AWNY Year in Review: President’s Letter

WRITTEN BY BELINDA JACKSON

 

Hello to all our members,

I hope everyone has had a great start to 2017. Just as Spring marks new beginnings in this city, it also coincides with the election of our volunteer-led Australian Women in New York (AWNY) steering committee.

Now is your opportunity to get involved. Alongside a dynamic group of women, you will give back, guide the programs and direction of our community, make fabulous friends and most importantly, have fun. We’d love for you to join us.

All positions are available for re-election including: President, Vice President, Secretary, Co-chair (leadership) positions available for Communications, Events, Mums & Dads, Charity and New Members. Plus there are numerous positions available for volunteer coordinators for Events, Communications, Charity, and Mums & Dads.

If you are interested in joining us, submit your nomination by Thursday, April 13 online here, and attend our upcoming Annual General Meeting (April 17).

If you are wondering what our committee does, then read on!

What does the AWNY Committee get up to?

AWNY is a platform for Australian and Kiwi women to support each other through the craziness that is New York – whether it’s getting settled, or stretching for growth – we are here to help you understand more about yourself and how to thrive in this city.

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What’s On in New York, April 2017

BANG there’s goes the first quarter of 2017.

Time really does fly in this city, especially if you spend your life counting the days ‘til the next AWNY event. Speaking of which, leading the event list for April is the AWNY Annual General Meeting. This is when all positions on the AWNY Committee are up for re-election, so if you fancy yourself as an event planner on-the-side, a pseudo social media influencer, or a natural new-member welcomer, then please do come along to the AGM and nominate yourself for a position. AWNY is only as strong as it’s volunteer committee and the more amazing gals we have on deck the better!

If you can’t attend the meeting, then have a scroll through this list of April NYC happenings – guaranteed to keep your weeks and weekends full!

– curated by the AWNY Communications Team

Join presenter Kate Lee as she talks all things NYC in this special workshop: Act like a New Yorker on April 4th. The workshop event, held at Studio 150, 150 West 46th St, will dig into the grit and grind of living in New York City using acting, movement and improvisation. Book tickets and get more information here.

If you haven’t experienced an Easter egg hunt in the city yet, then get along to AWNY’s Family Easter Egg Hunt on April 8th. It will be held at Riverside Park at 10am (meet at the River Run playground at 83rd and Riverside Drive) and we’re expecting a great turn out. BYO picnic lunch to enjoy after the hunt. Kid heaven! Visit the event page on Facebook for more details.

Attend AWNY’s Annual General Meeting on April 17th at The Liberty, NYC. Our AGM is the opportunity to join the committee, meet new friends, and get involved in the amazing community that is Australian Women in New York! We meet at 6.30pm for a 7.00pm start, and look forward to meeting many new faces! RSVP by email here. Nominate for a volunteer position here.

AWNY’s Mums and Dads Dinner is being held on April 29th at Pio Pio, 604 10th Avenue. Check out the event post on their Facebook page for more information. The Mums and Dads groups is a great way to meet Australian parents living in NYC, they hold regular meet ups and play groups, and is a valuable source of support!

It’s Spring so that mean it’s Macy’s Flower Show time! This free event is worth grabbing a glimpse of in the Herald Square flagship store between April 1-9. Gosh – even the website is pretty enough to visit on it’s own…

Remember the old Easter Hat parades we endured at primary school back home? In New York you can watch (or join) the ultimate Hat and Bonnet Parade on April 16th, with the parade meandering up Fifth Ave between 49th – 57th Streets from starting at 10.00am. This parade is a bit of an Easter institution in New York, with a history that goes back to the 1870s. You’re guaranteed an amazing sight.

The New York International Auto Show will set up (big!) shop at the Javits Center from April 14-23. While you may think this is an odd inclusion in the coveted What’s On list (especially because so few of us own cars in New York City), it really is something to see, and it’s a great day’s entertainment if you have kids. Expect all the usual suspects on show, plus amazing futuristic concept cars and get up close and personal with some of the most expensive and luxurious cars on the planet!

Make sure you get out and see the Brooklyn Botanical gardens and New York Botanical Gardens spring garden displays this month. Brooklyn’s Gardens have the Magnificent Magnolias and Seasonal Highlights tours, New York Botanical Gardens have the Orchid Show (until April 9th).

AWNY AGM is just around the corner!

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Dear AWNY members and friends,

Want to get involved with a dynamic group of women,
give back, make fabulous friends and have fun?

JOIN US FOR THE AWNY 2017 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

WHERE
The Liberty NYC
29 West 35th Street, New York, NY

WHEN:

Monday, April 17, 2017
6.30pm for 7:00pm start

Meeting and election procedures
Networking before and after

RSVP
awny@aaanyc.org

Each year we hold our AGM, where you, our members, are provided the opportunity
to join the AWNY Committee.

Established by the American Australian Association in 1999, AWNY is a dynamic group of women of all ages & backgrounds. We host a diverse range of social events, educational & professional networking opportunities.

Our Vision is to be known as the MUST join group for all Australian women when moving to New York, by providing a forum for women to come together: network, share ideas & experiences, whilst helping to make the transition into New York life as rewarding as possible!

NOMINATION PROCEDURE

All positions are open for re-election including: President, Vice President, Secretary, Co-chair positions available for Mums & Dads, Communications, Events, and New Member. Plus there are positions available for committee members as Event Coordinators, Communications Team members and Charity Coordinators.

Submit your nomination by Thursday, April 13 online here.


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What’s on in New York, March 2017

It’s March already and it feels like spring. The attitude we have encountered the most this winter was a mix of regret about climate change, zero regret about the lack of snow. We’re already feeling spring weather and despite not having the usual display of flowers, bursting buds, and the general opening up of public lawn space, we can still rock through this New York March like the spring loving, jasmine smelling Aussies that we are. Just don’t attempt a dip in the Atlantic. Yet.

Here’s a AWNY’s curated list of great events for the month of March in New York City. Enjoy!

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AWNY Mums & Dads June update: School’s out for Summer

Written by Anita Davison

Hooray! Summer has arrived in New York and I couldn’t be happier. Although it means the kids won’t be going to school everyday, it does mean we can relax a little and not have to rush out the door in a mad dash. Every. Single. Morning. We are leaving the city again for the summer and I am very much looking forward to escaping the concrete jungle for a reboot. For anyone staying in the city, I’ve listed below a number of great things happening in and around this city in June.

Back in April, AWNY held its AGM where we welcomed back some familiar faces as well as a number of new faces to the committee. AWNY would not be the wonderful association it is without the many volunteers who give there time to attend meetings, run events and contribute content for our website and social media pages. With this I am excited to welcome Sally Bertouch as co-chair to the Mums & Dads Group. With two of us on board, we are hoping to bring you more content & events suited to those of us living in NYC with kids. You will hear more about Sally in the coming months. With Sally living downtown and me uptown, we are also planning bridge the gap between the ‘uptown’ and ‘downtown’ families, by mixing it up a bit on where we hold our drinks, dinners and some family picnics. Keep an eye on the Facebook Group for information on the next night out.

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