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

Meet people who care about Wash. 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.

The content is spontaneously provided by the participants who show up at each event. 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 when you can or participate in message board discussions here and in other groups sponsored by the Friendship Archway Alliance 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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  • Organizer 2.

    This meetup was fantastic. I made a lot of great connections, got leads for five potential clients, and had a delicious meal. I highly recommend this meetup to anyone who is looking to network, make friends, and find clients.

    December 17, 2012

  • Allies Team/Organizing C.

    Special thanks to Lynette Melcher for your leadership role in event planning and coordination! Thanks also to AllState for their sponsorship of the luncheon for guests and volunteers! Thanks to all the volunteers and participants for an enjoyable event!

    December 16, 2012

  • Diane A.

    Special thanks to Lafayette Barnes, Pat Henry, Kathy DeBoe and Glen O'Gilvie for their extraordinary leadership and contributions to nonprofit organizations in Wash. DC!

    December 16, 2012

  • Friendship Archway Network, D.

    Fabulous to meet so many friendly and positive contacts in Wash. DC! We enjoy this way of connecting with neighbors and people from all the wards of DC! This is a good start!

    December 16, 2012

  • Lynette A.

    Thank you to Seth Karafin, Joel Montas, Michael Simms, Rebecca Silvestre, Luca Leonti, Joyce Jolly, Richard Luu, Tram Nguyen, Jeff Cook, Michael K, Fei Wang, and Lynette Melcher for organizing this wonderful networking meetup.

    December 16, 2012

  • DC Community B.

    Participants were delighted to meet the honorees of the Friendship Archway Awards in person including Lafayette Barnes, Pat Henry and Kathy DeBoe. Thank you again for all that you do for DC residents and for the nonprofit community!

    December 16, 2012

  • Michael S, Organizer 2.

    This is Michael, the bow tie guy. I thouroughly enjoyed the opportunity to practice public speaking and networking. Every month i fine tune my approach. I know that i have an entire month to practice and grow better than before. It is truely a blessing to see new guests that attend and network with them.

    December 16, 2012

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