Monthly Archives: March 2012

Featured Group Friday: Sketchy Doodle

Every month, Featured Group Friday will showcase a group that we feel is doing a great job whilst getting the most out of the group management tools GroupSpaces provides. In the first ever Featured Group Friday, we speak to Annie the manager of Sketchy Doodle Drawing Group!

Hi Annie, can we start with you telling us where you and your group are based?

We are located in Tempe Arizona, USA. Our group members are from all around the Phoenix area.

What is the purpose of your group and why did you first start it?
Our purpose is to get together for group drawing sessions. These are not art classes, just people who like to draw or paint as part of a group. I started the group because this is kind of a niche activity and it can be difficult to find people who have the same interest.

What is the best part of running Sketchy Doodle?
As the organizer I get to meet pretty much everyone, even those people who aren’t very active in the group. I’ve been able to get to know a lot of really great people this way.

What is your top group management tip for other group managers who may be reading this?

It really helps to have a clear vision of what you want before you start the group. It’s important to listen to feedback, but you can’t please everyone, so knowing what you want to accomplish really helps to maintain focus when making decisions about the group.

Why did you choose GroupSpaces as your management tool?

We were part of the big migration from Meetup. I choose GroupSpaces because the site is highly customizable but still easy to use. We can present whatever information we want on our pages to show the unique characteristics of our group.

What has been your favourite part about using GroupSpaces to manage your group?
The friendly and helpful people who run GroupSpaces! I’ve received an answer every time that I’ve asked for help. That kind of personal attention is hard to find.

You’re too kind! Thanks Annie!

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Do you think your group is worthy of being featured in our Featured Group Friday? We are always accepting nominations, so feel free to email me on sam(@)