We had our first meeting proper of the group - about a month ago now - crumbs that went fast!! There were about 12 of us there and everyone brought something to eat - yum. We had a couple of hours together and had a great discussion about how we'd like the group to develop. The outcome was that people were very enthusiastic about the concept and really keen to have lots of events.
The other thing that came out was that it would be good to spread this idea throughout Australia and maybe get groups set up in other States. We also would like to ensure that everyone feels included and that partners don't get all worried that we're sitting around saying nasty stuff about blokes so we'd like to do some events that are inclusive of family and friends.
We also offered the opportunity for people to come along and meet Eric Harrison - he runs Perth Mediation Centre and offers 6/7 week course teaching mediation and relaxation techniques. 8 of us went along and everyone really enjoyed the experience. If anyone wants to organise that again I'm sure there'd be heaps of interest.
FRIDAY 25 MAY (this Friday) Sally Bellanger is organising an evening camping at the Hills Forest Centre. This is a camping for softies experience and there will be someone at the centre from about 5.00. You need to bring warm clothes, a tent, sleeping bag and some food. It will be the first of many camping opportunities - we'd like to maybe set up something on a regular basis. Anyone who is interested please call Sal on 0427 203 634. The costs are $8.80 for adults (over 16) and $6.60 for kiddies between 3 and 16. It should be fun. PLEASE CALL SAL BY THURSDAY MORNING TO LET HER KNOW IF YOU'RE GOING.
SATURDAY 9 JUNE @ 1PM - Julie Baker's husband John will be holding a yoga session. Julie will be emailing you all in the very near future to let you know all the details (just as soon as I send her the mailing list). This is a great opportunity for anyone who was wondering what this yoga thing was all about to give it a go. It is also a great opportunity to try a new kind of yoga for all those old hands out there.
SUNDAY 1 JULY @ 12.30 - Curry in July Day - I thought it would be nice to have an event where people could invite their friends and family so that we can get to meet people's partners and extend that network. This will also be an opportunity to dispel any fears the chaps might have about the group. So the event will be that everyone brings a curry or rice or accompaniments and we have a bit of a lunch. There isn't a venue as yet but if anyone is willing to host the event - you just provide a space and we can get everyone to bring whatever is needed. If anyone is interested in hosting please email me. PLEASE LET ME KNOW ASAP IF YOU WANT TO BE HOST.
COMMUNICATIONS - Sally Rowlands and I are looking at developing a web site so if anyone wants to help with that or has any ideas please feed them back to me. Diane Lee and I are working on developing a bit of a newsletter - just in case anyone doesn't have net access so again if anyone wants to help please let me know.
Your ideas and feedback would be most welcome.
Suggestions for our new group name
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