WHO JOINS SILVER CONNECTIONS?
Silver Connections members want to enjoy a wide variety of local events and travel in a group atmosphere as a safe and effective way to develop new friendships and socialize.
Silver Connections is open for membership to single men and women, active aduts, age 55 and over.
THE TYPICAL MEMBER OF SILVER CONNECTIONS IS:
- A widow or widower
- A divorced individual
- An individual who has relocated to the Triangle to live close to their children, but would also like to have friends their age
- A person who is uncomfortable with huge, impersonal groups and are looking for more unique and personalized activities
- An individual who has lived in the Triangle for a while, but wishes to expand their friendship circle
- A person who is tired of attending activities alone and who would like to enjoy events with others
- Someone who feels like they have many married friends, but would like to spend time with people who are also single
- An individual who is working, but feels like you have no real social life outside of work
- A person who is tired of trying to plan events and organize their friends and would like to have that done for them
- A retired individual who misses the interaction that work provided
- Someone who feels they are in "a rut" and does not know how to get out there again and meet others, but who wants to share common interests and is ready to enjoy life!
WHAT IS THE AGE RANGE OF MEMBERS?
As long as you are age 55 and over, you are eligible to join. Although, this is not a group for the elderly or frail as there are other wonderful organizations available to them. We have members in their mid-late fifties, quite a few members in their 60's and other members in their 70's, all active adults. If you are turning 55 in the current membership year, you are eligible to join. We have members working full time, part time and those who are retired!
ARE YOU A DATING OR MATCHMAKING SERVICE?
No, we are not. That is what makes Silver Connections different from some other groups. We think there are enough dating and matchmaking services available out there to choose from. We offer events and travel, planned for both men and women, to meet each other and have the opportunity to make good friends and new connections. If something more eventually transpires, than that is an added gift! There is no pressure or competition at our events and it is a very relaxed atmosphere. We have had individuals meet in Silver Connections and get married (which is wonderful!), but that is not the goal or the purpose of the group.
WHAT TYPE OF EVENTS AND TRAVEL OPPORTUNITIES ARE OFFERED?
Our events cover a wide range of activities for you to participate in! They can include anything from dining (brunch, lunch, dinner) at area restaurants, cultural events (theater, symphony, museums, historical tours, etc.), dancing, sporting events, wine tasting, exercising, supper clubs, seminars, happy hours, house parties, food tours, movies, festivals….the list goes on and on!
Travel opportunities are also offered to our members as Silver Connections has partnered with several travel agencies and offers trip options throughout the year. The advantage is that you can get to know others at local events and feel more comfortable traveling with others you already know!
Travel is not required to be a member of Silver Connections as local events are the main component of our group, but travel is an option offered as part of membership.
WHAT IS THE PRICE OF EVENTS?
Some of our events are a minimal cost while others require payment by the member at the event itself and some have payment required ahead of time (theater, symphony, etc.) The owner has formed many positive relationships in the last 12 years, with the venues in the Triangle area and group rates and/or 55+ rates are offered to members. The price has been negotiated ahead of time with a venue by Silver Connections and that savings is passed on to the members.
The owner of Silver Connections works very hard to make events "price friendly!"
HOW DO I REGISTER FOR EVENTS?
Only those who are members of Silver Connections are permitted to attend events, but you may bring a guest (one visit/guest) to an event as a member. Events will be posted ahead of time with plenty of time to sign-up. There is never any pressure to attend an event and there is no minimum or maximum number of events a member has to attend. Although, the more events a member attends, the more people they will meet and the more fun experiences they will have! With a variety of events to choose from, there is something for everyone!
E-mail invitations are sent out for each event to view details about the activity, location, RSVP information and any specifics regarding the event. A monthly calendar listing all events is also posted. Within 24 hours of an event, final details about the event are always sent out to each member attending.
Although general information about Silver Connections is available for the public to view, other pages are private and will require a personal user name and password to enter and available only to Silver Connections members. Our website and payment area is very secure and protected.
I SEE THE MEMBERSHIP FEE IS TO JOIN FOR A YEAR. DO I THEN HAVE TO PAY A MONTHLY FEE ALSO?
No. Once you join, your year begins the day you join until the same date the following year. There is never any monthly or additional fee. There is also no mimimum or maximum as far as events you are requiored to attend every month. You can pick every month what you would like to attend, as many or as few events as you would like. For less than $25.00 a month, you will have great socializing opportunities at your disposal and all new friends to meet! If you click on the MEMBERSHIP page on our website, you can read more information about the yearly membership fee.
I DONT KNOW ANYONE- SHOULD I BE NERVOUS?
Walking into a room full of strangers and can be nerve wracking - to say the least! The owner is very aware of this and introduces everyone, so that they feel comfortable. One of the many reasons the owner meets with every potential member before they join, is because she has talked with you, knows a little about you and will welcome you when you arrive for your first event. The owner's commitment is to make sure each member has personal service and attention.
The nice part about the members of Silver Connections is that everyone was new at one time to the group and has many shared experiences and commonalities! Our members are very open and accepting....once you attend an event, you will see how easy and comfortable you will feel and want to attend more!
HOW DO I GO ABOUT BECOMING A MEMBER OF SILVER CONNECTIONS?
There are several ways to proceed!
1. Fill out and submit the online application (bottom of the Membership page) and the owner will contact you
2. Go to the Contact page on the left side bar of our website, complete and send and the owner will get in touch with you
3. Fill in your information on the pop-up screen on our Website Home Page, complete and send and the owner will contact you
2. You can contact the owner, Laura Kay House, directly by e-mail at:
A personal confidential meeting will be set up at a time that is convenient for you, at a coffee shop or bookstore cafe' Every potential member will meet with the owner, one on one, without pressure or obligation. The purpose of this get together is for you to learn about Silver Connections and ask any questions you may have. It also gives the owner a chance to learn more about you and offer you a packet of information.
If you decide to join Silver Connections, you can pay the membership fee at that time by personal check, or you can wait and send a check via mail, or may pay on-line with any major Credit/Debit Card or with PayPal.
We look forward to hearing from you!