Selectively email group members

This note is primarily addressed to group leaders, but it describes a new service that can be used by any member.

After you log in to the site, you can go to the group page of any group you belong to and click the 'Membership list' link towards the top of the page to:

  • See a list of group members
  • See contact details for any member (if they allow access)
  • Email any member (even if you are not allowed to see their address)
  • Email all members in the group

In addition, you can now use an 'Email selected group members' link to email some of the group members. You will see a list of group members who can be emailed. Simply tick those you want to include in your email and click/tap 'Proceed'. You will then be asked for email details in the usual way (more here). If you want to keep track of who you emailed, you can ask for a copy - it will include a list of members the mail was sent to.

That's a lot easier than emailing members individually. For example, you could use it to:

  • Provide extra information to people you know will attend an event
  • Cancel or postpone an event
  • Ask a question of members with specific expertise
  • Find an alternative venue/host for a meeting

It's also a better method than maintaining your own email list because it ensures you:

  • use members' preferred email address
  • keep up-to-date with changes
  • observe member's email preferences
  • don't inadvertently email a lapsed member

If you need to add members to, or remove members from, a group you lead, use the 'Manage group members' link. More details here.