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Over the past five years, this group has provided a way for LGBTQA women of the greater Pioneer Valley to recognize that "we" are here (750 members and growing), and it has provided opportunities for group members to meet each other through social activities. With nearly 400 meetups hosted, we have truly provided a space to gather. However, the greater goal of the group was and is to build community for gay/queer women in the area.
Please join as as we rise to the next phase of this group, and truly build community! Community is a space where members feel connection, find value, feel safe, know what they can expect from each other, bring value to the group and create emotional connections with others in the group. Community provides the opportunity for friendships of all levels to grow (Did you know there are at least 5 levels of friendship ranging from "contact" friends to "community friends" and the often sought after "committed" friends?).
Social activities are highly encouraged and key to our community. However, you can look forward to:
• Face-to-face and virtual "funshops" on how to build community (everything from growing friendship tips for adults, to facilitation skills, to understanding women circles and how to lead your own)
• Circles (women need circles for companionship, for encouragement, to gain approval, to help heal themselves, to find mentors, to be loved, to "find their tribes" and to be witnesses to each other without criticism in a space that only circles can provide, and in the way that has been innate to women throughout time.)
• Guest hosts (we will find incredible resources within our group, but sometimes those beyond our own group will provide extremely valuable opportunities and resources)
• New tools for connecting with each other outside of face-to-face settings (i.e. Are you a parent? Join our new parent's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/17757997859.... Use it to set play dates, discuss group events. Ask for ideas with parenting challenges and share successes.)
An image of yourself where you are visible is required prior to approval to join the group, for safety and community building. This group is private, only members see your photos and profile name.
Anyone can post and host an event, and all are invited to dive into this new phase with me, offering up funshops within your expertise AND joining me as an assistant organizer . Family events are encouraged. You can also post a message on our discussion board the group if your are looking for resources or referrals. We are great resources for one another.
Membership Donation/Fee is Optional but the organizer does pay $90 every six months for meetup.com dues and is relying on members to cover that cost.
All the best, and I hope to see you soon at an event!
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