I'm easing my way into the pool, so to speak. Two years ago, I joined Big Brothers/Big Sisters where I met one of my best friends, my little brother Liam. Very awesome guy; loves sports and is very bright.
Other than that, I'm in a jiu-jitsu club but you don't get a lot of time for conversation there. I'll probably seek out a chess club or some kind of academics club.
I agree, nothing floats into your lap. To paraphrase Robert Pagliarini, you are never standing still. Your either moving ahead or going backwards
Update: Gonna attend a Toastmaster's meeting this week. Wish me luck!