I very rarely post stuff that other people write, but this felt rather pertinent and personal. The founder of Meetup sent out an email to everyone who belongs to Meetup.com. Apparently, 9/11 was the inspiration for Meetup (odd, I know, but read the email below).
Meetup was born in early 2002. Vinny was born in 2006. So was the Hip Mamas Meetup. I joined in 2007. I have made some great friends in this group. They have babysat my kids, and they have become my friends. In 2011, the group was somewhat re-born with some new leadership, and it has been an equally wonderfully experience. I am glad that the internet has helped me get off the internet. When I vowed to leave this town as soon as possible upon graduating high school, I never realized how good coming back would feel, and I don't think I ever anticipated the sense of community that groups like this would provide.
We are the people the CEO of Meetup is speaking about in his letter.
Without further ado... the letter: