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    Winning submission announcement!

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    Creative Women's Circle recently put out a call for submissions for our new membership cards and we were blown away by the response! We knew we had some talent in our midst, but seeing the quality and breadth of work in one go was pretty amazing.

    So we are now excited to unveil the winning designs, as voted in a secret ballot by the CWC board. These designs will be featured on new members cards sent out to all new members from early in the new year. Each of our board members said choosing their favourites was one of their toughest responsibilities yet! Next time, we think we will share the load and ask our members and followers to share!

    There were so many diverse and excellent entries. Stay tuned for a post next week sharing the other finalists!

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    Sarah Lawrey, Collectus.

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    Susan Fitzgerald, Spin Spin.
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    Join our blogging team!

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    For the last few years, we've been fortunate to have had a wonderful array of talented, creative ladies on our team as bloggers.

    Writers, designers, artists, small business experts... The one common thread amongst our bloggers - past and present - is their passion for sharing what they know with the wider creative community and their desire to meet lots of inspiring women and creative minds in the process. Their contributions have made the CWC website what it is - a rich and robust source of information and information for women in creative businesses. I can't thank them enough for the expertise they have shared and the time and thought they put in to their posts.

    As we beginning preparing for 2017 (gulp!), we're on the lookout for a few new voices to add to the current blog contributor team. We would especially love to hear from people who enjoy writing interviews, studio tours and 'how to' posts. All bloggers are paid $50 per post.

    If you'd like to join our team, email Emma with a introductory email and links to your own blog/social media to start the conversation.


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    CWC’s Annual General Hurrah!

    It's been an invigorating, inspiring and emotional journey since Creative Women's Circle officially incorporated last July. Since that time, our hugely talented Board and sub-committees have not only continued to run CWC in its usual professional fashion (hosting events nationwide, writing blogs, running programs and more), but they have worked tirelessly to underpin our organisation with a clear set of values, policies and processes to ensure CWC continues to support, connect, and champion women in the creative industries, now and into the future.

    Join us as we present to you - our Members and the wider creative community - what CWC has accomplished over the last twelve months at our very first Annual General Meeting (AGM), and help us vote in our Board for 2016/2017.

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    Notice of the Annual General Meeting of the members of Creative Women’s Circle Association Inc (“CWC”) (Registration No A0091653N):

    Time: 1pm for 1.15pm start (end approx. 4pm)
    Date: Saturday 6 August 2016
    Venue: Frankie & Swiss, Ground Floor, 199 Toorak Rd South Yarra, Victoria 3141 (entry via Claremont St)
    Cost: Free (drinks & nibbles provided)
    Note: Members and non-Members are welcome to attend, however only current CWC Members are eligible to nominate for Board positions and cast a vote on any resolutions (like who will be on the Board next year).
    RSVP: For catering purposes, please RSVP by Thursday 4 August and email us if you have any special dietary requirements.

    So what exactly happens at an AGM?

    • First, there'll be Tess McCabe, CWC President’s, welcome address;
    • Then it's on to 'ordinary business' (a.k.a. presentations on our activity & achievements this year from our current Board and sub-committee members; details on our financials; nominating and voting of the next Board; and confirming our membership fees); and
    • After all of that, time for catching up over drinks and nibbles.

    If you’d like to nominate for a position on the Board or as a Volunteer of CWC, please contact Yasmin Naghavi outlining your professional background and what you feel you can contribute to the CWC in 2016/2017 and beyond, or to request more information.

    Voting in person

    If you wish to attend and vote in person at this special general meeting, please RSVP here by 4 August 2016.

    Voting by proxy

    Any current CWC member entitled to attend and vote at the annual general meeting may appoint a fellow member of Creative Women’s Circle Association Inc to attend and vote as the member’s proxy.

    To vote by proxy, download and complete the proxy form and return by 1pm on 5 August 2016 by email.

