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Island Lesbian Social - Building our Community Meetup is OUR private social networking site for all lesbian-self-identified womyn living within our beautiful South Vancouver Island BC area.

Join us to enjoy safe and welcoming Lesbian Events (LBT2Q), in private and public settings, while enjoying the commarderie of other womyn and all that our beautiful Island home has to offer us ... potluck events ... music jams ... open mikes ... games/cards night... music & movement/ dances activities... solstice celebrations... beach or forest walks ... etc!! Island Lesbian Social is helping to Build Our Community, in the fun-est ways to connect with other womyn!

We've been around for many years, now approx 650 lesbian members all living within our South Vancouver Island community. And, we're PRIVATE, welcoming of all lesbian-self-identified local residents. Early in 2011, Jacqueline Founded our "Island Lesbian Social" Meetup, organizing lesbian outdoors walks and several lesbian dinner restaurant events. Cheryl continued this loving commitment for three more years, organizing monthly Island Lesbian Social restaurant/ private home events -- and building our Private Meetup group to 500 local lesbians ... I am our private Island Lesbian Social - Building Our Community (LBT2Q inclusive) Meetup's volunteer organizer, and have been for more than two years.

Our goal is to provide/ promote/ encourage a wide range of small (5-20) lesbian gatherings involving a wide range of activities within our South Vancouver Island area. Various events promoted on Island lesbian Social - Building Our Community Meetup are

. Monthly Island Lesbian Social members-&-guests gatherings, usually the third Saturday of each month, continuing the successful networking strategy of Jacqueline and Cheryl. In recent years, these have usually occurred in ILS members' private homes. Lesbian music/open mike nights, lesbian games/cards, and lesbian Summer and Winter Solstice monthly events are very popular. (Are you interested in hosting a small member's event? Please Personal Message me, via this Private Meetup site, and I'll help you ! )

. Promoting lesbian-oriented events within our south Vancouver Island area, often with a pre-planned

Island Lesbian Social gathering spot so that you'll likely recognize a few friends from OUR site as you attend these different events:)

. Promoting LGBT2Q-friendly events within our Southern Vancouver Island area, such as Canada Day and Pride Week festivities and outdoor (or indoor) music events.

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PLEASE NOTE: For those not yet "out"/ completely "out", there are a several emotional-safety features within our island Lesbian Social Meetup site:

1. Our Event Titles (which have limited letters) incorporate brief phrases to help guide readers, such as "Lesbian Social", "Lesbian-oriented", or "Lesbian-friendly";

2. We do NOT publically release phone numbers nor personal emails (instead, please use our Meetup's Personal Message System -- top left corner on each Member's Profile);

3. Our Events will list sufficient detail within the Event Description that you, as our Island lesbian Social Meetup member, will have a good feel for the environment and participants; and

4. You must post a picture of yourself/ your face on your Member's profile, so we're able to recognize you at a local event -- AND you are able to recognize our other Lesbian Meetup members planning to attend that event.

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If you want to go to one of our Island Lesbian Social - Building Our Community Meetup events, please add your "yes" RSVP to that event. Most of our Island Lesbian Social Meetup events are small (8-20) events and your "yes" RSVP reserves your spot -- and helps the event host(s) prepare for these events. And, when we list lesbian/LGBT2Q-friendly public events on Island Lesbian Social - Building Our Community Meetup events, your RSVP helps us find each other at those LGBT2Q-friendly public events:)

If YOU hear of an interesting lesbian-focused (or LGBT2Q-friendly) local event, please PM/ Personal Message Ev our volunteer Meetup Organizer with the details. To do this, go to Ev's Member's Page, and top left corner is the PM feature. This way, Island lesbian Social Meetup can list this lesbian or lesbian-friendly event on our Island lesbian Social - Building our Community Events Calendar. We're a wonderful group to meet and get to know each other in our local womyn's community, just by chilling together for a few hours every so often:)

Also: if there's an activity that you'd like to enjoy with our other local Lesbian Social members, select your first preference day and time to enjoy that activity and and how many attendees would be ideal -- and then PM/ Personal Message me (Ev, volunteer Meetup Organizer) with the details. I'll help set up your Island Lesbian Social Meetup activity event. There's likely many Island Lesbian Social Meetup members that share your enthusiasm for a particular type of event or activity!

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Annual Membership Dues are $5 each year, to help with the associated costs of running and maintaining our Island Lesbian Social - Building Our Community Meetup Group (My personal credit card gets charged by $120 every 6 months as your Volunteer Organizer; I deeply appreciate your timely annual $5 dues - the price of a coffee to you:) ) . A current and identifiable profile photo is required to join and be an Island Lesbian Social member (we like to see who we're meeting and it helps us find you at Meetups -- another reason why when you RSVP to an Event it really helps everyone:) ). This also helps maintain the security of our respectful-to-all group.

Let's get Out and Proud ... and welcome with love and compassion ALL of our Island Lesbian Social Meetup members, including those who may not yet have begun their "coming out" journey:)

Please contact the Organizer (http://www.meetup.com/Island-Lesbian-Social-30/suggestion/) if you have any questions.

Ev

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