How to Start a Club / Why Join
Decide on a time of day to meet and the venue: some clubs it is breakfast or just coffee, another very popular time is lunch time. Less customary is a dinner or evening meeting.Create your own local group, it is quick and easy. Some of our groups have been meeting on a regular basis as friends already. These groups can go to our website, join as members and register their group as part of the official ROMEO CLUB® .
Where to begin if you are reading about the ROMEO CLUB® and the idea intrigues you. Join us as an individual, then talk or forward the website to a few friends, even 2 or 3 is fine. Membership and registration is free.
Next step, ask these friends to meet with you using the fun, no rules structure of the ROMEO CLUB® concept. Initially just pick a time and place to meet for an hour or two to discuss life’s issues, or the latest news story. Our experience is that people then want to keep meeting and a few more people join as they hear about it the benefits of being a member. The most common ROMEO Club group arrangement is to:
- How often to meet: once a week, or every other week are the prevailing periods. But of course, no rules – could be monthly on a specific day (first Monday of the month).
- Where you meet, of course depends in the time of day. Most restaurants are quite happy to have small groups meet. Tell the restaurant about your group, they will enjoy a little laugh and yet watch the group flourish over time.
- Leadership: we do not encourage a formal corporate structure of any kind – no President, CEO, or general manager. For practical purposes there should be a facilitator. This role could rotate among the group. This person, as one club calls him, is THE ARRANGER to notify people of the meetings and make restaurant reservations if needed. A contact person for the group is also helpful to have, this could be THE ARRANGER or another person. If your group registers on our website, the contact person would allow others to share experiences, ask questions, or request to join your group.
Questions and assistance from our official ROMEO CLUB® Member Services is always available. We would love to hear your activities and topics of interest. Check out the BLOG on the website for thoughts and ideas, plus other information helpful to a ROMEO.
WHY JOIN OR START A CLUB?
When you join a ROMEO CLUB® or form your own ROMEO CLUB® you will become part of a fraternity of Retired Men with similar Interests. There are NO DUES, but FUN is paramount.
Join the official ROMEO CLUB® for FUN! Our Club has NO Religious, Political or Nationality affiliation. All are welcome and all have something to offer. We share life experiences with one another and sometimes we gain a greater understanding by listening to and speaking among our members.
We gather at times and places that are agreed to and suit each
ROMEO CLUB® . Some meet for breakfast weekly, some meet for lunch weekly or monthly and some meet for dinner once per month. Each Club decides what venue suits them best.
What benefits do you ask? Many and varied, from locations and meeting sites of clubs you might want to join to look at and purchase official ROMEO CLUB® logo clothing, find out what works with other ROMEO CLUB® chapters, look at contemporary topics of information on staying up to date in this electronic age; so you don’t have to ask a grandchild how to post on Facebook, and much more, as rich as we can all make the site.
We can’t be more specific because there are no rules except have a meal and fun with friends, but we can assure you that we hope to tap into what ROMEO’s have learned and want to share, worldwide.