I had an idea...I think it's a brilliant idea but I want to see what you fine people think.
I was thinking of planning a reunion for the members of TA, in "real life." I'm not talking about some atheist event with speakers or an "agenda," I have in mind to throw a party, but a party with "class." I'm very good at putting on events and I was thinking more like a meet up some time next year (2014), some time before school starts for the kids but not around any holidays, possibly next August.
I thought it would be fun to have a relaxed atmosphere over a single weekend, (Friday, Saturday, Sunday sort of thing). Not a crazy frat house party but more like a beach house getaway vacation, somewhere that we can go swimming in the ocean and beach volleyball, sip margaritas and bring the family, kids, significant others welcome...a true reunion just to kick it and have fun!
I was thinking something like this should be planned starting now. I would want to make it low cost, simple, and just plain good fun.
What do you think? Would you like to meet the faces behind the avatars?
I had the destination of Charleston SC in mind, simply because I have connections there that could provide an amazing setting, but I'm open to feedback. I thought SC also so those from Europe don't have to come as far, although I'm aware that there are TA members world wide so it's going to be harder some more than others, but the destination doesn't matter too much at this point. I'm just wondering if you all would be interested?
I doubt anyone will be disappointed.
Anyone on Dominican Republic, let's meet up. Possibly in Santo Domingo or somewhere nearer to everyone. It would be fantastic to meet more atheists here.
Cesar: ¿Donde sería el lugar más conveniente para Ud?
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SC is a little far from Hawaii. Sounds like fun, though!
I'm down, especially if it's in the summer. I'd prefer the East Coast just because it's closer to me. Anything farther west than Texas and farther north than Chicago might be too long a trip or too expensive for me.
Ok everybody there seems to be some real interest in making this happen. I have taken Dan's advice and posted the first of 3 events. This event can be found at the following link on TA. The purpose of this first event is to see what interest there REALLY is and vote on locations.
I will organize 3 to 4 locations on the same day: August 8 - 10 2014. In each location we will set up 3 to 4 skype sessions to skype the other locations.
The atmosphere will be casual and fun. Family and friends are welcome to attend. The locations will be in a fun environment allowing for conversation but not so rigid that people feel up tight.
There has been concern about taking pictures. There will be a photographer at each location who will take pictures as people want them and a group picture. these pictures will be distributed according to strict guidelines to protect the anonymity of those who wish it.
NOW I need everyone who is serious about this to VOTE on a location. Between now and September 1st 2013. After all votes are in I'll re-assess and see what makes most sense to move to the next stage of organization and post another event at that time!!!!!
May need to wait a few minutes on the link. It's awaiting approval from the mods...
It's official!!! The event is posted now. VOTE HERE...and RSVP...
Let's try for 3 or 4 locations worldwide...I think London is likely on the map since there's been a lot of interest there. For the US there will likely be a couple of locations again based on people's interest. This is JUST the initial stage of seeing who WANTS to go and WHERE they might like the event to be...
We'll sort out the details once we have a hand full of dedicated individuals. If you responded to this thread and said, "SOUNDS LIKE FUN..." THEN LET'S VOTE AND MAKE THIS HAPPEN!!!!!!