Thanks to Jim, we've had a place to meet for these last couple months. But as some have noted, Baroda is on the southern end of the Twin Cities area, so we are still looking for other possibilities and larger venues (hoping the group continues to grow!).
Here's an updated list of where we're currently checking, and another that includes places that we've already checked, but are not viable.
We still need everyone's help on this! If you have ideas, please share--and please do not contact the places we've already checked into or the ones we are currently looking at (we don't want to confuse the contact people we already have with multiple requests from our group, plus it makes TPP look disorganized :) I'm willing to check into any reasonable suggestions.
Our best bet may be in finding people sympathetic to our cause that have access to large meeting spaces. Please consider all your community connections!
Keep in mind that any venue under consideration should be able to seat at least 50 adults comfortably. The more centrally located (think St. Joseph), the better. And of course, free is better than paying rent, but any place with reasonable rent ($50 or less for 2-3 hrs) is a possibility.
CURRENTLY CHECKING INTO--
St. Joe and Stevensville public schools
ALREADY OFF THE LIST
churches--prefer not to be affiliated with a particular denomination
restaurants --too noisy and distracting for regular meetings, but great for a social!
Sr Center on Vineland--too $$$
Lincoln Twp Public Library--liability issues
SJ Public Library--not available Tue and Th nights
Additional suggestions greatly appreciated! And we may even re-visit some on the "no go" list pending changes in their scheduling or our liability status.