By Shirley M
International Neighbors (IN) considers September the beginning of a new year (following the school schedule in the USA), but IN groups accept new members year round. Unlike schools, however, we do not have to follow a set curriculum. Each group has a different character.
There are few rules regarding groups but you do have to be a member of International Neighbors to attend a group. Membership is free and open to all women in and around the Ann Arbor area. There is nothing wrong with trying different groups. If you don’t like a group, try another one. There is no limit on how many groups you can participate in, but be mindful to choose only those you intend to participate in. Each group has a limited number of spots open. If you choose a group, the leader will hold that place for you and if you are not serious about participating, you will be keeping another member from being able to enter that group.
In order to protect our members, IN is asking that all group participants be vaccinated against the Coronavirus. As the pandemic progresses, groups are changing and adapting as fast as they can. People are doing the same: Some feel comfortable meeting in person, while others prefer to meet on Zoom. We respect your opinion. You have a choice.
To join a group, you have to be a member of IN. If you haven’t registered yet, open a free account on our new website (inannarbor.org). You can read “How to Sign Up on Our New Website” for a description of the process.
If you are already a member, click LOG IN and sign in.
On the “Groups” page, you will see descriptions for each group area. Read this information before choosing a group. The Calendar page will give you information on when each group meets. You can go to the Calendar and choose a day and you will see all the groups that are meeting that day. From there you can choose the group you want to join and click on the SIGN UP FORM.
Or if you already know which group you want to join, go to the MEMBERS page or the FORUMS page. On top of the page, there is a link for the GROUP SIGN UP FORM there too.
If you scroll down the form, you can see when each group meets and the level of English required for the group. When you are ready, fill out your information, make your selections and submit your form. Your request will be sent to the group leaders, and they will contact you with a welcoming message and all the information you need (When is the first meeting? Where or how are we meeting? What book are we reading?). Of course, you need to make sure you don’t join more than one group scheduled for the same time. A few of the groups are full, but most of the groups are accepting new members.
If you still have questions or you would like to talk to a group leader, you can either email the area coordinator or you can come by our Open House on September 15th, from 1-2:30pm, at Gallup Park. See more information about the Open House here.
To contact an area coordinator email:
Conversation Groups: You can email Dale at email@example.com
Discussion Groups: Lianne at firstname.lastname@example.org
International Encounters Group: Maja at email@example.com
Reading Groups: Carole at firstname.lastname@example.org
Special Interest Groups: Melissa at email@example.com
Tea Groups: Robyn at firstname.lastname@example.org