Interest Groups


RFA members have a wide variety of interests (see the numbers in the left column on the “members area” page).   When a core group of people having a particular interest is formed it will be listed on this page.

The RFA Book Club is meeting monthly at 11:30AM on the first Wednesday of each month.  Typically between 7 and 15 of us get together at a rotating host’s house and share potluck dishes and then discuss the book for that month.  We do both fiction and nonfiction, and all selections are made democratically.  New members are welcome, especially if you are able to be an occasional host.  If you wish to join the book club please contact Josephine Mose — A list of books read from the beginning of the club can be found here: The user name and password are: RFABookClub and GMUPatriots.

An RFA Film Club interest group has also recently been formed.  Members of the group meet on the 4th Wednesday of each month at 1:00pm at one another’s homes to discuss that month’s film after watching it on their own.  As with the book club all selections are made democratically. Films discussed  thus far in 2017  Francois Truffaut’s Day for Night, October 2017 The Lives of Others set in 1984 Berlin; November 2017, Woman in Gold about the recovery of a world famous painting stolen by the Nazi’s).  New members are welcome, especially if you are able to be an occasional host.  If you wish to join the film club please contact Joan Isenberg —

Although there is no RFA walking group, there is a walking event every Wednesday on the Mason campus. It’s called “Walking Wednesday.”  Every Wednesday, at 12 noon, people meet in front of Merten Hall (formerly University Hall) in the small circle area near the road.  Generally, the group walks around Patriot Circle (1.7 miles) and it takes about a half hour. The group size varies from week to week. Generally, it averages about 4 – 5 people.   Anyone is welcome to join the walk.  Here’s the link to the sign up for leading the walk. Take a look to see who has volunteered in the past (Provost – Dr. Wu, Senior Vice President – J.J. Davis, etc.).

 Creating a new interest group takes a bit of initiative on the part of someone with that interest.  Here is how it works.  In order to identify everyone interested in say a “hiking group” for example you just follow these steps:  Log in at the members area page, then select “view all members”, then change the entry “all activities” to “walking group,” and you will see the names & emails of everyone interested in being part of such a group.  You could then select “copy emails” & simply copy & paste the people listed in the box into an email in which you could ask  them when would be a good time to get together to go for a hike.