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European Zoom Meet-up, 20.04.2021

Would there be any interest in having a Zoom meeting for those of us who live in Europe? Since the American meetings are starting to go back to personal meetings, thought maybe we could get something started for those of us who live here?
There is already the International Zoom meeting once a month, so this would be extra.
I am happy to host this and it could be on a weeknight if that would suit anyone else.

Thoughts?

Posted by
406 posts

Count me in.
Kate (Amsterdam). I think it would be fun.

Posted by
7877 posts

Is there a day or evening and time that works best? Perhaps a weeknight at 19:00 or 20:00 German time?

Posted by
25563 posts

I'm in
I'm in
I'm in
I'm in

I'm often busy with meetings so need to be able to plan. Pick a time and I'll do my best.

Posted by
6393 posts

Hi Jo, I would like to get myself back in action in joining you all. 7 or 8 pm your/our time on a weeknight should normally work for me (I have an apartment board meeting every other week on Thursdays but no need for you all to schedule around that).

Normally I should be available since our curfew starts at 7 pm nightly !!!!

Posted by
5636 posts

Any chance you would let a Californian listen in ? ;-)

Posted by
1033 posts

If you decide to let Americans listen in, I promise to be quiet and behave! :)

Posted by
7877 posts

The purpose of this Zoom meeting is just getting to know each other, as the other travel groups do. I have had the pleasure of going to the Sacramento meetings a few times over the years and then this past year on Zoom. The international meeting on Zoom is also fun. So, why not a group for those of us who live here?

Posted by
17 posts

I would be interested in joining the meeting as I live in the UK (England). Weekdays are fine and so are evenings.

Posted by
25563 posts

Ms Jo, were you thinking this month or May?

Posted by
7877 posts

How does Tues. evening, 20 April sound?
20:00 German time, 19:00 for the UK?

Posted by
25563 posts

Generally that would have been perfect.

But - always a but -

a bit difficult that day, as it is a Holy Day for me, with the Holy Day commemoration at 5pm UK, and then as it will be the day of the election of the new governing body, perhaps I will have to attend a meeting for election of officers. Since I am the Secretary this year I really need to hold that time free.

Go ahead and I will join as I am able.

Posted by
7530 posts

Jo, What are the rules for me? We'll be back in July.

Posted by
7877 posts

Haha, there are no rules. Yes, we want you to be there, Bets.

Posted by
14267 posts

I am interested as well, but my Monday and Tuesday evenings are committed long-term. The time here is CET+1 so an hour that's convenient for you is fine for me.

Posted by
7877 posts

This will be just the 1st meeting and nothing is set in stone.
We can change the days and time for May. I just have commitments on most Wed. nights.
Perhaps a Monday would be good for May?

I will send a zoom link to you in a message, for those who want to attend this on the 20th.

Posted by
17 posts

I can make 20th April - will send a personal message with my details for the zoom link

Posted by
8187 posts

I hope this doesn’t mean that people in Europe won’t be interested the other International meetings. We want you all to participate in our meetings too.

Posted by
7877 posts

I think it will be 2 different kinds of meetings. I plan on continuing in your international zoom group, Andrea.

Posted by
191 posts

The purpose of this Zoom meeting is just getting to know each other, as the other travel groups do. I have had the pleasure of going to the Sacramento meetings a few times over the years and then this past year on Zoom. The international meeting on Zoom is also fun. So, why not a group for those of us who live here?

OK. Thanks. Not particularly interested in that. I can see why I was unclear on the purpose.

Posted by
14267 posts

On a first meeting, aside from being able to put faces to names, it would be helpful to have people describe what local conditions vis-a-vis Covid are.

Posted by
7877 posts

Sending the zoom link in messages now.
Am getting my AstraZeneca vaccine this evening at 18:00, so hopefully will be fit tomorrow evening. If I find myself feeling awful tomorrow night, we will move the meeting to Thur. evening.

Posted by
7877 posts

This forum is a bit weird. It only let me send 1 message with the link and now won't let me send anymore. Even when I changed the title of the message.

Posted by
25563 posts

I'm now free tomorrow. I'll be there - maybe Carol will pop in.. Hope the jab goes well

Posted by
7877 posts

Feeling pretty good, so the meeting can go on as planned this evening.
Yay, for finally getting this 1st vaccine.

Posted by
7880 posts

Congratulations on your vaccine Ms Jo!

Posted by
25563 posts

Had a great time, we did what Chani suggested (but missed seeing her) and had a pretty darn good first (of I hope many more) meeting.

Good to know how others are dealing with things and make new friends.

Thanks Ms Jo

Posted by
7877 posts

It was great seeing you all and we will plan another one for May.
Thanks for being there!

Posted by
2049 posts

Enjoyed meeting everyone via ZOOM - Thanks Ms. Jo for setting it up!!!!

Posted by
17 posts

Thank you Ms Jo for hosting the call yesterday evening. It was good to meet people and to chat.

Posted by
1932 posts

It only let me send 1 message with the link and now won't let me send anymore. Even when I changed the title of the message.

Ms Jo, this is one of the forum's spam fighting mechanisms. When I send multiple messages for our monthly meetings, I have to vary the text of each message enough that the spam algorithm views each message as unique. It becomes an exercise in finding new and creative ways to say "here's the meeting link."

Perhaps you could send your message in German and French and Italian for spam-beating variety.

Posted by
7877 posts

Ah, if I only spoke French and Italian that would be great!
It was ok posting the link here on the page.

Posted by
8187 posts

The dilemma CWsocial mentions is why I prefer to send the Zoom link via email. It’s easier and faster for me that way.

Posted by
1932 posts

It was ok posting the link here on the page.

As long as you don't get zoom-bombed. You might want to make sure your meetings have a "waiting room" (a Zoom meeting setting) so that you can choose who is given entry to the room and deny access to anyone you don't recognize.