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New group: Suncoast Vapers & May Meet Announcement

Discussion in 'Florida Vapors Club' started by SudokuGal, Apr 4, 2010.

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  1. SudokuGal

    SudokuGal Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Jul 15, 2009
    USA-Florida
    A few of us from the Pinellas Co. group met last night along with two "new" folks. (For the first time the guys outnumbered the gals, which made Pete happy!)

    We decided to form a new social group, the Suncoast Vapers, to draw in more locals from a wider range: Pinellas, Pasco, Hillsborough and Manatee counties. (Note, the Pinellas Co. group may continue as well if someone wants to pick up the organizing of that group.)

    We'll rotate the location among the counties so everyone will have a "close-by" meet every so often for those who don't want to make a mini-trip. The group members will also rotate "organizing" a meet depending on where the next, upcoming events will be held. The May meet (the first Sat. in May, which I think is May 1) will be held at the Totally Wicked store in Bradenton. Dereck will be organizing that meet and I'll take on the responsibility of posting the meet info here and elsewhere.

    The June meet will be in northern Pinellas or southern Pasco with Dereck and Pete organizing that one. The July meet will be in Hillsborough (probably Brandon) and I'll be organizing that one. That's as far in advance that we planned last night. We'll try for the first weekend of each month except for when there is a holiday "interference."

    In other discussions, we decided to be only a social gathering, not a vaping activism group. We also decided not to have a "required minimum" donation for the waiter or establishment. Because we tend to be there for a while (last night's meet started at 6 and we left at 10:15...we were having FUN!), we encourage a generous tip for the waiter if your budget can handle it but don't worry about it if it doesn't.

    So mark your calendar for May. It's fun trying different e-juices, checking out the different devices and having some great conversation. Last night our waiter was great...and he didn't take it personally that he had "trouble interrupting us" as we all were talking at the same time, lol.

    Hope to see you in May!!!!!
     
  2. SudokuGal

    SudokuGal Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Jul 15, 2009
    USA-Florida
    Dereck confirmed the day/date with TW: May 1.

    He's still working with TW on the time...will let you know when he lets me know.
     
  3. SudokuGal

    SudokuGal Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Jul 15, 2009
    USA-Florida
    From Dereck, the organizer of this meet:

    Ok guys its official at 3pm-6pm Saturday May 1st we will be meeting at the TW Vapers Lounge! The group will be deciding where to continue onto afterwards, fear not if you can't make it before 6, we'll be sure to leave a sign on the door at TW where we've moved on to it'll be somewhere close by. Alex was kind enough to offer up some food for us, thanks Alex! As far as beverages containing alcohol, you can bring your own ice will be provided.

    Hope to see you there!
     
  4. SudokuGal

    SudokuGal Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Jul 15, 2009
    USA-Florida
    Just two weekends from now...have you marked your calendar????
     
  5. SudokuGal

    SudokuGal Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Jul 15, 2009
    USA-Florida
    CRAP! TW is closing the lounge until further notice. I'll post new location details once I can talk to Dereck.
     
  6. SudokuGal

    SudokuGal Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Jul 15, 2009
    USA-Florida
    Good news, afterall.

    Just read the TW forum and Jason posted that the meet can still occur at TW.
     
  7. MissVapor

    MissVapor Super Member ECF Veteran

    Apr 25, 2009
    Vapin Hot Florida
    Hey, let me know if you guys decide to meet in Brandon at any point and I will be there... :)
     
  8. SudokuGal

    SudokuGal Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Jul 15, 2009
    USA-Florida
    Miss Vapor, yes, we'll be in Brandon in July!!
     
  9. Mary Kay

    Mary Kay ECF Guru ECF Veteran

    Apr 3, 2009
    West Tampa Fl.
    Sudo, did you guys meet Belinda and Willie? She belongs to my West Tampa group. Willie is the one who video taped you all last trip to T.W.
     
  10. MissVapor

    MissVapor Super Member ECF Veteran

    Apr 25, 2009
    Vapin Hot Florida
    I can't wait to hear about the meet and see pics!!
     
  11. SudokuGal

    SudokuGal Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Jul 15, 2009
    USA-Florida
    Yes, MaryKay, I met Belinda for the first time yesterday...I had met Willie at the grand opening and had run into him another time at TW. It was very nice meeting Belinda and she said she'd work on him to make an appearance at the July Brandon meeting...so I'm hoping you'll be able to make it too!!

    MissVapor, I took my camera...but then forgot to use it!!!!!! Can't believe I did that.
     
  12. MissVapor

    MissVapor Super Member ECF Veteran

    Apr 25, 2009
    Vapin Hot Florida
    No pics? Awww...who all showed up?
     
  13. SudokuGal

    SudokuGal Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Jul 15, 2009
    USA-Florida
    :oops:I know...I'm sorry!!!!

    At the dinner portion, we had a pretty good crowd! Jeremy & Ginger, from Orlando who learned of the meet through the Florida Vapers Club forum; folks I've met through the TW forum: Capt/Chris and his wife, Mindy (I think that's her name), Dereck, Pam (Minna, who also posts here and flew in from Virginia); and a few of us who have been to several meets: laurel099, Pete (and his wife Nadine), my friend Maggie and me.

    Also at TW was Rangler, Willy, and his wife Belinda who is MaryKay's friend (wish I would have known that yesterday), Trish and her kids from Pinellas co., and a lady who was at the TW opening (can't remember her name).
     
  14. Mary Kay

    Mary Kay ECF Guru ECF Veteran

    Apr 3, 2009
    West Tampa Fl.
    Belinda said she kept calling me Mary Ellen! I have been called worse.
    She did mention that 'Linda" was very nice to her and made her feel welcome! Belinda is not a smoker or a vaper..her hubby Willie is.
     
  15. SudokuGal

    SudokuGal Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Jul 15, 2009
    USA-Florida
    Oh, she was pleasant and easy person to talk to. Yeah, she said that she'd prefer he quit vaping too but cantaking vaping over smoking.

    You'll have to come to our July meet which will be in Brandon...she said she'd work on getting him to come to the meet...even if he doesn't, she'd probably come just to see you!

    It's amazing how small a world it can be at times, isn't it???
     
  16. Mary Kay

    Mary Kay ECF Guru ECF Veteran

    Apr 3, 2009
    West Tampa Fl.
    I see her every couple of months at our Women's Group meetings and even more now since we are coming up on an old fashioned Spaghetti Supper instead of a picnic.
     
  17. SudokuGal

    SudokuGal Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Jul 15, 2009
    USA-Florida
    Yum...sphagetti dinner!
     
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