Re: [liberal-106] Ideas for the Liberal Ladies Group -- Assistant Organizers Wanted

From: Cindy
Sent on: Monday, September 7, 2009 6:27 PM
Darn it I keep forgetting that I need to be careful how I send email here - though it was just going to Michelle. Ah well
 
I understand that, and think what Michelle is doing, allowing more people to be involved, is a good thing. And I hope you are right - its hard for me to find a group that fits so well.  I don't want it to disappear so soon after I found it. But I do hope you are right. Thank you
CIndy
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From: Barbara
Sent: Monday, September 07,[masked]:53 PM
Subject: RE: [liberal-106] Ideas for the Liberal Ladies Group -- Assistant Organizers Wanted

Cindy,

What I see Michelle offering here is not anything that will divide up the group as we know it now. What she is offering (for women who do not currently participate because they live on another side of town, or can?t leave the children for an evening out, or feel out of place with a different age group) is a chance for all members to enjoy the same type of conversations and connectedness those of us feel who regularly participate in the east valley now. I agree with you that differing perspectives are valued within our group, yet many members have failed to attend past events because of the very reasons stated above. Everyone is still welcome to attend any event, maybe some of our Grandmothers would love to bring their grandkids and meetup with the young mothers. But I agree with Michelle that in expanding the number and type of events this group offers more members might find it easier to attend and enjoy a few hours of great liberal conversation and connection.

Personally, it?s the conversation and feeling of connectedness that keeps me coming and I believe these changes will expand (not dilute) active participation in this meetup.

Barbara

From: [address removed] [mailto:[address removed]] On Behalf Of Cindy
Sent: Monday, September 07,[masked]:58 PM
To: [address removed]
Subject: Re: [liberal-106] Ideas for the Liberal Ladies Group -- Assistant Organizers Wanted

I know its probably just me, but I really don't want our group divided up and categorized. There are a core group of ladies that like to meet together. Why set up a special group for those with kids, or the younger folk - its these folk that give older and kidless folk a different perspective. 

A picnic or game night seems fine. But these groups just seem like they will dilute the group we already have.

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From: Michelle

Sent: Sunday, September 06,[masked]:43 PM

Subject: [liberal-106] Ideas for the Liberal Ladies Group -- Assistant Organizers Wanted

Hello, Ladies.

A few weeks ago I accepted the post of Organizer of the Liberal Ladies Meetup group. I wanted to take a moment to formally say ?Hello,? as well as present a few ideas to the group.

As of today, we have 122 members. On average, approximately 10 ? 16 members attend our meetups. I want us to grow and become more inclusive. I want to ?spread the liberalism? across the Valley.

Wouldn?t it be great for liberal ladies from Peoria to Queen Creek and Avondale to Apache Junction to have the opportunity to share in friendship, meaningful discussions and other activities? We will certainly continue to meet in the East Valley, but we cannot forget we live in a large city. It?s more than 50 miles one way from the I-17 and Peoria exit to the intersection of the 202 and the 60 freeways. By meeting in one part of the Valley, we are unintentionally restricting others from participating with ease.

I would also like to draw in the 20 ? 30 something crowd. One idea would be to have ?Liberal Ladies with Children? and/or ?X/Y Generation Liberal Ladies? meetups. We could also occasionally include spouses or significant others with a potluck at the park, or meet for an evening of fun and games with like-minded thinkers.

In order to grow our base effectively, I am seeking Assistant Organizers to host new meetups in valley locations (like Scottsdale, Peoria, West Valley, etc) and/or to host meetups for specific interest or age groups (like Liberal Ladies with Children, X-generation Liberal Ladies, Liberal Lady Readers, etc). This is not as hard as it may sound! smileFor dinners and lunches, you call the restaurant in advance and ask if you can make a reservation for 10 ? 15 (or the applicable number). Then go into Meetup and set up the event. Select ?email all members? to announce the meetup. That?s it! And the planning is even easier if you choose to always meet at the same location or meet at a park while the kids play. As a Liberal Lady Assistant Organizer you control the number of meetups you plan and the amount of time you want to put into planning them. If you are interested in becoming an Assistant Organizer, contact me.

If you like the meetup the way it was, you are in luck! We are going to continue meeting in the same part of town we have in the past. We will have the same type of meetups we have enjoyed in the past. The group will continue its focus on liberal women forging friendships with other liberal women. These are just a few ideas to include MORE women.

Sometimes it is lonely being an open-minded liberal in a largely Republican state. Let?s reach out to other liberal ladies in our area and help them realize they are not alone.

Excited to be your new Organizer,

Michelle

Liberal Ladies Social Meetup




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