PO Box 21203, Seattle, WA 98111-3203
Mature Friends has secured a new three-year lease to continue our use of the Ballard Odd Fellows Hall. Like many things, our monthly lease rate has gone up and the Board will consider how we approach this increase in next year’s budget. I was pleased to hear that we are considered a great long time tenant by the Odd Fellows.
We are beginning to see signs of spring. The sun is even shining through with warmer weather and longer days. Don’t miss a chance to take a nice walk. One of my favorites is the Joseph A. Witt Winter Garden in the Arboretum. It is colorful and fragrant when many gardens are dormant. Although the garden has been there since 1949 it was renewed in 2011. It is just a short walk from the Graham Visitors Center and it’s special splendor continues through March. Our own garden guru John Wott put me onto this special place. Thanks John! For more information Arboretum Winter Garden.
Last month I wrote about a few gay cultural events. I hope you got a chance to see some local theater. Bruce and I enjoyed the ArtsWest: The Little Dog Laughed along with other Mature Friends members and the same for The Normal Heart. We also attended a Members preview opening of Revealing Queer at MOHAI, which opened on February 14 and runs through July 6, 2014. I found myself (the thin long haired mustached 501 clone) in the fuzzy background of a 1970’ photo. The exhibit is a good introduction for folks new to Seattle or for some of us old timers, a reminder of our own community involvement For more information MOHAI Revealing Queer.If you missed one of hits of the Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, it is coming to SIFF this month. Stranger by the Lake opens March 7. If you missed it on stage or the film version, check out the National Theater live broadcasts of War Horse or consider the MET HD Broadcasts including Jonas Kaufmann in Werther. These are great performances without the time and expense of traveling to London or New York. It is not quite like a live performance but they are darn good.
At our February Potluck we had our GSBA Scholarship Program. You heard how this educational assistance has changed lives and helped our LGBTQA students prepare for happy and successful lives. If you missed the chance to make a donation in February, please consider bringing a check to the March Potluck made out to the GSBA Schol- arship Fund.
Mark your calendars:
- Three Dollar Bill Cinema South Pacific Dinner April 4, 2014.
- GSBA Scholarship Awards Dinner May 16, 2014
- Mature Friends Annual Banquet June 21, 2014.
See you at the March Potluck! Enjoy the sun!
— John Chaney, President, e-mail President
Eating Date and Time Playing Date and Time Lunches Out Wed., Mar. 12 and 26, at 12:00 PM A Better Club for Investing Mon., Mar. 17, 7:00 PM
Monthly Potluck Fri., Mar. 28, at 6:30 PM Book Club Tue., Mar. 11, at 7:00 PM Dinner Out Tue., Mar. 18, at 6:00 PM Board Meeting Mon., Mar. 10, at 7:00 PM
Wine Tasting Mon., Mar. 17, at 7:00 PM
Walk/Hike Tue., Mar. 18, at 9:30 AM Annual Banquet Sat., June 21, at 5:30 PM Garden Tour Dormant until April 2014
Annual Picnic Sat., Aug. TBD, at 12:00 PM Theater and Music See listings in the newspaper
Dinner for Six Dinners in rotation in members’ homes
Travel News Check Our Destinations
Bridge Club Every Wed. at 7:00 PM Pinochle Club Wed., Mar. 5 and 19, at 7:30 PM Camera Club Wed., Mar. 12, at 7:00 PM Exercise Group Every Wed. at 10:00 AM
Knife and Fork Club
Check out the lunches and dinner scheduled for this month. Then sign up and join the fun.
Lunches and Dinners Out
Activity Date and Time Place and Address Lunch Wednesday, March 12, at 12:00 PM Charlie’s on Broadway
217 Broadway Ave. E.
Dinner Tuesday, March 18, at 6:00 PM Robb’s 125th Street Grill
12255 Aurora Ave. N.
Lunch Wednesday, March 26, at 12:00 PM Charlie’s on Broadway
217 Broadway Ave. E.
Dining out has been a regular activity of Mature Friends for a long time. If you have any suggestions, comments, or ideas about the monthly dining out experience, please bring them to the next monthly dinner at Robb’s 125th Street Grill. Hope to see you all there!
For questions about lunches and dinner out, contact Jim R. Or e-mail questions to the Knife and Fork Club.
Please join us for our monthly potluck at the Ballard Odd Fellows Hall, the last Friday of every month at 6:30 PM, except for June and August. Here’s your chance to bend elbows and rub elbows with friends and meet new ones during our social hour and to enjoy some of the great food we all contribute.
