Hi, my name is Janice Maple and I am extremely proud to be a member of our Bangalow community. I moved to the Byron Shire in 2000 and settled in Bangalow in 2001. Since that time, I have been busy raising my three sons and working full time in the real estate industry. I have been fortunate to have lived in a number of areas in the Bangalow village and to call this place home.
For some time I have been thinking about forming this club. A club exclusively for women with the sole objective of providing a vehicle for women to meet and connect and form new friendships with other women in our local village.
Through a change in my own personal situation, the breakdown of my marriage almost 5 years ago, I realised the importance and value of friendships and relationships with other women. Also, having met a number of women who move into our area every year who were also looking for ways to connect with other women, I knew it was time for me to put this idea into action.
In Mid-2018, I sold my real estate business which allowed me time to develop a plan for the women’s club and through lots of conversations with women in our area, The INClub was born. An INClusive social club for women! If you are a woman who lives in the Bangalow area and you would like to meet other women at social events for a fun time, then this club is for you. All women are welcome.
I am really excited about the possibilities for this club and I am hoping to get a lot of input and support from you, the women who this club is for. One thing I am very excited about is the website. It is interactive for our members! It means that once you become a member, you can upload details about yourself and you can start meeting other women and interacting independently.
Remember, this club is to make new friends and to assist you with feeling a part of our wonderful community. The INClub will be hosting a social activities throughout the year where you are more than welcome to attend. In my previous life, before my move to Bangalow, I worked in event management. I am very excited to dust off the cobwebs and bring these organisational skills back out to play! The activities planned will range from relaxed, casual events to more formal, organised get-togethers. As a member of The INClub, you will receive advance notice of these activities and will also receive a special member price to attend the events.
I am also proud The INClub supports local charity Fergus & Delilah financially through a portion of the Membership Fee. Fergus & Delilah is an education program teaching our children to be accepting and inclusive of other children who may be different to them. It is so special!
If you have any ideas for other activities you would like The INClub to arrange or any other feedback about your expectations for the club, I would love to hear from you!