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Meetings at CGM during 2008

Date
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Topics/Activities
2008‑01‑04
22
Dennis Kucinich invited himself to the meeting but didn't show...perhaps Iowa was even more sobering than he thought? Alas, we discussed the New Yearís Eve civil union celebration, the Concord Monitor coverage, and the Baptist response. We also discussed the upcoming primary and the somewhat rapid liberalization of New Hampshire.
2008‑01‑11
24
Bob P. presented a slide show and described the experience of bringing the AIDS Quilt to Manchester. It was quite a bit more work than you might think!
2008‑01‑18
21
Movie night: Kinky Boots.
2008‑01‑25
25
Dennis M. led the group in a discussion of Heath Ledger's passing. We also asked whether gay people overcompensate to hide themselves. Someone asked for tips on how to avoid Jehovah's Witnesses.
2008‑02‑01
Open discussion hosted by Jeremy.
2008‑02‑08
21
Members Chris & Alan showed slides from their trip to Iceland.
2008‑02‑15
20
Brian S. led the group in a discussion about breakups and how to cope.
2008‑02‑22
6
A fireside chat (literally, the church was without power!) on politics, self-defense weaponry, the best restaurant in town, and whether a gay man is allowed to use the term "bitch" in the presence of a lesbian.
2008‑02‑29
11
A very rare 5th Friday of February was just a regular open discussion amid lots of winter weather.
2008‑03‑07
25
A candid but unlearned discussion on transgender issues. The group agreed that we needed someone from inside the "T" community to come speak to us.
2008‑03‑14
35
Movie night: For the Bible Tells Me So. This was the first time the group met at the new Red River Theater in Concord. Filmmaker Dan Karslake was there and took questions from the audience.
2008‑03‑21
26
Follow-up discussion on the movie we watched last week.
2008‑03‑28
24
Movie night: Coffee Date.
2008‑04‑04
Bingo night.
2008‑04‑11
36
Tonight we joined Drew Thomits, president of Manchester Outright, as his group celebrated their 10th anniversary at the Derryfield restaurant in Manchester. Dinner and a silent auction was capped by entertainment provided by the NH Gay Menís Chorus!
2008‑04‑18
Open meeting hosted by Dennis L.
2008‑04‑25
Mini-groups.
2008‑05‑02
A documentary feature, hosted by Bill A.
2008‑05‑09
22
Dennis L. presented a houseplant propagation workshop.
2008‑05‑16
22
"Honoring Hugh." The Rev. Robert W. Wood spoke tonight on the 46th anniversary of his meeting his late partner Hugh. Bob's walk through history examined 25 specific events and people who had an impact (positive or negative) on our history between 1943 and 1975. Bob had items from those years on display and took our questions.
2008‑05‑23
14
Bob P. led the group in a review of Christ and the Homosexual, written in 1960 by the Rev. Robert Wood.
2008‑05‑30
25
We started with some personal support for a member. Then we discussed the proposals for marriage moving through New York, and we polled the members for how they most often refer to their mate. It looks like "partner" is still the most common title.
2008‑06‑06
22
Travelogues by Bill A.
2008‑06‑13
19
Bill A. led a discussion on activities the group could do together outside of the Friday evening time slot. We generated quite a long list, and even scheduled 2 of them: Biking at Bear Brook State Park in late June, and a hike of Mt. Major in August.
2008‑06‑20
20
Open discussion about the solstice, gardening, and wild animals in NH. Real bears, we meant.
2008‑06‑27
24
Wil Wesley from Child and Family Services of NH was our guest. He discussed foster care and the ease with which gay men can get involved.
2008‑07‑04
21
Bob P. led an open meeting tonight. Immediately following, we went outside to watch the fireworks from Memorial field.
2008‑07‑11
19
Bill A. led a discussion where he polled the members on their favorite books.
2008‑07‑18
18
More travelogues with Bill A.
2008‑07‑25
25
"What Does it Mean to be Transgendered?" Gerri Cannon shared her story about being a Transgender woman, explaining the various terms and answering our many questions.
2008‑08‑01
20
Game night.
2008‑08‑08
19
"Astrology: What it is/is not" presented by our own Glenn M., non-commercial, professional astrologer, author of International Horoscopes Vol 1/2 and numerous astrological magazine articles. He explored the many misconceptions about astrology and explained that these are deliberate. We learned that we are far more than just our Sun signs.
2008‑08‑15
27
"Self Esteem Workshop." Carol Mandigo is a licensed clinical social worker at Cornerstone Family Resources in Concord. Previously, Carol was the facilitator for a gay fatherís support group in upstate New York. The workshop addressed the question, "Where does self-esteem come from and how do we get it?"
2008‑08‑22
22
Documentary night: Emile Norman.
2008‑08‑29
18
"How to Cut a Rug." Bill A. led a program of modern, hip-hop, trance dance lessons just in time for our Anniversary Party on 9/13.
2008‑09‑05
Our planned guest speakers were no-shows so we had an open discussion hosted by Jeremy.
2008‑09‑12
23
"Native American Shamanism." Glenn M. was apprenticed to Native American shamans for 6 years then spent another 6 years with them for further training. This was all by word of mouth as ancient tradition requires. Cherokee, Lakota, and Apache were his main teachers. Glenn described the important role the shaman played in the tribe, and how Native Americans viewed gays before the Western Europeans polluted the culture.
2008‑09‑19
Open discussion hosted by Bill A.
2008‑09‑26
30
Our first annual Friends and Family Ice Cream Social.
2008‑10‑03
23
Movie night: The Curiosity of Chance.
2008‑10‑10
Open discussion hosted by Bob P.
2008‑10‑17
20
"Planning Your Future." Salem attorney Mary Notaris and Concord AMEX advisor Deborah Nitschke discussed estate planning, and not just for couples.
2008‑10‑24
21
"Wicca/Witchcraft." Before he became apprenticed to a Native American shaman, Glenn M. spent a few years studying with Wiccan groups. Glenn explored how and why Wicca has been slandered for ages. He also picked apart faux witches (the Madams of the West/North, Endora, Samantha, etc).
2008‑10‑31
25
Pumpkin Carving contest! Ten CGMers donned costumes and knives and presented a pumpkin for judging. Prizes were awarded.
2008‑11‑07
Potluck at the home of Charles LaFond.
2008‑11‑14
Bob P. reprised his review of Bob Wood's book, Christ and the Homosexual, written in 1960.
2008‑11‑21
Carl Eric Johnson discussed his upcoming book, Demystifying Prosperity.
2008‑11‑28
After-Thanksgiving potluck at George's house in Portsmouth.
2008‑12‑05
37
Annual meeting and election of the 2009 board of directors. After the meeting, we held a licking and stuffing party to redistribute an introductory letter to more than 30 therapists and counselors across the state.
2008‑12‑12
18
Many folks in NH are suffering this week from the effects of a massive ice storm. Tonight we watched the documentary Straight Acting, a story about queers and sports. The unseen world of gay men who play contact sports, defying both gay culture and straight expectations.
2008‑12‑19
12
Although the weather kept most people at home, CGM's annual Yankee Swap was a big success; everyone went home happy with the presents they received. Many thanks to Dennis for making lovely holiday center pieces, wreaths and wall hangings.
2008‑12‑26
31
Jeffrey Albair facilitated his first meeting as the new VP! The meeting was a focus-group style discussion. Topic: CGM: Who we are, Who we want to be, and How do we get there? Everyone agreed that CGM must remain a safe place for gay men to gather and make friends.

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