Sydney Femme Guild Newsletter – end of 2014

 

Do you want to get more involved with your community? Volunteer at the Guild’s Fair Day stall 2015. Email your interest to femmeguildsydney@gmail.com

Femme books, art and other fab femme merchandise were all popular at Fair Day 2014. Make sure you don’t miss our stall for Fair Day 2015.

MISSION STATEMENT
Sydney Femme Guild is a queer feminist organisation working to create an awareness, understanding, and ultimately a celebration of femme identity within the GLBTQI community.

AIMS OF SYDNEY FEMME GUILD Inc.

Combat femme-phobia and femme invisibility and to celebrate femme identity with pride.
Advocate for self-identified femmes of all walks of life and gender identities.
Build connections and raise consciousness of Femmes within and around the community.
Give the collective of femmes a voice to promote equality and visibility of femmes in the queer and wider communities.
Provide access to education and mentors, hospitality for our friends and community.
Conduct events in furtherance of the above purposes, either by itself or in conjunction with other invited organisations.
Engage in all activities that give effect to the above aims.

link to Constitution

MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL
We would love to receive your membership form. If you are a new member joining for the first time, come along to the crafternoon, Fair Day stall or Femme Smut and we will help you sign up!

Members receive kindred priced tickets, opportunities to be involved in the administration and running of the Guild, plus that warm fuzzy feeling you get from working with femmes in your community.

Sydney Femme Guild Inc. Committee Members for 2014-15 pics below

Yasmin – President

Meggan – Vice President

Kylie – Treasurer

Amanda – Secretary

Janine – Public Officer

Greetings for the end of 2014!

On behalf of the new Sydney Femme Guild Inc. committee (Yasmin, Meggan, Kylie, Amanda and Janine) we wish all femmes and allies a wonderful Christmas and a safe and happy New Year.

Read on to hear about past and new social activities held by the Guild, the AGM, read the Guild’s Annual Report and see the exciting plans for 2015. We hope to see you at the upcoming events: Crafternoon with a general meeting, our Mardi Gras Fair Day stall and the erotic femme reading night of delight Femme Smut as part of the upcoming Mardi Gras Festival.

Big femme love
Visibility. Solidarity. Celebration.

PAST EVENT: Christmas Drinks with the Inner West Ladies Auxiliary

Members and guests of the Guild joined forces with the distinguished Inner West Ladies Auxiliary for end of year drinks and a little ‘meet and greet’ on 7 December 2014. We thank Kylie and Tina for making this happen! Sydney Femme Guild looks forward to future events together. Much fun was had and femme friendships blossomed. We welcome all femmes to these gatherings and will hold more as we move into 2015.

Check out Anne-Marie Callihana’s photos published online at the Star Observer. We have requested the title link be changed to acknowledge the Inner West Ladies Auxiliary, apologies to Tina and the other IWLArs.

NEXT EVENT: CRAFTERNOON AND SYDNEY FEMME GUILD GENERAL MEETING – 18 January 2015

Femmes, friends, members and non members of Sydney Femme Guild are invited to an afternoon of crafting, preparing for our Fair Day stall and participating in a Sydney Femme Guild committee meeting.

Last year our femme merchandising was very popular at the Sydney Femme Guild Fair Day stall and provided a great fundraising avenue for the Guild. Come along and join us for a fun afternoon of lace, stitching and ribbons! Share your crafty talents!

The general meeting will be held from 1-2pm.

Crafternoon will begin at 2pm.

Check Facebook often for the venue and to have a chat about the day.

FEMMES ALWAYS WANTED!!!!!!

Got any particular skills, ideas or talents to share? Would you like to do share your skills like website design and maintenance, social media, writing, planning, organising or anything really? Do you want to meet great femmes? We are always looking for femmes to take up different creative or organising tasks and roles. If keen, send an email femmeguildsydney@gmail.com to chat about getting more involved.

PAST EVENT: Sydney Femme Guild Inc. AGM

The Guild held its 2014 Annual General Meeting on 12 November 2014 at ACON.

The newly elected committee members for 2014-2015 are all very excited to work at continuing the Guild’s mission for 2015.

Check out the photos of each of us in the left column:

President: Yasmin
Vice President: Meggan
Treasurer: Kylie
Secretary: Amanda
Public Officer: Janine

Read the Guild’s Annual Reporthere.

In the Annual Report we update members and allies on the activities of the committee since mid 2013 including the development of a governance framework, femme events held, membership statistics, future event ideas and the financial reports for 2013 and 2014.

If you missed the AGM and are interested to help the committee work together on events and many of the other organising things we have to worry about as an incorporated association, send us an email to femmeguildsydney@gmail.com.

Do you have ideas for Femme Merch we can sell at our Fair Day Stall?!

Check out these photos from the 2014 Fair Day stall.

Bring your ideas and loose crafty bits and pieces to the Crafternoon for Sydney Femme Guild’s 2015 Fair Day stall! We will also have lots of materials you can use.

MARDI GRAS FESTIVAL EVENT: Femme Smut 24 February 2015

Sydney Femme Guild is hosting a night of erotic readings and spoken word in celebration of femme identity and desire, for the Mardi Gras festival 2015.

Femme Smut will cultivate the erotic voices of authors, bloggers, novices and amateurs, and offer an assortment of poets and storytellers: all sharing the exploration and expression of femme.

All femmes will be encouraged to read, sing, or slam their own or someone else’s smutty lit’. Roving smut collectors will be at the ready; so bring along your loved smut enjoyed by all.

If you think you lack the confidence to share your favourite verses, don’t worry; Sydney Femme Guild is hosting Femme Smut with supportive and inclusive vibes to encourage everyone to celebrate femme identity together.

The night is sure to explore the many-faceted aspects of femme desire, from dark and delicious, to bright and jubilant. To continue your pleasure journey, a femme book sale will be available on the night.

To submit your smut or register your interest in contributing on the night, send an email to femmeguildsydney@gmail.com.

Purchase tickets online:
http://www.mardigras.org.au/events/femme-smut/
http://www.trybooking.comGNGI/

See the facebook event here.

FEMME NEWS: Developing the new logo for the Guild 

The Guild is still not settled on its logo but the committee have agreed to continue with the blue Art Deco text logo we kinda like for the time being.

Let us know if you have any design talents to share in developing another.

Wishing femme festive joy to our community and kindreds

We thank the supporters of Sydney Femme Guild everywhere.

The Guild has throughout 2014 helped to promote the events of femme and kindred organisations in the Sydney community, as well as international Femme events, wherever possible.

We will continue to sprinkle femme goodness when and wherever we can to support and encourage femme expression in our community! The committee will always be keen to discuss the ideas of other community groups for opportunities in joining forces and spreading the love.

We wish all our community groups and kindred organisations like the Butch Femme Social Network, Dykes on Bikes, Sydney Leather Pride Association and the Inner West Ladies Auxiliary a wonderful festival season and joy!

We are looking forward to much celebration in 2015.

NEXT EVENT: FAIR DAY 22 FEBRUARY 2015

Stay tuned for further information about our Fair Day stall held on 22 February 2015.

It is a great day to volunteer for an hour or so and chat with femmes, femmes and more femmes! Its our major ‘meet n greet’ and membership building opportunity in the community.

Again we will have femme merchandise for sale such as ironic femme arts and crafts, femme related books, femmetastic jewellery and many pretties made at the CRAFTERNOON!

We will call out for volunteers closer to the date so check facebook etc.

To save a spot now, email femmeguildsydney@gmail.com to register your interest in volunteering!

 

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