Young Members Meetup

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WOW! WHAT A SUCCESS!!!

Our very first Young Members Meetup was held on January 24th. Gabby (Volunteer Coordinator), Christy (President) and I (Michelle, Content Editor) worked really hard to put this event together and we couldn't feel more excited or proud!

This entire idea started with one question: How can we engage the younger NYCC members so they feel more connected to NYCC? 

What started out as an great idea quickly turned into real work that needed to be done. Enlisting our friends, we found a great space to host the event: The Ainsworth in Midtown

One of the caveats with the space rental was we had to meet a bar minimum. We started talking amongst ourselves and figured if we could get 40 people, we could probably meet the minimum. Could we get 40 people? yes. Yes. YES!!! YES WE CAN! WE CAN DO IT! 

...personally, I was really hoping for 40 signups and 25 attendees. In the back of my mind, I was calculating how much I was going to have to drink to make up for the "missing attendees". Yikes...it was going to be a looooong night!

The event page went up and we started watching the signups:

10
20
...an email went out amongst us "Holy moly, 20 signups so far! Wow!"
30
45
..."OMG 45!"
52
61 (with just a few days before the event)
...."Team - this is a real event! 61 people have signed up! We need a real agenda....QUICK!"
Final count: 71

Whoa! 71 signups!!!

January 24th finally arrived...EVENT DAY!!! In rolled a nor'easter - which brought cold, miserable rain

<Sigh> At this point, I was recalculating my drink consumption :(

I arrived at the Ainsworth about 30 minutes early. I worked to get the signup table setup, found a space for our coats/stuff, got myself a drink and started waiting.

But I didn't have to wait long. People started arriving about 15 minutes early! 1, 2, 7, 12...

We ended up having OVER 60 PEOPLE attend the event! The entire back bar was full and buzzing with excitement. 

We had prepared an agenda, ice breakers and a full event plan but it turned out we didn't need to do any of that. What we did focus on was making sure people had someone to talk to. We had brand new NYCC members and even a few non NYCC members attend. We paired them up with more tenured NYCC members so they could feel welcomed. 

We hope to continue events like these in the future and build a stronger community for our members. 

If you would like to help us with the events, have ideas or any questions - please feel free to reach out to any of us:

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