This group is geared towards middle-aged professional women who are not married, child-free (this includes empty-nesters) and who have found themselves alone as most of their friends have gotten married, started families and have basically moved on. I found myself in the same situation about 7 years ago when I first moved to NC from NYC. Back home, it is fairly simple to find others that are in the same boat, but NC has presented a huge challenge to me. First, most people are very family focused (not saying that you shouldn't be) and only care to associate themselves with family members. Second, NC is so huge there are not many spots or activities outside of work where you can actually make friends with people that are in the same situation without feeling awkward. Third, people really don't want friends :-) Here is a place where you can actually establish friendships with people that have that same "get up and go" ability you have. I've heard of too many women moving out of NC and going back to their home states because NC is "soooo boring". Let's change that together – through social activities, dining out, and whatever else we collectively have a mind to do. Let’s enjoy each other’s company and live life to the fullest!
Let me reiterate that this group is for unmarried, child-free, age 30+ ladies who are intelligent, positive, non-judgmental and looking to forge meaningful (and hopefully lasting) friendships with like-minded others. In keeping with that mission, this group is not for you if:
1. You harbor hostility, resentment, or otherwise negative attitudes toward people for any reason. Anyone who makes comments or behaves in a manner that makes others feel unwelcome will be eliminated from the group.
2. You want to be “lost in a crowd” and not expected to participate in group activities on a regular basis. There are many groups on meet-up where you can be 1 out of 9,243,542 members. This is intended to be a relatively small group, with membership capped at around 50 in order to encourage more substantial interactions between members. Inactive members will not be allowed to remain in the group. Members who cannot manage to attend at least one event in a two-month period will be subject to removal. Not showing up to an event or canceling at the last minute (less than 24 hours prior) is an inconvenience to the group organizer and is discourteous to other participants. Do not RSVP for an event unless you are certain of your willingness and ability to attend. If you must cancel due to unforeseen circumstances, please make every effort to do so more than 24 hours before the event. After three (3) no-shows or last-minute cancellations, you will be removed from the group.
3. You plan to use the activities of the group as a place to socialize with your significant other, family members, or pre-existing friends. It throws the vibe of the group off. The purpose of this group is to establish and cultivate NEW friendships between members. Guests are not allowed at group events. If there are others in your social circle who are unmarried, child-free, and aligned with the orientation of the group, they must become a dues-paying member in order to attend events.
Annual dues are $7. This is to cover the cost of the meetup.com website and of event planning and managing the group.
Most of our events will be in Raleigh and the surrounding areas.
There will be at least one dinner scheduled per month. Since this is a relatively new group, a regular schedule of events is still under development. Suggestions are welcome!
A clear photo of yourself is required to join and remain a member. (Please no avatars or photos of animals, inanimate objects, etc.)