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I attended my first "Chamber Chat" s yesterday morning. I was held at a local Jewish Center for disabled children, and about 40 people showed up--a decent number in my estimation. As expected, everyone was very friendly and welcoming, and I was able to visit at some length with at least six. I did meet a few more in passing. This is just one of the events that take place o a monthly basis, and I think it will not only eventually be good for my business, I think it will be good for me personally to be a little more social. On the suggestion of one of my fellow agents, I have been reading Endless Referrals by Bob Burg where I got the idea to join the Chamber in the first place. His approach is very low-key. Be interested in the other person and let them do the talking. Then follow up with a personalized thank you note which offers to refer business their way as able. I think this is the rapport building phase. It will take time, but I enjoyed the gathering. BTW, one of the members gave a tour of their facility. JAFCO is doing amazing work with disabled children and their families. I was impressed.

On the other hand, my neighbor, Chris, invited me over tonight as I was out walking my dogs. He does invite me from time to time, and I was tempted to stop in for a few minutes. But it turned out to be a HUGE gathering, and I chickened out at the last minute. I am not feeling that great tonight, and besides, I think I would be a little overwhelmed and out of place. I don't think I'll be missed. And with that, I am going to take my two puppies and go to bed. And to all a good night!

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Good for you on all counts. Especially that you decided to stay home. Even that is hard to do sometimes. It’s important to listen and respect our internal feelings and needs. Your psyche will appreciate it!

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Dear Michelle Lea and Emma,

When I lived in Tampa Bay, Florida, I had a wide variety of choices, both T/LGB and non-T/LGB, of activities.

Now I live in a narrow-minded place, in upstate NY, even when they claim to be seeking members and volunteers, (this includes CHURCHES!), which never call you back, where the disabled and elderly stay in their homes for weeks and months at a time. 

Presently I reach out on a one to one basis, and we have 2 social workers in my building who are trying to combat this.

Am on the waitlist for Burlington VT and Seattle WA public housing. Am 60, and I am praying my health does not give out before I move.

Yours truly,


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Dear Michelle Lea,

Thank you for your concern. You, and my other friends here at TGGuide, keep me going.

This Spring, I am visiting Burlington, VT. 

Next, I will visit Seattle, WA, where I am also on the waitlist for public housing.

Again, thank you for your support.

Yours truly,


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