Ballard Odd Fellows Hall
1706 N.W. Market Street
Seattle, Washington 98107
The monthly potluck begins promptly at 6:30 PM with appetizers and the social hour. The only penalty for arriving fashionably late is that you might miss some of the delicious hors d’oeuvres. Doors open to the main dinner at 7:30 PM. After dinner at every other potluck, we often have a guest speaker.
Members who bring a dish pay $3.00 at the door. If for some reason you don’t feel like cooking, please be prepared to contribute $10.00 instead.
Note: A non-member attending a potluck for the first shall be admitted free as a guest. On subsequent attendance, the non-member is subject to a $10.00 door charge.
Potluck Sign In
When you give your money to Bruce and collect your raffle ticket from Rick, be sure to sign in on the sign in sheets at the desk and circle Y or N to indicate if you brought food to the potluck. The sign in provides us with useful information. The potluck host prepares or purchases an entrée, and it is important that the host have a good idea of the month to month attendance, so that sufficient food is provided. In addition checking if you brought food is also important, as this gives us information on how to apportion the potluck contribution list each month to insure an equable distribution of the types of dishes on the potluck table.
Dish to Bring Initial of Last Name
G, L, M, 2
C, D, H, S, Z
J, K, N
E, F, I, O, R, T, V
A, B, P, Y
Please bring the type of dish assigned to your last-name initial below so that we will have enough food from each category.
Please indicate on a note with your dish if you have a vegetarian dish for our vegetarian members and friends.
In the interest of reducing garbage at the Odd Fellows Hall, members are requested to take home any leftovers of food they brought to the potluck including take-outs from delis, etc.
For better security, the management of the Odd Fellow’s Hall has instituted a new door policy. Renters must monitor the Market Street door and admit only people who have legitimate concerns in the Hall.
Therefore, before food is served, someone from Mature Friends will be at the door to admit guests. When food is served, the door will be locked. Anyone arriving after 7:30 will have to ring for entry by pushing the “U” (upstairs hall) button at the main door. Members of the bridge and exercise groups should consult with your respective group leaders for entry arrangements.
Note: It has been brought to our attention that some members are having trouble getting to Potlucks because of the stairway. On the back stairway of the hall, there is an electric chair lift. It is available by entering the building at the alley entrance across from the parking lot in the rear. At present it would be necessary to let the person at the front door know of the need and they would call upstairs to the person with the key who would meet you at the back door to bring you up.
For any questions, please e-mail Monthly Potluck.
A Better Club for Investing
ABCI (A Better Club for Investing) will meet on Monday, March 17, 6:45 PM at the Pandasia Restaurant in Interbay. Interested guests welcome (but please contact us first).
For any questions, please e-mail Investment Club.
— Ray B.
Book ClubAfter exploring the 19th-century Australian wild southeast in February through the Booker Prize winner Peter Carey’s, True History of the Kelly Gang, it’s time for the Book Club to come back for March to the Pacific Northwest and The Whistling Season, by the well-known Seattle novelist Ivan Doig. As usual, his story takes place mostly in Montana, where he grew up. Ironically, he earned a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern, which is in Chicago, not in the Pacific Northwest. He did, however, earn a PhD in history from University of Washington — writing a dissertation about John J. McGilvra, known as “the father of the Seattle bar.”
The meeting will be March 11 at the home of Lou M. and Gordon L. at 7:00 PM. Please refer to electronic or paper copy for directions to Lou's and Gordon’s home.
If you borrowed a Seattle Public Library copy of The Whistling Season for the March meeting, please return it at or before the meeting. At the very least let me know before the meeting how you plan to make your arrangements to return it for the next book group.
All members of Mature Friends are welcome to join in any of the discussions.
The book for April is Suite Francaise, by Irene Nemirovsky, which will be available in a book kit from the Seattle Public Library. It’s a long-lost tale of romance between a French woman and a Nazi soldier written during the early years of the Second World War, found and published much later (in 2004) by the daughters of its author.
For any questions, please e-mail Book Club.
— Dick N.
The Mature Friends' Board will meet on Monday, March 10, at 7:00 PM at the home of Bill S. and Bob B.
For any questions, please e-mail Board Meeting.
It was raining for the fourth day in a row when our February hike was scheduled, and as a result our hike got rained out. We’ll hope for better weather in March.
