NEW SEATING OPTION AT THE DECEMBER HOLIDAY LUNCHEON
In response to requests from guild membership, a table reservation option will be made available at this year’s Holiday Lunch. HALF of the available tables at the venue, Morgan Run, will be able to be reserved in advance for groups of 10. Open seating for individual reservations will continue to be reserved as in previous years. We are offering this on a trial basis to see how it goes and will be asking for your feedback sometime after the luncheon.
To reserve a table, there will be a 10% premium in addition to full payment for all 10 places at the table. The full amount must be submitted by one person, who will be the “table coordinator”. Total payment for a reserved table will be $330. There will be a separate form for table reservations available on the website and in the October and November newsletters. The deadline for table reservations will be November 1, 2018. After the deadline, any remaining unreserved tables will be released for open seating. Reserved tables will be scattered throughout the venue and which table is given to which table coordinator will be chosen by random draw to be as fair as possible. The remaining non-reserved tables will be available for open seating at the luncheon.
The table coordinator will be responsible for providing the names of the table attendees and the meal choices to Karen des Jardins by November 23, 2018.
There will be a separate check in line at the luncheon for reserved tables. The table coordinator will check in and receive all meal tickets for the table and is responsible for making sure all table members get their ticket. Individuals at reserved tables do not have to check in separately, just get their meal choice ticket from their table coordinator.
Individual reservations will be done as in previous years with the individual/guest form available on the website, in the October and November newsletters and at the October and November meetings. Individuals and guests will check in by the first initial of their last name and get their meal ticket as in the past.
Volunteers who are helping with tasks at the luncheon (ticket sales, etc.) will be allotted a single seat per volunteer at a designated volunteer table. Saving seats at the volunteer table for friends will not be an option. If the volunteer prefers to sit with friends at another table, please let the holiday chair person know so the volunteer table seat can be freed up. We are asking volunteers to refrain from saving seats at any of the open tables prior to the doors opening to all attendees.
We will present the new options at the September guild meeting for questions and answers. We hope this will resolve some of the seating problems that have occurred in the past and look forward to guild members’ feedback after we give it a try.