Outdoors and Adventure: Meetup Highlight
If you’re in Montana and want to get a taste of what the Treasure State really has to offer, be sure to hook up with The Bozeman Adventure Club. The Meetup organizes a great variety of hikes around the Bozeman area, very close to Gallatin National Forest and northern Yellowstone National Park.
The group is run by Jordan and Alison Udall, awesome Organizers who do a great job of letting hikers know what they’re getting into with their detailed event descriptions. Check out their recent Windy Pass/Gallatin Crest hike, for instance. Jordan and Alison work hard to plan mind blowing trips and to secure nearly impossible-to-get backcountry permits so their members can experience the Montana wilderness with them.
They’re also traveler friendly, so if you don’t live in Montana be sure to look the Bozeman Adventure Club up on your next trip!
Education & Learning: Meetup Highlight
Meetup members everywhere are finding cool and unexpected ways to learn about most everything. Join the fun and get out of the classroom — and into a Meetup Group!
- Like reading Edgar Allen Poe, or maybe just watching vampire shows on TV? Well, try learning the real story about cemeteries by joining the New York Cemetery Meetup.
- Maybe you’re more interested Sci-Fi? Well, check out the Chicago Science Field Trips Meetup Group, and put your knowledge to the test.
- But what does it really mean to be in a Meetup Group? Find some answers at the Philosophy Cafe - Cafe Philosophique Meetup Group in San Francisco, CA.
- And if you’re looking for something totally out of this world, there’s always the Sydney Astronomy Meetup Group!
Check out Education & Learning Meetup Groups in your area here!
Photo from the New York Cemetery Meetup.
In Caroline’s classroom, every Education and Learning Meetup gets an A+!
Photography: Tips & Best Practices
- Challenge Yourself: Don’t fear the rain or the dark! Test your skills and push yourself by conquering both.
- Stay Informed: Keep yourself up-to-date on modern exhibits and artists with trips to museums and photography centers.
- Revisit the Classics: Remember the scenes and moments that brought you to photography by revisiting popular city scenes.
Lisa Marie is always looking for Photography Meetups to help her remove a lens cap.
Community & Environment: Meetup Highlight
As interest in the topic of sustainable living has increased over the years, so has the number of permaculture Meetup Groups. We’ve noticed a trend in this category: backyard chickens!
Whether you’re interested in raising chickens for eggs or just as pets, backyard chicken Meetup Groups offer a wide range of fun and informative activities. The San Antonio Backyard Barnyard Meetup Group, for example, recently got together at the Fancy Feathers 4-H open chicken show which included an egg competition and a ‘cluck off contest’!
If you’re just getting started with your new chicks, the Los Angeles Urban Chicken Enthusiasts Meetup Group might have what you’re looking for. They’re 1,300 Members strong, and recently hosted a Teach-in/Pot luck Meetup to introduce newbies to the joys of keeping chickens as companions and “gardening soul mates”.
Backyard chicken Meetups are giving back to their communities too. The Just Food City Chicken Meetup NYC holds regular workshops and programs for urban chicken-keepers, but they also pitch in to build coops together.
Raising chickens is a great family activity, and a insightful exercise in environmentalism and sustainability. You can find a pet chicken Meetup Group near you here!
Alex gets the scoop on do-gooders as Meetup’s Community and Environment specialist.
Movies & Film: Meetup Highlight
While many film buffs restrict their cinematic participation to viewing and discussing, New York City’s Dark Kidney Filmmaking Effort Meetup Group jumps feet first into the production process.
They host everything from writers’ circles to industry lectures and frequently collaborate on projects together. In May, they even worked on films for Tropfest!
If you love your watch parties but want to get creative with your film interest, this might be just the Meetup Group for you.
Lights, camera, Meetup! Cut to Sarah Jean, who works behind the scenes to make sure every Movies and Film Meetup is ready for their closeup!
Food and Drink: Meetup Highlight
Do you ever find yourself flipping through food magazines, drooling over recipes that you want to try but might not have the time, occasion, or motivation to make? We’ve all been there.
