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September 06, 2009 at 02:15 PM

One month away!

This year's gathering is just a month away! As you can see, now that we have a new location we have chosen a new name. Going forward we will be known as the Chesapeake Men's Gathering. We look forward to seeing you in October. All the information about the weekend can be found on the home page at MensWork.org.

We also have some marketing materials available for download. On the Logistics page you will find a PDF version of this year's brochure along with index-card size advertising posters that you can print and post in your neighborhood coffee shop, commuity bulletin board, hang on your cube or office door, etc. Help us get the word out!

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March 08, 2009 at 02:39 PM

New Site - Contract signed with Camp Ramblewood

It is with excitement that I relay the news that we have signed a contract with Camp Ramblewood for this year's upcoming Gathering of Men.

You can find a bit of information about the location at http://www.ramblewood.com

Ramblewood is less than 2 hr. north of downtown DC, near Havre de Grace, MD. The photos on the Ramblewood website do not do it justice. It is a secluded location with a beautiful pond, outdoor pavillion, well maintained cabins, acres of wooded hiking trails, frontage on the Susquehana River, and many other features that make it an ideal location for us.

Stay tuned for our plans for this year's gathering. We are confident that our partership with Ramblewood will continue for years to come. I look forward to seeing you in October!!

- Andrew

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February 22, 2009 at 05:35 PM

Tentative Dates and a new home!!

We are in final contract negotiations with a new site for our Annual Gathering of Men. I will announce the new location and provide additional detail as soon as the contract has been signed. For now, please put the following in your calendar for our probable date for the 2009 Annual Gathering of Men:

Oct. 9th to 11th, 2009

Please note that this is October, not September as has been usual for the past few years.

We are very excited about the new site and I look forward to telling you more about it. More to come soon!!

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January 12, 2009 at 01:39 PM

Update on our site search

Our Site Search team met this past weekend and came to agreement on a short list of candidate sites. We have a draft of an RFP which we are working to finalize within the following few days and send it out to our candidates.

As soon as I have agreement from the rest of the Men's Council Leadership Team I will post the list of our contenders.

Stay tuned for more detail.

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December 31, 2008 at 08:45 AM

Some candidate sites

We sent our RFI letter out just over a week ago and we're already beginning to hear back from some very viable candidates! Here are links to some information on a few the sites:

Abram's Creek
Brethren Wood
Camp Friendship
Camp Horizon and Horizon Outdoor Learning Center

Stay tuned for more!!

- Andrew


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December 21, 2008 at 11:57 AM

Progress on our seach for a new site

Men,

First off, welcome back to this site. I will be posting more frequently as we make progress on planning for our next Gathering of Men for the Fall of 2009. Here is what has been happening over the last few months:

  • The Leadership Council has met several times to discuss our approach to searching for a new site for our gathering and themes for the 2009 event
  • We have agreed on the "Must Have" criterion for a new site and drafted a "Request for Information" (RFI) letter
  • Out of the many suggestions we received from past attendees, Leadership Council members, and through our own searches, we narrowed the possibilities down to a list of 28 sites that we felt were likely and acceptable candidates
  • The RFI letter went out on December 20th

Upcoming activities will included

  • Meeting again in January to review responses to the RFI

  • Scheduling site visits

  • Drafting of an RFP

We hope to have a new site by the end of March.

In a future posting I will discuss some initial ideas for a theme for our Annual Gathering of Men - 2009

I hope you'll come back to visit this blog to see what's happening.

Andrew Gross
Co-Leader
Men's Council of Greater Washington

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September 18, 2008 at 01:07 PM

A wonderful 2008 Gathering!

For those that were in attendance at our 2008 Gathering, you all know how wonderful it was. I already miss you.

I have been very gratified to see all energy around finding a new site for our 2009 Gathering. Please continue to send your suggestions to either the BuffaloGap group on Groups.Yahoo.com, or send them directly to me at andrew@menswork.org

We are currently establishing our new leadership team for the coming year, and will begin prioritizing our list of desired attributes for a new site. Stay tuned for progress on that.

Warmly,
Andrew Gross
Co-leader, Washington Men's Council

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September 14, 2008 at 09:01 PM

Planning for 2009

for the 19th Annual Gathering Of Men at new location!
mid-September 2009 (Friday through Sunday)

We welcome your participation in the planning effort:

In an effort to make this year's gathering an incredible experience and create the energy that will keep the event growing and relevant for years to come, we are asking for your contribution:
Who else needs to know about our gathering? Tell us about organizations (on-line or off-line) that we could tell about the event.
Start thinking about places that you frequent where you might be able to hang a sign or flyer (any place that has a community bulletin board).
Send us any ideas that would make the weekend more powerful, engaging, and relevant to more men.
Send us any ideas for possible new locations for our 2009 Gathering of Men.

Send Your Requests and Responses to: leadership.council@menswork.org
or post your comments here.

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