CMG Mission Statement
California Men’s Gatherings (CMG) fosters a safe, supportive, welcoming community where men challenge themselves to develop their emotional, spiritual, social, intellectual, and physical lives – with as much fun as possible along the way!
CMG Core Values
The CMG is a vehicle for men to contribute to the solution of challenges in our world today.
We strive to integrate and embrace men where they are – to engage, connect with, and empower
ourselves and our communities.
ACTION COMMITMENTS (a shift in CMG culture)
We do this for the world and for ourselves.
IMPROVE OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH THE EARTH
recycling and keeping the earth in our minds.
RECONNECT WITH BASIC MEN’S ISSUES
We’ve stopped doing this, but it can be resurrected.
PROVIDE AN EXPERIENCE OF WELLNESS
Healing and Wellness. Making men welcome.
INITIATE SERVICE PROJECTS OUTSIDE THE CMG
ENCOURAGE POLITICAL ACTIVISM
EMPOWER SHIFTS IN MEN FROM CONSUMING TO CONTRIBUTING
TO THE WORK OF THE CMG
TO CONVERSE With, ALIGN OURSELVES With, AND WORK WITH OTHER GROUPS.
What are Our Activities?
The primary activity of the California Men’s Gatherings is to create Gatherings and local events in a safe and supportive environment where all men can confront, risk and experience the challenges necessary for genuine growth, transformation and empowerment as men.
The men who attend the Gatherings (and our hundreds of local events) are a diverse group of varying ages, beliefs, religious traditions, and spiritual practices. We have differently-abled men and men from all cultural and ethnic backgrounds. CMG members are predominantly gay and bisexual men. We welcome anyone over 18, who identifies as male – gay, bisexual, straight, transman, genderqueer, intersex, gender fluid – who wishes to participate in a community of men.
Event Planning Structure
The California Men’s Gatherings began as an annual event in 1978 but has since grown to offer three weekend-events a year. These events are called “Gatherings” — one held over Memorial Day weekend (Spring), one over Labor Day weekend (Summer), and one in early-to-mid-November (Fall).
Each Gathering is planned and delivered by a volunteer group of men called a Planning Committee. Men in the Greater Los Angeles area plan the Spring Gathering; men in the San Francisco Bay area and Sacramento plan the Summer Gathering, and; men in the Greater San Diego and Palm Springs areas plan the Fall Gathering. There are also over 200 local events and workshops created throughout the year by the five area Event Committees.
Our Nonprofit Status
The California Men’s Gatherings Inc. (CMG) is incorporated as a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational organization. Donations to the California Men’s Gatherings Inc. are deductible to the fullest extent allowed by the IRS.
The CMG is overseen by a statewide Board of Directors who meet throughout the year to conduct and discuss operational and policy issues.
CMG also holds an Annual Members Meeting (AMM) each year to elect officers and consider and discuss changes to the CMG Bylaws, open to all.