I've been dying to get this up and going, and I'll tell you why. I read Atlas Shrugged during the summer before I started college, and of course, was enthralled and excited. I went to Purdue University, which just happened to have a very active (however small) Objectivist Club. Every Wednesday night at 6pm, I hoofed it down to Stewart Hall and hung out with some amazing people (a few of which I'm still in contact with these days) and discussed ideas and laughed and learned. The four years I spent in Objectivist Club was just as valuable to my life--if not more so--than my undergraduate degree (which, let's face it, was English, so . . .).
Then I graduated and finally (FINALLY!) got to live my Real Life. But where were all of the Objectivists? Sadly, they were hard to find. This was in the early days of internet chat groups (pre-browser era, sigh . . . I am that old), and the only Objectivists I could find were far away, and somewhat hard to talk to. Boo.
I met several Ayn Rand fans, but nobody who would consider himself an Objectivist. It got kind of lonely, honestly. Then, through the wonders of Yahoo Groups, I met Kelly, who was not only a girl, but a mom-to-be, and lived just a few miles away from my house! I'm convinced she knows every Objectivist within a 200 mile radius of Atlanta, and through her, I got to meet and become friends with many other Objectivists. Yay! Life wasn't quite so lonely for Brendan and me! Through my efforts here on the blog, I've gotten to e-know and know-in-person lots and lots more Objectivists. Double Yay!
It seemed strange to me, though, that there are so many Objectivists in and around Atlanta and yet we weren't very organized. This last year, with the explosion of the sales of Atlas Shrugged and unprecedented positive change in attitude toward Objectivists, I kept feeling as if we were letting a real opportunity pass us by. I met so many people (usually remarking on my car stickers in parking lots) with positive things to say about Ayn Rand, and questions too, that we (Brendan and Kelly and some of our friends, too--it wasn't just all me) started to get serious about organizing an Atlanta Objectivist group. We had a social event last spring, but I didn't really know where to take it from there. (And there are other Objectivist groups in and around Atlanta, but most are associated with universities (which is great), and none has really taken off in the way I'd like to see AOS take off.)
Then last fall, the Objectivist Club Network, a group formed to support Objectivist clubs at universities, announced its plans to expand their support to community clubs via a mentorship program. I applied for the mentorship, and our group was accepted!
My experience with OCN (and Jason in particular) has been extremely positive. Jason (who is part of the Chicago Objectivist Society) and I have been in touch frequently over the last six weeks, and his advice has been so helpful. I've explained to my friends that it's as if he's provided us with a roadmap to follow. All I've had to do is follow the next steps he's suggested, and now the ball is really rolling!
I am so thrilled! We are taking small steps
Our first organized event will be on March 16, and on the third Tuesday of each month going forward. We are going to be hosting monthly informal Socials, a chance for Objectivists (newbies and oldbies, close friends and new acquaintances) to get together and just meet each other. From there, we have bigger plans, but again, the goal is to start small, and grow in a manageable organized way. (If you'd like to come to our Social, go to our website and fill out the Social Invitation Request Form, and I'll send you details!)
So this is my Big Announcement of one of the Big Projects (non-floor variety) I've been working on! WOOHOO!!!!