2022 Pride Potluck
Yesterday we held our first official community event as an official PFLAG chapter. The storms and rain that rolled through the area yesterday afternoon did present an extra challenge with the wetness and some wind, but even with the weather, the Potluck surpassed our expectations! We were a little later getting started due to the rain, but we had a great turnout with lots of fantastic food, great company, and wonderful conversation! The one great thing about the rain was that it kept the temperature comfortable for everyone!
Our potluck was something quick we got together as a way to introduce ourselves to the community as well as celebrate Pride Month. We didn’t have a lot of time to prepare something elaborate due to just obtaining our affiliation in May. But even so, our chapter president Susie, went above and beyond in ensuring that everything went smoothly and shouldering a huge bulk of the time/labor investment that even a small event as this one required. A huge shoutout to our Board Member Laura and her husband Richard for supplying and cooking the meats for our event!
Our event was attended by Shaun Connors, who is our representative/contact person from PFLAG National. He drove all the way down from Washington DC to attend our event and we couldn’t have been happier to have him! He provided us some great information and has been truly instrumental in us getting where we are right now as a chapter. And even more importantly, he is going to help us get where we want to be so that we can best serve our community.
We did have some questions around what we can do for the LGBTQ+ youth and we haven’t quite gotten to that point yet. There are a lot of logistical and legal hurdles to account for when it comes to having something set up for youth. But we heard you and we know that there is a want and a need for something local for the youth and it is on our radar. It is something we will work with Shaun closely on and see what we can do.
We are so grateful for each and every single person who came out and joined us yesterday. We can’t do what we do without you and we want you to know that we are here for you!
Enjoy a few of the pictures snagged at the potluck yesterday- there are not many because we spent more time socializing and getting acquainted with you.
We had Matt with AIDS Response Effort (ARE) set up with us at our potluck! We are grateful he was able to join us and spread awareness to his organization!
Pictured left to right: Levi Miller (Secretary), Matt Buracker (with AIDS Response Effort), Susie Wilburn (President), Shaun Connors (PFLAG National Contact)
Laura & Richard hard at work grilling the hotdogs and hamburgers for us!
Richard our grill master working in between the waves of rain!
It was an even where you could be yourself!
Some beautiful Pride cupcakes made for us by our very own Flour & Water Co, located right here in Woodstock!
Little ones fellowshipping and supporting Human Rights.
Great conversations being had!
Coming together as a community and meeting new people.
Gathering around food- where so much great conversation takes place!
Puppies & picnics just go together like macaroni & cheese!
Our clean up crew.