Official Meetup - Meet n Greet

This is the first 'official' meetup for Torontos Awakened Minds – Awakened Hearts. This first meetup will be a 'meet n greet', with the purpose being to get to know each other, have fun, and connect with each other before some of the more serious discussions/actions take place in the weeks/months to come. This is an ideal opportunity to make new, informed, interesting friends and converse about things often not talked about... It will take place on Sunday, February 26th at 3PM. We are still looking for an ideal location, I have some in mind, but the best place would be a members home in the Toronto area (even better, downtown). I would offer my place, but it looks like a dungeon. If there is any member willing to accommodate, please let me know. Watch out for an update on location in the days to come. There is a 1$ fee to attend. I have absolutely no interest in making a profit here, this is simply to cover the organizer fees I have to pay meetup.com and other related costs (snacks, nametags, etc). Hope to see many of you at the meetup!

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  • Scott G.

    Alright, although I still think that we need to find more of a direction in terms of preparing for the coming difficulties. What do we want to focus on?

    February 27, 2012

  • Dan

    hey i really planned on attending and really want to go, but i cant afford to get their and i cant afford to spend afternoon at a pub, times are hard right now i thought i'd be able to attend.

    hope theres another meetup soon because i really want to meet everyone, sorry for bailing i plan to be active in this group though

    February 26, 2012

  • Essena

    is anyone going to the meeting from the Beach area or close by?...would love a lift....please call me at[masked] and leave your number if I do not answer...thanks

    February 25, 2012

  • Zak

    If anyone needs to contact me on sunday (ie if you somehow get hopelessly lost). My number is[masked]

    February 25, 2012

  • Dan

    sounds good. i provided i have the money to go out i will be there.

    February 22, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I live in the west end, so I'm all for Mackenzies.

    February 22, 2012

  • Scott G.

    God, I used to live 2 blocks east of Mackenzies; not that I'd ever heard of it, but I definitely passed by it a few times without knowing it, heh :-). Anyway, sounds good.

    February 22, 2012

  • Zak

    Alright, I called all 3 and decided on mackenzies. Once we get larger meetup sizes chalkers could be a really good option. But mackenzies has a long line of big tables that fits a total of 20 ppl which is way better than the setup at the other 2 places, especially for our group size. Apparently it will be pretty dead there too on Sunday which is excellent.

    February 22, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll take chalkers for a 1,000 zak

    February 22, 2012

  • Zak

    http://www.chalkerspub.com/ http://www.mackenziesbar.com/index.htm http://www.dine.to/whiteswan (no official website)

    Im going to phone tonight to see our options and confirm a place and reservation tmr, in the meantime, feel free to comment if you have a preference especially if you have been to any.

    This meetup is about getting to know each other, future locations will have more sensitive info and will require a place like a library room, community cntr, or members house

    February 22, 2012

  • Zak

    Hey guys, first off, I love to see so much interest in trying to help out find a place. I checked the websites of the cafe/resteraunts that you guys listed here. I've come to the conclusion (after looking at the pics) that finding an ideal one right downtown will be too difficult, the space is too small. I do however have three in mind that have enough space, tables that can go together, are relatively empty, are cheap, and are on the subway line: chaulkers pub, the white swan, and mackenzie bar

    February 22, 2012

  • Scott G.

    Sounds good Essena, let us know how that goes.

    February 22, 2012

  • Essena

    Sorry...i was in a hurry...lots of typos there....but you get my point....Queen East Streetcar takes you there in 20 minutes from the Eaton Centre

    February 22, 2012

  • Essena

    Apple Grove Community centre on Queen Street near at Woodfield allows you to use for free, I think....I can call and check if people are ok with that location...it is east of Greenwood....I have no problem calling them to see, if enough like the location.

    February 22, 2012

  • Dan

    i see what u say about the enclosed room, seems meetups at tables get broken into smaller sub-groups (1 end of the table, the other end of the table) when u have 15+ people. coffee shops can be hard to seat everyone together. for an enclosed room best bet is a library, church basement or somebodys house in my opinion.

