Last night was the second meeting of the Night Owls, a new women's circle at the church I serve. It's a nice group--we're getting to know one another and figuring out the format and flow of the evenings.
And speaking of groups...
1. Tell us about any group(s) you currently belong to. (e.g. book club, knitting circle, walking buddies, etc.) I'm a member of the Daughters of the King, a religious order for women in Episcopal and other churches. We meet once a month. We have a rule of prayer and service.
2. Do you feel energized or drained by being in a group situation? If the answer is "it depends," on what does it depend? Usually drained. If the meeting comes at the end of a long day, I get really tired and grumpy. This coming year, I'm planning to take off early on days when I have DOK meetings, and spend some time alone to prepare myself.
3. Is there a role you naturally find yourself playing in group situations? That is, do you naturally fall into the leader role, or the one who always makes sure the new person feels welcome, or the quiet one who sits back and lets others shine, or the host? I usually sit back, although if I have comments I share them. At work, I am usually in charge of group meetings, so it is no problem for me to lead.
4. Handshakes vs. hugs: discuss. Hugs, always hugs. :)
5. Ice breakers: a playful way to build community in a lighthearted manner, or a complete and utter hell of forced fun and awkwardness? I like them, but they aren't always appropriate.
Bonus: If you answered "playful and lighthearted," share your favorite ice breaker.
Everyone tells whether they are a cat person or a dog person, and why. Usually amusing.