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 Posted: Mon Dec 17th, 2007 03:55 am
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Fan: Your local CWRT is no different than your bridge, cribbage, swapping group, bowling team, or anyone else you hang around with because you have an interest in common with them. It would be nice, but not likely, that you will like all equally.

Feed the hubby, pat him on the head and tell him you'll be back about 10. Ain't much more fun than getting together with people who like to talk about things you like to talk about. You won't get to meet ACW followers at church, the bowling alley or the race track. You do need to go find them.

Dear One allows me my own room and almost unlimited time online (with occasional exceptions). It's a rewarding hobby!

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 Posted: Mon Dec 17th, 2007 04:00 am
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Ole-

  I find your reply confusing. You chastise me severely first, then applaud me right after that.

  I am hard pressed to decide which of your two personalities carries the greater weight.

  This sends me scurrying for my dictionary. Ah, yes, here it is:

Bipolar- (adj)- 3. Characterized by opposite extremes.

  I have to wonder if there are additional sides of Ole that I'm still not aware of. It could be that you are indeed a multi-faceted individual.  :D



 Posted: Mon Dec 17th, 2007 05:19 am
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Defender:

I'm more into keeping the discussion going than in the content. Don't pay me no nevermind. If it gets personal, you will know it. Meanwhile, I'm just being playful.

ole



 Posted: Mon Dec 17th, 2007 07:36 am
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Ole-

  I think we're on the same page.  ;)



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I just want to ask Ole what a swapping group is.:?



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People who go to swap meets together, Fan.
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 Posted: Tue Dec 18th, 2007 02:44 pm
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Fan , you know after you attend a round table meeting we will expect a full report to be filed.

Susan:D



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Fan,

Just curious. Have you checked out the roundtable yet? Attended a meeting? Enjoyed it?



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PvtClewell wrote: Fan,

Just curious. Have you checked out the roundtable yet? Attended a meeting? Enjoyed it?

Looks like it isn't going to happen in January because of many prior obligations, but I will definitely report on what I do discover when I finally can catch a break.



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Well, I've just discovered this thread, but found it very interesting. We formed a round table in our community several years ago and when my husband and I expressed our interst we were told that he could join but I couldn't as it would be a male-only organization. I was told that there was a round table in downtown Cleveland if I wanted to go there. As we are both avid Civil War buffs, I knew at least as much as most of the men in that room and felt very compromised. Until now I thought that most round tables were of the same mind set. Thank you all so much for setting me straight, especially you, Susan. I feel much better about the organization having read all your comments.



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About a third of the people attending our meetings are women.  Some come by themselves.  Most come with their husbands.  I can't imagine a CWRT not allowing women.  Seems like a pretty dumb idea to me.



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i guess the men dont think we know as much about the war as they do. well i have news for them, we DO know as much if not more than they do about it. it really depends on how interested in the war you are and how much time you are able to put in to it.



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In my roundtable, The Greater Toledo Civil War Roundtable, our president (moi), vice president and secretary are women, as is one of our three trustees. More than a third of our members are women who attend regularly.

I could makes some jokes about women being needed to get things done, but I won't. ;)

But seriously, our group, which has been active for going on 14 years, has always had a healthy blend of men and women, and like the other poster, cannot imagine a roundtable that does not allow women!



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I can't imagine a round table banning women.  I think I would go with my husband (of course I don't have one) and just take part anyway.  Let them know I know something about the war. 

As I have said before the two presidents of our round table don't really do anything .  I put out the Newsletter and book the programs.  Another woman registers the new members and a third is the treasuer and preservation  officer.  Many of our members are also women.  The founder of the group is a woman. 

Good luck maybe you can break the bann.

Susan



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The other point I would like to make is that there are no "sides" on a Round Table. 

The only qualifications should be a love of history, an interest in the Civil War and a desire to learn.



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Kind of sounds to me as if the "all male" round table has a hidden agenda...perhaps one that has little to do with the Civil War.



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"Kind of sounds to me as if the "all male" round table has a hidden agenda...perhaps one that has little to do with the Civil War."

Hmm...could be. I have to be honest and say that when I was first invited to attend one of our local roundtable's meetings (many long years ago), I flat out told the fellow doing the inviting that if it was just a bunch of guys sitting around the table, drinking beer and remembering "the good old days", I wanted nothing to do with it. Thankfully, I was completely wrong.

We've always had a good mix of males and females -- husbands & wives; mothers & daughters; significant others and so forth.



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Maybe that all male round table is counting down to Daytona and don't want any women to know their true passion.:D

By the way Hubby just subscribed to the Speed Channel so he could watch those two 150-mile races Thursday. I'm already sick and tired of the Speed Channel and have retreated to our little office. for peace and quiet.:D



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It's nice to know the CWRT in our community is the exception to the rule. Everything turned out for the best, however, as we became affiliated with a group from Lawnfield, President Garfield's home. We do a lot of traveling with them. The most memorable was to the dedication of the Middle Creek Battlefield in Prestonsburg, KY. General Garfield was the commanding officer in this battle and we got to travel with Jim Garfield, the president's great-grandson. I have a wonderful picture of him shaking hands with the great-grandson of Humphrey Marshall, the Confederate commander. Jim became a good friend of ours. We have probably participated in more Civil War discussions and activities than we would have with any round table. I guess those guys didn't want any women traveling with them. Geez, even the army had camp followers.



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