Our March hike will be at Deception Pass State Park. The park is outstanding for breath-taking views, old-growth forests and abundant wildlife. This is a favorite low land hike for those months of the year when snow still covers trails in the mountains. Located at the north end of Whidbey Island and the south end of Fidalgo Island, the park has many hiking trails. We will explore the trails on the north side of the Deception Pass Bridge, at Rosario Head and Bowman Bay, an area we haven’t hiked before. This is part of the Pacific Northwest Trail, and lies mostly along the water.
We will meet for car pooling at 9:30 AM on Tuesda,y March 18, in front of the Bank of America building at the north entrance to Northgate Mall, with the goal of reaching the trailhead by 11:00 or so. Bring a lunch and water, since the travel time will make this an all day hike. We will get back to Northgate in the 3:30 to 4:00 PM range.
If you have questions or comments or suggestions call or e-mail Dale J. (See electronic or paper copy for contact information.)
Check Out the Pictures of Some Previous Hikes!
Dale, Ramon, John, Alan, Garry, and Scott on December’s Hike
Dale, Gene, Lee, Stephen, Scott, Larry, and Ramon on the Trail to Barclay Lake Hikers Garry, Annette, Gene, Lee, Ramon, and Dale
Hikers Lee, Annette, Garry, Gene and Dale
— Dale J.
If you have any questions or suggestions, email Walk/Hike.
The wine group meets every other month to sample selected wines. Since the group met in January, we will regroup and meet again in March. In the meantime, stay thirsty, my oenophiles!
On Monday, January 20, at 7 P.M. we met at the home of Garry R. to taste the Bordeaux blend referred to in the United States as “Meritage” or more simply, Red Wine. This blend of Cabernet, Merlot, and other typical Bordeaux grapes resulted in a particularly interesting selection of west coast American wine. A 1999 St. Michelle, Artist Series ($45) was a real treat and improved as it “opened up” throughout the evening. L’Ecole Apogee, 2010, ($50) was light, fresh and very much in the French tradition. We also enjoyed the $10 Sterling 2011, a $19 Basel Cellars, and one from Gilbert Cellars 2011 ($20). These blends tend to be made carefully. Garry’s cheese selection highlighted our enjoyment of the wines.
We will meet at 7:00 PM on Monday, March 17, at Bill L.’s home north of University Village.
We will be tasting Italian wines from the Nebbiolo grape. Please consider sharing the cost with another participant. The following is a Wikipedia link to demographic, historic, and technical information.
The Nebbiolo grape mainly grows in Italy’s Piedmont area and is responsible for Barolo and Barbaresco, two great Italian wines. However, for our tasting I’d suggest wines labeled Nebbiolo. These are available, less expensive and can be delightful when young. A reliable merchant would be key to your selection.
For any questions, please e-mail Wine Tasting.
— Ed K.
Back to “Goings On”
It’s time to join the group out in the fresh air and walk among some of the most beautiful gardens in the northwest. Where else can you find a professional horticulturalist to lead a group of plant and flower lovers on such adventures?
From November through March, the Garden Tour goes dormant. So you’re all on your own. But come April, blossoms will once more spring eternal and so will the Garden Tour with a new lineup of gardens to delight your eyes and sense of smell.
Last Garden Tour of the 2013 Season
On Thursday, October 10, 2013, nineteen people attended the 1:00 PM tour of the new New Zealand Forest Garden in the Washington Park Arboretum.
Final Garden Tour of the Season
Under typical New Zealand skies, the attendees saw the largest garden (two acres) of native New Zealand plants in the USA. Costing approximately two million dollars, it is the third new garden constructed in the twelve-acre Washington Park Arboretum’s Pacific Connections Garden in the southern portion of the Arboretum.
The tour was led by Dr. John A. Wott, Director Emeritus of the University of Washington Botanic Gardens, and Walter Bubelis, lifetime horticulture educator (now retired) from Edmonds Community College. Walt is coleader of the Arboretum Stewards, a group of volunteers who helps with Arboretum maintenance.
Dr. John Wott and Walter Bubelis
The first New Zealand Garden was dedicated in 1993 by the New Zealand Consul General. It depicted crossing Arthur’s Pass over the Southern Alps on the south island of New Zealand. It has been reconstructed as part of the new garden. The group first walked down the steep slope toward the reconstructed historic Lookout, originally constructed by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) workers in the late 1930s.— John A. Wott
The garden contains a series of switchback pathways, all Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessible. Tons and tons of granite were added into dry streams to allow for water run-off on the “seeping slopes” in wet weather. The group was treated to many new plants, laid out in seven climatic zones, including large transplanted New Zealand beeches.
