If you're 50+, and looking for friends, you've found the right place. We are a group of vital, interesting, and supportive women. In the wisdom of our 5th decade, we have found self-acceptance and learned the value of and importance of strong female friendships. After a few meetups, you will begin to make connections and form friendships....not overnight, but over time. We strive to be all-inclusive and welcome diversity on all levels. (Please read to then end.)
Finding Female Friends past Fifty started in Los Angeles 2016 and thanks to the New York Times article (https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/31/style/self-care/finding-female-friends-over-50-meetup.html), it’s taken off internationally! There are currently chapters in New York City, Wash DC, Philadelphia, Austin, Dallas, Denver, Boulder, Chapel Hill, San Diego, Seattle, Boston, the SF Bay Area, Barcelona, Spain, and Perth, Australia. 2019 is still the Year of the Woman. We are finally getting the recognition we deserve. But our demographic, in particular, is one of transition. Children are gone, careers are winding down, and schedules are less cluttered. Just when we have more time for friends, we are most disconnected from the networks that allowed us to find them. FFF>F taps into this need.
Annual dues are $6. This helps to defray the administrative costs of Meetup and if there is surplus at the end of the year it will go towards an event. New members have one month grace period to pay their dues.
If you’d like to join this group, please ensure that your meetup photo is a headshot—only your head and shoulders, nobody else in the photo, and no obscuring elements like sunglasses or hats. Your photo is a key tool for the organizers and also for the other women you’ll meet. PLEASE check your profile picture BEFORE you request membership. If your picture fails to meet the requirements, your request will be declined until a photo that meets the requirements is submitted. This is a private group so only other members can see your photo.
Notification Settings & Cancellations We request that you have your email updates and notifications turned on in SETTINGS. And that you respect your commitment when you sign up for an event. We've noticed that a number of events have had last-minute cancellations--or worse, people who've RSVPed and then never showed up. When someone makes the effort to host, she's putting in time and energy to ensure the event or activity is a success. Additionally, we make a commitment to the venue for a minimum number of people when they reserve space for us at restaurants, etc. We understand that life happens and you're sometimes prevented from following through, which is why we implemented a 3-strikes rule in early June.
We have revisited this policy and have updated accordingly: if you cancel within 48 hours of an event or fail to show up 3 times within a calendar year, then our hosts reserve the right to bump you to the waiting list for popular events. If it happens 4 times, then you'll be suspended from attending any events for 6 months. If you make a commitment, please honor it, or relinquish your spot far enough in advance that another woman might attend. Folks who have 2-strikes against them will be notified via private messaging.
Thanks for your understanding. Sherrie, Deborah, and Joan