The OWLS Annual General Meeting was held on Tuesday 23 February 2016 at Ombrellos Bar and Restaurant. The meeting was well supported, with a good turnout of members. The AGM began with members catching up with each other over drinks and nibbles, before the business part of the evening began. Firstly, the 2016 Committee was established. We have a full OWLS Committee once again this year, with four new committee members, Val Farrow, Kylie Hope, Shayne Milne, and Louise Trevena-Downing, joining the Committee. Kate Fallow (nee O’Boyle) has stepped off the Committee this year after many years of OWLS service (two as Convenor), as has Jess Withnall. We thank them both for their service and contribution to the Committee.
As well as general business matters, discussions were also held about a special celebration gala to mark the 30th Anniversary of OWLS and the ongoing archiving/history project.
After the formal part of the meeting was concluded, members stayed on for dinner, during which SDHB Commissioner Kathy Grant delivered an extremely positive and inspiring presentation about her experiences in her position thus far. All in all the AGM was a very successful and enjoyable event.
Are you looking for a new challenge for 2016? New to Dunedin? Have you been on the Committee before?
THE OWLS COMMITTEE NEEDS YOU!
OWLS is looking for new and experienced practitioners to join the 2016 OWLS Committee. OWLS aims to provide networking and educational events for female practitioners in Otago. The Committee represents the diverse needs of our members and we need your help to achieve this!
2016 is OWLS 30th Birthday so we have some exciting plans for the year ahead. Now we just need a passionate team to put our ideas into action!
ACCEPTING NOMINATIONS NOW UNTIL FRIDAY 19 FEBRUARY 2016
Please fill in the following nomination form: OWLS Nomination Form 2016
If you have any questions please email OWLS at email@example.com or phone Lizzie McKenzie on 03 474 3529
On Tuesday 11 August OWLS was delighted to host drinks and nibbles at Ombrellos Café and Bar to celebrate Judge Harrison’s judicial appointment to the New Plymouth District Court. Many OWLS members were present to join in the celebrations and to wish Judge Harrison well in her new role. This was a very special event for everyone involved. Congratulations again Judge Harrison! We are so happy for you.
On Wednesday 10 June OWLS hosted our first Wise OWLS Lunchtime Forum of the year in the Anderson Lloyd Boardroom. About 20 members attended the event and discussed a range of issues particularly relevant to newer members of the legal profession such as how to get the most out of mentoring, how to be accountable at work and what counts as appropriate work attire. These topics promoted a lively and frank discussion from all of those in attendance and we thank our Wise OWLS for their words of wisdom as always. We will have another Lunchtime Forum later in the year.