Circle of Men relive by-gone moment

JOHNSTOWN — The Circle of Men group traveled back in time to the 1950s as a group of friends on May 29. The group’s launch pad was located at Town Line Museum, 3261 Route 29, which specializes in preserving the 1950s and ’60s. The tour guide was Bob Landrino.

The Circle of Men members wanted to share and relive a by-gone moment in time together to help kick off the group’s 12-week summer session, according to a news release. This is the group’s second year of meeting together as a mastermind group focused on developing friendships and personal growth. Meetings are open to men of all ages and are casual and relaxed. Members have honest conversations about challenges, growth opportunities, or ask for support with specific issues.

“Very often, as men, we live very emotionally-isolated lives and I want to create a safe, supportive and enjoyable community for men to support one another through the good, the bad and the ugly,” said facilitator Pedro Rodriguez, a state-certified substance abuse counselor in the release.

“I like the camaraderie I experience in the group, which is familiar to what I experienced in the military,” said, Kenneth Pennock, a recently retired Army master sergeant turned health and wellness coach. “The men’s group provides an opportunity to learn different ways of dealing with things and learning from men who have been there, done that.”

Another member of the group, Bob Cushen, a retired substance abuse counselor and a certified mind coach specializing in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, said the group offers support and friendship to the members.

”I like meeting new people and the support and encouragement of the group. Everyone has their own reasons for being part of the group,” he said in the release. “I like the idea of having community with other men.”

Rodriguez said the group offers men the opportunity to relax and confront issues they may be facing in a non-judgmental environment.

“This is a place where men can go and think out loud and be heard and not be judged,” Rodriguez said. “The power of connection leads to the process of personal transformation. This group has given me a greater level of self realization and self understanding.”

The Circle of Men meets on Mondays, 6 to 8 p.m. in Gloversville until Aug. 5.

For information visit www.facebook.com/circleofmencny or www.meetup.com/Mens-Group-A-Circle-of-Men or email circleofmencny@gmail.com.