Gotta say I was weird-ed out tonight. The speaker was Maggie Ball, the first part of her program was her quilts and was well presented. The second part was a Power Point on teaching kids quilting. The finale was her speaking about working with Mongolian women and offering them a business opportunity with teaching them to quilt. Then she actually passed a basket around the room to collect "At least $100.00" to support her work.
I really was put off by this action. Sure it may be a nice and worthy like a million other charities, but to use open social pressure to collect more money directly from the guild was tacky and truly not appreciated by myself.
You're a professional speaker, we pay your rates for both a lecture and classes. If you wish to support this charity then do so out of your own fees. You want to get more money for the charity then charge for it within your fees.
I gave $1.00 because of the peer pressure but I also voiced my objection as well within our group.