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Welcome to FRIENDS WANTED (Madison's only "unclub").  

I'm your organizer, Celeste Luzzio. I am thrilled you found us. Friends Wanted! is the protocol for what I believe is a move in the right direction for libraries and businesses to sponsor, providing a real time, space, and place, for the general public to meet face-to-face.

I am a professional educator with a masters degree in education, curriculum and instruction and over ten years or prior teaching experience.  

During my childhood, I lived in eight states and attended 17 schools before graduating high school. 

I am interested in the art and science of platonic relationships and bringing about more of a public awareness of this as a NEED not simply a want or luxury in our lives.  Friendships should take as much priority as romantic connections in our lives.  

In fact, having friends actually will help you in romantic relationships because we need more people in our lives, and well, not all of them can be romantic partners, even if you do have a harem of them.  

We need to connect with each other as sisters, brothers, cousins, aunts, uncles, parents and grandparents cross-generational, cross-culturally: all people, all ages without borders or other social divisions.  

In fact, I am proud to present our group as one of the few where people of all genders and sexual orientations can feel welcome and gather without feeling the bias, prejudice, or pressure they should isolate or divide themselves according to these variables.

My dream is to design a program to extend these ideas to other communities across the globe; however, Madison, Wisconsin, US is our home base and you can be one of the first members of this important global community of friends worldwide.

We encourage community discussions; time to socialize and practice civil discourse; and to make new acquaintanceships through live networking.  However, the prime reason for my organizing Friends Wanted! is to help people find each other for platonic relationships.  After all, this is the foundation for many other types of relationships to form and must have a natural setting in order for these to occur--and what better way than in person.  Did you know 80% of all communication effectiveness among humans happens ONLY when they are IN PERSON with each other?  Being present for each other has many meanings.  We are physically present, mentally present, and rewarded by the present each person brings as they share their presence through conversations about life experiences, professions and vocations, journeys and travels, and even current challenges and celebrations in their personal lives.  

This is also a place for people to meet to simply benefit from the human body's need to simply be in the presence of other human beings for a better sense of overall health.

Developing an equilibrium among our members is also a benefit to our regularly-scheduled gatherings. Introverts and extroverts learn from each other to find their own need for balance in how they communicate with others.  This is a practice in civil discourse, meaning how to talk and listen, share and experience the company of those both familiar or newly introduced.

The human animal is rapidly evolving with the technological/information age; however, we cannot forget we are creatures who since the beginning of mankind, have evolved as complete communication instruments unto ourselves and with each other.  Just think about it.  The eyes, the ears, the nose, tongue, touch, our voices, our movements, and our need to be and feel connected with each other all work together for the sake of communication, input and output, not only for survival, but for a sense of purpose, well-being, and creative endeavors. 

Undeniably, it is how our bodies evolved to stay healthy, signalling within ourselves and for each other we are strong and well-connected, safe, secure, and able to survive and thrive as a human body and as a species...globally.   This brings me to my last point.  

Friends Wanted (FW) STRONGLY welcomes and encourages people from varied backgrounds, cultures, experiences, education, and vocations to join us so we can bring together information from various social situations/circles enriching each other with new views, information, and networking opportunities uniting us rather than dividing us as the earth's collective population.  

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CONTACT INFO: 

I am thrilled you found us! Now, don't lose us!  

Join us every 2nd & 4th Fridays evenings and every Tuesday morning when possible (HOWEVER, see calendar for events and to RSVP and get latest updates).

If you want to host an all-inclusive, alcohol-free, free or low-cost event, please message me at this site and I will receive your message in my personal email.  You may message other members through this venue as well. 

-If you use Facebook, request to be a member of

 https://www.facebook.com/groups/friendswantfriends/  

and enjoy connecting with thousands of people worldwide sharing their geographical locations, news, art, music, religion, politics, humor, memes, selfies, and a variety of posts fresh each day. 

-For my favorite friendship-based postings, visit the Facebook group:

 https://www.facebook.com/friendswantedfriendsfound/ 

Also,check out the many articles and videos I have on this site under "Pages" at the top drop-down menu bar for articles on social anxiety; how to start a conversation; ways to be a friend, etc.

https://twitter.com/friendiva  please follow me

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+ Usually, 2nd and 4th Fri., 6:30-8:30 PM Sequoya

 + EVP Tuesdays WEEKLY, 10 AM till Noon

Consistency is the secret to really making friends.  The more you show up, the better they get to know you and you get to know them.  It takes making a regularly scheduled plan and sticking to it.  Only 2 out of your 172 hours a month is all it takes for a good start.  

• ALWAYS FREE (OR LOW COST IF GOING TO A MOVIE, ETC.)

• OPTIONALLY YOU MAY BRING ANY FOOD ITEM TO ADD TO REFRESHMENTS

• I PROVIDE COFFEE, TEA, AND WATER, SET UP, AND OUT-OF-POCKET $180.00 TO LIST ON MEETUPS THIS GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY FOR A CHANGE THAT I BELIEVE CAN POSSIBLY MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE WORLD...ONE FRIEND AT A TIME.  

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WE OBSERVE THESE THREE BYLAWS FOR EVERYONE’S SHARED COMFORT:

1. NO PAPARRAZI: no photo or video recording during our meetings, please.

2. NO CRITICS: non-judgmental, friendly attitudes help everyone feel welcome.

3. NO TABLOIDS: what is said backstage, stays backstage—NO GOSSIP! Respect confidentiality. 

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Meet every mo. 2nd & 4th Fridays, Sequoya Library, 6:30-8:30 PM/EVP every Tues., 10-Noon

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