It wasn’t long after Bonnie, Collette, and I cofounded the Hanmer chapter of Chick Night, that we started to realize we were truly on to something BIG.  (We are, from left to right – Bonnie Paquette, Colleen Kleven, Collette Caza).

We had a lot of fun creating our Chick Night rules – starting with  how often to meet (ONCE A MONTH), what to do (MUST INVOLVE CHOCOLATE), and to insist that for one evening a month we were women, not moms (NO CHILDREN ALLOWED.)

Writing the rules gave us each a good chuckle. LIVING those rules began to have an unexpected and profound affect on each of us.

What started out as casual get-togethers soon became more important than that. We began to recognize our own value, and we got to know OURSELVES while getting to know each other.

Eleven years later, we have history.  We have grown and evolved as individuals – and we have done it TOGETHER.

We have witnessed and encouraged the changes in each other. More importantly, we have earned each other’s trust.

Chick Night is about RELATIONSHIPS – with each other and with yourself. The more we realized this, the more we knew this needed to be SHARED with other women.

That’s when I decided to found Chick Night International™.

Right from the beginning, it was important to me that this organization be easy to join, self-directed, and totally worthwhile.

That’s why there are NO MEMBERSHIP FEES and no long, complicated forms to fill out.

YOU choose the women you would like to spend time with, and what you want to do when you are together.

YOU and your Chicks decide what you want to get out of Chick Night – and then GO FOR IT.

Feel free to follow the 10 Rules of Chick Night as outlined in The Beginner’s Guide to Chick Night™…or MAKE UP YOUR OWN RULES.

The only rule I insist on is that you and your Chicks HAVE FUN!

So, here’s how this works…

1. Call up one or two or three women you would like to get together with.

2. Get together with them.

3. Give your Chick Night chapter a name.

4. Figure out the ground rules for your chapter.

5. Have fun!

I have developed a page on this website as a Chick Night™ International REGISTRY.

Once you’ve been getting together for a while, please leave a COMMENT on my Chick Night™ International page at

Tell us the name of your chapter, where you ladies are from, and the types of things you have fun doing together.

Tell us your stories. We would LOVE to hear from you.

If you would like to send a picture of your club, please do. I will post it here on the site.

In the meantime, have a GREAT Chick Night!

Talk soon.

Colleen Kleven



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2 responses to “Chick Night™ INTERNATIONAL

  1. Debra Durdevic

    just read about your book this morning…and I had to smile…
    Two weeks ago, I felt like all I was doing was working and coming home, and way too tired to socialize…been doing this for the last 40 years…there is a price for that….you do not nurture your friendships, and voila…you are stuck…So finally last week I called a friend, to let her know what I was thinking…We then decided that we would commit ourselves to going out together twice a month…and we both take turns as to what we will be doing…last night was our first outing….I had to force myself to go, because after all, habits are very hard to break…We had a ball…laughed all night, well you know for 2 hours, after all we are seniors…but we both enjoyed it….just thought I would share…….looking for a balance in my life….could be the first step…….

    • Dear Debra,

      I am so very glad to hear that you have recognized how important friendships are – and that you’re doing something about it. Good for you!

      The times when you feel “too tired” to bother, are exactly the times that you need this the most. You’re right that it doesn’t have to be complicated and you’re right that it doesn’t take a huge time commitment. Once or twice a month for a few hours of fun and laughter and camaraderie will make a world of difference in how you feel about yourself and your life.

      Congratulations on getting started. Please keep me posted as you and your friend continue to enjoy all the benefits of your Chick Nights.


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