London European Club Message Board › October newsletter fromthe London European Club
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a lot of you have joined since I sent out the last newsletter in early August around the time when the European Club celebrated its second birthday. Soon we'll reach a new milestone and grow our membership to over 2000 people. To those of you who are new, a warm welcome and congratulations on finding one of the most active groups on Meetup that has a multitude of activities, from walks, to political debates, from European trips to food tasting parties, from European movies screenings to concerts, theatre plays, opera, all somehow connected to different European cultures.
This time round there is a definite “back to school” feeling in the air. Aside from quite a few of you starting a new course or a new job, this means that you are back from your holidays and are more active in the Club. It also means that we’ll have more events.
You have probably noticed that we have over 15 events per month, sometimes more than one per day and they are all organised by dedicated volunteers who spend their free time researching, posting and hosting the events so you can get together and enjoy them. The Club is open to everyone, of any age and background and caters for people with many different interests. That is because we hope that our members are well rounded individuals and we hope that the Club is a good base for those interested in Europe, the past, the present and the future of the continent we currently live in. All the organisers, are members like you, who have enjoyed the European Club and have decided to contribute their time, passion and energy, so please treat them with respect, keeping in mind that they don’t have to do what they are doing and that they go out of their way to welcome you, find interesting events, write detailed descriptions full of information and host them.
The European Club is determined to keep the meetups to a reasonable size because we don’t like mass gatherings. We find them impersonal and dull and we’d actually prefer to encourage debate at events where people can talk to each other in a relaxed atmosphere either prior/during or after the event they are attending. This is why whenever we go to see something we combine the meetup with a discussion. As the Club is growing there are more members who want to attend events so it is very important to:
b)Volunteer to organise events, preferably such events that will introduce us to a new European culture through, film/ music/ theatre/debate…..
We are not interested in pub crawls or wine tasting, plenty of other groups do them, there is no need to repeat them in the European Club.
If you are a member of the Club and have never attended an event, please come along, we are a very friendly and welcoming group http://www.meetup.com...
In October we are hosting quite a few movies from the BFI London film festival as well as our regular movie night, so for those of you who are film buffs there is plenty to see. We always combine watching movies (this time a Spanish, a Bosnian, a Cypriot and a French one) with socialising so make sure you come for the social part of the meetup before or after the movie.
We are having two political debates this month, one on quotas for women in different EU countries hosted by the office of the European Parliament http://www.meetup.com... and another one about the justification of bombing civilians in German cities during World War II hosted by IQ2. http://www.meetup.com...
Marion is hosting an exhibition at Tate Modern http://www.meetup.com... and a play at the National Theatre http://www.meetup.com... so for those of you who love the arts there is plenty to see in the good company of fellow Europeans.
Andy is hosting a walk in Epping Forest http://www.meetup.com... and I have a few surprises lined up for October so check the calendar regularly.
And before I click the send button and send you another email from the London European Club, I’d like to mention two things.
The first one is an email from one of you, Marianna, who sent me a message a month or so ago offering me and other organisers a free haircut. I can tell you that I get a lot of emails, some nice, some not so nice, but so far I have never had an email from someone offering me something genuinely free. So I wrote back to her and checked if it was for real and it sure was. I took up the offer and went to the saloon Simplicity Remastered which is conveniently located near Tottenham Court Road station in central London and subjected myself and to two other members of this Club to the haircutting experiment (to see results click on this link http://www.meetup.com... )
I really liked Marianna’s attitude, she was confident enough in her skills to offer a free haircut hoping to attract future customers. On top of that she is fun and interesting to chat to. So if you like our haircuts you can send her a message at email@example.com I am sure she will make you feel most welcome. I am definitely going there again soon.
The other thing I’d like to mention is the acceptance of our first sponsor FG Property Management http://fgpropertymana... who offer an interesting service. As you know we had no sponsors and we have not charged for membership to the Club so we are experimenting with a few ideas how to get funds to develop the European Club and widen its scope. I hope you like the service that FG property Management are offering, which is to rent out your flat/house while you are away on holiday or even just for a weekend. I know quite a few of you are globetrotters so if you like to make your flat make money for you while you are away firstname.lastname@example.org and tell them you are a member of the European Club.
I look forward to meeting you soon Europeans.
Thank you for all the challenges and fun you have thrown at me, keep smiling and enjoying our events.
Maja (pronounced Maya)
Organiser of the London European Club