"Imagine all the people living life in peace. You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one.
I hope someday you'll join us, and the world will be as one. "
~John Lennon


Friday, October 11, 2013

Fraternal Organization

It doesn't take much to join. Just a life insurance policy. I have a policy and have been attending the monthly lodge meetings this past year.

Each month we meet at the lodge.  We have the one thing in common: We each have a life insurance policy. We don't know the particulars of each policy. We don't need to know each others' business, we just know we are all the same in that one thing.

The ones who attend regularly are involved in the community. After all, that is the mission of a fraternal organization. Each month we have a project to work on together. Once a year the project is the bloodmobile but the rest of the time I work the bloodmobile is on my own because I like it.

The monthly meetings are potluck, something I have done very little of before moving here. And I am finding I like potlucks. What a smorgasbord. I have always been shy about cooking for people I don't live with, so getting past the shyness didn't take long when my food was eaten and the bowl and pans were empty. They liked it! Whew. So now I try out new recipes on the group. Of course everything I prepare is wheat and gluten free and there are two of us in the lodge who have to eat that way.  A couple women even make gluten free for the group occasionally. I have added to my list of interesting people to know and cemented my place in the community further by actively participating in the organization. For a non joiner like me to enjoy hooking up with a group is unexpected, but I am finding, rewarding.


7 comments:

Brian Miller said...

its pretty cool that you have attached to this group...and i love that you are involved in the community as well...we need more of that...

DJan said...

What fun! I look forward to hearing more about this group, CiCi. And being a part of it, even as a non-joiner like you, seems just right somehow. :-)

Stephen Hayes said...

Good for you. We grow when we challenge ourselves to do new things.

Abby said...

You don't strike me as "non-joiner" at all with your blog posts about socializing and volunteering!
I love potlucks! But yeah, I always nervously watch to see if my stuff gets eaten too.

Stephen Hayes said...

Your community is lucky to have you.

terri said...

Such a great use of your time - spending time with people you enjoy and helping others while you're at it. You set a good example for the rest of us.

Stickup Artist said...

You have no idea how inspirational you are to me. I so enjoy reading about your life, how you've carved a strong and loving niche within your community, made so many wonderful new friends, do so many fun things, and are involved in so many charitable works. There is never any reason to be lonely or bored in this world...