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Vermont Rendezvous – A Great Success!

Third Act Vermonters came together from all around the state for one day of joyful learning and camaraderie.

Two dozen members and guests of Third Act Vermont gathered at Allis State Park in Randolf for an inspiring day of camaraderie and action.

The evaluations at the end of the day showed that folks who attended loved meeting in person and being at a state park, enjoyed that there was a variety of activities as soon as we arrived, appreciated the activity time with several topics to choose from, noted that the small group discussions were important for connecting, found that the short video of Bill McKibben drew people in, were inspired by hearing other people’s hope and commitment.  Many people commented that meeting others, the camadrie and sharing were the highlights.

We learned a lot from doing this experiment, so some changes for next time include: have more concrete next steps, and to have a report back to the whole group after the breakout group conversations.  One person suggested that next time everyone bring 10 friends!

The majority of people completing the evaluation said they felt more engaged and inspired at the end of the Rendezvous.

A great big THANK YOU to Catherine and Steve who organized the day and to Dalia and Jud who did the original brainstorming.  Thanks to Tom for bringing the audio visual equipment and documenting the day with photographs.  Thanks to our special guest speaker, Leif Taranta, from the Climate Disobedience Center, for their slideshow and talk about Non-Violent Direct Action and for leading a listening circle on the same topic during the activity time. The Third Act Vermont Rendezvous was made possible through a Base Building Grant from Third Act. We appreciate everyone’s support to make this important event happen!

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