We are liberal secular humanists who would like to find a community of like-minded families interested in building strong friendships. We invite you to join us regardless of the label you choose - Agnostic, Atheist, Humanist - or no label at all. We simply want to build a community of families based on principles free from religion.
Our definition of 'family' is open-minded and inclusive: we welcome single parents, same-sex parents, grandparents, etc. We, the organizers, are Diana and Patrice. We are each married with young children and while we are looking for like-minded playmates for them as well, we welcome you if you have older children, teenagers or grandkids that you would bring to the activities. We are a non-smoking and peaceful-parenting group.
As our group name states, we are looking to build community in North County. However, wherever you may live, we invite you to join our group, but we live in Escondido and San Marcos and will plan the majority of events and gatherings to take place in those areas. We have in mind picnics, play dates, excursions and outings, parents' nights out, Moms' nights out, Dads' nights out, and any other events that we and all of you create together.
Please provide us with your name, your partner's name (if applicable), children's names and ages, a complete family photo as your MAIN profile photo, what area you live in, events/outings/gatherings you would like, those you would really dislike, days and times you are absolutely NOT available for events, and a telephone number at which you can be reached (preferably a cell phone) in the rare event of last-minute changes/emergencies(this is a private group, so #'s are private). If you would like to, let us know whether you have memberships to museums, parks, etc. If enough members do, we can plan outings to those places. Lastly, please tell us something about yourself.
Attendance is very important: To ensure our goal of creating community, we ask that you plan to attend an event at least once per month. In addition, we ask that you RSVP to events and update your RSVP in as timely a manner as possible. We kindly request that, out of courtesy to other group members, youfollow this rule of thumb when canceling or arriving late to an event:
~If it is within a few hours (less than three, say) of the event (or during it) and you will not be able to make it, or you realize that you are going to be more than a half hour late, please call the host of the event at whatever cell number that person has provided in either the event page or his/her member profile page. Do not assume that the event host will be checking the Web site close to or during the event.~
Obviously there will be emergencies, and we will usually check in with you if we don't hear from you to make sure everything is ok. Please email or call as soon as you are able. We take no shows seriously as we are trying to build consistent and reliable relationships among our group members. Please regard our members and group events in the same way you would regard any other friends and events you might be invitedto.
On a related note, if you are a maybe for an event, please RSVP 'no' first, and then change it to a 'yes' if you are able to come, rather than the reverse. This makes planning easier and less confusing.
Humanism is a progressive philosophy of life that, without super-naturalism, affirms our ability and responsibility to lead ethical lives of personal fulfillment that aspire to the greater good of humanity. Learn more about Humanism: http://www.americanhumanist.org/Who_We_Are/About_Humanism