Please join us for fun discussions, not always political, and great company! Come with some topics in mind to share, and let's keep the conversation rolling.
We have an agreement with Chez Zee that when the private 'gallery' space is available, we will have it at no charge beyond our lunches. However, if a group that pays the hefty room fee comes along, we will be seated in the main restaurant. If you do not see a sign by the door indicating 'Liberal Ladies Who Lunch,' check in at the hostess stand and she will direct you to the right area for that day.
You will order from the general menu and receive a separate check. Our gratuities are not included at lunch, so please note that detail.
Parking is very limited, so either come early, park nearby, or be prepared to tip a couple of dollars for the free valet service.
Since the group has grown, it seems a good time for some guidelines so lunches will be enjoyable for all and everyone will be able to participate in the chatting.
1.) We are primarily a social group, here to make friends with women of like minds. Our topics do not have to be political, although most of the time these days, that is what is on our minds.
2.) If we are in the main restaurant and have a large group as usual, we most likely be set up at several tables and we will not have a general discussion. Each table may talk about anything the members wish.
3.) When we are in the private gallery, we begin with social time until everyone arrives then we will convene at the table, with the sound of the glass clinking. The discussion time will begin with introductions for the benefit of new members and visitors. Then I, or someone else pre-planned, will introduce a topic or question for the group to begin discussion. Once we have dealt with that to everyone's satisfaction, we'll move on to other issues of interest to the group.
4.) With 20 or more vocal and passionate women at the table, it is easy to dissolve into chaos, so please extend the following courtesies to your sisters:
One person at a time has the floor. Be respectful and do not carry on side conversations while someone else is speaking. It inhibits others hearing (and it isn't polite.)
We all have a lot to say and a limited time. Everyone deserves a chance to speak. If you're talking for too long, I'll have interrupt to move things along so please do some self-monitoring.
Even liberals don't always agree on everything (really, it's true) so be respectful of others' views. We want this to be a safe environment for voicing opinions--liberal opinions, to be sure, but opinions along that spectrum.
If you want to speak, just give me a little sign (hand waving alla classroom isn't necessary) and I'll get to each person in her turn.
If lunch goes more than a couple of hours, we will revert back to social time and everyone chat freely about whatever strikes your fancy.
By following these guidelines, I hope all members will have a chance to fully participate in our interesting discussions and enjoy the group for years to come.
Thanks for reading and I'll see you at lunch!