ATTENDANCE IS MANDATORY. The success of the Group is dependent on regular
attendance, promoting lively interaction and the exchange of referrals. While a certain minimal
number of absences are acceptable for special circumstances, attendance is otherwise required.
ABSENCES. If circumstances require you to be absent from a meeting, the first choice
would be to have a substitute” attendee from your business who would represent you at the meeting.
If that is not possible, then the Board of Directors has ruled that no action will be taken as long as
absences do not exceed four in any calendar quarter, no more than two of which may be unexcused.
REFERRALS ARE THE LIFEBLOOD OF THE GROUP. SDBG is not a social
organization. While we do hold social functions and foster an atmosphere of congeniality, the
primary purpose of the Group is the exchange of business referrals, with the social aspect being a
distant second. Accordingly, each member is expected to make two valid referrals each month.
VALID REFERRALS. A valid referral is one where the contact person is currently in
need of a product or service and is looking for someone to fill that need. However, the recipient of
a referral may indicate that he or she has a different criteria for judging referrals. For example, a
building contractor may want referrals of those who are just thinking about a major home
improvement project. If in doubt, check with the person to whom you would be referring.
GUESTS. The greater the number of qualified members in the Group, the greater the
interaction and referrals among members, and the guests you bring to our meetings are the best
source of new members. Guests should be competent experienced practitioners of the trade or
business for which they are being proposed for membership ... a trade or business that must not
present a conflict with any existing member. Make sure you instruct your guests about the conduct
of the meeting at the outset to help them feel more comfortable about attending.
CONFLICTS. If you feel that your prospective guest might pose a conflict with an existing
member, then before inviting that guest, discuss it with the potentially conflicted member, and with
the Ethics Chair. Attempt to avoid/resolve conflicts before they occur.
PATH TO MEMBERSHIP. At the first meeting he or she attends, the guest will be given
an information packet (without a membership application). If the guest returns for a second meeting
and is interested in becoming a member, the guest will be given a membership application. The
Inspector will then contact the guest, verify the guest’s interest in joining, and schedule an inspection
visit, at which the completed application and checks will be collected. The applicant will not attend
the next meeting, at which the application will be voted on by the members.
SPEAKING PROGRAM. At each meeting two or three members will be scheduled to
make short presentations ... usually seven to ten minutes, but occasionally slightly longer. This is
the Group’s opportunity to learn about the speaker and his or her area of expertise, and how best to
refer to the speaker. This presents the speaker with an opportunity to be informative and educational,
since the better the Group is informed, the easier it will be to make valid referrals to the speaker.
We meet every Thursday afternoon for lunch at 1:00pm. During the meeting, one or more of our members give a presentation about their business. That's how we learn to best market each others services to our own clients and friends.
Once per quarter we hold a social event in the evening to gather with friends and guests and enjoy conversation, a drink, appetizers and sometimes live music! This social venue affords us the opportunity to grow our relationships and promotes stronger camaraderie in the group.