    February 21, 2012

  • Dan

    with a place like jackastors or pickle barrel u can reserve a table and everyone can sit and talk for aslong as we want no one can come tell usto leave. but then ugotta pay for a $20 meal too. i dunno how librarys work if u gotta rent them or if we all just show up and find a spot to sit down or something im unsure. churches seem like a good idea for the future. as far as police station its not that they know me, its that i know who they are, and i'd rather stay away after hearing what i have.

    February 21, 2012

  • Robert L.

    I did not "suggest" the police station, I only mentioned that that was the only meetup I had been to before. It was held there because the organizer wanted a free place and one of the members lived in Richmond Hill. I was against it but I went anyway but only three people who showed up, probably because it was at a cop shop. But at least it was an enclosed room. I don't know how anything can get discussed at a food court or restaurant. You need a room.
    But the idea of having a "meeting" in a

    February 21, 2012

  • Dan

    yo i didnt mean to seem like a freak out if i did im just saying defo seems like the worst of all places for a truth group. im suprised im not the only person to say anything i dont see whats wrong with a donut shop though or coffee shop. most meetups ive attended have either been hosted in librarys coffee shops or dinners like jack astors or something. just for some ideas. coffee shops have the plus of being cheaper but u cant really reserve out a starbucks for a couple hours either.

    February 21, 2012

  • Robert L.

    Since some people freaked at the mere mention of a police station I would not then suggest a donut shop.

    February 21, 2012

  • Amber

    Does anyone that is going on Sunday live in a condo? Most if not all condo buildings have a party room that is usually free if you live there.

    February 21, 2012

  • Robert L.

    The problem is finding a place that is large enough that is free, or very cheap. Maybe we should start scoping out churches or community centers and asking them about room availability.

    February 21, 2012

  • Robert L.

    That was pretty well my argument as well when I was confronted with the location previously.
    Perhaps that's why almost nobody showed up at that meeting.

    February 21, 2012

  • Dan

    i think it would be far easier, safer, and more accessible to hold it ANYWHERE else in toronto. even a street corner (like alot of truth groups hold theirs on) is alot better easier safer and moreaccessible. or why not a coffee shop? a library? thats where most meetups ive been to are held. if you hold this truth group at a police station i wouldnt be suprised if you scared off ALOT of new members. "ya come meet us at the police station, we wanna talk about the truth!".....setup much?

    February 21, 2012

  • Dan

    no offense but if theirs even consideration that this group would meet at a police station i dont think i'll be attending. i dunno their kind of the people i'm trying to expose. and the kind of people who would want to wiretap me/spy on me/eventually arrest/execute me for speaking on such topics so i dont think it's intelligent to hold a meetup "right on their property".....flouride much? why hold the meetup right in the belly of the beast, far out of the way in richmond hill?

    February 21, 2012

  • Scott G.

    (donuts) lol :-). If Zak wants to do it that way, I'll do it, but I'm not sure what people here would think of that idea. Besides potential reservations of going to a police headquarters, it would be quite a trip for many Torontonians I think; if they have a car, it's not too bad (still a shorter trip then the one I'd be making), but the TTC doesn't reach Richmond Hill; they'd need to take a bus from Finch station up to Major Mac, from there maybe walk the rest.

    February 21, 2012

  • Robert L.

    I've only been to one Meetup group before and that was held at the community room at the Police Headquarters in Richmond Hill. (171 Major MacKenzie West). I initially wasn't too thrilled about it being at a police station but to be honest it worked out fine and it was just like being in a regular community center.
    Obviously no food though (and I didn't think it was wise to ask about any donuts).

    February 21, 2012

  • Scott G.

    North York Central certainly works better for me as well, as I'd be coming from Northeast of Toronto. Assuming Zak picks this location, where would we meet in the library? The lobby somewhere?

    February 21, 2012

  • Pina

    The only one I've attended is Richview Library at 1806 Islington Ave. Another one is the North York Central Library which has been mentioned - it's probably the better choice as it's right on the subway line, inside the mall.

    February 21, 2012

  • Scott G.

    Pina, maybe you could recommend a particular library meeting room?

    February 21, 2012

  • Pina

    I'd love to attend depending on the location. I've attended meetings in library meeting rooms and found them easy to get to.

