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    Monday, July 18th, 2005
    11:33 am
    Silverwood!
    Quest at Silverwood Theme Park & Boulder Beach!  FREE! Saturday, July 23rd
    RSVP By Wed. July 20th
    Saturday, July 23rd 10a.m.-til you want to leave (open to all gay, bi, and questioning young men 18-25)
    Quest will be making its annual trip to the Silverwood Theme Park & Boulder Beach Water Park!  We'll carpool over, and this event is provided FREE of charge, however, we ask that you bring a clothing or blanket donation for the the Union Gospel Mission homeless shelter.  You will also be required to pay $6 to the Quest Youth Group for your lunch (please bring correct change or check).  You'll also have the opportunity to purchase a Pepsi band for .99 cents which entitles you to free pepsi products all day long.  PLEASE RSVP BY THIS WED. TO ATTEND!  Meet at Ryan's House at 10a.m. to carpool over or meet outside the group sales ticket window at Silverwood Theme Park at approximately 11a.m.
    Thursday, June 23rd, 2005
    10:56 pm

    Coeur d'alene Cruise

    Wed., June 29th 7p.m.-9p.m.

    Boarding 6:30-7p.m.

    You're invited to the Quest CDA Boat Cruise!
    Bring Your Family! Bring Your Friends!


    Members, Friends, Allies, Volunteers, All are welcome! Join the Quest Youth Group for a CDA Boat cruise on Wednesday, June 29th from 7-9p.m. (Boarding from 6:30p.m.-7p.m.) Step aboard the ship Kootenai and take a tour of splendid lake CDA all while watching the sunset. Also enjoy games, a short awards ceremony recognizing Quest members & volunteers for work above and beyond the call of duty, and a short address by a special guest speaker. This event is provided FREE of charge by the Gay Youth Association & Quest Youth Groups. All GLBTQ youth, Quest members past and present, volunteers, friends, and allies are all welcome- so bring your friends! RSVP is required as space is limited. We look forward to seeing you there. (Food and beverages will be available aboard the boat for a nominal fee.) E-mail Ryan@QuestYouthGroup.org with any questions.

    Friday, May 6th, 2005
    8:18 am
    Quest's Media Response to Mayor West Allegations

    As the Director of the Gay Youth Association and Quest Youth Groups I was very disappointed to read the allegations in today's Spokesman Review regarding Mayor Jim West.  Our work with Quest is to encourage and support gay and bisexual young men and to help them become confident, healthy, and productive members of society.  Anytime that an individual engages in behavior that compromises the well-being of another person, it goes against everything we’re trying to accomplish and change in our community.  We feel that relationships that involve a power differential are not appropriate as they create an opportunity for abuse.  Our thoughts are with any members of the Spokane community that may be impacted by these allegations.

    Ryan Oelrich

    Executive Director

    Gay Youth Association

    Thursday, April 28th, 2005
    11:35 am
    FREE Lazer Tag & Pizza!

    The Gay Youth Association & Quest Youth Group is sponsoring a FREE lazer tag and pizza part Friday evening, April 29th starting at 6:30p.m. sharp at Lazer Quest in downtown Spokane.  At approximately 7:30p.m. the group will then carpool over to Rocky Rococo's Pizza for a free pizza dinner (non-alcoholic beverages on your own).  This event is open to all gay and bisexual young men 18-25.  RSVP is required and you can do so by e-mailing Ryan@QuestYouthGroup.org 

    See you there!

