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ALBA agrees to trial 'social club' model

Thu 9 Oct 2014 In: New Zealand Daily News View at NDHA

ALBA was formed in 2001 The Auckland Lesbian Business Association is looking to turn over a new leaf, and become more of a simplified social club. Around 20 people met to discuss the future of the group at cafe Garnet Station last night. The overwhelming majority agreed it was time for a change of direction, agreeing that while the organisation shouldn’t be completely disestablished, a revamp was needed. While there was some discussion of whether a lesbian-only group like ALBA is a “generational thing” there is lessening desire for, it was agreed by those in attendance that there was still a want for an informal space for older lesbians to gather socially, to drink and chat. It was decided that a group of three women would run a trial of simple social gatherings, likely at Garnet Station, on the second Wednesday of every month. Effort is also to be put into widening the ALBA database and finding ways to attract more women, and younger lesbians. There is to be another public meeting in six months to look at whether it has worked and where to next. In the meantime ALBA’s funds are to be frozen, with the stipulation that some cash may be accessed if needed to upgrade the organisation’s database. ALBA is in good fiscal condition thanks to a successful quiz night in the last financial year. The group was started in 2001 to address a desire for a place for lesbians to meet in an easy social setting, and a space to network.     

Credit: Daily News staff

First published: Thursday, 9th October 2014 - 8:59am

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