Issue 47: April/July 2016

Presidents Report
Bendigo Newcomers has had a very busy start to 2016 with strong attendance at each of our events. The Committee would particularly like to thank Robin and Phyllis for doing such a good job with Bendigo Newcomers name-tags that all of us are wearing at the functions.

The Committee has been focussing on a couple of different issues in 2016. At the February Committee meeting your Committee confirmed the operating budget for 2015-2016 and noted that in future years, it will be important to gain sponsorship from local businesses to help supplement the funding received from the City of Greater Bendigo to support Bendigo Newcomers. The Committee is now working on approaches for sponsorship within our community.

The Committee would like to ask members to consider if they would prefer to receive the Welcome Mat by email instead of a hard copy posted to them. When the 2016-2017 membership forms are distributed, members will have the opportunity to indicate if they would prefer to receive the Welcome Mat by email. Whilst using email is good for the environment, it will also help the Committee manage the limited budget for the Bendigo Newcomers by reducing printing and postage costs.

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