I recently read on Joanna's blog about her starting an Article club and thought it would be a great way to see friends, meet new ones and do something different.
I sent out a Facebook-wide message on my personal account inviting all ladies, from whatever walk of life, to come to my place one evening to discuss an article (instead of a book since that's far too time consuming), have some wine, snacks and general girl talk. The post received great feedback with many girlfriends jumping on board, including ones wanting to be included next month if they couldn't make it this month.
The plan was that everyone reads the article before the gathering. I set the date and so last night there was about 10 of us who got together to discuss this article. Everyone brought either a food or wine contribution and we ended up chatting away for hours--it's amazing how different opinions can be and also how much you learn about everyone and how many topics you end up going off on. I can't wait till next month when we get together again to discuss something else!