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About Well-Met

So what is a Well-Met Man and what is the plan, the agenda for this group?

Well-Met Man comes from the saying ‘Hail Fellow, Well, Met’ where Well-Met is: 1. From “meet”: Suitable; fitting; proper. Literally the right fit for a given situation. 2. A salutation meaning “good to meet you”. So it is a meeting of men that are proper and right.

The primary maxim of the group, the way to be Well-Met, is Social.Responsibility. This means being responsible while having fun, and having fun while being responsible.

SOCIAL.RESPONSIBILITY

We want to show the world men can be cool AND caring, geeky and gracious, radical and responsible,  strong and sympathetic. Well you get the picture.

Responsible Fun

First and foremost we all pledge to be responsible when pursuing our interests. Do not do something that could cause harm to others.  A real man is one who shows care and concern for others.

Some examples include:

  • Electronics are a common interest of men, we all pledge to try to respect the environment and look for green options (use ).
  • If you ride a motorcycle, be safe, wear protective gear, ride with consideration for others.
  • If you have a dog, do a fun and safe activity with them. Pitbull owners can show their dog’s strength in safe weight pulling contests instead of the inhumane dogfighting.

Fun Responsibility

The flip side to responsible fun, is using our interests and skills in activities that can help others. Instead of retreating away from people to participate in an interest, share that time with others to enrich their lives

Some examples include:

  • Create a fundraiser out of an activity men enjoy to raise money for a good cause.
  • Share your interest with someone to enrich their lives (be a Big Brother for a boy with your interests).
  • Give your time to another organization (volunteer as a marketing resource for a small non-profit)

WHAT NEXT?

Hopefully this will change in the near future, but I am really just getting things going.

  • To start with, there is the blog. This is meant to be a guide for men, especially those of Milwaukee, to be good and do good, but also to still be men at the same time. I am on the look out for more men to give their opinions and resources.
  • Then I would like to create meet-ups at bars for non-profit organizations to introduce themselves and their needs to men.
  • Finally, I would like to develop a way for men to find volunteer opportunities, and for the groups to find the men. I want Well-Met to be a sort of placement agency for men who want to provide their services, donate their time, without having to get involved in the nitty gritty of any organization.

As I put it to a friend recently in a conversation, my main focus of Well-Met is to not recreate the wheel, but to find existing projects for men to get involved in and add our experience, expertise, and POV.

Current Ideas and Opportunities include:

I am currently soliciting creative individuals to help come up with designs for products for 2 areas of interest: men’s health issues and green products. I would like to see more choices for men where we can wear or use something that shows our commitment to causes, and why can’t we be the ones to come up with those choices? Through sites like Ink for the People locally (and Zazzle and CafePress) we can upload designs for things from shirts to water bottles to bags for people to order print on demand with no initial investment on our part.

If interested,  contact me and let me know who you are and why you are interested.

Kevin Frank
kevin@wellmetman.com | 414.364.6489

Then, come to meet like-minded people so we can brainstorm how to move forward, what steps to do next. I am scheduling a social meet-up of those interested in becoming a Well-Met Man and can give you the details if you are so inclined.

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Discussion

One thought on “About Well-Met

  1. I very much appreciate this platform and would enjoy sharing Mr. Mom stories, for starters.

    I am also happy to connect well met men, who I would call “Mon,” with small business start-up, urban agriculture, promotional, and aquaponics support. You can learn about who I am by googling godsil, james godsil, or olde godsil.

    Thanks!

    Posted by James J. Godsil | October 23, 2011, 3:21 pm

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