    Tuesday, April 5th, 2005
    10:02 am
    NY TIMES
    April 3, 2005

    </nyt_headline>Aids Fighters Face a Resistant Form Of ApathyCollapse )

    Sunday, April 3rd, 2005
    11:58 pm
    9:04 pm
    Quest Newsletters Online

    Interested in Spokane's Quest Youth Group for gay, bisexual, and questioning young men 16-17 and 18-25?  Our newsletters are now posted online with lots of information, links, and great photos of past events.  Follow the links below:

    Quest Youth Group Newsletter (for guys 18-25)

    Quest H.S. Newsletter (for high school guys 16-17)

    Wednesday, March 30th, 2005
    9:48 am
    Quest Weekly E-Newsletter March 27-April 2nd
    "News You Can Use"
     
    EVENTS THIS WEEK:
    ~First Friday: Food & Flicks
    Friday, April 1st  @ 6p.m.
    Open to all GLBTQ young people 18-25 & their allied friends
    River Park Square's Kress Art Gallery (behind 3rd floor food court)
    Join us for dinner and a movie and the opportunity to meet new friends, win cool prizes, and watch great flicks.  Dinner & movie on your own.
     
    EVENTS NEXT WEEK:
    ~Wednesday, April 6th Guest Speakers from PJALS (Peace & Justice Action League of Spokane) 7p.m.  Quest House
    ~Quest H.S. Lazer Quest!  Friday, April 8th 6:40p.m.  (open to gay and bi guys 16-17 only)  RSVP required
     
    NEWS:
    ~Newsletters go out this week.  If you'd like to receive our monthly newsletter publication, simply e-mail Ryan@QuestYouthGroup.org with your mailing address.  If you'd like the newsletter mailed inside a plain white envelope for your privacy let us know and we will do so.
    ~QUEST T-SHIRTS!  Quest just placed an order for AWESOME Quest t-shirts.  The t-shirts are only $10 and will be available at future Quest events.  If  you'd like to order a t-shirt and have it shipped to you, contact us and we can do so.
    ~Volunteers needed to help with newsletter mailing this week.  If you have time anytime during the day on Thursday, please let Bryce or Ryan know.  Thanks!

    G.Y.A. & Quest Youth Group
    (509)290-3519
    www.QuestYouthGroup.org
    AIM: QuestYouthGroup
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    Monday, March 21st, 2005
    2:30 pm
    Weekly Events
    Gay Youth Association Sponsored...
    Quest Youth Group Weekly E-Newsletter
     
    EVENTS THIS WEEK:
     
    Shriner's Hospital For Children: Easter Party and Easter Egg Hunt!
    Monday, March 21st 6p.m.-7p.m.
    (Participation by RSVP only- E-mail Ryan for details)
    Quest's service project for this month is sponsoring an Easter party for the child patients at the Shriner's Hospital For Children.  Quest members have donated over one-hundred toys and dozens of bags of candy to host this special party.  Shriner's patients will each recieve a gift bag containing an estimated $20 worth of toys and candy as well as participate in an Easter egg hunt to find over 200 candy-filled eggs all filled and donated by members & friends of the Quest Youth Group.  The support and generosity for this project has been awesome, so a HUGE thanks to all who have participated.  We'll let you know how tonight's party goes in our next newsletter.
     
    Diving Deep: The Perfect Boyfriend & The Art of Flirting
    Thursday, March 24th at 7p.m.-9p.m.
    Quest House
    (open to current members only)
    Join other Quest members for a unique Diving Deep to discuss your perceptions of what a perfect boyfriend and romantic relationship looks like.  Also, take the test to see what YOUR perfect boyfriend should look like.  You'll also participate in the "Flirting Game" and discuss the art and usefullness of flirting.  Open to current Quest members only.
     
    NEWS:
     
    www.QuestYouthGroup.org Website Calendar will be up soon!  Thanks to Tyler, our website calendar should be up soon.  In the meantime visit the NEWS section of the website to see details on our upcoming events.
     
    VOLUNTEERS NEEDED THIS WEEK!  Quest needs volunteers during the day on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday of this week to help mail Quest Calendars to area politicians, media organizations, and school officials.  Please e-mail ryan at Ryan@QuestYouthGroup.org if you can help.
     
