In light of the recent tensions I see around here, I think it's high time something a ittle lighter is debated, so I guess now is as good a time as any to post this. For some of you, I?m sure, the Jedi Council is just a place to go when you?re bored. Just a way to idle away time. It is certainly that for me, but not only that. I am fairly confident that for some of you, like me, the Council is more. You are my friends (well, not all of you, but there?s plenty that are, and few that I can honestly say I dislike). We can?t see each other face to face; I have never actually met any of you. Yet I have formed bonds with some that I would like to call true friendship. And on a grander scale, the Council itself is a community; A community of people far flung throughout the world. People of all ages, races, religions, backgrounds, personalities and political persuasions. Yet all of us share something?all of us have something in common, and that makes us a community. Possibly the most widespread community out there, but a community nonetheless. Over the time I?ve been coming here, I?ve thought about that a lot. Thought about how many members the Jedi Council has now, how many cool people there are that I would like very much to meet. For a while I saw what I am about to present as an impossibility, and therefore have kept silent on it, and allowed it to reside only in the far reaches of my imagination. But then one day I started thinking about it, and decided there was nothing to lose from it, so what the hell. I am proposing a meeting for Jedi Council members- a reunion of sorts. I?ve already begun considering how this can be done, and I think it can. I realize that the first reaction to this concept will be ?why bother? There?s going to be a Celebration in a few years, let?s just do that.? Please hear me out on this. Meeting at the Celebrations is a fine concept, but I ask, why wait for that? I mean, is there anything wrong with the concept of someone, or a few someones hosting a meeting themselves, without it being in the middle of the Celebration hubbub and crowds? Here is my idea on the basic structure of this, if it were to come to fruition- the whole event can last for 2-3 nights, with one day being a picnic. Another event for everyone could possibly be a dinner somewhere, depending upon how many attend. Groups of people can also plan to do things together, like seeing movies, or the sights or whatever else. Bear in mind, this concept of mine is still not entirely formed, and I think it can be improved upon a great deal with the ideas and advice of others. I am willing to organize this myself, if it is approved, in which case it would be the summer of 2004 (as I would need money for it, which I don?t have yet) that it would take place. Ultimately, however, my dream is that others will wish to help out, all around the world, and we can have events like this every summer, in different parts of the world, enabling those who cannot afford to come to America a chance to meet their fellow JCers as well. I have high hopes that this would not just be a Fan Force event. This is a one time (or one time a year) event for all JCers, all over the world. Also, if anyone has an idea, advice, or would like to volunteer to help out with the planning/organizing/hosting, please post it here, or PM me. I ask you to please consider this proposal closely. I very much hope you approve. Thank you.