|Sent on:||Monday, December 31, 2012 9:42 AM|
As I write this end of year/ new year message this morning, our amazing meetup.com group has grown to 366 members and our facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/metroatlantageeks/, where most of our conversation and sharing takes place, has reached 230. I can't adequately describe the since of personal fulfillment this brings me. I love bringing people with common interests together, especially us geeks.
This group was originally founded in June of 2011 as "South Atlanta Geeks" in an effort to provide a telecommuting Software Engineer (me) an opportunity to find and get to know geeks friends on the south side of Atlanta, who shared my interests. It wasn't long until we meet many others of you with common interests located all around the Metro Atlanta area, thus the name change to Metro Atlanta Geeks. It has been so much fun getting to know and share many memorable moments and events with with you. I have formed friendships and have seen others be created as a result of this group and again, that is what really drives me to see us grow and what makes this so rewarding.
I look for 2013 to be our best year ever and I want to ask for your help. If you have an interest, hobby, event or something you'd like to see us get together to enjoy, please just suggest a meetup. It's really very easy to do. The only thing I ask is that if you suggest a meetup, that you be willing to be the event host or co-host (if you find another in our ranks to assist you). What that typically amounts to, if it's an event at a public location, is arranging the logistics of when and where and letting people know how to find you once they get there. Once two or more of you are there, I have found that our common interests take over and the time passes by very quickly.
Every person from this group that I've meet has been intelligent and passionate about the things they like. That's refreshing. I'd like to see those of you so inclined to start meetups via this group all over the Atlanta area to geek out, have fun, make friends and become better people for doing so. If you'd like to start a sci-fi or fantasy book meetup (or just do a stand-alone meetup to discuss one particular book), do it. If you'd like to teach us how to program or build web pages, or learn something else new or cool, do it. If you want to having google or video hangout/meetup, do it. If you just want to meet with other geeks to go hiking, take a trip, have a picnic, go to a museum, lecture, see a movie, just suggest a meetup and see what happens.
We could even form regular area meetups, South, North, West, East, ITP, Downtown Geeks. The truth of the matter is simply that this group has been created for all of the reasons I have shared above.
Thanks so much for being a part of us and I look forward to meeting you personally at an event soon.
Best wishes for a most Happy New Year!
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