Update: we have just finished our first dinner at Blooming Beets here in Boulder.
We enjoyed a delicious dinner as arranged by Katie, who was in our thoughts at her difficult time currently.
It is now a tradition that we each introduce ourselves and share our status. It was very emotional at times and so wonderful to see the support of the group for each and everyone of us as we shared our stories with absolute trust. I feel this on the written forums, but it is very special to see it in the flesh. There were tears and there was applause and there were nods of deep understanding as we each spoke. This is the bond that holds us together.
We have built a beautiful community and here it was in the flesh.
Unfortunately growth comes at a price. Julie and Susan spoke about this in their welcome. We have now grown to a size beyond what is sustainable by a handful of us. We are in need of more hands on board. Aspects of help could be anything from meet and greet, a spot on a moderation roster one day a week, wiki work, IT work or whatever anyone can think of further our mission and to keep our community together.
In addition events such as this that we can report on, our server, our insurance now that we are a non profit, honoraria and dinners that we have to pay for our speakers and etc all add up and we are dependent on donations to keep going. None of the mods or directors take any money for any duties - all donations go to true expenses.
If you feel you are able to contribute to keep our community together please either contact Julie after the conference or donate via the link on the front page