During the official dedication a month ago, a native Maori carver dedicated his own bench along the scenic pathway. Although recently planted, many plants were already were of great interest. The group emerged into the entry garden of the main Pacific Connections central section where they could see New Zealand plants already established five years ago.
The group next visited the Green Pavilion, carved from Arboretum cedars, and depicting the five geographical regions which will ultimately be a part of the twelve-acre garden: Cascadia, China, Australia, Chile, and New Zealand. The tour concluded with a brief walk by the other four native cultivar gardens, concluding with Dr. Wott discussing the Australian garden.
To end a most pleasant afternoon, they group returned to the Education Greenhouses where they saw projects painted by the City Street Art Program and dined on drinks and snacks. The Garden Tours has now gone dormant until April 2014.
For any questions, please e-mail Garden Tours.
The camera club will meet on Wednesday, March 12, at 7:00 PM in the upper serving room of the Odd Fellows Hall in Ballard.
We meet on the second Wednesday of each month and each person who wants to may bring pictures taken at our last camera outing or bring whatever you would like to show the group. If you would like to join in and would like to show your skills, put fifteen or so of your shots on a USB drive and we will show them on our large screen. You don’t have to bring anything to show if you chose not to, but come and join the group anyway. We always have a great time.
If no one is at the door, just give me a call on my cell phone and some one will let you in the door. Hope to see you there.
For any questions, please e-mail Camera Club.
— Don K.
This section tells you all about upcoming trips planned for Mature Friends. Everybody who has gone on one of these trips has had a great time and was well taken care of. So, what are you waiting for? Sign up and join the fun!
Elwha at the Burke Museum: March 9
Well we are going to try this again. Since we got snowed out on Sunday February 9 we are going to try exactly the same program on Sunday March 9 which is the last day of the presentation at the Burke. We will have a docent meeting us at the entrance at 10:30 AM, be there about 10:00 AM to meet our group. If you need any further information, call Dan L.
Las Vegas: April 1 – 4
We are all set to go. Our group has grown to 16, and Marlyce says she could take a few more. Everyone who have signed up or want to sign up must get their check for $300 for round trip air fare on Alaska to Marlyce ASAP. Send your check to Marlyce.
Grand China Tour: April 20 – May 8, 2014
We are all set to go. We will be departing on Delta 589 on April 20. Please be sure to have your Passport with the Chinese visa glued inside. Two things our tour company wants us to be aware of:
- Baggage: The first checked bag is free, however additional baggage is $100 per bag. So travel light and carry on what you can.
- Electrical: Bring along both converter and multi plus adapter. Some hotels have the two prong plugs like we use but not all of them. I believe we have a couple of travelers who use CPAP breathing devices. This is especially important for them. If you have any questions, contact Bruce T.
The complete itinerary, which is quite long, is now, available.
Ashland, Oregon: August 25 – 28
Take our August 2014 road trip to Ashland, Oregon, with four nights in Ashland and a combination of plays, wine tastings, Crater Lake, historic gold rush towns, fine dining, and a jaunt over to Hilt, California. This will be a loosely organized trip with transportation by car pooling. Estimated cost of $650.00 with payment to the driver, lodging, hopefully including breakfasts, two plays, and a group dinner. Additional play tickets would be $50.00 – $70.00. For a guaranteed place, we ask for a deposit of $75.00 by January 15. Bruce will attempt to arrange lodging and tickets for later applications until May 30. Realize that plays do sell out in this peak season so earlier is better. Contact Bruce B.
Northern Spain and France: October 11 – 26
Choose the fall after tourist rush is over and weather still good. Enjoy riding in a luxury coach with gay guide. See large cities plus small in Basque Country and SW France. Although there are frequent tours there is still time to go off on your own to relax or explore. Make the trip as active as you wish. Fly home or take an inexpensive re-positioning cruise across the Atlantic. Over the two weeks we cover Madrid, Pamplona, San Sebastion, Bilbao, Toulouse, Carcassone, and Barcelona, Still open but we are close to 2/3 full. $2750 based on 31 members plus air. Given the quality and low overhead, this a great buy. We can help find partners. Contact Jerry J. or Linda Lane or call her at 206-284-0500 for details. This adventure is out of the commonplace special tour.
