The St. Petersburg, Florida, branch held its first daytime intensive and graduation lunch, welcoming 106 members from the Tampa Bay Area and Tallahassee. Work on the St. Pete Center’s new kitchen was completed only the day before the intensive. Immediately after the workman left members joined together to clean and start preparing food for the next day.The intensive started at 9:30am with Sean Dennison leading the event. For many members present it was their first intensive. After two sets and the jongs, introduced by Pegoty Packman, we were treated to an overview of the principle of “the Internals,” followed by its application in a move. Many found a new respect for the form and the society.
After the closing set everyone was ready for lunch. Some members set up tables and chairs, while others set the tables with flatware and brought out tea. The St. Pete branch supplied hams, chicken, a Greek salad and potato salad, all prepared in our new kitchen for the buffet lunch. Members from around the area brought side dishes and desserts. Two of the contractors joined us for the hearty feast. Everyone enjoyed the warm welcoming atmosphere after spending the day working out together. Area leaders encouraged the new graduates to continue to attend local intensives and agreed to hold a graduation lunch at the end of each semester of classes.