Chances are most of you have decided not to go to the Lunar New Year Celebration Lunch tomorrow. For those of you who have, no worries, we look forward to a great event, with the lion dance, the work we've put in to decorate the place, and welcome you all.
One thing you won't be short of will be food. We have at present 59 registered but we've already ordered food for 120. This places us in an interesting and costly conundrum. The amount from the registration fees for 59 won't cover food for 120. (it requires about 110 tickets to cover the costs of the event).
We hope you already understand why this event is different from past ones, as explained in a prior email. We imagine each of you have good reasons for declining, whether for schedule, cost, location, interest, food, or other concerns. Every event brings their set of challenges and one must always remember to try the best at each and hope to exceed our expectations.
So where does this leave us for trying hard, but still falling a little short?
First, if you were sitting on the fence about signing up, do come join the 59 who will be there. Your contribution will be even more greatly appreciated in this time and help us celebrate the event in a bigger fashion. Sign-ups will be taken at the door too.
Or if you know someone who might be interested, let them know.
For those coming tomorrow, you might want to consider taking some containers to bring back the extra food, and have a plan to share it with those in need.
Happy New Year!
The organising committee for the Lunar New Year Luncheon has created a signup sheet for volunteers. Please click on the link below if you are interested in helping out in the event. You do not need to register for an account to sign up. It is simple and hassle-free. We really appreciate any help that you may offer. Feel free to forward this to those that you think may be interested. Here's explanations for some of the roles.
- Registration - check in the guest based on the guest lists.
- Host / Hostess - direct guests to their assigned tables
- Decorators - come up with simple and inexpensive ideas. Please work with us as we have acquired some materials from Daiso.
The signup is:
Please contact us if you have any questions.
Let's get together for the Year of the Snake!
SingaporeConnect Lunar New Year Celebration Lunch
Feb 23, 2013 (Saturday)
12 pm - 3 pm
Lion Dance Show
Yu Sheng Toss
19628 Stevens Creek Blvd
Cupertino, CA 95014
Details and registration info to come this weekend.
As you may have seen from an email sent 12 days ago, we are trying to do this year's Lunar New Year event with a different set of people than last year's. (basically the ones last year are too busy or tired to organise one this year.)
In our efforts to canvass support, we have 3 volunteers who are keen to help, but none of them would like to be in the "lead organiser" role to drive and coordinate the various tasks to organise this event.
Can you do it? You can read below for the "why and how". Hope to hear from someone - as we are sure there will be interest in our membership to gather together to celebrate the Lunar New Year.
On Saturday, January 12, 2013 at 1:36 AM, Singapore Connect wrote:
This year's Lunar New Year will be on Sunday, Feb 10, 2013.
Possible dates for an celebration event will be Saturday Feb 16, or Feb 23.
We require volunteers to come forth to help organise the event. The current leadership has organised a few Lunar New Year events so far and are relatively less interested in organising it again. "Been there, done that". We would prefer to use our time and energy towards new and unique events.
It is always fun for new people to give it a go at organising an event as they will have more interest to give it a not just a good try, but put in great effort to make it an event to remember.
To help in the preparation, we have a fair bit of documents, i.e. contacts for Lion Dance troupes, contact for Yu Sheng vendor, list of restaurants that can be possible venues, sponsors that can be approached, evaluations of restaurants visited, menus (for food), financial budget, scripts for MC, presentations used for the slide show, description of roles for other coordinators (i.e. A/V, event setup), description of decorations and games, videos of Lunar New Year celebrations, poster, and brochures (for tables). We will be glad to share this collateral with the organising committee, which should greatly speed up in answering any uncertainties and offer a starting point for planning. We can sit in on the conference calls, emails, and discussions for the event if requested.
For event ticketing, we have our own system on the web site which can handle credit-card based payment and provide tickets and registration lists. You won't have to solve that problem. Table seating assignments (striking a balance between flexibility and orderliness) however is a rather interesting challenge: you are welcome to find your own approach to this too! We generally will fill up at least 120 seats with a high probability of a sell-out situation just prior to the event.
