SA Fans of Fiction (aka the SA Sci-Fi Group)
I am one of 5 maintainers/organizers of this nearly 1000 members group. While I am not the monetary backer of the group, I am the one everyone points to as being in charge, for during the year, all across it I plan, write-up and run 95% of the events (movies, cons, game nights, card nights, show nights, summer/winter geeky white elephant social, rewatches, pop up culture events, opera/symphony, etc).
Geek Girl Brunch (SA Chapter)
This is my newest one. A monthly fandom brunch for the lady's of any geek kind. I love running through everything on the website, but our grand opening will be in August. I hear through the grapevine that the first theme is probably Harry Potter.
I've been a member for 11 years, and facilitator for at least half of that, and a council member of the 501c3 board for five years now. There are at least two things a month -- path and ritual. Then there's the council meeting very two months. A camping retreat twice a year. Before we even begin to add emergency meetings, ritual or path planning, as well as feedback on the ritual or path, for the ones I decide to help with.
[ Keeping in mind they told me not to get involved with anything outside of teaching my first year, and I got involved in three, as it doesn't entirely count in this list, but I'm now an every-outing ALE chaperone. ]
Book & Comic Club
super obvious this one, right? But who isn't down for a group all about books and comics. Especially when the kids are entirely down with reading, writing fan fic, talking about comics, and going to conventions for both comics and for young adult authors/libraries. Plus, we do movie showings across the year.
GRACE (Girls Reaching for Academic Confidence & Excellence)
Exactly what it sounds likes, too. This group is for all girls of all groups, all levels and grades. We have meetings once a month. We do services. We focus on the girls, both as alone and as making healthy relationships. We do projects, write poetry, talk about etiqeutte.
Our motto -- "I hold myself to a standard of GRACE not perfection"
Groups That Quasi Count
Wanderlust (SA Chapter)
Originally called "Go girl," this is my once a month or once every other month local chapter of another international organization all about women traveling the world and learning about extended cultures everywhere. I am currently in the running (with the need for an interview from the founder first) to be the co-runner of the chapter in my city, too.
SA Wine Meetup
This one is nothing like official, but I'm sort of the favorite of the runner, who relies on me for setup, explainations, pouring and breakdown at every meetup. She's, also, a wine touring company owner who has already announced she's stealing me after summer school ends to train me for how to be her second during said tours. So. Yeah.
Sacred Sisterhood of the Chakra
I don't really consider myself the leader of this one anymore than anyone else is. Everyone comes when they can, and brings what they can, and does what they can. One of the girls and I have been there the longest, but that's not part of how things work across the group. It's completely a community thing. (This one still has at least five years in the calendar.)
Important Groups I'm in but not running
SA Cooks Club & SA Visual Arts & Media
Amazingly somehow I don't really notice these things all at once, and they never stress me out individually and I've never really sat down and thought it out like this -- so it's never once stressed me out as a cumulative thing either. Which is crazy, because I keep adding to it. Not because I need to fill my time, but because I'm filled with such joy and passion for things that all I can says is Why wouldn't I want to help or make this available to other people with the passion?
I just got added to Geek Girl Brunch officers today. I'm already aware I'm going to have a third extracurricular group at school next year, because a friend and I are starting a Poetry Club for our high school, too. What it all really makes me think of is something that happened last week:
While out someone was inquiring about my time, while implying that I was too busy, and quote "if I ever got not busy and wanted to go have fun." I kid you not. And I turned that on a dime, like I've never turned an opener on a dime in my life.
Saying I was not busy, because this is my life. Like no hold's barred, the groups I'm in I'm in because I love the things i'm doing, and because in the way i'm doing them, because they are the things I'd go out and do alone, for fun, but this way, I'm surrounded with people who love each of those passions just as much as me in their own way. I get to have it and share it. Joy magnified.
And it felts so good.
To turn that back, to refuse rebelliously and joyfully this insinuation that something about doing these completely different things (even if he was only talking about one of them then) should be looked down on, or a slight. I felt so empowered and so proud of myself suddenly. For building this world, for loving these things, for refusing to let them be stomped on even a little.
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