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 adults, age 55 and over.
THE TYPICAL MEMBER OF SILVER CONNECTIONS WOULD BE:
~ A widow or widower
~ A divorced individual
~ Just relocated to the area and does not know how to go about meeting people their age here in the Triangle
~ Adults who are uncomfortable with huge, impersonal groups and are looking for more unique and personalized activities
~ Has lived in the Triangle for a while, but wishes to expand their friendship circle
~ Someone who is tired of attending activities alone and who would like to enjoy events with others
~ A person who feels like they have lots of married friends, but would like to spend time with people who are also single
~ An individual who is working, but feels like they have no real social life outside of work
~ A retired person 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!
Silver Connections is a great benefit to anyone who has relocated to the Triangle to live closer to their children and/or grandchildren. Many have moved here from out of state and although they have their family here, would like to meet and socialize with others their age.
WHAT IS THE AGE RANGE OF MEMBERS? I AM STILL YOUNG AND ACTIVE AND DON"T WANT TO JOIN A GROUP WHERE MEMBERS ARE MUCH OLDER THAN ME.
As long as you are an active adult and 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. Our members range in age from 55 to 75 and every age in between! We have many members in their mid-late fifties, quite a few members in their 60's and others in their early to mid 70's. All active adults with no desire to slow down! If you are turning 55 in the current membership year, you are eligible to join. Many of our members are working full time, but also part time and some 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 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 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 club, seminars, happy hours, house parties, 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 at reasonable prices. The best part about this 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 as local events are the main component of our group, but travel is an option as part of your membership.
WHAT IS THE PRICE OF EVENTS?
Some events are free (such as some outdoor events or museum visits) while others will be of minimum cost. Some events require payment by the member at the event itself (such as most dining, movie tickets, etc.) The owner has formed many positive relationships with the venues in the Triangle area and group rates and/or 55+ rates are offered to members as well. The rate has been negotiated ahead of time with a venue by Silver Connections and that savings is passed on to the members. In addition to the monthly events, holiday parties and theme parties will be planned throughout the year.
The owner of Silver Connections works very hard to make events as "price friendly" as possible!
HOW DO I REGISTER FOR EVENTS AND TRAVEL?
Only those who are members of Silver Connections are permitted to attend events, but you may bring a 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!
The Silver Connections web site is a member’s gateway to the group. A monthly calendar listing all events and travel information is posted. E-mail invitations are sent out for each event to view details about the activity, location, RSVP information and any specifics regarding the event will be here as well. Within 24 hours of an event, directions are always sent out to each member attending.
A member may submit their membership request application on-line, join on-line with any major Credit/Debit Card or PayPal (or with a personal check), find out and register for upcoming events and trips on-line, see other member’s profiles and view all member news. 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.
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. You can pick every month what you would like to attend, as many or as few events as you would like. For less than $21.00 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.
IT IS HARD FOR ME TO ATTEND FUNCTIONS WHERE I DO NOT KNOW ANYONE. HOW WILL I FEEL AS A NEW MEMBER TO THE GROUP?
Everyone is apprehensive when attending any event for the first time. It is hard to walk into a room 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.
Silver Connections also holds “New Member Socials” three times a year which help everyone who is new to get to know each other! 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 FIND OUT 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 or
2. Go to the Contact page on the left side bar of our webiste or
3. Fill in your information on the pop-up screen on the Home Page or
2. You can contact the owner, Laura Kay House, by phone at 919.270.6592 or by e-mail at:
A personal confidential meeting will be set up at a time that is convenient for you, usually at a coffee shop or bookstore cafe' near where you live. 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.
Please see our Membership page now for further details!
"And in the end it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years."