    Quest High School!  (Quest H.S.!)
    Quest is excited to announce the start of our long-awaited high school group, Quest H.S.!  If you're 16-17 and identify as gay, bi, or questioning this group is just for you.  This group will start off with one event a month and will abide by all the same policies as our older group.  The kick-off event is the evening of April 8th at Lazer Quest for a Lazer Tag Pizza Party provided free of charge just for you.  E-mail Quest for more information and make sure you pass the word along to any young men you know that might be interested in participating.
     
    Almost There:  $600 left to go!
    Quest is only $600 away from reaching our $5,000 Fund-raising Goal!  Once we hit the $5,000 mark, a generous donor will match every dollar and donate an additional $5,000 to Quest!  Please consider helping us reach this goal and supporting the G.Y.A. & Quest  Youth Group.  Contact Quest for details on how you can be involved.
     
    Curious About Quest?   Visit www.QuestYouthGroup.org or call (509)290-3519 for details.
     
    G.Y.A. & Quest Youth Group
    (509)290-3519
    www.QuestYouthGroup.org
    Tuesday, March 15th, 2005
    10:44 am
    Quest Events & News This Week: March 14-19
     
    St. Patrick's Party & Scavenger Hunt!
    Friday, March 18th
    Scavenger Hunt starts at 6p.m.
    Party starts at 7:30p.m.
    at the Quest House
     
    Put on lots of green, and come to the Quest house for a night of games, prizes, community service, friends, food, and total fun!  We'll be conducting our annual scavenger hunt competition to collect toiletry items for the Spokane Aids Network at 6p.m.  Prizes for the team that collects the most!  The St. Patrick's Party starts at 7:30p.m. with prizes for the people wearing the most green.  Pizza and snacks provided.  We'll also be playing mafia, charades, and other fun games.  If you haven't participated in Quest before, come on out and join us.  This event is open to all gay, bisexual, and questioning young men 18-25.  E-mail or call us with any questions.  Also, in addition to participating in the scavenger hunt which will collect toiletry items, feel free to bring packages of toilet paper, paper towels, unopened bottles of shampoo, deodorant, and other toiletry items for donation to the Spokane Aids Network.  We look forward to seeing you there!
     
    NEWS:
     
    ~Quest in the News!
    Quest has started appearing in various news venues across the U.S.  One such story can be found by following the link below at ProudParenting.com ...
     
    You can also find a story on Quest in this month's edition of the Stonewall Newspaper.
     
    ~"Quest For Men Calendars!"  ON SALE FOR $15.  $10 FOR QUEST MEMBERS.  Order yours today.
     
    ~Quest has almost met our $5,000 challenge.  We only need to raise $600 more dollars.  Please consider donating to the Quest Youth Group today.  We appreciate your support!
     
    ~Huge thanks to everyone who donated candy and toys to fill Easter Baskets for our Shriner's Children's Hospital Party!  We've collected a ton of candy and many toys.  We could still use more small toys, however.  So if you'd like to donate matchbox cars, books, small games, or other toys please call, e-mail, or drop your donations off at the Quest house.

     

    G.Y.A. & Quest Youth Group
    (509)290-3519
    www.QuestYouthGroup.org
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    Monday, March 7th, 2005
    9:49 am
    Quest Events For This Week:
    Guest Speaker Rob Brewster at the new Montvale Hotel!
    Wednesday, March 9th, 6:50p.m. at the Montvale Hotel (The Montvale Hotel is located in downtown Spokane at 1005 W. First Ave.)
    This is an event you won't want to miss.  C.E.O. of Conover Bond, famous Spokane Developer, and Hotel and Restaurant owner, Rob Brewster, is our guest speaker this month.  Rob will discuss his life, successes in business, and how his sexuality has played a role.  Meet in the hotel lobby at 6:50p.m. sharp, and don't be late (if you are going to be late let us know).  This event is open to all gay & bisexual young men 18-25.
     
