Out Astoria Elections!

Dear Friends,

You thought election season was over?  Guess again!  Earlier this month we announced the new sponsor membership in Out Astoria (OA).  For $10 a year, sponsor members get discounts to OA events and are entitled to vote (and run!) in January’s OA elections. Today I’m writing to tell you more about those elections and how you can get involved.

For the past 4 years, OA has been governed by a steering committee whose members were invited by its cofounders to run the organization. But starting in 2011, OA will have a steering committee composed of 13 sponsor members elected by their peers.  OA’s bylaws call for 3-year terms that are staggered so that only one-third of the committee is up for election each year.  For the first election, however, all 13 positions are open; those who are elected this year will get 3-, 2- or 1-year terms depending on how they place in the voting.

As of today, we are opening up nominations for those who wish to be candidates for the steering committee.  Sponsor members can either nominate themselves or another sponsor member by sending an e-mail to elections@outastoria.com.  Before being listed on the ballot, nominees will be checked against the sponsor membership list and, unless currently on the steering committee, get a phone call from me to review steering committee responsibilities and election rules.

If you are not yet a sponsor member but wish to run in the election, you can sign up today through our Web site at http://outastoria.com/membership/membership-form/ and pick up your membership card at the next OA mixer this Friday, November 19.

The election will be held online January 11–13 via a secure Internet voting process. Sponsor members will receive e-mail invitations with a link to the electronic ballot when the election opens.  Candidates will have the ability to post a candidate’s statement and photo on OA’s Web site and the electronic ballot.  The ballot is final and closed to new candidacies on January 5.

Once the new steering committee has been elected and announced on January 14, it will meet the following week to select OA’s new president and other officers for 2011 from within the committee.

I’m very excited that Out Astoria has reached the stage where it can have elections, and I hope that many of you will choose to participate, either as candidates or as sponsor members who vote.

Best wishes,

Brent Gallenberger

Acting President, Out Astoria

OA November Events!

So we’re not quite sure how it happened, but the coming week is chock-full of Out Astoria events/activities!  So clear your calendar and come to all of them or pick an event you haven’t yet tried, like our second-ever OA Game Night!

Of course we need to plug the Out Astoria Sponsor membership again here – even if you haven’t read the letter from our founders we sent out a few weeks back, we’re still running our sponsor membership drive (leading up to sponsor members getting into the next mixer for free, and receiving discounted admission to our holiday party in December).  Also, in a few days our acting President will be circulating information about election to the Out Astoria Steering Committee–how to submit your name for candidacy, dates/deadlines prior to and during the election, etc.  Keep an eye out for it in the next few days – but remember, only Out Astoria Sponsor Members will be allowed to run/vote on the Steering Committee!

You’ll be able to sign up for membership at all three Out Astoria events listed below!

SUN – NOV 14 – Out Astoria Game Night at Waltz Astoria – 4-9PM – FREE!

24-14 Ditmars Boulevard, Astoria, NY – 718-956-8742

Game Night is Back!

Join your fellow gay gamers at Waltz-Astoria this Sunday at 4PM for Out Astoria’s second-ever game night!  We’ll have a fun selection of games to choose from and a good group of Astoria gays to play with!  If you can’t make it at 4pm just come by later on – we’ll be swapping out teams and games at regular intervals too!

Waltz-Astoria is a unique performance space and artistic-minded wine/desert bar located on Ditmars Boulevard.  They have a lot of great snacks and drinks for us to enjoy while we play!

WED – NOV 17 – Out Astoria November Dinner at MexiQ – 7-9PM

37-11 30 Avenue, Astoria, NY – 718-626-0333

With the weather turning cold, what better way to warm up than joining your gaybor’s at one of Astoria’s hottest new places?  Join us for Out Astoria’s November dinner at MexiQ!  To mark the occasion, MexiQ is extending its happy hour until 9pm just for those who attend our dinner!

Why Leave Astoria calls MexiQ “smokin’ delicious” with a menu that’s moderately priced and with $5 margaritas, $3 for half liters of beer, and other beer specials all night, even those on “liquid diets” will want to join us for this dinner.  MexiQ will also offer a free pitcher of margaritas for each table, but make sure you’re seated by 7:15 PM before they’re all gone!

FRI – NOV 19 – Out Astoria November Mixer at Mix Cafe + Lounge – 8-11PM – $5/FREE for Sponsor Members!

40-17 30 Avenue, Astoria, NY – 347-642-4840

After this mixer, for a lot of us, we’ll be scattering to the four winds to meet up with our biological families to behave nicely for a time, and then start arguments over the gravy and stuffing.  So before we head out, come over to Out Astoria’s November/Pre-Turkey Mixer at Mix Cafe + Lounge and spend some quality time with your chosen family in the big bad city!

$5 cover at the door will get you an hour (8-9PM) open bar (well drinks/beer/wine) but even if you’re running late from work that evening, make sure you swing by, there’s always a fun contingent of our people still hanging out there until late!

For those who have already registered for an Out Astoria Sponsor Membership – you will not be charged for this mixer!  Just let us know at the door that you registered and we’ll give you your membership card!  Or, just take a moment to register your membership now!  You can pay the $10 yearly dues via paypal or in person at the mixer when you collect your membership card!

Have a great weekend!  If we don’t see you at all of the events, we’ll at least catch you at one of them!