MEETUP for ONE CITY! Third Sundays 12:30PM in Wash. DC, FREE, All are welcome!

Meet people who care about Washington DC including social entrepreneurs, "changemakers", investors, innovators, advocates and  people of diverse backgrounds who have been inspired by Mayor Vincent Gray's vision of Washington D.C. as ONE CITY!

Come together for followup conversations to stay in touch and working together to bridge cultural, digital and other divides! There will be a round of self introductions to the entire group. In the past about 50 to 80 people have attended these events each month. People can sit at different tables for conversations over lunch (free admission and networking; self-pay for food you order).

The first step is to get to know each other better to see if we are ready to work together harmoniously with appreciation, forgiveness and understanding. These monthly community events provide opportunities to build trust, develop more community allies and to connect with others interested in similar topics. Express your interest to the co-organizers and followup if you please. EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED!

WHEN: 12:30PM TO 2:30PM on the third Sundays of each month, same time and place.

The content is spontaneously provided by the participants who show up at each event. You will have a chance to introduce ourself to the entire group if you wish. Many wonderful outcomes have resulted from these informal networking and Conversations for ONE CITY! Invite your new contacts to meet you at Join the fun in making new contacts in a friendly, welcoming and happy context!

DIRECTIONS: When you exit the METRO station (red line) at Gallery Place/Chinatown metro station, you will see the Friendship Archway monument which was co-developed with the city back in 1986 as a call for friendship and better understanding among people of all backgrounds. One way to build ONE CITY is to come together in person when you can or participate in discussion board here and in other groups co-sponsored by the Friendship Archway Network and A.B.C. We look forward to connect with you and your friends!


We thank Ms. Soohyun "Julie" Koo, and the Mayor's Office on Asian and Pacific Islanders Affairs for their outreach calendar announcements and support. We thank the ongoing training opportunities of the Strategic Partnership Initiative (SPI) under the leadership of Lafayette Barnes and Pat Henry. We appreciate the outstanding leadership of Mayor Vincent Gray who saved Chinatown DC by his critical legislative leadership to help shape the future of DC's Chinatown as a Asian American destination. He achieved this while he was Chairman of the City Council before he became Mayor of DC.  We appreciate many extraordinary and dedicated DC government officials including Allen Y. Lew,  Gilles A. E. Stucker, Tonya Butler-Truesdale, Patricia Zingsheim, Dory Peters, Thor Nelson and the many talented professionals in the Office of Planning under the talented leadership of Director Harriet Tregoning.

For more information on the nonprofit co-sponsor, see Thank you!

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  • Diane A.

    We appreciate the many years of outstanding contributions by Debra, Dean, Lynette, David, DW, Seth and other co-sponsors to help make this possible. Thanks so much and Happy Holidays!!!

    December 18, 2013

  • Diane A.

    Many thanks to members of the Dec. 15, 2013 Event Host Team including Lynette, Alexander, Ming, Joyce, AB, Eric, Michael S., Michael K., Essa, Mariela, Milagro, John and Jane. Ms. Regina Hopkins, Jane Tinpe, John Tinpe, Joyce Jolly, Eric Martin and were honored and recognized for their outstanding contributions to the community!

    December 18, 2013

  • Lynette A.

    A great place to meet people who you can do business with.

    1 · December 16, 2013

  • Joyce

    Michael great skit!

    1 · December 16, 2013

  • Michael

    It was great to expand on my creativity with the Twilight Zone skit. I am constantly fine tuning myself. Another plus for why I volunteer. I had fun in the process.

    1 · December 16, 2013

  • Milagro A.

    It was lovely to find such a large and lively group of people with different interests coming to network. I have met some of my best friends in this meetup.

    1 · December 16, 2013

  • Friendship Archway Network, D.

    Thanks to all for your participation and contributions to help build One City!

    1 · December 15, 2013

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