In the past, we've used various tools for collaboration. For example, setting up a wiki with the ability to upload documents generally works. Google Docs can provide a space for shared document editing too. FreeConferenceCall type services provide for multi-party telephone conference; alternatively there are multi-party chat services too. Working on an event like this can be a wonderful opportunity to try out these various collaborative tools, many of which have origins in the Bay Area or may even be from startups you personally know!
To give you an idea of the time involvement, if divided among around 3 chief organisers and 3 sub-coordinators, there will be about 15-30 hours of pre-event prep work for the organisers and 2-5 hours for each of the sub-coordinators. The variables time-wise will be looking for sponsors and around how much design work one wants to put into the programme (i.e. come up with skits, performances, musical videos, games), artwork for the menu, and so on. The event itself should be around 2.5 hours, of which the organisers may spend an additional 2.5 hours on pre-event prep and post-event wrap-up.
The Lunar New Year event is typically co-organised with other organisations. Those whom we have co-organised with in the past include NUSEA (National University of Singapore Entrepreneurship Association), SABA (Singapore America Business Association), IPA (Indonesian Professional's Association), and MITCNC (MIT Club of Northern California). We have received interest from IPA and MITCNC in doing another event this year and will be glad to put the organiser in contact with their respective organisers. It is also possible to engage with say S@S (Singaporeans at Stanford), for example.
Please reply by email if you would be interested to help organise the event or have more questions about the event, roles, or would like to browse the available collateral. We think it will be a great opportunity for someone who is innately interested to give it a shot at organising what should be a popular event. It is really way more fun to work with a group of people passionate about making an event happen, than doing it again another year, so we hope to put together a team of enthusiastic event organisers.
Happy New Year!
on behalf of the
Happy Holidays. If you're a Singaporean student studying in the US, or have worked in the US for one to two years, and are in Singapore for the holidays, and are interested in exploring career prospects in Singapore, there's a job fair coming up on 1/5/13:
OSU has asked if we could help publicise the survey they are holding. It is rather long, but it is pretty well-written having taken into account a lot of the concerns of overseas Singaporeans.
There's always been this underlying talk about whether OSU could bring more events to the SF Bay Area, like help hold a "Singapore Day" type event, or fund more events from clubs such as SingaporeConnect. One issue OSU faces is having an idea of where, how many, and what overseas Singaporeans would like them to do.
We know surveys rarely get a full response from those who are reached out to, for a variety of reasons. This is also a pretty long survey to chug through, 30 minutes is probably optimistic. But we hope you can give it a go, to help support SingaporeConnect's mission in the Bay Area as well.
Here is their message.
Dear fellow Singaporean,
You are utmost in our minds as we seek to serve you better while you’re abroad. The Overseas Singaporean Unit (OSU) would like to have your views so that we can effectively engage and support you better while you are away from home.
You may have already received your personalised URL link to the Overseas Singaporean Survey from IPSOS, our appointed research consultant.
Please bear with us if you have already received a similar message, we want to ensure that all overseas Singaporeans feel that they have been reached out to.
If you have participated in the survey, we thank you and appreciate your effort in doing so.
If you have not or did not receive the email and would like to participate in the survey, please access this URL - http://overseasvoices-survey.com. This survey, conducted from now until 8 December, would take about 30 minutes to complete.
We would also like to ask for your help in spreading the word to your other overseas Singaporean friends, who may not already be on our mailing list and share this email with them.
All information gathered would be kept strictly confidential and anonymous, and used only for research purposes.
Should you experience any technical difficulties or have queries regarding the survey, we are here to assist you:
· For queries regarding this survey, please contact Ms Stella Koh from OSU at firstname.lastname@example.org.
· For technical-related issues or assistance on using this survey form, please contact Mr Rolando Centeno Chua, Research Manager, IPSOS at email: Ipsosemail@example.com.
Thank you for your time and Happy Holidays.
Overseas Singaporean Liaison
Overseas Singaporean Unit
Is anyone hosting an event to celebrate Deepavali? We have an offer from OSU to send some items over which can be used to help with the decorations for your event.
(i) Floor decal sticker (adhesive)
(ii) Decorative hanging streamers
(iii) Tattoo stickers
(iv) Origami paper with instruction sheet
(v) Envelope carrier, with flap and strings to hold the items
Please let us know and we'll get back to you to help arrange the delivery. Thanks.