I was recently invited to be a guest speaker at the Inland Empire Vegan Meetup. Due to speech anxiety, I wanted to say, “No”, but instead I blurted, “Sure!” I’m glad I agreed, however; because the members were so welcoming that I hardly felt anxious during my talk.
Not only was the group friendly, but they were awesome! They do fun events like potluck dinners, dining out, screenings of vegan-related movies and cooking classes. I was also excited to learn that many of their members are not vegan. It’s a comfortable place for non-vegans and vegans alike. I loved the group so much that I joined, but since they meet an hour from my house I doubt I’ll attend often.
Other Meetups I belong to
Although I haven’t been in a while, I’m also a member of the Greater Orange County Animal Rights Roundtable Meetup. I’ve met some amazing people at this group like Dave Simon, the inspiring author of Meatonomics and talented artist, Tania Marie. This is a passionate group that works hard on behalf of animals.
And I belong to the Plant-Based Living Meetup. This is a health-based group founded by Katherine Nilbrink, the plant-based nutritionist I worked with when I first went vegan. I’d love to attend Katherine’s potlucks and cooking classes but commuting in LA traffic keeps me away.
Since distance seems to be preventing me from attending Meetup functions, last night I searched for local groups. I was excited to find Orange County Active and Vegan for Life in Laguna Beach. I’ve joined them, and since they’re close I hope to be attending soon!
Do you belong to a Meetup?
Image courtesy of Active Vegetarian.