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Autumn Newsletter and Survey

To all members and prospective members a round up newsletter with information from our AGM, what the committee have been up to and plans for next year.

A simple overview of club news, activity and plans. Please take 4 mins to complete the survey (link in the newsletter). I will poste the link on the whatsapp group also but if you have any issues message Cristina the Treasurer or email the committee.
If you cant see this attachment properly also let the committee or Cristina know.

Thanks from the Committee.

Handy flyer

Handy flyer promoting the club for members to use either by downloading and sharing with friends, family or colleagues or print out and share. If you don't have printer facilities just contact the committee.

A simple flyer to help promote the club.

Don's miss out on plans for 2024

A handy overview of potential activity for 2024.

An overview of planned and potential events for 2024, some local some from other IVC clubs. Check our events pages and the AIVC for updates.

New Club Newsletter - Autumn & Winter 2020

just trying out something new to keep members informed and motivated... have a look and see what you think. If you haven got a copy contact a committee member and they will forward you a copy.

A brief update to all members on what is happening, if you want anything adding to the next one let a committee member know. We are hoping to have these 2 a year one in Autumn & Winter and one in Spring & Summer.

Call for Co Hosts to help run online events

So we are back in lockdown mode… the club is trying to support as many online events as possible.

Please have a look at the AIVC calendar for online events you can join, or other clubs. Why not have a go at putting on an online event yourself its easier than it looks, first seek out a member who will co host with you. Then have a look at how to host and online event (some info in the news section), then have a look at what you might want to have a go at, some ideas below:

• Monthly Quiz

• Exercise classes

• Cheese and Wine/Wine Tasting

• Regular 'Meet and Greet' /'Welcome to Potentials and New Members' sessions

• 'Foodie' themed events - perhaps cooking/baking competitions, demos, etc

• Art/craft appreciation

• Drinks nights, (such as a 'Fizz Friday', 'G' n' T or beer appreciation sessions', etc) .

• DJ/Music/Disco nights (with/out fancy dress!)

• Xmas Jumper competition night

Anything else you can think of! Get creative! Your club needs you! Sign up via the Diary process or contact any of the committee members for help and guidance.

The Committee

Helpful links
Zoom tutorial -
Google meet (AKA Google Hangouts) tutorial -

Handy Hints for attending and creating online events

some guidance on how to use Zoom and Google Meets for attending and hosting events.

1. Ensure you have the following
• good Wi-Fi connection
• smart phone, tablet, I pad or laptop with a camara (If not you will need to add a camera)
2. Be aware of your surrounding area (what others will see behind you) most tools (zoom, google meets) have a facility to blur or change the background so ensure you how to activate this
3. Ensure your microphone is on and camera is on when logging in (and switch off when ending the meeting or mute)
4. Follow the YouTube tutorials to learn how to create and join meetings
5. You will have to down load Zoom to be able to access a meeting
6. The preferred option for the Social Yorkies AKA IVC York currently is to use Google Meets. It is easy to set up an account if you wish to create an event. For any issues please email the committee. If you don’t wish to create a Google account please contact the Committee and they will give you details on how to use the clubs log in details
7. Once you have decided on your event, create the online event and put the details into the club calendar.
8. Ensure you know who you are letting into the meeting, they should have accepted in the events diary or you can check the members list. If you are attending an online event please let the host know before so they can let you in.
Any issues or concerns over miss use of the online facilities please report to the committee.
Zoom tutorial -
Google meet (AKA Google Hangouts) tutorial -
London AIVC hold regular zoom tutorials

Social Yorkies Committee

York IVC - the beginnings

How it all began

So it was on June 16th 1998 York IVC hosted its first formal event, it was attended by three people; Clare Arnold, Julia Soukup and Katrina Bracchi, sat in a rainy field at Harewood House listening to music from the musicals while eating our damp strawberries. This was what transpired to be the first event in what was to become York’s leading social club for graduates and young professionals.

