Val, I'm not 100% on this, but I think the fee comes from the fee the person who started up the meet-up with meetup.com had to pay. I know the person who started our group had to pay and charged everyone at the first meeting. Since I am coming in at the 4th meeting she didn't ask for money. I think they have to pay meetup.com every 3 or 4 months at a time. Our group is thinking about skipping meetup.com all together and sending out direct emails to each member to take that cost away. I don't know if that's the situation for the group you were looking at.