    Easter Egg Hunt & Movie Night!
    Saturday, March 12th, 8p.m. at the Quest House
    Join us at the Quest House for the movie "Camp" followed by a short discussion.  We'll also be stuffing Easter eggs for use in our service project at the Shriner's Hospital.  Quest will also host our 2nd annual Easter egg just for you!  Snacks provided.  This event is being led by Quest's leadership team.  (This event is open to all gay & bi young men 18-25.)
     
    WHAT TO BRING:  If you're able, please donate individually wrapped candy (no hard candy or bubble gum) and small toys (matchbox cars, books, stuffed animals, dolls, games, legos, etc.) to fill Easter baskets for child patients at the Shriners Children's Hospital.  If you can't make this event but have items to donate, please drop them off at the Quest house or call Ryan at (509)290-3519. 
     
    NEWS YOU CAN USE:
     
    1.)  Just a reminder, membership dues have now been changed to membership DONATIONS.  If you can afford to do so, please consider supporting Quest with a monthly donation of $5.
    2.)  We only need to raise about $700 more dollars to reach our $5,000 matching goal.  Once we reach this goal, a generous donor will match each dollar and will donate another $5,000 to Quest.
    3.)  Volunteer!  If you have any free time during the day, Tuesday-Friday, and can volunteer your time, please give Ryan a call at (509)290-3519.  We have basic filing that needs done, phone calling, organizing our library, and other fun tasks.  Thank you to all our current volunteers who have been of great assistance.
    4.)  NEWSLETTERS:  You should have received your March newsletter by now.  If you did not, please contact us.  Also remember the newsletter contains a complete list of events for this month. 
    5.)  Website Updates:  Quest member Erik has been hard at work on the website and the online events calendar should be up by this week.  A huge thanks to him and Drew for making this happen!
     
    Finally...  A HUGE congratulations to Quest Member, Pat, who gave a stunning performance at his recital this weekend.   A round of applause for a job well done and for an amazing talent!
     
    (509)290-3519
     
    Friday, March 4th, 2005
    9:21 am
    Quest In the News!
    Quest In the News
    The Inlander Newspaper ran a story on our "Quest For Men Calendars" in a recent edition.  You have to read down a couple paragraphs to find it.
     
     
    If you haven't yet purchased a calendar, you can still do so.  They're only $18.95 (including s&h), and all proceeds support our Quest Youth Group.  Send check or m.o. to:
     
    Quest Youth Group
    4244 E. 25th
    Spokane, WA  99223
     
    The Quest Youth Group has been in the news several times over the past year.  Below are several stories from both local and national news sources:
     
    Spokesman Review Story  (Group Offers Gay Youths Chance To Find Acceptance)
     
    Gaywired.com  (One-of-a-kind Gay Youth Organization Challenges Stereotypes)
     
     
    Wednesday, March 2nd, 2005
    8:45 am
    Quest Weekly Events & News Update
     
    Events This Week...
     
    Resume & Interview Workshop
    Wednesday, March 2nd 7p.m.  Quest House
    (open to all gay& bi guys 18-25)
     
    First Friday:  Food & Flicks!
    Friday, March 4th 6p.m.  River Park Square & AMC Theaters (meet in the 3rd floor food court)
    (open to all GLBTQ individuals and their allied friends 18-25)
     
    Pat's Recital!  "Belle Nuit, Belle Musique Recital"
    Sunday, March 6th 5p.m.-7p.m.  Westminster United Church of Christ
    (open to all)
     
    NEWS
     
    ~Newsletters are out.  You should receive your newsletter by today if you haven't received it already.  If for some reason you didn't receive a newsletter please contact us(Ryan@QuestYouthGroup.org) , and we will get one to you.  Please note all our events for this month are listed in the newsletter, with one change-  The Easter Party for the Shriner's Hospital will take place Monday evening at 6p.m. on March 21 NOT March 15th as previously stated in the newsletter.  Thank you-
     
    ~Easter Party For Kids at the Shriner's Hospital:  Our monthly service project.  As mentioned in this month's newsletter, one of our service projects for this month is putting together Easter baskets and an Easter egg hunt for child patients at the Shriners Children's Hospital.  Please donate bags of candy (no hard candies or bubble gum please) as well as small toys (match box cars, stuft animals, games, lego sets, puzzles, etc.).  You can drop them off at the Quest house or bring your donations to any Quest event. 
     
