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MEETUP for ONE CITY! Third Sundays 12:30PM in Wash. DC, FREE, All are welcome!

Meet people who care about Washington DC including social entrepreneurs, "changemakers", investors, innovators, advocates and  people of diverse backgrounds who have been inspired by Mayor Vincent Gray's vision of Washington D.C. as ONE CITY!

Come together for followup conversations to stay in touch and working together to bridge cultural, digital and other divides! There will be a round of self introductions to the entire group. In the past about 50 to 80 people have attended these events each month. People can sit at different tables for conversations over lunch (free admission and networking; self-pay for food you order).

The first step is to get to know each other better to see if we are ready to work together harmoniously with appreciation, forgiveness and understanding. These monthly community events provide opportunities to build trust, develop more community allies and to connect with others interested in similar topics. Express your interest to the co-organizers and followup if you please. EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED!

WHEN: 12:30PM TO 2:30PM on the third Sundays of each month, same time and place.

The content is spontaneously provided by the participants who show up at each event. You will have a chance to introduce ourself to the entire group if you wish. Many wonderful outcomes have resulted from these informal networking and Conversations for ONE CITY! Invite your new contacts to meet you at Join the fun in making new contacts in a friendly, welcoming and happy context!

DIRECTIONS: When you exit the METRO station (red line) at Gallery Place/Chinatown metro station, you will see the Friendship Archway monument which was co-developed with the city back in 1986 as a call for friendship and better understanding among people of all backgrounds. One way to build ONE CITY is to come together in person when you can or participate in discussion board here and in other groups co-sponsored by the Friendship Archway Network and A.B.C. We look forward to connect with you and your friends!


We thank Ms. Soohyun "Julie" Koo, and the Mayor's Office on Asian and Pacific Islanders Affairs for their outreach calendar announcements and support. We thank the ongoing training opportunities of the Strategic Partnership Initiative (SPI) under the leadership of Lafayette Barnes and Pat Henry. We appreciate the outstanding leadership of Mayor Vincent Gray who saved Chinatown DC by his critical legislative leadership to help shape the future of DC's Chinatown as a Asian American destination. He achieved this while he was Chairman of the City Council before he became Mayor of DC.  We appreciate many extraordinary and dedicated DC government officials including Allen Y. Lew,  Gilles A. E. Stucker, Tonya Butler-Truesdale, Patricia Zingsheim, Dory Peters, Thor Nelson and the many talented professionals in the Office of Planning under the talented leadership of Director Harriet Tregoning.

For more information on the nonprofit co-sponsor, see Thank you!

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  • IT allies (.

    Connected to many old and new friends!

    June 9, 2013

  • WomenAllies C.

    As always, I enjoyed the meetup and met a lot of new business owners at the monthly meetup. Looking forward to the June meeting.

    May 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This was a great event. I had a wonderful time meeting all of you. It's always great to see the turnout we have every month. My meal was great too. I encourage anyone reading this to come out to our event.

    Also, for anyone who wanted to connect with me today and did not get the chance send me a message on here and I will get you my contact information and my website.

    Have a wonderful day :)

    May 20, 2013

  • Organizer 2.

    This was a great event. I made several new contacts and developed 3 leads. The event was fun and productive. I recommend people attend this meetup to make friends and business contacts.

    May 20, 2013

  • Diane A.

    I love staying connected with my friends and the DC community through this 3rd Sunday noon community event! Thanks to Lynette, All State Insurance and all the volunteers who help to make this series possible!

    May 20, 2013

  • Sunrise Yap A.

    I had a fantastic time meeting new people.

    May 20, 2013

  • Jeffrey C.

    A great meet up! Lot's of great people from diverse backgrounds

    May 20, 2013

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    May 20, 2013

  • Rebecca C.

    Outstanding Meetup.

    May 19, 2013

  • Friendship Archway Network, D.

    Thanks to Lynette Melcher, Seth Karafin, Eric Martin, Joyce Jolly, Jag Mohanram, Alex Gomez, Tony, John, other members of the Allies Team, donors and All State Insurance for a very enjoyable event!

    May 19, 2013

  • Allies Team/Organizing C.

    This event is truly beneficial for people who are looking for friends, or customers, or businesses. It is a one event where you can find everything you are interested in. A must go.

    May 19, 2013

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