Best Men's Group 

East Bay Nation of Men

Men have been gathering together around circles of fire since time began, but for many those days are a distant ancestral memory. Thank goodness for the East Bay Nation of Men (EBNOM), a monthly meeting of guys who get together at 7:30 a.m. every second Saturday at Lake Chabot Park so that, as they say, "men can be men, without the mask of bullshit." Formed in 1991 by a handful of men who had attended a Sterling Institute men's weekend, EBNOM has grown its numbers to about seventy men, who gather monthly for breakfast and talk — and also fire circles. Smaller teams of five to eight meet on a weekly basis, each with its own unique personality and flavor: Check out Jabberwocky, or Mountain Men, or the oldest team, Bushwackers. The group's code is simple, inviting men to "show up, speak the truth, keep your word" — all within the context of the particular support only men can offer one another. Sure, men may be from Mars, but in EBNOM circles, there's nothing wrong with that.

(Sorry, no information is currently available for other years in this same award category.)

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