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    was this necessary

    It might be difficult to impossible to get objective responses to this question. But, I'm interested in what others think.
    My woodturning club has a demo day, or two, every year. We try to hire a professional turner to come in for the demo.
    Several months ago, I queried Bill Grumbine about his availability and charges. He told me. I passed the info on to our club president.
    Yesterday the club president announced the selection of another individual to do the demo. OK, that's life.
    I asked the club president if he wanted me to notify Bill that he would not be invited. Club pres. said he didn't think that would be necessary and even questioned me as to why I thought it would be.
    OK, my opinion. Just common courtesy makes it 'necessary'. I have corresponded with Bill. Gentleman that he is, he understands.
    Now, if you can divorce the fact that Bill is a friend and member here, and be objective and truthful, I want the jury to voice whether they believe such notification is necessary or not.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Fusco View Post
    I asked the club president if he wanted me to notify Bill that he would not be invited. Club pres. said he didn't think that would be necessary and even questioned me as to why I thought it would be.
    OK, my opinion. Just common courtesy makes it 'necessary'.
    If you had discussed a specific date with Bill, yup, definitely. If all you did was ask him what he charged for a demo etc, probably not necessary, but not a bad idea from a courtesy standpoint.

    This is a little different situation than just asking some random vendor for a price quote.
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    Hi Frank,
    I do think you should have contacted Bill. Because he is your friend you want to be strait up with him and tell him the reason the club will not be inviting him. He will not have to leave this date open waiting for your clubs response. If it is a price issue that is too high being a friend he may reduce it and all is happy. He definatly deserves a response friend or not.

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    I don't know exactly what the conversation was with Bill so you would have a better idea of how formal the inquiry was. Having said that, I believe common courtesy would include a "thanks for the info, they're having someone else demo this time around".

    Of course I generally believe in opening doors for little old ladies, saying please and thank-you and all that other stuff is way undervalued and under-performed at this point in history ;-)
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    Hi Frank.

    I think that Bill deserves a note telling him that the club had selected another person for the demo. Bill has demonstrated both on the forum and at his picnics that he is a true gentleman, and for that reason deserves feedback regarding your inquiry. Just the polite thing to do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Fusco View Post
    I queried Bill Grumbine about his availability and charges
    I agree with you Frank. You asked about Bill's availability and it was possible he was holding that date until he heard one way or the other from either you or the club. I would think that it would be just common courtesy not to leave the man hanging!
    Steve

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    If there was any discussion of a specific date then somebody should let Bill know just so that he is not holding that date for any reason. If there was no discussion of a specific date then Bill is a tradesman selling his wares and I assume is used to not getting every sale. Speaking as a tradesman who sells his wares, I don't want people ringing me up or writing to me every time they haven't bought what I sell. In that instance it is certainly not necessary.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Fusco View Post
    I asked the club president if he wanted me to notify Bill that he would not be invited. Club pres. said he didn't think that would be necessary and even questioned me as to why I thought it would be. OK, my opinion. Just common courtesy makes it 'necessary'.
    Frank,

    I think you answered your own question....

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    Frank,

    I agree with most of the others: the virtuous position here is to give everyone as much information as gracefully possible. In other words, letting Bill know it's unlikely something will work out is what I'd want to hear if I were him. On the other hand, if the club president said something like "We don't want no Pennsylvanians around here who use those confounded skew chisels", well, I'm not sure I'd want to hear about that...

    Thanks,

    Bill

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    Give him a responce as "Thank you, BUT................."

    That is the problem with the world today, people dont care about other peoples feelings!!!!!!!!!!!!

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