I am the new organizer for VegOut. How did I come to this decision? I attended Vegetarian Summerfest, a five day event presented by the North American Vegetarian Society, this past July. In the closing remarks one of the speakers, Victoria Moran, said that it is important to get support because as vegetarians/vegans we are just too weird for the rest of the world. We need each other. That hit home. I did not want to go back to the meat-eating world after being in vegan Shangri-la. I wanted to have a consistent forum where I didn?t feel that I was the only one awake amongst a world of flesh-eating zombies.
It was just two short years ago that I was eating the flesh of others. I do believe that as human animals we owe it to ourselves to live the lives of allegedly evolved beings. This I know - we don?t need animal products of any kind to live full, healthy and complete lives. My doctor told me this in December and said her vegan patients are her healthiest patients. Our connected choices make better lives for ourselves and our friends with whom we inhabit the planet.
I attended my first VegOut outing this past July at Caravan of Dreams with some really wonderful dining companions. At the helm was Roseann who immediately made me feel comfortable and glad I decided to join VegOut. Yay Roseann! I am so happy that she is in my life. Not everyone around the table was vegan, but each person was interested in leaning in this direction. The conversation was lively and highly entertaining. I hope to host as effortlessly as Roseann.
I am looking forward to hosting monthly VegOut dinners. In addition I will be bringing to the group?s attention events of interest in the vegan, vegetarian, environmental and animal rights communities.
I want to have a strong presence at Veggie Pride this year as well as at the Pride March and Pride Fest this June. I?ll see if we can get some visibility in the other four boroughs pride parades as well.
Please, everyone, send me an email with your suggestions and comments. How do you see VegOut in 2010? Where do you see yourselves on your own veg friendly journeys this year?
I look forward to serving you all as the new organizer.