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  • 29/05/2020 14:25 | Anonymous

    Hey Bears,

    How unbelievably ecstatic and relieved are we all that our two home bars Kinselas & Bank Hotel - Newtown will both be re-opening from June 1st??


    Obviously restrictions still apply and it may still be some time before we can gather again under the Harbour City Bears banner (Our weekly events easily have over 100 persons in attendance at any time). #StaySafe out there, Keep #WashYourHands and #ShopLocal.


    Please be assured that the Committee continues to monitor the situation and we will recommence events asap. As communicated via email to all members, your memberships have been extended for the period of the shutdown thus all expiry dates on membership cards are incorrect. We will communicate more on this in due course.

    From 1 June pubs, clubs and restaurants to have up to 50 customers, subject to a one person per four square metre rule, and with strict physical distancing guidelines. More at https://bit.ly/Pubs-Clubs-Cafes-Update

  • 25/05/2020 00:04 | Anonymous

    The torch has been passed! We’d like to thank Daniel Marshall for his help as Membership Officer since the AGM last year and announce that Committee member David Langdale has now taken over as Membership Officer.  David will be processing all renewals and new membership applications, and will also be looking at streamlining and simplifying what has been a very manual process.


    This is also a good opportunity for Harbour City Bears to make sure everything is up to date, so if you're missing your membership card please email Membership and make sure your postal address up-to-date in your Profilemembership applications, and will also be looking at streamlining and simplifying what has been a very manual process.

  • 22/05/2020 16:06 | Anonymous

    Wow! Andrew & Manuel... and the dad is quite a bear too

  • 22/05/2020 00:21 | Anonymous

    Would you like to be more socially connected online? Are safety and security issues holding you back? Would you like to know more about online technologies?

    Due to coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions and physical distancing, many older community members are experiencing increased social isolation. ACON’s Love Project - Living Older Visibly and Engaged wants to understand the best ways to communicate online with older LGBTQ+ people.

    Is it easy for you to be online, what is your level of knowledge and what are some of the challenges you experience? Understanding your online needs and preferences will help us deliver better programs and activities.

    Complete their survey here ➡️ bit.ly/2xRZQG3


  • 18/05/2020 12:31 | Anonymous

    "On behalf of the committee and members of the Harbour City Bears, I would like to give a massive THANK YOU to all of our volunteers. We couldn't do this without your hard work and enthusiasm!"
    Cameron
    President - Harbour City Bears



  • 16/05/2020 18:20 | Anonymous
    National Volunteer Week starts on Monday 18 May.  Volunteers Australia have launched a very special video featuring their Volunteering Champions as they use their voices to help spread the message that volunteers around Australia really are CHANGING COMMUNITIES. CHANGING LIVES.
  • 08/05/2020 10:29 | Anonymous

    The outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) may lead to stress and anxiety for some of us. Feeling overwhelmed by strong emotions during times like these is totally understandable. Coping with distress and fear in a healthy way will help ensure that you, your loved ones and everyone in our communities stay strong and resilient during this time.

    Read More...
  • 08/05/2020 10:26 | Anonymous


    For those tumbling on to the gay scene for the first time today, it might be tempting to think bears have always been with us. However, although gay bars – both underground and overground – existed for much of the 20th century, the commercial bears scene is a more recent phenomenon.

    Read More...


  • 01/05/2020 16:09 | Anonymous


    All good things must come to an end.

    As much as I’d love Josh to stay, 5 years on the Harbour City Bears committee is a massive effort and a change is well earned. Unanimously voted the hardest worker on the committee, he has been there constantly to bring forward and develop ideas, work on designs, run coat checks at events, adjust policy and documentation, prod me sharply whenever I am doing the wrong thing… the list goes on and needless to say, Josh has evolved the club which will leave a long lasting legacy.

    Josh, thank you so much for all your help and inspiration since I joined the committee! I will take the lessons learned from you and the style of thinking you brought to the committee, to keep things on track and running smoothly. Obviously this is definitely not the last we will see of you, and I bet you are looking forward to just enjoying the events we will be putting on without the stress of running things.

    On behalf of myself, the committee, and the club as a whole, I wish you all the best with finishing your degree and say a massive THANK YOU!

    Cheers,

    Cam
    President, Harbour City Bears

    G’day members,

    I’m Josh, and have been the secretary of the organisation for the last 5 years. This is my notice of resignation from the committee to the membership. Thank you all for trusting me to help shape the club into what it is now even though I joined the committee only after about 3 months of joining up. What the club has become has changed so much - we have even broken our membership record set in 2011.

    If I were to mention every committee member I had worked with, the list would be about 20 people long. So, here’s a blanket “thank you” to the committee members of the last 5 years. For the learnings from the bad ones, the ease of working with the good ones, and to the ones that I will forever rely upon, thank you.

    Five years is a long time - it’s a fifth of HCB’s lifetime. I’m running on empty: the energy that was required to stay as neutral to members’ concerns and comments wore me down mentally (over the last five years, they all stack up). This is further impacted by being in my last year of my Masters, filling up the spare processing power in my head.

    HCB has given me direction in life, and I will be forever thankful. But my time is up and the flame of passion is burning out. I need time for the battle wounds to heal. You’ll still see me around once physical distancing measures are pulled back. If you see me doing my usual lap: stop me, sit me down and give me a drink if so inclined.

    And to finish...

    Wash your hands.

    Yours in Fur,

    Josh Borja

    (Now Potential Winner of the Badge Draw)




    We'll all miss you on the committee Josh!  Thank You.

    • Sam Bo - VP
    • David Lambert - Treasurer
    • David Langdale
    • Zoo Davies
    • Rich Summerhayes
    • Steven White
    • Stephan Langella

    The vacated role of Secretary will be filled by Stephan Langella until the committee election takes place at the next AGM.

    Regards,

    Harbour City Bears Committee


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