1650 Circle Lane SE, #122
Lacey, WA 98503
Upcoming Trips: Costa Rica, February 14 – 22, 2015
We are finalizing a tour of Costa Rica that would depart from San Jose, it's capital, on Saturday February 14, 2015 and end in that same city on Sunday February 22. The tour will cost approximately $2800, including air fare, hotel, all transfers, eight breakfasts, six dinners, all tours, and a gay friendly guide. SAVE THE DATES FOR THIS EXCITING TRIP. John L. will be handling the trip. For further information contact him.
Highlight from 2013: Cruise of the San Juan Islands
Toward the end of September 2013, about twenty Mature Friends took AMTRAK up to Bellingham, where we boarded the Viking Star and set sail for a tour of the San Juan Islands. If you missed this tour, you might be interested to get a glimpse of what we saw, or if you sailed on the tour, you might be eager to relive it. And for those who've never been to the San Juans, let us show you some pictures and give you a summary of what we did and what we saw. So, sit back, relax, and click the link below:
A Cruise of the San Juan Islands
For any questions about upcoming travel, please e-mail Travel News.
— Bob McQ.
The bridge group is open to anyone who has a basic knowledge of rules and playing. We play every Wednesday night, beginning at 7:00 PM. Many of the current members played years ago then dropped playing but now have found out that all those past bridge skills are still usable. Because the evenings are organized so there are an equal number of players and tables please call me or e-mail for details as to how we operate. If you have played in the past give it some thought and call. We can find a place for you.
You can find us at our usual location, the Odd Fellows Hall in Ballard, 1706 NW Market St.
— Paul S. and Page B.
For any questions, please e-mail Bridge Club.
We meet the first and third Wednesday of the month to hone our card-shark skills. This month, we’ll meet on Wednesday, March 5 and 19, beginning at 7:30 PM.
We invite all club members with an interest in card playing to come join our fun-loving group. If you are new to Pinochle, we can help get you started. Please contact us, and we will discuss how to proceed.
For any questions, please e-mail Pinochle Club.
— Bil B.Back to “Goings On”
Theater and Music
For any questions, please e-mail Theater and Music.
The exercise group, which meets every Wednesday morning at 10:00 AM, continues to grow. Come and join us and have a good time with our group. We meet at:
Ballard Odd Fellows Hall
1706 NW Market Street
After an hour of light aerobics and stretching, those who want more of a workout meet at the Green Lake Aqua Theater at 11:00 AM for a 2.8-mile walk around Green Lake and followed by a well-earned lunch just after noon at the Blue Star on Stone Way just a bit north of 45th Street.
To get an idea of what we do in the class, one of the group leaders has prepared a fine exercise video for your enlightenment.
For any questions, please e-mail Exercise Group.
... or call Len T., Don McK., or Don K.
— Len T.
Dinner for Six
Dinner for Six (DF6) was my primary reason for joining Mature Friends last year, so I come with a built-in prejudice on its behalf. I just like the idea of a chance to meet a good number of other club members in small groups throughout the year. Combine that with a nice dinner, prepared two out of three times by someone else, and it is just a winning plan.
Now to the sales pitch, and what I think DF6 is (and is not). First, it is about entertaining and getting to know some people who may be strangers to you the first visit. That can be challenging or exciting for some of us, but everyone I have met this last year has been charming and welcoming, so I now find each new quarter an exciting time. Second, it is about sharing food, thoughts, ideas and experiences, all of which can be very relaxing and fun. Third, it is NOT meant to make anyone feel intimidated about their cooking skills. I have enjoyed clever and full course meals, as well as salad and pizza over the last year. No matter what your skill level in the kitchen may be, you can probably find a comfort zone that works.
In case you do not know the basic structure, we simply meet for a meal (usually dinner) in groups of 6 (3 pairs), once a month. There are three 3-month 'sessions' in the year, so in each session, you will host once and be hosted twice. At the end of three months, new groups are formed. In previous years, the “Six” has been pretty much a hard rule, so that if a single person signed up, they would be assigned a partner as a co-host for the year. This has not always worked perfectly, so for 2014 we are thinking that will be optional. If someone wishes to be part of this group, and would prefer to host alone, there could be some groups that end up as Dinner for Five or Seven, (DF567?) depending on how many sign up.
Our roster has been getting smaller over the last couple of years, so we really do hope to see some new names on this year's list. If you have ANY questions (or suggestions) at all, please feel free to call or email me. I work at home, so I am usually pretty responsive, but may not always be able to pick up the phone, so please leave a message and I will call you back.
