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"I've met so many lovely people. We are so lucky to have found you and this group. I can't thank you enough for all you do." Carey

"Great time, lots of laughs, comfortable surroundings, excellent food and very honest sharing. I had a great time. We cheered Patricia with our beautiful tea cups and thanked her for all her hard work. THANKS"

”I have never had so much fun in such a short time with a great bunch of ladies. I know that this group and all you lovely ladies will provide me with so many beautiful memories to carry with me wherever I go in life. You have a pretty wonderful organizer in Patricia who does everything from the heart.” Annie

”This is a great group for making new friendships, finding fun and interesting activities that appeal to many tastes, and, if you need it, support from women who understand. I've met so many great people and heard their amazing stories! Many thanks to Patricia for being such a creative and dedicated organizer. " Catherine

As long as my work continues to foster joy, celebration, community, generosity, and simplicity, I’m on the road to success. — Dana Tamanachi

Our group welcomes mature, kind, positive, curious, intelligent, open-minded and active members who intend to participate in our events. The minimum age for this group is 50; our members are a mix of single, married and widowed women. Many of our members are still working full-time but we do have a number of women who are retired or planning to retire in the near future. We welcome members from all walks of life and the only criteria is that members are mature, kind and positive.

New members are vetted prior to being accepted into the group in the same way that new members evaluate the group to determine if it satisfies their own criteria. We view this as a positive and vital part of the group's success as not everyone will be a good fit for any particular group.

We are particularly interested in intelligent, kind, mature and curious women who value self-development and learning.

We were the first Calgary Meetup group for mature women and our group is unique, very active and encourages a climate of mutual respect, trust and consideration. Our Organizer is creative and dedicated, our standards are high and it shows. Our group is markedly different from other meetup groups with respect to the quantity and quality of our events.

Our group is now in its tenth year (est. March 2010).

"This is a great group. Really a bright spot for women to get out and mix it up with lots of fabulous women. Patricia , our organizer, is the hardest working, most dedicated leader I have met in a long time. You could not go wrong being a member of this group." Jennifer

MEETUP TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Organizers own and operate their Meetup Groups. They often establish membership policies or ground rules for participation, and are responsible for moderating the content on their Meetup Group pages. Organizers can decline membership and also remove members at their own discretion.

MOST OF OUR EVENTS ARE HELD WEEKNIGHTS AND WEEKENDS, however, we do offer some weekday events. More weekday events will be posted if there is enough interest.

Although we hold events city-wide, because our members live all over the city, and venues are much more limited in the far north or south, many of our meetups are held in central Calgary.

Female friends influence who we are and who we can be. Give yourself the gift of friendship with mature women and join a well established social club for women 50+. The Calgary Women Friendship Group (50+) offers a choice of approximately 35 interesting and well organized events every month. If you are looking for positive connections with women who have enjoyed rich life experiences, or the opportunity to experience eclectic active, social and learning activities, this may be the group for you.

Best of all you will connect with a variety of women who learn from each other, genuinely enjoy each others' company, and who are mature and kind.

Comment from a member: ”This is what I love most about this group, it is a conduit for a group of talented, amazing and beautiful women to connect! ”

It is important for women to have close meaningful relationships with each other. Good friends provide a level of understanding and communication that positively affects your health, wellness and attitude. My goal is to create a welcoming group where mature women can socialize and feel comfortable with each other.

Our group activities include dining out, performing arts, card games, book discussions, community events, volunteer work, day trips, travel, tours, tea parties, private chef nights, private wine tasting, parties with entertainment, painting lessons, glass blowing and calligraphy, a wide range of outdoor activities from walks and hikes to dog sledding and kayaking, numerous Human Interest stories and discussions, and workshops and lectures (5-6 each month) on dozens of topics including meditation, Qigong, yoga, nutrition, physical fitness, retirement, neuroscience, crime, grief, addiction, politics, science, mental illness, essential oils, aging, CPR, breast health, auras and chakras, the conscious and subconscious mind, body language, current events, writing, fashion, makeovers, spirituality, legal and financial topics, social media and blogging, and almost every other activity you can think of that would appeal to mature women.

Meet mature, open-minded and kind women over the age of 50 for friendship, conversation, sharing ideas, social events and laughter. If your friends have moved away, if you are new in town, if you are single, widowed, divorced, married or retired, and if you feel the need for new friends and connections, then this group may be a good fit for you.

Please be aware this is not a networking group and members cannot promote their businesses. We are seeking members who will be active in the group.

Comments from members:

”Thank you Patricia, without your vision and creativity this would just be another group. You have created a special place for women to share an experience, to learn something new, and most of all to meet other women. Thank you for your dedication, commitment, and creativity. Joining this group has been very meaningful to me!! "

"What a wealth of warm, funny and generous spirits! " Laura

"I dragged myself to the party thinking I'm too tired, cranky, and don't have anything to say as usual. I left feeling energized once again by the absolutely amazing women in this group. It was very different from the Newcomers group I recently went to but the end result was the same: interesting, intelligent women having a good time and making real connections."

