Applying as an Existing Meetup Group

We are currently updating the names of our contributor roles throughout our resources. The new role names are Community Team Event SupporterEvent Supporter Event Supporter (formerly Mentor) is someone who has already organised a WordCamp and has time to meet with their assigned mentee every 2 weeks, they talk over where they should be in their timeline, help them to identify their issues, and also identify solutions for their issues. (formerly MentorEvent Supporter Event Supporter (formerly Mentor) is someone who has already organised a WordCamp and has time to meet with their assigned mentee every 2 weeks, they talk over where they should be in their timeline, help them to identify their issues, and also identify solutions for their issues.), Community Team Program SupporterProgram Supporter Community Program Supporters (formerly Deputies) are a team of people worldwide who review WordCamp and Meetup applications, interview lead organizers, and keep things moving at WordCamp Central. Find more about program supporters in our Program Supporter Handbook. (formerly DeputyProgram Supporter Community Program Supporters (formerly Deputies) are a team of people worldwide who review WordCamp and Meetup applications, interview lead organizers, and keep things moving at WordCamp Central. Find more about program supporters in our Program Supporter Handbook.), and Program ManagerProgram Manager Program Managers (formerly Super Deputies) are Program Supporters who can perform extra tasks on WordCamp.org like creating new sites and publishing WordCamps to the schedule. (formerly Super DeputyProgram Manager Program Managers (formerly Super Deputies) are Program Supporters who can perform extra tasks on WordCamp.org like creating new sites and publishing WordCamps to the schedule.).

Joining the WordPress MeetupMeetup Meetup groups are locally-organized groups that get together for face-to-face events on a regular basis (commonly once a month). Learn more about Meetups in our Meetup Organizer Handbook. Chapter program means organizers no longer have to pay hundreds of dollars a year in hosting fees, and that groups can be more open to community participation since the owner doesn’t have to worry about their reputation being affected by the actions of others in the group.

To request that your existing group join the central account, use the same Meetup Organizer Application as for starting a new Meetup group. Say “yes” when it asks if there is an existing group and provide the URLURL A specific web address of a website or web page on the Internet, such as a website’s URL www.wordpress.org.

When an existing meetup.com group joins the central account, these things happen.

What changes:

  • WordPress Community SupportWordPress Community Support WordPress Community Support PBC is a subsidiary of WordPress Foundation. It is created specifically to be the financial and legal support for WordCamps, WordPress Meetup groups, and any additional “official” events organized within the WordPress Community Events program., PBC takes over payment of meetup.com dues and will be listed as the primary group organizer. The original owner is listed as Co-Organizer, as are any existing Co-Organizers. WordPress now “owns” the meetup.com account, and everyone running events is on equal footing.
  • You agree to

What stays the same:

  • Organizers retain access to the group tools on meetup.com.
  • The group name and URL remain the same.
  • The design of your site is unchanged unless you are using the wrong logo (a fauxgo) or misspelling WordPress, in which case we’d ask you to fix that.
  • Organizers will be included in a monthly communication that connects them to the WordPress project and to other meetup organizers (how much or little you choose to get involved is up to you).

Additional benefits to the meetup group:

  • Videos of presentations (or tutorials, or etc) from your meetup group will have streamlined access to publication on WordPress.tv.
  • We’ll send you some WordPress swag to kick things off if you don’t have any kicking around from a recent WordCampWordCamp WordCamps are casual, locally-organized conferences covering everything related to WordPress. They're one of the places where the WordPress community comes together to teach one another what they’ve learned throughout the year and share the joy. Learn more.. Email support@wordcamp.org to request some!
  • You can request support from WordCamp CentralWordCamp Central Website for all WordCamp activities globally. https://central.wordcamp.org includes a list of upcoming and past camp with links to each. to cover costs such as venue rentals when donated space can’t be found; and WordCamp Central can help meetup organizers access other resources that make it easier to organize events. More information here.

What we’ll ask of you:

  • If you currently require people to submit an application to join your group, we ask that you remove that requirement. WordPress meetup groups are open to all who are interested. You can still ask those questions on the regular “join this meetup” form.
  • Each year, WordCamp Central will send a survey to all meetup members to gather feedback. We will share the results with meetup organizers, so that we can continually work together to strengthen the global WordPress meetup program.

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