    February 21, 2012

  • Scott G.

    I like the idea of the Sheppard Library. Not sure where exactly we could meet in there though.

    February 20, 2012

  • Scott G.

    Mathew, I too have thought of the library, atleast as an initial meeting point; one very annoying thing about going to a restaurant is that you're essentially renting the space, and the way you pay is by buying things to eat; I'd rather meet up at a library, and go somewhere to eat after we gather if we'd like to do this. I'm speaking from personal experience of being an organizer and needing to wait for others to show up, heh :-).

    February 20, 2012

  • Scott G.

    Christian, the group that went was 20 people; they ate on the second floor; tables and such may well have been rearranged for them to all fit together, so I definitely recommend reserving the place if we go there. One thing that highly recommends it; it was -not- crowded when I got there; in fact, it was vacant upstairs (I got there a bit after the whole thing had ended). Cafe California, on the other hand, tends to fill up.

    February 20, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have about 20 +/- name tags that I can donate. No I don't need them back. However, they can be re-used when one is clubbing and when wants to pick up hot babes. :)

    February 19, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    What about a library such as North York @City Centre near Sheppard Subway?

    February 19, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    If that's the place I think it is, it looks kinda small. Do you know if it has a back room, or how big this group of yours was when they went?

    February 19, 2012

  • Scott G.

    What about Tequila Bookworm? The group I used to frequent did go there once and seemed to be fine with it. I've never actually eaten there, but I did check out the location and it seemed ok. Here's a glowing review of the restaurant:
    http://www.blogto.com/cafes/tequilabookworm

    And here's the restaurant's web page:
    http://www.tequilabookworm.com/

    February 19, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm sorry, but I must completely disagree. The Imperial Pub is the worst pub I've been to. The food is horrible, and the room in the back has holes in the ceiling. Let's please go anywhere else.

    February 19, 2012

  • Robert L.

    The Imperial isn't a bad space at all and might be sufficient for our needs. They've got a nice separated room in the back that might suffice, or the "Library Lounge" depending on the number of people expected.

    February 19, 2012

  • Scott G.

    Here's Cafe California's website:
    http://dine.to/sites/cafecalifornia/#home

    The Imperial Pub's website:
    http://www.imperialpub.com/the_imperial_pub

    February 19, 2012

  • Scott G.

    Also, would like to say I'm open to other places. I only recommended that one because I've been there before. I've also met up at The Imperial Pub, which is where another group I used to meet up with would go; they have some really cool couches, but I'm not as impressed with the food there. It's a block east of the Dundas subway stop, on Dundas.

    February 19, 2012

  • Scott G.

    Cafe California isn't the biggest, but it can comfortably seat 20, -if- you reserve seating beforehand. Considering the amount of people who have signed up, I definitely think we should reserve our seats if we'd like to go there; in the group I used to go with, they'd always start the meetup at noon; since they only open at 11:30am, it wasn't too crowded at that point, but by 3, it seems to be. That being said, the seats have some distance between them so I think we should be fine.

    February 19, 2012

  • Zak

    Scott how big is cafe california and how busy does it get? I will be checking places out downtown this week. Sorry to hear about the Gina, I will update the location soon, it will ideally be close to a subway line and downtown.

    Mathew that would be great, how many do you happen to have?

    Christian I will try to make it public locations until a large number of us know each other

    See you all soon!

    February 19, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I prefer cafe's and restaurants actually. I'm not big on going to strangers' homes.

    February 18, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Zak, I have some name tags for you to use, their the re-usable ones where you put a business card in it.

    February 18, 2012

  • gina m.

    Hi guys. I would love to come. I was in a minor car accident a while ago and am recovering, but I'm not driving quite yet. I will try and attend as long as I can get to the location. So let me know once that's decided and I will confirm if I can get there. I look forward to it! :)

    February 17, 2012

  • Scott G.

    IF a member's home can't be used, I'm thinking we could go to a cafe or restaurant. I used to go to Cafe California with another group, which is near Church and Wellesley, thinking this might be a possibility. Ofcourse, people would have to get something as it is a commercial establishment, but just getting a paid drink should be enough.

    February 17, 2012

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