Group Two-Year Check-In Survey Results
Men's Group Two-Year
Check-In survey was run for a few weeks in February &
2009. There were approximately 240 members on the list at the time, and
people completed the survey, which is a pretty good response rate of
how people answered the seven questions, followed by a summary of what
we think this all means.
In the two years since
the Cambridge Men’s Group started,
we have had over 100 events, so we thought it might be a good time to
membership and see how we’re doing, and what we could do to get more of
come. As you can see in the silly pie charts, most of our events have
the weekends. Is that an issue? Are you happy with the kinds of events
having? What would you like to see more of? If you could take a few
answer a few questions, we’d appreciate it.
events would you like to see more of?
(Select as many as you like.)
a lot of free
or inexpensive classical concerts in Cambridge. MIT; Longy; Harvard Univ;
Boston Conservatory; at Sanders. I enjoy meeting members in an intimate
setting such a home or yard. Some of the day trips are fun. I would be
willing to have a potluck if people are willing to travel to Malden (Orange Line).
I can't say I want to
see MORE of these, but I just think those are the events I thought
Fleet at Long Wharf - summer - evening
sail Boston By Foot Harbor Islands.
it would be cool to have
a 'Meet Each Other' event once or twice a year. Not that that can't
happen at each and every event, but new people who've been too shy to
come to an event swing by and meet everyone in the group and let's all
chat and be social isn't a bad idea.
The examples given below
are excellent suggestions...
personally like *
Coffee Chats * Hikes * Watching sports * Singles night * Cosponsor
events with other groups.
Community Center, a
place where we can gather or stop in conveniently to see what's
days of the
week do you prefer for events?
as many as you like.)
willing to help organize an event to make it happen?
you said yes (or optional even if you didn't), please give us your name
you be interested if we did a trip to NYC for a Broadway show?
we did do a trip to NYC for a Broadway show, which would you
be interested in?
as many as you like.)
weekend, one show
and night clubbing
weekends that makes travel very difficult
else you’d like to tell us about the events or the group or yourself or
that we have
the group and I appreciate all the effort.
member and I
am impressed by the vitality of the group and the volume of activities.
Job. 2 years 100
events is awesome. Having a space for Gay
men is great. Perhaps we could try and get more members who represent
the diversity in Cambridge city.
are a concern
for me. Also I think one makes better friends meeting at peoples houses
and I particularly don't like restaurant or other events that interfere
with the possibility of getting acquainted with other people. I am
willing to bring food or other things to someone else’s home. I cannot
all done very
well." (Mr. Grace of Grace's Dept
What Does All This
In general, what
we've been doing tracks pretty well what you asked for. Some exceptions
One idea we're percolating on that might help with the last two items
on that list is to have a designated night at a designated bar or
restaurant in Cambridge where guys could just show up for dinner, or a
drink, or just to hang out, similar to what they do in Melrose.
- You want more social activism. (We've already scheduled our first
social activism event: Counter-protesting Fred Phelps at the Cambridge
Rindge & Latin School.)
- You want more pot lucks. (We need more people to host, hint,
- You'd like more free or low-cost events.
- You'd like to see some sort of "Meet Each Other"/New Member
events once in a while. (We'll work on it.)
- Someone suggested a Community Center. (This may be a bit beyond
our abilities, but it's a nice idea.)
Days of the
Sunday still top the list of days, followed by Friday, then Thursday,
with less voting for Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday. But that doesn't
mean we'll neglect you non-weekend folks! And if you're an
early-in-the-week kinda guy, consider organizing some more events on
those days. Others like you will appreciate it!
Thank you to the
many folks who volunteered, especially the ones we haven't met yet! If
you answered yes to this question, you wil lbe getting an invitation to
join the organizer's list. We look forward to your ideas, your energy,
Looks like we have
enough interest to look into a one- or two-day trip to NYC.
trip is certainly less expensive & simpler to arrange. Stay tuned!
Thanks to everyone
who took the time to respond to our survey. Look for more fun events