If you're thinking about becoming a "Newbie" please listen to our story...
Having moved from NSW for work and a girl I'd met here in Melbourne that I'd soon spilt with (story for another day) I spent several months trying to find things to do, people to meet and that sense of belonging I'd lost since moving, a support network to help me find my way in this new amazing city. Without much luck and finding the demands of my new job increasing I was about to pack up my car, swallow my pride and return to NSW and let everyone tell me "I told you so" then everything changed the moment my boss told me about Meetup!
After getting the courage to and attend a few of these Meetups, a sailing Meetup where half the crew never showed up and we nearly all got thrown overboard to a singles dinner where 90% of the people at the table where female and over 50 to a singles professional Meetup in a venue that has now closed down and for good reason, I decided to create one for others who were new to Melbourne like me.
So in May 2013 the idea to connect likeminded people who were new/ newish to Melbourne in a Meetup community was born and clearly there were others like me as we now have over 8000 members on Meetup, over 10 000 Facebook likes on our Newbies International Facebook page, 7000 people in our Facebook group communities and we've also had 1500 people sign as a Platinum/ VIP Newbies Member.
Attendances in our Meetups have ranged from our very first of 25 through to 900 at our recent Australia Day Party and we not only organise events, parties, dinners and other social gatherings but we have also partnered with a local transport company to run regular tours all across Victoria and soon to be NSW.
We have so many amazing people in our community from all parts and walks of life! We're one big happy family you could say all here to support each other, to have fun, explore and enjoy what this city has to offer and I'm inviting you to become part of it so what are you waiting for become a "Newbie" today!
Thanks for listening to our story, I do hope you'll join us and look forward to seeing you soon!