So how did it all start, well having moved to York in summer of 1997, I looked around for social clubs similar to the one I had been a member of in Surrey, West Surrey IVC. While there were established clubs out there in York nothing offered me the same experience and opportunities I had in Surrey. By this time 1998 was well advanced, I had met a few folk through a variety of different means, also looking for a social club that would provide a programme of a wide variety of events, and the forum to meet others who have similar interests. It was around this time that I learnt that the national body the Association of IVCs would like a group starting in York. Following some discussion with a few people, and AIVC, a grant of £100, York IVC was born.

The following months involved a plethora of meetings and organisation as the club started to take shape and we gathered an ever-expanding group of interested parties. Everything had to be decided and agreed from what are going to be the membership fees, how and where are we going to publicise the club, build a programme of events, print the bulletin ….and so the list went on.

There however, comes a point when you have to actually launch this social club, and ready or not go for it, and the 16th June was decided as our launch date. So it was that we had a programme filled with events, admittedly some borrowed from neighbouring clubs, like Leeds and Teeside, but it illustrated how the club could look, and it was not too long before we had a bulletin full of events run by York members for York members. We had our regular ‘Pete’s Plethora of Pubs’, and ‘International Cuisine of York’ - did you know it was possible even then in oldie worldly York to try a different nationality of cuisine every month?

This was in the days before the Internet and people rarely had a mobile phone, and well a private email address was positively science fiction! So publicity relied on the good old media, of the free press, posters in the library and leaflets in the cinema, leisure centres and anywhere else we could think of, and as ever word of mouth.

So after the first two years of the club we had about 125 members, received about ten enquiries a month and had an events programme that did everything from meals out, to walks to cinema nights. So while times have changed and the way the club is managed, everything is web based now, it's very rare for anyone not to have an email address or a mobile phone, the principles of the club have not changed, and the activities we get involved in are still much the same.

York IVC - not just for those based in York

Also for those in Tadcaster, Selby, Stamford Bridge, Pocklington, Knaresborough or Easingwold...

Live outside of York? It doesn't matter where you live as long as you can get to events. York IVC has a significant number of members living in the surrounding villages and towns. With many activities taking place in York city centre, bus or rail services allow members to get there, perhaps getting a taxi back if necessary, if they fancy a drink or can't or don't want to go by car.

Take a look at our events programme and see what's on for you!

York IVC - your club - putting on events

A brief guide to putting on events

York IVC is all about events and activities and because it's so important when your membership is up for renewal you must have hosted at least two events in the last twelve months to continue at the usual rates. The club's success partly relies on the quality and breadth of events on offer and for this reason we've made putting an event on as easy as possible.

If you're stuck for ideas, nights out and meals out in town are always popular, particularly on Fridays and Saturdays; or why not put on a walk, cycle ride or a round of golf at a weekend; perhaps organise a trip to the cinema or theatre, go paint-balling, go-karting or even Go Ape? Maybe look out for local happenings and turn these into an IVC event? If you host a free event at your home you might be able to claim a subsidy of £20 - get in touch with the Treasurer in advance.

Decide whether you want to host your event with another member and write a description telling members where and when it is and how to contact you. Make it sound exciting - you want people to come, don't you? If you have your own deadline for bookings or numbers are limited, make sure you say this. Then add your event through the web site or send it to the Events Co-ordinators. If you beat the bulletin deadline, it'll appear in this brochure; if not, why not organise an ad-hoc event through the York IVC web site messaging system? It won't count towards your two events but you'll still have a good time. You can also promote your event over the messaging system but why not go to some other events beforehand and get a buzz going about yours?

On the night of your event, please be on time if you're the host and welcome and include all members or potential members that come along. Any member can join in unless they missed your published deadline or you stated numbers were limited. If you have to cancel please withdraw your event from the bulletin or use the messaging system if the bulletin's already gone out. We encourage photos and reviews from events - add these through the web site yourself or send them to the Bulletin Team Co-ordinator.

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