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We had a productive committee meeting on the 4th of June at Miss Celie’s. Here's a quick rundown of what we discussed and decided:

Meeting Details:

  • Date and Time: 4th June 2024, 7:30 PM - 9:15 PM
  • Attendees: Dave G, Di F, Kim G, Fran L, Greg N, Hugo, Paul B
  • Apologies: Tom W, George R
  • Not Present: Matt B


  • President's Report: Available on Wild Apricot.
  • Treasurer's Report: George R will provide the report soon due to some computer issues.
  • Membership: Our numbers are growing! We now have 259 paid members and a total of 4,741 contacts on Facebook.

Outstanding Actions:

  • We've been busy with various tasks, from updating payment settings to preparing bios and promotional materials. Most of these tasks have been completed, but a few are still ongoing and will be addressed this month.

Key Discussions:

  1. Women in Blues Day:

    • Mark your calendars for 8th March at Miss Celie’s! Fran has submitted a funding application, and we're excited to focus on female musicians for this event.
  2. Blues Challenge:

    • We’re moving the challenge to September/October to give more time for entries and promotion. This means more heats, better venues, and hopefully, more participants, including those from regional areas. We’ll confirm the new dates soon.
  3. Christmas Jam:

    • The King Bros will continue their tradition of performing at our Christmas Jam, now scheduled for 22nd December. It’s always a highlight, and we’re looking forward to it
  4. Grants and Subcommittees:

    • We’re gearing up for several projects funded by grants, including monthly jams, awards, and masterclasses. Fran and Kim will be leading the jams for the rest of the year, ensuring more women are involved.

Strategy & Branding:

  • We’ve made great strides since our last strategy session. There's been plenty of positive discussion around equity and diversity, and we’re committed to these principles in all our activities.

Other Highlights:

  • The Awards night was a huge success! Thanks to everyone who helped make it so special.
  • We're also exploring ways to support our artists through paid gigs and increasing women’s involvement in our jams.

Next Meeting:

  • Our next committee meeting is on 2nd July 2024.

Thank you all for your continued support and enthusiasm. We’re excited about the upcoming events and initiatives and look forward to seeing you all there!

Meeting Summary - May 2024

Date: May 7, 2024
Location: Miss Celie’s
Time: 7:40 PM - 9:25 PM

Key Points from the Meeting:

1. Membership Growth and Engagement:

  • The Society continues to see positive growth in membership numbers, with 443 total members as of May 2024, indicating an active and expanding community.
2. Event Planning and Updates:
  • International Blues Day: Plans are underway to collaborate with ABC Sydney for a special broadcast. Further outreach to local media personalities is planned to enhance the event's visibility.
  • Award Night Logistics: Discussions focused on finalising the event run sheet and streamlining the award ceremony to ensure a smooth and engaging experience for attendees
3. Merchandise and Promotion:

Preparations for selling merchandise and signing up new members at the upcoming event in Cronulla are in progress. The committee discussed the logistics and objectives for maximizing presence and support at the event.

4. Community Engagement and Feedback:

The committee reviewed responses from the latest SBS survey, discussing ways to address feedback and enhance member satisfaction. Plans to replay survey findings and refine the communication strategy were set.

5. Operational Enhancements:

Several operational tasks were addressed, including updates to payment settings, promotional strategies, and member communication protocols to ensure effective and transparent operations.

6. Upcoming Actions:

  • Merchandise Design: Finalising designs for T-shirts and other promotional items.
  • Membership Engagement: Refining elevator pitches for different member categories to better articulate the value of joining the Sydney Blues Society.
  • Event Preparation: Detailed planning for the award night and Cronulla event setup is ongoing, with specific tasks assigned to ensure all elements are ready.

Next Meeting: June 4, 2024

Sydney Blues Society Inc.
ABN: 94 132 343 544

Sydney Blues Society
PO Box 197
Newtown, NSW 2042

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