    ~Quest For Men 2005 Calendars are available to current Quest members for only $10 (normally $18.95)!  Buy them while they last.
    Tuesday, February 22nd, 2005
    10:18 am
    Quest Events This Week
    Quest's Events This Week:  Feb. 21-27 
     
    Thank you to all of you who attended our "Tearing Down the Wall" event last Friday.  Participants tore down walls, took off masks, signed our Quest Brotherhood creed, and had a lot of fun.  We plan on doing a similar event to this one every month with activities led by members of our Quest leadership team.  Join the brotherhood!
     
    EVENTS:
    Quest Centerstage Movie & Dessert Night!
    (Tonight!) Tuesday, Feb. 22 at 7p.m. sharp at Centerstage Theater (1017 W. 1st) in downtown Spokane.  Meet Ryan in front of the Centerstage theater at 7p.m. sharp.  Admission is FREE for Quest members.  The movie being shown is "The Broken Hearts Club."  RSVP by responding to this e-mail or by responding to the E-vite you should have already received.  Open to all gay, bisexual, and questioning young men 18-25.
     
    Diving Deep  "The Quest Kegger:  A Discussion on Alcohol."
    Thursday, Feb. 24th from 7p.m.-9p.m.  Join other Quest members for a discussion on the joys, risks, and consequences of alcohol.  Free BEER provided... root beer that is!  Come share your thoughts and make some great friends in the process at this unique Diving Deep.  Takes place at the Quest House and is open to current Quest members only.  All Quest events are drug, tobacco, and alcohol free.  This event is led by Quest's Leadership team.
     
    Mini Golf Pizza Party!
    Saturday, Feb. 26th at 6:30p.m. at Bumpers Fun Center in the basement of Northtown Mall.  FREE!  Our "big event" for the month is a visit to Bumpers Fun Center for pizza, mini golf, games, and great friends!  Mini Golf and Pizza is provided free of charge.  RSVP to this e-mail or to the E-vite you'll be receiving shortly.  Prizes for the winning mini golfer(s)!  Open to all gay, bisexual, and questioning young men 18-25.  If you haven't participated in Quest before, come on out and join us!
     
    S.A.N. Oscar Goes to the Movies (not a Quest sponsored event)
    Sunday, Feb. 27th at 5p.m.  at AMC Theaters at River Park Square Mall.  The cost is:  $25 per person or $40 per couple.  Call or e-mail Quest to purchase tickets.  All proceeds benefit the Spokane Aids Network and this event is hosted by them.  Free appetizers and no-host bar provided by Twigs, Rock City Grill, and Sawtooth Grill.  Great prizes!  Join other Quest members at this great event and watch the Oscars on the big screen.  Open to all.
     
     
    NEWS You Can Use:
    -Newsletters go out this week:  We seem to have had some problems last month with the delivery of all our newsletters.  If you did not receive a newsletter, please contact us.  If you do not receive a March newsletter by Monday, Feb.28th please let us know.
     
    -Membership Dues/Donations:  Quest is committed to providing our services to all gay, bisexual, and questioning young men regardless of economic status.  As such our board of directors voted to change our membership dues policy.  Instead of requiring you to pay $5 every month, we're simply asking you to donate $5 every month to our program.  We're simply asking you as members to invest in our program when you can.  You can mail in your membership donations to:  Quest Youth Group, 4244 E. 25th, Spokane, WA  99223 or simply drop them in the donation jar at any Quest function.  E-mail or call us with any questions, and thank you for your support.
     