— Myles McM.
For any questions, please e-mail Dinner for Six.
Each August, in lieu of the Friday potluck, Mature Friends organizes a picnic. The 2013 picnic took place on Saturday, August 24, in Woodland Park at our usual site. Festivities began at noon, but with Mature Friends, the hoards began descending well before noon.
For Picnic 2012, we took over the assigned shelter area in Woodland Park, and by noonish a cloudy cool morning warmed up a bit, and although the clouds remained, the weather turned comfortable.
As usual we had a great time. But don’t take my word for it, read about it and check out the pictures for yourselves:
Picnic 2013Note: The picnic is open only to members and their guests.
For any questions, please e-mail Annual Picnic.
This year’s banquet was a smashing success. The dinner took place on Saturday, June 15, beginning at 5:30 PM. Again, we enjoyed more fine cuisine at the Women’s University Club. The menu of entrees consisted of a choice between flank steak and salmon.
The banquet for 2014 will be held on Saturday, June 21, 2014, beginning again at 5:30 PM at the same place.
On Saturday, June 15, 2013, about 75 Mature Friends once again donned their finery for an adult's night out on the town for a special dinner. For the third year in a row, our annual banquet was held at the Women^#39;s University Club. And once again, we had a great time enjoying the food in an elegant ambiance. Our food choices consisted of salmon or flank steak. For dessert we could choose between chocolate decadence cake or lemon cheese cake. As before, the service was excellent and the food tasted great!
The festivities began with cocktails at 5:30 PM. No doubt some members wanted to arrive early with tongues hanging out, ready for that first cocktail.
If you want to relive the experience of last year and check out some pictures, the following link will take you directly to an eye-witness report.
— Curt Johnson
For any questions, please e-mail Annual Banquet.
The dedicated writers of the following articles have tailored what they say to specific needs of our group. So, sit back, relax, and enjoy them. Who knows? Something in here may strike the right chord and improve your life!
A Window into the Past...
Turn back the clock and get a glimpse of what Mature Friends were doing a few years ago.
A Window into the Past...A group of Mature Friends took Amtrak to Portland on April 5 – 6, 2003, to attend the Gay Men’s Chorus concert at Reed College. The concert was great.
This trip was the invitation of Mature Friends members Don Roofener and Kendall Zellmer, who recently relocated to Portland. Some of the group stayed with them while others stayed at the Mallory Hotel. The group dined at Hobo’s and lunched at Starky’s, two of Portland’s finest gay restaurants. A good time was had by all, thanks to Don and Kendall, who put it all together.
— Dan L.
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GSBA Scholar Profile Omar A.
To invest in the education of a diverse group of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and allied students who have the capacity and vision to be the next generation of leaders working to create a better world for all.I have been a Greater Seattle Business Association (GSBA) scholar for 2012 – 2013 and the scholarship fund has allowed me to pay for school at the University of Washington (UW). Attending the UW has opened a world of opportunities for learning and engaging in issues that affect our society. I want to continue learning but relying on scholarship funds alone will not take me too far if I want to accomplish my academic goals. This is the reason why I decided to move on with the next step in my life and open a full gym. A gym will become a source of residual income that will allow me to further my education. In addition, as a personal trainer, I have witnessed life changes that have inspired me to go to work every day. Knowing I have the desire to help my clients succeed, encouraged me to further my efforts in this new gym venture. This venture, of course, brings some challenges and new opportunities.
Opening a gym is certainly a big task but not impossible. Some of the obstacles include financing the equipment, finding the right space, and developing a business model that no other gym has. Ironically, the “don’t give up” speech that I always tell my clients had to be applied to myself. The past eight months have been a journey in which sometimes I thought my dream was dead and others that was a reality. Finding the right people to make this possible has been a key component. I don’t think I could have made it all alone. Now I can say we are finally ready to open the doors of OFIT GYM. The concept is fully developed on serving its members and the community. At OFIT we want to be as inclusive as possible. From choosing your own music or equipment to helping local organizations that need it the most or teaching group classes for baby boomers, we want to make a difference in peoples lives. Our first event will be a 5K run in May to help a local elementary school keep programs that otherwise would have been eliminated due to budget cuts. We are the only gym that has a reward program for those members that achieve their fitness goals on a monthly basis.
OFIT GYM is scheduled to open the second week in March. It will be located on the second floor of the West Tower building at 400 2nd Ave West, Suite # 200. Our members will enjoy a 24/7 service.