Members of Graduate Women (Otago) value:
We welcome as members all women with tertiary qualifications conferred in New Zealand or overseas; and we welcome enquiries about the financial grants and awards we offer for educational programmes, and individual women and girls of various backgrounds and attainment levels.
If anyone needs help stocking their pantry, running errands, or with anything at all over the next few months (bearing in mind any government restrictions on non-essential services in place at the time), please don’t hesitate to get in touch: email@example.com or 027 868 1086 are the best ways to reach me. Your branch committee is ready and willing to help, both with practical tasks or a friendly chat over the phone – please do reach out.
This is an uncertain and unprecedented time. Take care of yourselves, and continue to look out for one another. I have no wisdom to offer that others far more qualified haven’t already provided, so in the words of our Prime Minister: “We all have a role to play. Look out for your neighbour, look out for your family. Look out for your friends.”
Our current members’ ideas about the benefits of joining GW (Otago) include the following:
All members and prospective members are welcome at Branch meetings. Meetings are usually held on the fourth Thursday of the months of February to April and June to November, at 7.30pm in the Benham Seminar Room, 2nd floor, Zoology Department, University of Otago. The Zoology Department is at 340 Great King St (opposite Physiotherapy and next to Dentistry). The Benham Building is the newer building, set back from the street. Access is via the big glass doors at the back of the car park. You are welcome to use the car park. The doors of the building are locked at night, but a Branch member will be there to open the door for you from approximately 7.15pm until the meeting begins at 7.30pm.
Inside the building use the stairs or the elevator to reach the second floor. The Benham Seminar Room is at the end of the corridor heading north. It is signposted at the doorway to the elevator.
GW (Otago) activities include:
All members are welcome to participate in these activities.
Membership of GW (Otago) is open to all women with a degree (or equivalent diploma, licence or certificate that enables the holder to proceed to postgraduate study at a recognised tertiary institution) conferred in New Zealand or overseas. Women who have completed two years full-time study for such a qualification (or the part-time equivalent) may join as associate members. Membership is renewed each year, with the membership year running from 1 July to 30 June. Those joining part way through a year still pay the full annual amount. To join us, download our Membership application form. Complete the form and post it (with your cheque or verification of your direct credit payment) to the Membership Secretary, GW (Otago), P O Box 6334, Dunedin North, Dunedin 9059 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Examples of the work in the community that the Branch undertakes:
From time to time, we contribute to issues relevant to our mission raised by government and society, and to remits to our national conference and National Council of Women conferences.
Otago Branch awards and grants are dispersed from the funds of either GW (Otago) or NZFGW (Otago Branch) Charitable Trust. If you are interested in an Otago Branch award or grant, please read all of the material supplied in the relevant Application Pack. If you decide to apply, allow yourself plenty of time to gather material, to complete your application on the prescribed form, and to post your application in time to meet the relevant closing date.
You may apply by email to email@example.com. Alternatively, the postal address of both GW (Otago) and NZFGW (Otago) Charitable Trust is P O Box 6334, Dunedin North, Dunedin 9059. If you decide to apply by post, please ensure that your hard-copy applications are printed single-sided. Any reports should also be single-sided.
Travel Awards (Closing dates: 15 March, 15 June and 15 August each year.)
Community Awards (Closing dates: 31 January, 15 May and 15 September each year.)
Helen Benson Awards (Closing date: 15 October each year.)
Otago Daphne Purves Awards (Closing date: 15 February and 15 July each year.)
Project Grants for research or activities promoting our organisation’s goals (Granted periodically.)
Support for Members Representing NZFGW or GWI (formerly IFUW) Internationally On GWI Boards and/or Committees (Granted when applicable.)
Hardship Grants (Details supplied when requested by Dunedin tertiary institution staff members.)
GWI President’s Choice Speaker (Paid triennially on request of GWI.) Various other Awards and Grants of interest
In May, August, and December, we ask members to contribute time to our fund-raising business of hiring out academic dress. The proceeds raised from this provide funds for National Fellowships and the Branch’s own awards and grants. Special projects in the community are also supported by these funds.
Outside graduation times, the Regalia rooms are open for casual hiring on Wednesdays between 12 noon and 2.00pm.
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