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OUR NEW CENTRAL WEBSITE IS NOW OPEN! Check it out! Now you can find all our groups easily!

From: Fena
Sent on: Sunday, October 14, 2012 1:18 PM

Hi Friends!

Many of you have heard us  talk about the new web site that we are working on for Friends First.  Well the day has come to announce:


After all the planning, all the hard work, all the revisions and all the hoopla, it is here!

This site was designed with YOU, our members, in mind!

So let me tell you about YOUR new central Web Site It has many new features!

First off, we now have a CENTRAL calendar Say you are sitting home and wondering what is going on tonight, this weekend or next week.  Normally, you would have to go to Meetup and click on all the groups that you belong to.  NOW you simply go to the CALENDAR on our new site and all the listings for ALL the Friends First Groups are there!  Pick a day, click on the link and VIOLA! There is the info!  No more looking around and trying to find out what is going on.

With this calendar, you will now see all the Friends First Groups out there.  Do you have a special interest?  Ladies Group? Want to volunteer and give back?  Maybe you are from another area and you want to find a group near you.  Now you can do that with the simple click of the Calendar button!

One of the absolutely wonderful new additions we have on our site is CHAT.

Now, when you are home, feeling alone, wishing that you had someone to talk to, you can go to Friends First Social and click on chat and find other members in the Chat Room chatting!  You can be in the comfort of your own home, in your jammies (or nothing at all) and drop into an existing conversation online or create your own private conversation!

Think about this…say you are new to the group.  You are afraid of coming out.  Who are THESE people?  Well drop into the chat room and watch the conversation, join in and meet some of our wonderful members!  Do you want to talk about an upcoming event or hash over a past event?  Would you like to meet new people prior to an event?  All that is now possible with our Friends First Chat!

We will be hosting TOPIC CHATS on a regular schedule.  Those will be listed on our CENTRAL CALENDAR.   Topic can include almost anything!  WE could have a chat on dating, starting over after widowhood, about depression, about business issues….you will be able to “ASK FENA” in her bi-weekly chat as she visits the chat room to host that hour.  You are also going to be meeting some NOTABLE people that will be stopping in from time to time.  As you saw on the banner photos, there are some pretty famous people in that one picture.  Those people have donated their time to help several charities and they will be stopping in to talk about those charities.  Expect to see Desmond Clark from 88 Ways, Decon Don of The Gridiron Alliance, Almost Home Foundation that will talk about dog and cat rescue or Jarret Payton of Payton Beer (Walter's son),  and other celebs stop in to chat! You just never know who is going to show up in our chat room!

We will have a divorce chat on the schedule where you can ask questions of an attorney


We will have several therapists who will be dropping in to host a chat and you will be able to ask them questions.

Maybe you are widowed and have questions for a therapist or other widows about starting will be able to do that in that chat!

OR maybe YOU have a specialty and you would like to host a chat.  If so, contact Fena or Carroll and they will review your proposal and schedule your chat.

So go try it CHAT out!  It is fun!

Check out the PARTNERS PAGE

Are you a business owner or someone who needs new leads to grow business for your company? Who better to do business with than people that you know?  As most of you realize, many of the members of our group are mid-level (or higher) professionals.  There are many opportunities available through our members to business network and grow your business!  We will create your “business card” ad and put you here on our main web page for a nominal fee.  You will be able to sort from A-Z or Category to find potential business connections through our members.

FAQ?  Frequently Asked Questions Do you want to know about this group?  What is our purpose?  What are the members like?  What does it cost to join?  How do people conduct themselves? All those questions and more are answered by clicking the FAQ button.

There you will find out about Friends First Basic, Friends First E! Club, dress codes, etiquette, Rules of the Road and the history of how this group started.  Want to know what to wear to a fuction .  Each of the dress codes are spelled out under Dress Codes.  Want to know the age group of our members, that is answered under the FAQ questions.  Have a question an d you don’t see it listed there?  Then simply go to our CONTACT Button and you will be able to write to us and get your question answered.  WE ACTUALLY WILL READ EACH AND EVERY MESSAGE SENT T O US! We are all about customer service!  Why wouldn’t we be? We are in the people business!

Last but not least, sign up for our bi-monthly NEWSLETTER! There will be articles pertaining to YOU! Your wants, your needs and what you are interested in.  Expect to see that newsletter starting Nov. 1.  If you are a gifted writer and would like to submit an article, please do so by sending to [address removed] and if we feel that it fits our newsletter, your article could be shared with our group!

Nothing changes with our group, they will continue to grow and host events but now, we are able with one click, go to a calendar and see what is going on where.  It will make it easier to find all the groups.

So friends, WE hope you like your new CENTRAL SITE!  If you have questions, ideas, advertising…anything…please contact us!  You can either use the CONTACT button or simply write to [address removed].

I promise you, either Carroll or I will get back to you!

It is OUR pleasure to serve all of you wonderful members! YOU make our lives better!


Fena D’Ottavio and Carroll Meier


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