Hi folks, Many of you may know that Jason headed back to the States, so I have stepped into being the organizer --- simply because no else had picked it up. Jennifer has also agreed to be an asst organizer as well. If we can get a few event organizers to step up, we can connect them up to use some of the Meetup tools on the site as well.
Everyone is keen on Facebook and that seems like a great effort to get going right away. Let's try to see what can be set up there by those who have said they'd get it going. Hopefully someone has the time to play with it - but I confess that keeping up my own Facebook page is challenging enough for now.
As soon as that is live, we can see how well the group can be serviced that way. Also, many social orgs have both Meetup and Facebook running as that seems to serve them well.
It seems that there are lots of ideas around for social events. Once the school holidays are over, maybe we can all get together and see what threads there are that we all have in common. Maybe there are even sub-groups who want to do special interest things as well. In the meantime, lots of activity seems to be getting going and no doubt small groups will do their own thing. If anyone wants help announcing their event, please let me know and I will put it up on the site.
The wonderful thing about the US Expat thing is that it is real reason to connect - and of course there are many types of expats here in NZ. Long in tooth folks like me - and just got off the plane folks too.
Thanks for keeping this going - although I am a Kiwi - I am still an American - so this forum is valuable to me and I hope that it is for you too. If so, put your hand up and get involved.
The purpose of this group is for Americans, honorary Americans and anyone who just likes Americans, to get together! For those of us far from home, it's really nice to be able to talk to others about all the old familiar stuff. And since we all immediately have in common the decision to move to this beautiful, faraway land, we are all automatically friends! So let's get together to share our experiences, help each other, give and receive advise, and just have some fun!
If you would like to meet up with others, then just suggest an event or join one of them regular events such as the AWC Social Mixers or Thanksgiving or 4th of July celebrations.
This group has previously been sponsored by the American Women's Club. The AWC has been around since 1942, the club aims to promote mutual goodwill, understanding, respect, and cooperation between it's members and the New Zealand community. Our purpose is to make your life a little easier and hopefully, happier. Whether you have just arrived in New Zealand or have spent your whole life here, club members can offer you a wealth of information, along with friendship and a sense of community. www.awcauckland.com
While the American Women's Club is still active within this group, it is now for all of you and many events will be for all members of this meetup group, not just those interested in the AWC. This is your meetup group and we want you to get involved. Please suggest a meetup you would like and contact the organisers if you would like to host something.