This website is one tool for meeting other GLBTQ adults in the far west suburbs. We get together at least twice each month for unstructured social discussion and exchange of ideas, in an accepting and supportive environment. The group and its activities are open to everyone in the area, however most of the events take place in and around St. Charles and Geneva, Illinois. If you have an idea for a group outing or event, email one of the moderators, or bring your idea to one of our Thursday night coffees. Web site membership is not a requirement to attend activities. The web site is a communication device, nothing more.
To post in the shout box, you will register your user name once, and on each visit, enter a password you have set for your name. This registration is separate from your site registration. Your IP address is tracked, so no mischief! Also, please note that you are now able to delete your last posting, if you make a mistake, whether it's in grammar, in fact, or in taste. When a message is posted, the author's registered name appears in GREEN unless the administrator posts, in which case the name is in BLUE, or if a Shout Moderator posts, the name is in RED.
It wasFebruary 2008 when a couple of local guys, one young, the other not so young met online and began to talk about the lack of community for GLBTQ adults in the Geneva-Saint Charles-Batavia area. They met at the Geneva Caribou over coffee, and decided to try to get some people together to build that sense of community . The first group of 8 or 10, all male as it happened, met at Caribou in March. Quickly the geography of the group grew somewhat larger, but all the better! We out-grew Caribou soon, and we now meet for Coffee at the Panera Bread in St. Charles, our third home. At the same time, the group of those who would step up to organize events and make newcomers feel welcome grew as well.
Please realize this group is just a bunch of friends who get together for coffee, small in-home gatherings and occasional outings. There is no formal organization. There is no rule book or constitution, no treasury, no officers, no dues, no membership card and no secret handshake. We are working on that secret handshake, however might opt for a recognizable ball cap instead.
Anytime somebody comes up with an idea for an activity or event, he or she may use the webpage to publicize the event, the few people who are almost always around are considered moderators (if you can moderate a group that doesn't actually exist) and they are willing to help you with planning ideas, etc.
Early on we agreed that anytime two or more "members" showed up to the event, it would be considered a success, and what those who showed up make of an event is what it will be. Carry on!
There is no formal tie between this website and the events it lists. Not all website members attend events, and not all those who attend events belong to, or even read the website. Participation is at your own risk. Please take care in exchanging personal information with strangers, we do not pre-screen those who use the website, nor those who attend events.