The event took place in the lovely lobby of the building where children’s art work adorned the walls…a perfect environment for our intergenerational movement. Attendees were made up of members who already joined on-line at our new “Become a Member” page and those who signed up at the event. We signed up over 30 new members. All new members received an autographed copy of Ashton Applewhite’s book, This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism.
This was the first of our Members Only salons that are planned for four times per year. People can either join online at any time or sign up at the event. It’s an informal way for our members to socialize and get to know one another. New members were greeted by members of the RAM steering committee and immediately engaged in conversation over wine and scrumptious hors d’oeuvres.
It was not easy to interrupt the lively conversation taking place. Alice Fisher, Founder of RAM, formally welcomed everyone and gave them an update on RAM’s accomplishments over the past few months.
It’s been an exciting year so far. We are in talks with several organizations about starting their own chapters of RAM. Our committees are taking shape. Committees that are up and running include: social media, membership, events, intergenerational, and social action. We are also about to start a workplace committee to look into ageism in the workforce and suggest some actions we might take to address this important issue.
Our most visionary program so far is coming out of our intergenerational committee. We have created a pilot 3-session curriculum to present an anti-ageism program to middle schoolers. RAM is currently looking for a school or community center where we can run this pilot program. Several excellent suggestions came from Radical Agers who attended the membership kick-off.
Although this group did not seem to need any conversation starters, cards containing quotes from Ashton’s book were randomly distributed. Radical Agers with cards were instructed to find someone they did not know and engage in discussion about the quote. Alice also reminded us of dates we need to save: Thursday evening, June 8th, RAM will be hosting Laurie Leonard of End of Life Choices NY, who will educate and lead us in a discussion of end-of- life decisions at NY Society for Ethical Culture. Wednesday evening, June 28th, our next Members Only salon will take place at One East 53 rd Street.
RAM could not have pulled off this exciting evening without the help of Traci DeJesu, Alexa Sloan, Angela Hu and Priscilla Gallegos. Thank you! Everyone had a good time.