Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Getting to know you...

Hello Dear Friends!
Welcome to my new blog. Never having blogged before, I am feeling quite pleased with myself for figuring this out and getting started. But that begs the question, who will read this blog? I am hoping that this will be a way to communicate, meet and get to know Young Adult Friends (YAF) from around the NY Yearly Meeting (NYYM). SO to that end, I am collecting emails and facebook friends of YAFs. It is my goal to get to know as many of you as possible. How to do this?
Here is a letter I am sending to Monthly Meetings and Regional meetings, please circulate.

Dear Friends,

My name is Gabi Savory Bailey, of Chatham-Summit MM. I have just begun serving as the new Young Adult Field Secretary for New York Yearly Meeting. In this role I will be working with attenders and members of the Monthly Meetings ages 18-35. This very well may involve young families. I hope to increase communication, and a sense of community. I am available for information and pastoral care and support. As this is a new position, I want to start by getting to know who the Young Adults are in our Yearly Meeting. I am very excited to get to know the YAF of NYYM! Please help me spread the word that I am looking for them. If there is an attender that may be looking to find Friends closer to their age, I can help. I need your help to make a list of names and contact information so that I can get myself in contact with and make myself available to them. This can be accomplished in a number of ways.
My contact information can be posted on your bulletin board (Is there a section for Young Adult Friends?) I am supplying a flyer and cards in this mailing.
You can read this letter during announcements.
You can forward this letter to Young Adult Friends (YAF) in your meeting.
You can email me and let me know who the YAF are, and their contact info, and I can get in touch with them.
I can come to your Monthly Meeting, Regional Meeting, or meet with YAF from your meeting during Summer Sessions. (Do they know about Summer Sessions at Silver Bay?) I would love to have a YAF get together in your neck of the woods!
If email is easier, I will email an electronic copy of this letter as well.
Alert them to read my regular articles in Spark.
I am on Facebook. Nyym Ya Fieldsecretary. Friend me!
Soon, I will be looking to get a web page going, and a blog, so look for that in the future.
Send me the contact information for a YAF who can serve as a point of contact in your meeting, or give them my info and they can contact me.

I am also putting together a "cluster" of rooms for families with young children at Silver Bay this year. If there is a family of YAF with young children, who might be interested in attending Summer Sessions, PLEASE encourage them to get in touch with me as soon as possible.

Thank you so much for all of your help! Do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or suggestions that you have. I can be reached at:
(607) 749-0088
FaceTime (contact me for address)
Skype: nyymyafs

Looking forward to getting to know all of you!

Gabi Savory Bailey

PLEASE talk to each other, and talk to me! I am very excited about this.

Here are some upcoming events to be aware of:

Farmington Scipio Spring Gathering, I hear this is great! I am planning on attending, Are you? See for details

Summer Sessions at Silver Bay. Spend a week on beautiful Lake George! There are business and committee meetings, Circle of Young Friends events, outdoor activities, and an opportunity to get to know other YAF from NYYM!! It is great fun! If you have a family, TALK TO ME. I have a young daughter and we want to get a cluster of rooms for families with young children. Short on funds? No problem! There are assistance funds to help you get there. Contact me with questions! Or see for details.

Feeding the Fire weekend at Powell House, the retreat center for NYYM. August 2011. See for details.

Circle of Young Friends conference, August 2011 topic and date and location, TBA.

PLEASE let me know if you have any questions, comments, suggestions, feelings, thoughts, musings, concerns, need for support, or bad jokes. I look forward to getting to know you!



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