I really enjoyed myself and look forward to more outings. The ladies I meet were interesting, full of fun and all in the same mindset as I... To meet new people in a safe environment and perhaps make another life long friend. "

"There is something for everyone in this group! The variety is endless, the events are always well organized, and there are a great many of them to choose from. You can attend as few or as many as you want. The large
membership ensures that you are always meeting new ladies! I thoroughly recommend it!" Wendy

"I'm really glad I joined this group! It provides so many opportunities to get out and meet some really nice people and lots of options for things to do. I love the morning coffees which are usually smallish groups with lots of lively conversation. Canasta is fun too, even if you've never played before the ladies make you feel like you fit right in. Patricia is a great organizer and really puts her heart into it. She's always posting new activities that may be very meaningful and helpful if you're going through a difficult time, or others are just fun and adventurous if you're a little bored." Karen

"Hi Patricia. Thank you so much for the invitation to join your wonderful group. I really admire the amazing variety of activities you manage to provide, they almost are overwhelming in scope. The words of inspiration you have sent out just in recent days are extremely inspiring and really speak to me. You are running a class act." Teresa

"Really appreciate the hard work you put into the group and love the experience of meeting new people which I avoided for years. Thanks Patricia." Leslie

"So much to choose from ... don't know how Patricia does it!" Susan

"I think the group is awesome!!! Such a wide range of activities and women. And as an incredible add-on are Patricia's quotes and photos. Thank you for bringing new activities and friends as an adjunct to my wonderful life." RoseMarie

"I just wish I'd found it sooner! Congratulations on such an active group with diverse activities." Carol

"I think it is a great idea and I like that it is only for women over 45. There are a lot of different things you can do and attend. Thank you Patricia for all your hard work." Gail

"Super group - I really enjoy the almost constant stream (and the wide range) of interesting activities and events and the opportunity to meet so many women with whom I can form friendships." Carol B

”The range of activities available to members is exceptional and well organized and planned. We are very fortunate to have such a creative, organized, and knowledgeable organizer.”

“ I am very excited and honoured to be part of this group! It was great to meet each of you unique and interesting ladies. I'm looking forward to doing some fun activities and getting to know you better. Thank you Patricia for your hard work in setting this all in motion! ” Jan L

“ The social events such as dinners and pub gatherings are a lot of fun but I also enjoy the educational talks and tours. Patricia puts her heart and soul into finding out what's going on in the city. ” Helen

”The Calgary Women’s Friendship Group gathers like-minded women to explore new interests in an inviting social circle. Patricia sources social, informative and fun activities for this group. The sheer number and variety of activities reflects dedication and passion for continued success. I sincerely appreciate getting to know women and to come together to share stories and laughter, and to learn from our varied backgrounds and experiences. I truly enjoy being in an atmosphere of acceptance, encouragement and kindness.” Pat S.

"May I also take this opportunity to thank you so much for all of the hard work that you do for the group. You always have such a wide variety of things for us to do so I want you to know how much I have appreciated all of the wonderful outings that I experienced with the group last year. Thank you Patricia, it was all because of you." Susan

"Lovely group. I have done a lot of learning in this group, met great people and experienced things I would not have otherwise tried. Thanks Patricia." Jennifer

"For me it fills a much needed niche in my life. Being able to socialize with other women, a wide variety of events to choose from, daytime, evenings, weekends has removed any fear of being isolated or disinterested in life. It is well organized and very easy to use the on-line signup. Thank you Patricia! ”

“I have found the community of ladies I've met at the events very welcoming and open to newcomers. I'm a relatively new member but so far I'm really enjoying being a member of this group. The range of activities available to members is exceptional and well organized and planned. We are very fortunate to have such a creative, organized, and knowledgeable organizer. I look forward to enjoying all the opportunities to experience new activities while in the company of like minded ladies!! ” Kim

Ever since joining Calgary Women Friendship Group 6 months or so ago I would like to add these are the happiest days of my life again... I am more stimulated, busier and having more fun, fun, fun. Remember what Cyndi Lauper sang all those years ago .. "girls just wanna have fun" ~ and by having fun I think we are helping each other ! Plus I have found friends who are amazing supporters, teachers, and sisters (if I may) who are in a sense a beautiful family! Thank you for everything you do for us Patricia and Thank you for letting me be a part of a great team :) Danusha

"Why give aging a bad name? Why drag yourself like a ball and chain? Each day you have, you've had a chance to become wiser, riper, more interesting and I want to talk to people that are mature."

"Seek the company of other women as teachers, sisters, and friends. Women need feminine mirrors in which to discover their own beauty. When we come together with other women, we are empowered in our wholeness. We remember who we are." ~ Barbara De Angelis

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"That’s what friends are — people who share your crazy outlook and protect you from the world.

~ Ray Bradbury

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