Tom, I am a new member and so far Orrin is the only other member I have met. I hate to see good effort go unacknowledged, so I am responding, albeit in the negative.
My main interest is meeting other Objectivists and sharing ideas and perceptions about the philosophy. If I were to suggest an activity, it would be the creation of a unit to spread the message of Objectivism wherever possible. I would like to see the creation of a data bank of Objectivism material that can be distributed with the intent of sparking the interest of new adherents. I would like to see a list of speakers who might go and speak to children in schools and give them an introduction to the philosophy.
This may be an overly-ambitious goal, especially since I don't know the membership at all, but that is my interest. At my age, 72, the physical activities don't hold a lot of interest for me.
We've got a list of potential social activities at the link below - please take moment and rate the ones you'd like to participate in - 10=would certainly attend; 1=would never attend:
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Do not lose your knowledge that man's proper estate is an upright posture, an intransigent mind and a step that travels unlimited roads.
Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark, in the hopeless swamps of the approximate, the not-quite, the not-yet, the not-at-all.
Do not let the hero in your soul perish, in lonely frustration for the life you deserved, but have never been able to reach.
Check your road and the nature of your battle. The world you desired can be won, it exists, it is real, it is possible, it's yours."
--- From the chapter This is John Galt Speaking in Atlas Shrugged, a novel by Ayn Rand
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