Naperville woman creates alcohol-free dating events for women to build friendships

Naperville, Ill. — As adults, many women find it increasingly difficult to meet new people and form new friendships, and if they seek to do so in an alcohol-free environment, it may be even more difficult. Naperville resident Michelle Flynn decided to change that.

“We’re a group of moms, women, coming together. We’re like-minded because we don’t drink alcohol. So none of our events are alcohol-centric,” Flynn said.

The group meets regularly for events including painting nights, outdoor walks, pottery lessons, coffees and lunches. Women pay no dues or fees, but pay for their own individual event.

“We’re having fun. We’re having fun without drinking and we don’t feel bad the next day. It’s really nice,” band member Layne Drever said.

Flynn started the band after her 50th birthday when she decided to quit drinking. She realized that she didn’t have many friends or opportunities to meet new people.

“Over two years ago now I quit drinking. Most networking events revolve around alcohol. “There were events for women who didn’t drink. Everyone came back and said, ‘No, no, no… we’d like one, we’d like one.’ So I started,” Flynn said.

In less than a year, the Facebook group has grown to over 800 subscribers.

“I’ve met some really, really amazing people so far, and we’re not even a year old now. So I’m just super excited to see where we go from here. I’m kinda emotional , I’m blown away. I’m literally blown away, I didn’t expect it. It’s so organic. I really never thought it would grow where it did. I’m floored,” she said .

Band members choose to stay sober for a variety of reasons, whether religious, health, or personal choice.

“I would say 30% of our members are recovering. So our group is open to everyone. We have an age group that’s probably pretty wide. Late 20s to mid-60s,” Flynn said.

Besides socializing and making friends, members have noticed many benefits of joining this group.

“It gave me confidence. And to see that people really want to be my friend, it’s amazing,” Flynn explained.

To join the club or find out more, go to the Facebook page @DryNapervilleSocial

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