Marina Young Women’s Cooking Club confronts food lust head on and fork first. Every month, members take a taste of what’s hot off the press and prepare different recipes from a food magazine. Then they come together to share them at a potluck! Dishing up a sampler platter of food, friendship and, of course, fun, this structure provides Meetup members with a way to try a range of different magazines and recipes while meeting new friends.
We can’t wait to see what recipes this group chooses, and chows down on, next month!
Liana is hungry to get a taste of all the delicious food and drink Meetups!
Career & Business: Meetup Highlight
Taking the plunge to start your own business can be a nerve-racking experience. It doesn’t have to be lonely, though! Thousands of people embark upon this journey every month in the US. So, if you are a part of the startup community and you live near Atlanta, GA, head on over to the Atlanta Startup Village Meetup Group.
These guys and gals are eager to help you refine that elevator pitch while having a good old fashioned conversation about best practices for a fledgling startup. Don’t be shy — get out there and network!
Mario covers everything from networking events to startup Meetups as Meetup’s Business and Career specialist.
Literature & Writing: Organizer Interview
We caught up with Cathy, Organizer of the The Amsterdam Social and Book Club, to learn how she keeps the pages of her Meetup turning…
How do you decide which books your group will read each month?
We take suggestions for both books and future themes at the end of our Meetups. We use these suggestions to start online discussions and to finalize a shortlist for a Poll which the whole group gets a chance to vote on. Much more democratic, and if we have a tie, I take the deciding vote. This also gives us time to go away and check if the book suggestions are in print, affordable, and in paperback — and that they’re not too similar to other books the group has read recently. I try to take the suggestions and arrange themes and Polls so that we get a variety of genres and a balance between contemporary and classic books.
What advice would you give to a new Organizer starting a Literature & Writing Meetup?
Give everyone a voice. I always feel better afterwards if everyone has participated in the discussion and some people need a little extra encouragement. You have to set the tone for this, as left to their own devices, the confident voices end up taking over and dominating the discussion. Sometimes this means going around the table to hear from everyone in turn, but sometimes it’s just enough to notice who has not spoken and invite them to respond to some of the ideas. For many of our members English is their second or third language, and people need to show enough respect to listen well.
Also, don’t select a book that is difficult or expensive to get hold of, or that is not yet out in paperback. Some of our regular members prefer a Kindle/ebook version which surprised me at first but now I try to keep this in mind.
What kind of role, if any, has Meetup played in your life and community?
I’ve made several friends from running the Meetup, plus as I work from home as a freelance most of the time, I appreciate regular social activity like this that gets me out and about. It’s opened my eyes to the constant stream of people coming and going in the city from all over. I find it reassuring to have the group and the responsibility of running it; it makes me feel more settled in Amsterdam and more involved in the life of the city.
Grey makes sure that everyone is on the right page as Meetup’s Literature and Writing Specialist. She’s also a certifiable bibliophile.
Art & Culture: Meetup Highlight
So, you’ve been living in the city for a couple of years now. You probably have a good sense of your neighborhood; you know the best ways to get from point A to point B, and you’ve got a favorite park or two. But how much time have you actually spent studying your urban landscape?
The Austin Urban Sketchers Meetup Group recently hosted a World Wide Sketch Crawl #40 Meetup. Members got to travel around Austin, take a closer look at the city, and sketch and sketch and sketch to their hearts’ content. Getting to know your city just got way more fun!
Laura can’t wait to see the wonderful quirks and works of art your city has to offer!
Support: Meetup Highlight
The Triangle Bipolar Support Group has been making a difference in members’ lives since 2009. Support Meetups come in all shapes and sizes, but any group can benefit from letting members know what to expect from the experience.
Amy stepped up as Organizer in 2012, and has packed her Pages with tons of helpful information. She’s created a database of resource links, inspirational essays, guidelines for the Meetup Group, and a clear description of the role she has created for herself as Organizer:
Well said, Amy! Telling your Members what to expect from you as the Organizer goes a long way towards making members feel comfortable joining your support-focused Meetup.
If you’re looking for great ways to provide extra resources for your Meetup Group, check out their Pages section here for inspiration!