"Women rely on friends. ...That's where we draw sustenance and find safety. We can count on our women friends when we need a good laugh or a good cry."
"When we start to act, hope is everywhere. So instead of looking for hope, look for action, Then hope will come"
Thinking about Growing Your Posse?
Setting our Sights on Friendship in 2020
Facilitated by Alice Cochran
From time to time, we all find ourselves looking around for new friends. We may have moved. Or retired. Or gotten a divorce or become widowed.
It turns out that researchers actually study this topic. Surveys show that loneliness and social isolation here in the United States and around the world are on the rise. We feel vulnerable, even asking ourselves the question, ‘How can I make new friends?’. It turns out, though, that there are some tried-and-true ways to find new friends. And we can employ these methods again and again throughout our lives.
We were inspired by KQED’s Bay Curious podcast from August 2019 titled, “How to Find New Friends”, and Michael Krasny’s FORUM program (9/13/19) on the same topic.
In the spirit of the new year and new beginnings, please join us on January 8, 2020, for a facilitated dialogue on the topic of making new friends. Please take 13 minutes to listen to the podcast (linked above – or read the summary, also linked) as pre-work for the meeting. It’s short and lighthearted – we think you’ll enjoy it.
Professional facilitator Alice Cochran will lead our dialogue on friendship. She has been a “Meeting Maven” for more than 25 years, serving as a consultant to plan interactive formats and facilitate meetings for various organizations. Until recently, Alice was the Director of Student Leadership Development for the Institute for Leadership Studies in the Barowsky School of Business at Dominican University. She is the author of Roberta’s Rules of Order and a self-published QuickStart Guide to customize and implement “Roberta’s Rules.” Her passion is sailing small and tall ships.
Walking San Francisco’s 49 Mile Scenic Drive
Kristine Poggioli and Carolyn Eidson
WALKING San Francisco’s historic loop trail around the city has become a thing! It started in 2013 when award-winning co-authors Kristine Poggioli and Carolyn Eidson, the first people known to have walked it, transformed the route into 17 bite-sized neighborhood walks—and wrote a guidebook on how to do it.
What is the 49 Mile Scenic Drive? It was born in 1938 when the whole world had just been invited to visit San Francisco for the 1939-40 Golden Gate International Exposition. The Downtown Association wanted a way to get all those visitors out to see San Francisco’s neighborhoods, marvel at her beauty—and think about doing business in San Francisco. So, they created a “49 mile” loop-trail around the city. Maybe you’ve noticed the seagull signs that denote the trail.
In addition to writing the guidebook, co-authors Kristine Poggioli and Carolyn Eidson have inspired a new community of walkers by organizing author-led walks along the route, neighborhood by neighborhood.
Kristine is a native San Franciscan, a writer and storyteller who specializes in fundraising for non-profits. Carolyn is a filmmaker, passionate Weight Watchers leader, a member of the San Francisco scooter girls—and recently ran her first half-marathon.
Do join us in December to learn more about our beautiful and quirky Bay Area home. Kristine and Carolyn will sell the guidebooks after our meeting—a perfect holiday gift for your favorite local friend or newcomer to the Bay Area.
"The day will come when men will recognize woman as his peer, not only at the fireside, but in councils of the nation. Then, and not until then, will there be the perfect comradeship, the ideal union between the sexes that shall result in the highest development of the race."
Susan B. Anthony