PFLAG January - 2019 Newsletter

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PFLAG NSW Inc (‐ Incorporating Western Sydney)

Meeting Times:  2pm on the 4th Saturday second monthly- odd month

Location:  Wesley Lodge Conference Room,
175 Hawkesbury Rd, Westmead

Note:  As  Australia Day  falls  on our first meeting date,
we felt it best to postpone this meeting until the 23rd February ( Saturday).

Regular Family Meeting will be held commencing on the odd months beginning ;

March 23rd, May 25th , July 27th , September 28th, November 23rd.

For further information contact : Les on 0419 986 372 (outside of Business Hours)

 Postal Address: PO Box 3751, Marsfield NSW 2122. 

Email: info@pflagaustralia.org.au

 
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PRESIDENT'S REPORT

We are now entering a new time with the changes achieved through the Marriage Equality and other Support Organizations with the legalization of Same-Sex Marriage on the 9th of December 2017.

Our own committee members  and supporters are to be commended for their tireless work in all aspects of this venture and contributed many voluntary hours  to assist in this success, whilst maintaining all the regular activities for our own organization and maintaining a high level of integrity towards its members, supporters and those in need of a friend in their time of need.

Two outstanding members of our previous committee should be recognised in their devotion and efforts in serving  PFLAG.  Judy and Ray Brown have been icons to many in their capacity to guide and improve the many facets of our Sydney based organization. Encouraging and supporting many members and going beyond anyone’s expectations with the love and caring nature that has been shown to all.

Judy has now stood down from her Presidential Role - a role that will be very difficult to emulate and surpass-  they have not left us and will continue to serve our organization as members and Ray will continue with his re-elected role of publicity officer.

How lucky we have been to have such outstanding people leading our organization and who have recognised the valued talents of their committee members and the roles they have played in managing such a valued voluntary organization.

Les Mico


Coming Events


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Fair Day Sunday 17th Febuary

Come one, come all. Fair Day’s an out-and-out, full-on fabulous day of fun and adventure where you can chill with a picnic spread, browse the community stalls or kick up your heels and have a dance.

Fair Day 2019 will shine a light on rising LGBTQI music talent who are reshaping the arts and culture landscape and breaking new ground.

PFLAG will be supporting this valued day to promote awareness of PFLAG and how we support parents and friends in the community.

As always we need volunteers to assist us with our stall. We need to have sufficient helpers for all times during the day. Key members of our committee will be on hand and your support is needed.

Time: 9.00am – 3.45pm
Please Email: info@pflagaustralia.org.au
Subject:   Fair Day – Support 
Please let us know what time you may be available to assist.
Location: Victoria Park
Cnr Parramatta Road and City Road- Broadway NSW 2037


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Mardi Gras Parade  2019:

The Mardi Gras Parade will take place on Saturday, March 2 in 2019.
PFLAG NSW will have a contingent in the 2019 Mardi Gras. Our allocated number of places this year is limited to 80. PFLAG will be giving preference to our existing members and those from interstate and regional PFLAG groups.

If you wish to be part of the PFLAG contingent for 2019, please email info@pflagaustralia.org.au
With the Subject being “Mardi Gras Parade”

For those who are not financial PFLAG members, a fee of $25 will apply. This fee will include the mandatory PFLAG badge and rainbow lanyard.

The distance of the Parade route is approximately 4 km. You must be able to walk the entire distance.

Privacy Note

Photos may be taken, by both our PFLAG photographers and by Mardi Gras. These may appear on the web, Facebook and other social media. Registration to walk with PFLAG constitutes acknowledgement that you understand that your photo may appear publicly.

Registration

All potential marchers must register ASAP by email:
EMAIL: info@pflagaustralia.org.au    

Cancellations / Refunds

Please note, we are unable to refund registration payments once these have been made.
The handling of refunds has, in previous years, created considerable administrative difficulties. In the event that you need to cancel your spot in our contingent, your payment will be considered a donation to PFLAG NSW. Thank you for your understanding.  

Payment

The $25 per person entry fee (if applicable) must be paid at time of registration, and no later than February 22, prior to Mardi Gras. You may register more than one person; however any non-financial members must be paid for.

Options are:

DIRECT DEBIT (preferred)
Account: PFLAG NSW Inc. a/c at St. George Bank
BSB: 112 879    Account Number 107 648 229.
Please ensure that you note your name in the Reference box when making payment

Please email PFLAG at info@pflagaustralia.org.au with: your name, number of people registered (if applicable), names of people walking in your group (if applicable) and the reference / receipt number of your Direct Debit

CHEQUE / MONEY ORDER


We thank you in anticipation of your support through the coming year and look forward to seeing you at Fair day and / or  Mardi Gras and in particular at our family meetings.

I wish you all a fabulous New Year and know that people are here to listen and support you.

Les Mico


EMAIL ADDRESSES

If you are on email, please help us reduce our costs by sending us an email with your details (which will remain confidential) and all future information will be emailed to you.


NSW Inc. PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians of Gays) is a group of people who share common experiences and provide support for each other. We listen and love. We help families have open, positive and loving relationships with their GLBT children and we work for their civil and human rights.


PFLAG NSW NEXT MEETING

Saturday Feb 23rd @ 2.00pm

The next meeting of PFLAG NSW Inc. (Incorporating Western Sydney) will be Saturday February 23rd at 2.00pm in the Conference Room, “175 Motel”, Formerly Wesley Lodge Motel, 175 Hawkesbury Rd, Westmead, very close to Westmead Hospital and Train station. Car entry is only from Hawkesbury Rd via a boom gate.
    
For Information contact: Les on 0419 986 372 (outside of business hours)
Postal Address: PO Box 3751, Marsfield NSW 2122. Email: info@pflagaustralia.org.au 

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