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Just like any other club, the Café Metropole Club has a membership card. Unlikephoto: virtual membership card other clubs, this card is a bit 'virtual' as you can see here. However it is possible to print it - if you feel it is absolutely necessary - which it is not.

'Virtual' members who have not had the chance to attend a weekly meeting in Paris in person can upgrade from their simple reader status by using any handy method that's around. Any readers who do show up for meetings in Paris, can become exclusive* and 'real' Charter Club Members.

Having a membership card is recommended because I've taken the time to include it here - even though it is free - and not every Barry, Barbara or Billy-Joe who have been to Paris has one.

*'Exclusive' means that it is the only Café Metropole Club in Paris that accepts any sort of human being as members. Any other virtual Café Metropole Clubs in Paris that claim to be real are virtual and should not be confused by the sole 'virtual' and authorized 'real' one.

Charter Club Member List

As 'virtual' members present themselves at the weekly club meetings in Paris, they become 'real' members of the club by signing the semi-official members' booklet.

After becoming 'real,' members will be asked if they wish to have their email addresses passed on to other 'real' members. If in agreement, this will be done. If not, the member's name will be on the distributed list, but without their email address.

This reminds me that I should send out this list for those who have signed on for it, but I think I will do my tax declaration instead next week.

The Whole History of the Café Metropole Club

The first meeting of your club took place on Thursday, 7. October 1999. The meeting next Thursday will be the club's 24rd.

Vital 'Update' Information

The next meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 23. March, in Paris. This is not any particular day - in fact it is the day before Saint-Victorien's Day - so attending the club meeting will not interfere with any galas you intend to attend.

The club's 'report' for this meeting will be put online as usual at its regular time, which may still be Thursday in your time zone, if it is in the GMT scheme of things and far to the west of Paris.

photo: location map, la coronaWhat, Where, When, How?

Here are the day, time and location details for you to note:

Café-Tabac La Corona
2. Rue de l'Amiral Coligny
Paris 1. Métro: Louvre-Rivoli or Pont-Neuf
Every Thursday at 15:00, until 17:00, GMT +01:00
In non-metric terms, even in Paris, the times are from 3 pm to 5 pm.

The club's meetings are held at the far end of the La Corona's big 'salle.' The club has a waiter - usually it is Patrick - assigned to it and you can order anything you want from him because the café has nearly everything. He will keep a tab on this for you to pay when you leave.

La Corona has other areas, including its bar, a small 'salle,' another terrace, and a downstairs waterworks part, but these are not where the club's meetings are held - so pay no attention to them - except, maybe, the vital downstairs part.

If you are uncertain about where to find the, simply ask anybody standing behind the bar - in any language that suits you - 'Où est le club, s'il vous plaît?' ['Club' is still pronounced 'cloob.']

See you soon - A bientôt à Paris,
signature, regards, ric

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