes (will be crossing a stream).

— Will people need to bring and show dogs vaccination documents to get inside a dog facility or business?

Location: type the name of a place and see if it’s available on the list. This field will render a google map that members can use to navigate.

Hosts: your name will automatically be selected. Can add others.

Optional settings

— Repeat event

— Ask members a question. Organizers should add the following to every event… Remember to SEND in or SHOW your dogs up-to-date vaccination documentation at least one time. — https://www.stlalldogs.com/join/vaccinations/

— Attendee limit

— Allow guests

— RSVP start and end time

— Event fee

Special functions

— COPY any past event.

— Save (event) as draft — Preview (event) — Publish (event). Remember to ‘announce’ the published event.