    (Proxy forms sent by post or electronically are of no effect unless they are received by CWC no later than 24 hours before the commencement of the Meeting.)

    If you are unsure about your current CWC Membership status, if it has recently expired, or if you have any queries regarding your status, please email Membership Manager Phoebe Miller.

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    Why I joined CWC: Martina Gemmola

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    Have you been meaning to join Creative Women’s Circle for a while? Well, now is the time to join us and reap the benefits. Our Mid-Year Membership Drive is on until June 30 – you can save 10% off the full price of membership, just in time for the end of the financial year (and it's tax deductible!).

    There are a whole host of benefits, including the opportunity to join a Members-only Facebook group (launching in July!) to discuss the highs and lows of being a creative, entrepreneurial woman; the chance to attend and vote at the AGM in August; plus discounted event tickets, product discounts, and the chance to attend Member-only events.

    Photographer Martina Gemmola has been part of CWC for several years, and credits the group for providing support and opportunities for her creative business. Here's her story...

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    Interior design project by Camilla Molders, photographed by Martina Gemmola.

    Why did you join CWC?

    I had returned to Melbourne after 6 years away and felt a little lost as how I should go about launching my freelance business, and how to connect with likeminded people. Having joined a 'networking' group overseas, and having felt the benefits of just being part of something, I decided to become a member of the Creative Women's Circle. I felt an instant connection and was warmly embraced by the creative community Melbourne is known for.

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    Floral & botanical design by Good Grace & Humour, photographed by Martina Gemmola.

    What were your first impressions of CWC?

    I felt such comfort! Knowing that I had 'found my people' - which is not something to be taken for granted in the sometimes competitive and 'cliquey' world of small creative business. Everyone was so welcoming, and so happy to share their knowledge. Plus they were just generally super to be around. It wasn't long before I was volunteering to help Tess at events and baking up a storm for our morning teas. It was nice to be able to give back to the community that gave so much to me.

    What have been the biggest benefits or positives of CWC to your creative life and career?

    I can't stress enough the positive effect it has had on my business. In the early days I asked a couple of CWC people on coffee dates and we started to collaborate on some folio projects. What resulted was a greater confidence in my work and in the direction it was going, the freedom to try new things, and refine some old skills. I started to feel a little more at home back in Melbourne, armed with an instant support network filled with absolutely rad women.

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    Kooyong House by Monique Woodward, WOWOWA, photographed by Martina Gemmola. 

    Have you connected with other CWC members?

    I work a lot with the talented interior designer Camilla Molders, who was my first CWC crush, and she in turn has referred me left right and centre all over the design world, which I am eternally grateful for. She introduced me to Ruth Welsby, who has become my styling guru and dear friend. I've worked with our fabulous president Tess McCabe on several projects, and have had some of my best jobs referred from ladies of the CWC. I've shot some amazing architecture and interiors with fellow members Monique Woodward of WOWOWA and Samara Greenwood of SGArch. I've photographed a wall covered from top to bottom with flowers just for the hell of it with the Good Grace & Humour ladies.  I've found myself in the most ridiculously stunning luxury accommodation in Port Fairy with Colleen Guiney, who found me through the CWC, and together we worked on an article that graced the pages of Vogue Living - total dream. It's been an amazing resource for word of mouth marketing (the only kind I do!). I've had the best of fun.

    One thing I found at events was how easy it was to strike up a conversation with a stranger, and quickly find common ground. I've never really been one to put myself out there, but somehow the events I went to inspired me to give it a go. The daggy networking group I had been a part of overseas was much more corporate, and felt a little like everyone was out to take, take, take. The CWC was just the opposite and was all about giving. Everyone was so honest and real in the way they related to each other. Following up was always easy - a quick email, a good Melbourne coffee, and I always found myself in excellent company with lots of ideas to explore. What a treat.

    Thanks, Marti! Find our more about our Mid-Year Membership Drive here. 

     

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