Hello everyone! I got a nice email from Andrew Lee, the former Organizer, checking in with the group and encouraging the action of the group to keep running strong! Without meeting many of you (while others I know pretty well), I can see that there is a strong desire to keep the community in great growth and the word that came to mind was "Comrade".
So, let's have a few socials on different sides of town just to do some quick meet and greets over the next couple of weeks and we'd love to learn from you how we can support your needs best.
Here's the term defined:
Comradery is the spirit of friendship and community in a group, like the comradery of soldiers at war who keep each other upbeat despite the difficulty of their circumstances.
Who is a comrade? A close friend or a fellow soldier — in other words, someone who comes to mind when you say, "We're in this together." Comradery reflects that same spirit: both words can be traced to the Spanish word comarada, meaning “chamber mate,” or roommate. Comradery is a feeling of trust, a bond created by a shared goal or experience — you don't have to be best friends with everyone in the group to know you have their support.
I look forward to meeting you very soon!