First Draper Meeting Announcement and Business Networking


Volume 01 Issue 002

Hello Free Thinkers!

The second issue of our weekly newsletter is here! Click on the button below to access the PDF file for the full version of this issue of our newsletter, complete with images and links. The raw information about our announcements this week can be found below…

Our First DRAPER Group Meetup

The time has come to form the second chapter of the Free Thought Initiative! We have heard you loud and clear, and are excited to announce that a new weekly forum will now take place in Draper, Utah.

This, the first meeting of the Draper group, will allow our executive board to gauge the interest and demand for free thought discussions in this area, so spreading the word about this event can make a dramatic difference!

We have found fellow advocates for open-mindedness, continual self-improvement, and entrepreneurship in The Clever Bean, a coffee shop in Draper, whose managers have agreed to host our weekly meetings.

Event Details:

WHO: Anyone interested in being a part of our new Draper group!

WHAT: You are invited to our first Draper meeting and open forum discussion on Free Thinking.

WHEN: Sunday, August 11th - 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM

WHERE: The Clever Bean Coffee House - 656 E 11400 S Suite J, Draper, UT 84020

There is no guest limit or cost to attend. In the event that this group grows much larger than expected, we will be happy to continue to create other charters just to the south or north of Draper, depending on the needs of those in attendance.

We can't wait to meet all of you a few miles north of our first group in Springville! Thank you for sharing this event and for letting us know about the need in Draper in the first place.

Join and Connect with Other Free-Thinkers in Draper:

Official Group Events Page

Draper Meetup Group

Draper Facebook Group

Icelander Festival Report

We were able to contact an impressive amount of great people at the Fire and Ice event in Spanish Fork! In total, we more than doubled our subscribers to this newsletter, handed out 182 fliers, some 50 business cards, and donated 36 Volunteer hours to spreading free thought to the community. The most common questions directed toward us this time were about where and when we met. Thank you to everyone who helped make this tabling endeavor so successful.

New Podcast Upload Schedule

In order to free up our manpower and direct it to best meet the needs of our members, the executive council has agreed that we should limit our production of social media content. This includes a reduction in our number of weekly podcast episodes.

Moving forward, we will be happy to produce one to two episodes per week, rather than one every two days as was done previously.

We appreciate the patience and flexibility of our listeners and hope that this change will help to guarantee the continued production of high-quality episodes.

Business Cards and Networking at Forum Meetings

The first part of all weekly free thought forum meetings is referred to as the “Warm Welcome.” This is roughly the first 20 minutes of the meeting and takes place before the group leader’s presentation. In it, guests and members are encouraged to participate in friendly social conversation and get to know one another informally.

When promoting our organization in recent festivals, the Utah Valley group’s leaders were asked about the role business networking may have at our meetings. After some thought, we believe we have an answer!

The “Warm Welcome” portion of a meeting is a perfect platform to serve the professional networking needs of our members.

If you would like to give a one-to-five-minute presentation about your business, please contact your group leader and reserve a date in which you can make such a presentation.

In addition, each Free Thought Forum invites local business, organizations, and entrepreneurs to house a display of our business cards at their establishments. In exchange, we are happy to present a stack of their business cards to our guests and members at our meetings as well.

We are happy to do what we can to promote a healthy level of business networking at our meetings and hope these guidelines will help to ensure that such marketing does not get out of hand or distract from our main objectives and purpose.

Social Media Watch

How are we doing across social media? Here are a few statistics that provide a quick snap-shot of our group’s emerging online presence and promotion:

  • YouTube Subscribers: 49

  • Meetup Page (Utah Valley Group) Free-Thinkers: 48

  • Pinterest Viewers: 33

  • Facebook Page Likes: 17

  • Discord Server Members: 10

  • Reddit Followers: 3

Keep up the good work!


Written By Nicholas Burk, Executive Board Member © 2019 Free Thought Initiative