2020 was an interesting year for the CALL Meetings Committee. We were forced to revise the traditional “Business lunch” meetings, to at-home Zoom calls, and everyone struggled to stay healthy and sane while living out the year stuck in the “comfort” of our homes.
After some successful Zoom Happy Hours and a really fun virtual Trivia Night holiday party, the CALL Meetings Committee decided to get creative with different ways that our group could stay connected during the pandemic shut-down. One suggestion was a book club. We decided to try and keep it light, and fun, and use it as a way to get conversation going and give us all something to look forward to during the cold winter days.
The first meeting, of what we have now decided is the CALL Media Club (open to books and movies – and any other media we see fit to include) occurred on Jan. 28, 2021. A few book options were sent out to the greater CALL membership to vote on, and it was decide to start off with The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George. We had approximately 11 people join the group, and we had a great conversation during our lunch hour.
The book received mixed reviews, but the discussion sparked lots of recommended reading (and travel destinations). The plan is to continue this quarterly, with the next session taking place in April. We are hoping to try a movie for the next go-round, and there will be a survey sent out to the membership for recommendations. So look for that survey to send in your recommendation, and hopefully we can double the participation for the next session!