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

Meet people who care about Wash. 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.

The content is spontaneously provided by the participants who show up at each event. 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 when you can or participate in message board discussions here and in other groups sponsored by the Friendship Archway Alliance 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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  • Associates E g.

    It is a great place to meet new people who are interested in the same topics.

    July 24, 2012

  • Organizer 2.

    The meetup went very well. It started off strong by giving everyone a chance to introduce themselves and talk a little about why they were attending. It was a very positive atmosphere filled with people who wanted to connect to discuss and share ideas and find people to collaborate with. It was an ideal place to make friends, find clients, explore possible partnerships, and expand my network. The food was also delicious. I will definitely be returning to this event next month and for many months to come.

    July 23, 2012

  • David A.

    Really great to hang out with such positive people today. Thanks to all who came out!

    July 22, 2012

  • Organizer29

    It was a great event and great networking. Everyone is loving it.

    July 16, 2012

  • GWU O.

    Terrific event! Definitely will come back for the nice people and delicious food.

    July 16, 2012

  • Diane A.

    We appreciate Mr. William Patterson and team for co-sponsoring this month's event! Thank you so much!

    July 15, 2012

  • DW A.

    Terrific job by the new volunteers. Always meet new and interesting people.
    Great to be associated with this group.

    July 15, 2012

  • Friendship Archway Network, D.

    The gathering is as great as it has always been. I really appreciate the positive ambiance, organizing committee's work and delicious food provided by Burma!

    July 15, 2012

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