    -Quest For Men 2005 Calendars: These great calendars are available at a special rate of only $10 for current Quest members (only $18.95 for non members).  Purchase yours today and journey through the months with your Quest friends.  They also make great gifts!  All proceeds benefit the Quest Youth Group.
     

    G.Y.A. & Quest Youth Group
    (509)290-3519


    Current Mood: excited
    Monday, February 14th, 2005
    3:59 pm
    Big Event Friday!
    We Want To See You This Friday At an Event That Will Tear Down Walls, Spark Friendships, and Provoke Thought.  If You've Never Tried The Quest Youth Group Before, This Is Your Night To Do So.  If You Haven't Been In a While, This is One Event You Won't Want To Miss. 
    Join Us This Friday, Feb. 18, at 7p.m. at the Quest House.
     
    Prizes (we're giving away DVD's!!!), Food,
    Games (Mafia!), New Friends, & Total Fun!
     
    Dear Members and Friends of the Quest Youth Group,
     
    Our Quest Youth Group has experienced new growth as well as other changes over the last several months with the addition of almost a dozen new members and several  new policies.  After such growth and change it's important to "regroup," make sure we're still on the same page, and obtain your feedback.  I want to invite you to attend a very special event this Friday at 7p.m. at the Quest House.  The main purpose of this evening is to build unity and friendships.   We have some amazing new members that need to be welcomed into our brotherhood, as well as old members who need to reconnect with both new and old friends.  This is the night to do so, and to find out what Quest is really all about.
     
    Bring Pillow...
    Also, if you're a new member or haven't yet brought a pillow, Quest has a fun tradition we'd like to invite you to participate in.  We ask you to find a pillow (any shape, color, or size) that somehow represents you.  (Walmart or Value Village usually have a good assortment for a small price.)  Bring this pillow with you on Friday night, and be prepared to share briefly how this pillow represents you.  You'll then leave this pillow in our Quest meeting room to mark your place in our brotherhood.  Please do your best to attend, and call or e-mail us with any questions.  We look forward to seeing you Friday night!
     
    (P.S.- if you know of someone you think would benefit from participating in the Quest Youth Group, please forward this invitation onto them.)

    G.Y.A. & Quest Youth Group
    (509)290-3519
    www.QuestYouthGroup.org
    AIM: QuestYouthGroup
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    Thursday, February 10th, 2005
    9:41 am
    Saturday, February 12th 8p.m.: Broken Heart's Club Movie Night
    Quest is sponsoring its monthly movie night this Saturday, February 12th at 8p.m. In honor of Valentine's Day we'll be watching "Broken Heart's Club," dining on V-day chocolates and candies, and discussing the themes of the movie after it's finished. Join us for a night of fun, friends, and Valentine's day sweets at the Quest House. Open to all gay and bisexual young men 18-25, and this event will be led by Quest's Volunteer Coordinator and leadership team member, Bryce Hughes. E-mail Ryan@QuestYouthGroup.org with any questions.
    Wednesday, February 9th, 2005
    9:16 pm
    Spaghetti Dinner Tonight!
    Quest Board Member Andy and one of our Volunteers Gary are hosting a free spaghetti dinner for all members, participants, volunteers, and staff of the Quest Youth Group. The dinner is Wednesday, February 9th at 6:30p.m. Directions to Andy's house will be e-mailed to you if you are on our mailing list. If you're not on our mailing list and you'd like to participate e-mail Ryan@QuestYouthGroup.org. See you there!
    Sunday, February 6th, 2005
    10:49 am
    The News section has returned
    Hello Everyone,

    In addition to the resources section, the news section has come back online. It’s a little different now (as we’re using livejournal as opposed to a custom script), yet it works just fine. Check back here often for news regarding quest and upcoming events!

    -Erik

    Current Mood: chipper
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