Everyone is welcome to join either group, regardless of gender identity or gender expression.
The Men’s Group was formed several years ago with the realization that men in general, and especially retired men, have few, if any, deep, well-formed and sustaining relationships with other men. To help fill this need we meet from 10 to 12 p.m. every other Friday at the University House in Issaquah or via Zoom. Sometimes we have a pre-defined topic, share poetry or, more often, offer stories of our lives and discuss issues of the day. No matter the chatter, we thoroughly enjoy and cherish each other’s company.
The Women’s Group meet every other Friday morning at a local café or Zoom for one or two hours. The time corresponds to the Men’s Group meeting. During the social distancing time, the women have adjusted and meet digitally. The meetings have no leader, minutes, agenda or business. They are purely for conversation and social support and are very much appreciated by all. Since they meet during the day, this group is pretty much all retired women. Occasionally working women attend if they have a flexible schedule. There has been some interest in an evening group that working women could attend, but there has also been the common problem of working women not having the time to commit.