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Old 07-26-2017, 04:27 AM
 
Location: Ypsilanti, MI
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I learned over the past 2 or 3 years that our neighborhood has two unofficial Men's Clubs for retired guys only. The first one I learned of meets once per week for coffee, followed by all the 'members' doing a common activity for each other. Such as they will jointly rent a lawn aerator machine and work together to aerate all six or seven participant's lawns in one day. This sounds like a good use of time, and a good way to get some of the more labor intensive home care projects done as a team.

The second one is smaller, meets every day on the Soccer Fields. The guys sit on a bench for hours, talking and gossiping, while their dogs play together on the field. Not as much fun in my view as the first group.

Are these unofficial groups common in other neighborhoods as well?

Our subdivision is ~40 years old, lots of original or long-term home owners still here, neighborhood kids are grown and gone for the most part.
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Old 07-26-2017, 04:44 AM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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I thought you were talking about strip joints for retirees from the title.

What you're talking about is no different than what happens in many places, the old guys get coffee at the gas station, or wherever, and shoot the breeze for awhile. Happens a lot in small town/rural areas where the guys grew up together.

The local Senior Center has a Red Hat club for women and Blue Hat one for men. They were originally organized to separate those who thought they were extra special from others who weren't. They will sort of march as a group in the Easter and Christmas parades.
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Old 07-26-2017, 05:16 AM
 
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We have a weekly women's coffee meet up as well as a men's coffee meet up. I went to a few women's coffees and it was mostly gossip.
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Old 07-26-2017, 05:30 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Well I don't know about neighborhood groups, but it sounds like a great idea and way to stay in touch with those you have something in common with. It is no different that a lady's bridge group or card group or a men's card group for that matter. Our church has 2 such men's groups: one meets once a week for coffee as Op said and then once a month they go out for lunch. Hubby is part of the group, but doesn't do the coffee part cause the place they go is filled with flies and he hates them. No, he doesn't hate the people, but hates the flies. There is another one that is a breakfast group but I don't think it is limited to retired men. I am not sure.
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Old 07-26-2017, 08:05 AM
 
Location: Perth
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Australia and Britain have a growing network of Men's Sheds which do not have an age restriction but tend to attract mostly older guys. Tend to be supported by local councils. Not sure of the others but the local one has some donated wood working gear that the blokes use to make toys for the hospital, etc. that activity is more an excuse for guys who are not good at socialising to do something productive and talk rubbish with kindred spirits.
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Old 07-26-2017, 09:10 AM
 
Location: Sierra Nevada Land, CA
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We have several chapters of SIR, Sons In Retirement. Meet once a month and do activities like golf, hiking, cards or RV stuff outside of the meeting.
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Old 07-26-2017, 02:39 PM
 
Location: Upstate, NY
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I'm in a golf league with a large number of retirees from the same company. These guys make me envious of those who are retired!
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Old 07-26-2017, 03:17 PM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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I understand the WW II generation being "joiners", I'm somewhat surprised at Boomers being so.
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Old 07-26-2017, 04:41 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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When my dad was retired he used to join a group of men (which included his brother who was also retired) and they’d have coffee very morning. This went on for several years, then one by one they dropped out due to medical reasons. At this time the only living original member of the group is my uncle.
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Old 07-26-2017, 05:16 PM
 
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.... The first one I learned of meets once per week for coffee, followed by all the 'members' doing a common activity for each other. Such as they will jointly rent a lawn aerator machine and work together to aerate all six or seven participant's lawns in one day. This sounds like a good use of time, and a good way to get some of the more labor intensive home care projects done as a team.
This club sounds great to me. I don't like sitting around drinking coffee and gossiping, but I could get into such a "club" for women or both men and women. It's a great way to interact and help keep the neighborhood up! What a great idea.

I imagine aerating a lawn would be rare, so if they meet once a week, what other activities do they do?
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