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The National Friendship Movement (NFM), an organization featuring single, partnered, civil union and married LGBT couples is planning for its 37th annual reunion in Charleston, South Carolina. Although NFM encompasses diverse demographics, enjoys varied recreational pursuits and disposable income driven activities much like the community at large, we are also a compassionate, caring stable group responding to the growing need for role models, mentors, and friends in our communities around the country.  The 2018 reunion in Charleston will be one of the most exciting in that it unites his in the history of our ancestors.

Register

Register

THURSDAY, MARCH 29, 2018

Time

Event

Location

Special Notes

2pm - 5pm

Early Bird Registration

Hotel Lobby

 

 

 

FRIDAY, MARCH 30, 2018

Time

Event

Location

Special Notes

7am – 8:00am

Friendship Fitness

  2-Mile Walk

9am – 11am

Registration

Lobby/Meeting Room 13

 
11am – 2pm

Black Historic Tour

Charleston Historical Tour with a stop for lunch

$25.00 Additional Fee

2pm – 5pm

Free Time

Enjoy the site of Charleston

On your own

6pm – 7pm

Coordinators Reception

Embassy Ballroom Foyer

Come have a drink with the Coordinators

7pm – 11pm

Dinner/Dance

Embassy Ballroom

 
11:00pm – 12am

Hospitality

TBD

Friendship “Night-Cap”

 

SATURDAY, MARCH 31, 2018

Time

Event

Location

Special Notes

7am – 8am

Friendship Fitness

Meeting Room 14

Let’s Try YOGA

9am – 11am

Late Registration

Ballroom Foyer

 
10am – 12am

Coordinator’s Meeting

Meeting Room 13

Club Members Only

12pm – 5pm

Free – Time

Downton Charleston

Check your “What to do” packets

1pm – 5pm

Chance your Luck $$

Meeting Room 14

Casino, Bid Whiz & Dominos

6:00pm – 7:00pm

Cocktails & Red Carpet

Embassy Ballroom Foyer

 
7:00pm – 11:00pm

Dinner/Dance

Embassy Ballroom

 
11:00pm – 12am

Hospitality

TBD

Friendship “Night-Cap”

 

SUNDAY, APRIL 1, 2018

Time

Event

Location

Special Notes

7am – 8am

Friendship Fitness

Meeting Room 14

Zumba

9:30a – 10:30a

Friendship Resurrection Service

Cooper Room

Come have “Church”

11am – 1p

Friendship Workshop Series

Wando Room

Investing properly

11am – 1p

Friendship Workshop Series

Cooper Room

When you want more than a hook-up

2p – 3p

2019 Kick-off

Meeting Room 14

Where are we going next year?

6pm – 7pm

Pre-Dinner Cocktail

Embassy Ballroom Foyer

 
7pm – 11pm

Formal Dinner/Dance

Embassy Ballroom

 
11:00pm – 12am

Hospitality

TBD

Friendship “Night-Cap”

Accommodations

The National Friendship Movement has negotiated a special rate of $145.00 plus tax for their Two-Room Suites. (All suite property) A block of rooms have been reserved for March 29, through April 2, 2018. (You can add 3 additional days before or after the event at the same rate, based on availability).

The special suite rate will be available until Tuesday, February 27, 2018 or until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first.

About

About the National Friendship Movement

The Friendship Movement started at origin at a cocktail party, hosted by Euril Wilson and Lee Suitt, on Easter Sunday, April 19, 1981. From that time forward the NFM was formed, focusing on friendship, social responsibility, and committed parties. From our list of sponsors to the number of committed partners that have been together for decades, we are in overjoyed about recent national rulings affecting same sex marriage and look to its impact in creating well-adjusted confident adults who enjoy all facets of life equally.

In recent years, we have expanded our influence by selecting and supporting a local LGBT-friendly organization in the city where the reunion is being held. We also hold workshops on topics of interest.

  • Aging gracefully
  • Financial Literacy
  • Healthy Relationship
  • Health & Wellness (Fitness)
  • Estate Planning
  • Home Ownership
  • Raising Children

About Us

  • 25% are women; 75% men
  • 73% own a home
  • 95% are African American
  • 82% are single
  • 18% in a combination of:  Life Partners, Civil Unions and/or married couples
  • 71% travel extensively for personal pleasure; 
  • 25% travel for business assignments
  • 50% of our members enjoy alcoholic beverages weekly
  • 53% watch Sports
  • 96% attend sports events

Where We've Been

Reunion Location Year
1 San Francisco, CA 1981
2 San Juan, Puerto Rico 1982
3 Chicago, IL 1983
4 New York, NY 1984
5 San Francisco, CA 1985
6 San Juan, Puerto Rico 1986
7 Cleveland, OH 1987
8 Washington, DC 1988
9 New York, NY 1989
10 Los Angeles, CA 1990
11 Chicago, IL 1991
12 Detroit, MI 1992
13 Philadelphia, PA 1993
14 San Francisco, CA 1994
15 Cleveland, OH 1995
16 Washington, DC 1996
17 New York, NY 1997
18 Atlanta, GA 1998
19 Los Angeles, CA 1999
20 Chicago, IL 2000
21 Ocho Rios, Jamaica 2002
22 New Orleans, LA 2003
23 Las Vegas, NV 2004
24 Ocho Rios, Jamaica 2005
25 Chicago, IL 2006
26 Houston, TX 2007
27 Montreal, Canada 2008
28 St. Louis, MO 2009
29 New Orleans, LA 2010
30 Atlanta, GA 2011
31 San Diego, CA 2012
32 Atlanta, GA 2013
33 Washington, DC 2014
34 Orlando, FL 2015
35 Las Vegas, NV 2016
36 Carnival Cruise, Triumph (Mexico) 2017
37 Charleston, South Carolina 2018

Boardmembers

National Officers:

Coordinator:      

Alan-Michael Graves

Co-Coordinator:                  

Debra Lampkins

Co-Coordinator:                  

Marshall Douglas

Secretary:

Jamila Sudduth

Parliamentarian: 

Dale Pringle

Treasurer: 

Emma Willis

Board of Coordinators:

Los Angeles:          

Wayne Chambers  

  Ellis Gratts

San Francisco:      

Brad Johnson  

  Bruce Cleveland

Philadelphia:        

Tyrone Taylor  

  Clifford Fitzgerald

Mid-West:               

Dwayne Murray  

  Debra Lampkins

Washington DC:                    

Tony Collins  

  Tommy Wiggins

 

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