In conjunction with my MDI men's team (Quest) plus some women from the Family of Women, we're making plans to host a backyard bar-b-que on the 23rd September, 2007. The idea is that this will be a get to know one another event where all of the Sterling folks will bring guests and we'll just have a fun afternoon together.
What we originally had in mind was a roast...
but we've backed off that plan; see the invite (or ask me) for details.
For now — as much as anything — I'm planning to use this blog post as a way to host some links to various things that give a picture of what these types of activities might be like. For example, the O'Keeffe sendOff at Milt's shows the last event of this ilk that I was at (when the O'Keeffe family moved to Seattle) and this photo album links you to a community event that Quest put on to facilitate the community launching pumpkins into Harvey's field — a follow-on to Hallowe'en when no one knows what to do with their left-over Jack-O-Lanterns.
Intended as basically a relationship-building event, our expectation is that this will just be the first step towards long-lasting relationships which may involve more men or women going to Sterling weekends and/or men taking in what we call Legacy Discovery.