January 2016 meeting

Thursday, January 14, 2016
6:00 p.m.
Angelo’s Italian Restaurant
11643 B Midlothian Turnpike
Midlothian, VA 23113

January 7, 2016, update:

Happy New Year to all friends of Chesterfield Twinning!

This is a reminder that the next meeting of the Chesterfield Twinning Association will be on Thursday, January 14th, starting at 6:00 p.m. We will be meeting at Angelo’s Italian Restaurant, which is at the intersection of Midlothian Turnpike and Courthouse Road, near the Bed, Bath, and Beyond store.

This meeting and the next few months promise to be busy! While our primary meeting focus will be getting ready for Gravesham Twinning’s May 28 to June 4 visit to Chesterfield, we have also invited Rick Tatnall from Richmonds of the World to talk about a Richmond area twinning association cooperation.

Agenda – January 14, 2016
– Richmonds of the World and Richmond Twinning – Rick Tatnall
– update on May 28 to June 4 visit planning
– hosting for Gravesham’s visit
– fund raising status
– 2016 dues update

November 20, 2015, update:

Thanks to all of you who attended our November 3rd meeting, and thanks again to Bonnie for preparing the minutes. Please note there will be no December meeting, and that our next meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, January 14th. We’re hoping to receive an update from Gravesham Twinning in the next couple of weeks, and we will keep you up-to-date on plans for their May, 2016 visit.

Notes from the November 3 meeting:

On Monday, Oct. 25, the event planning subcommittee met at the Egg and I Restaurant to start putting together an itinerary for the upcoming 2016 visit. Members had provided a number of suggestions which the subcommittee considered. After much discussion and additional research, a first draft was developed and emailed to all members for consideration and discussion.

In previous meetings we have discussed the possibility of expanding our twinning opportunities with other locations/countries. It was suggested that we consider reaching out to the twinning organizations in France and Germany that twin with Gravesham. We could extend an invitation to each to send a representative who would travel with the Gravesham visitors. An invitation could lead to the possibility of establishing a long term arrangement.

We received word this week from Gravesham Twinning that 17 of their members are interested in visiting Chesterfield May 28 to June 4, 2016. This number may increase (or decrease) as we get closer to the May visit. We are arranging a Skype call with Gravesham representatives in the next couple of weeks to find out more regarding their interests and plans.

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November 2015 meeting

Tuesday, November 3
6:00 p.m.
Extra Billy’s
1110 Alverser Drive
Midlothian, Virginia

Our next Chesterfield Twinning Association (CTA) meeting will be at 6 pm, Tuesday, November 3rd, at Extra Billy’s, 1110 Alverser Drive in Midlothian. The main focus of this meeting will be discussion of possible activities during Gravesham Twinning’s May 2016 visit to Chesterfield.

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October 2015 meeting

Tuesday, October 13
7:00 p.m.
Central Library
9501 Lori Road
Chesterfield, Virginia

Our next Chesterfield Twinning Association meeting will be on Tuesday, October 13, at the Central Library and the public is invited to come and learn more about our association. The library is publicizing this meeting, and we’re giving a short presentation.

2015-10-13 twinning meeting PR

We had a very productive meeting on September 8th with 17 in attendance. Thank you to Bonnie for your work on our meeting minutes. We welcomed new members and are looking forward getting to know our travelling friends. Our group will be busy this fall. Even if you cannot volunteer come by and visit us at the following upcoming events:

Come out and ask us about Twinning!

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September 2015 meeting

Next meeting:

Tuesday, September 8
6:00 p.m.
Ledo’s Pizza
7052 Commons Plaza
Chesterfield, Virginia

Our next Chesterfield Twinning Association meeting will be next Tuesday, September 8th at 6 p.m. at Ledo’s Pizza across from the Chesterfield County Government Center. The agenda for this meeting:

  • getting ready for Henricus Publick Days (Sept 19-20) and ChesterFest (Sept. 26)
  • fundraising update
  • updating our promotional materials
  • Oct. 13 Central Library Meeting
  • update on a 2016 Gravesham visit
  • planning for visiting Gravesham in 2017

Thanks to everyone who attended our August 17th monthly meeting. It was an enjoyable and productive meeting. We established our volunteer sign up lists for ChesterFest and Henricus Publick Days, however, we still need more help on Sunday, September 20, from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. A summary from our meeting:

  • we now have logo name tags to wear at our upcoming events and recommended t-shirts for our volunteers to wear
  • Things are lining up for CTA’s fundraising efforts at Henricus Public Days Sept. 19/20 and Chesterfest Sept. 26. We will be selling barbecue provided by King’s Corner
  • we agreed on having a few gift baskets again for ChesterFest
  • Glenn agreed to update our display board and our information flyer
  • an invitation has been sent to the Gravesham Town Twinning Association for a May-June visit

Our October 13 meeting will be at the Chesterfield County Central Library, where we will set up an information booth for library patrons.

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August 2015 meeting

Next meeting:

Monday, August 17
6:00 p.m.

To join us for this meeting, please email:
chesterfieldtwinning [at] gmail [dot] com.

Our tentative agenda includes:

  • getting ready for Chesterfest (Sept. 26) and Henricus Publick Days (Sept 19-20)
  • fundraising update
  • updating our brochure
  • meeting at Central Library, October 13
  • update on a 2016 visit
  • planning visit in 2017
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June 2015 meeting

Next meeting:

Tuesday, July 14
6:00 p.m.
Dolce Vita Restaurant
2401 Colony Crossing Place, Midlothian, Virginia 23112

Trip to England report
We met at Chuy’s Restaurant on Thursday, June 4, 2015, and heard from the travellers about their enjoyable trip to England. It was agreed by all that it was a great visit with plenty of activities and time to visit with host families. Several travellers arrived a few days early or stayed a few days late and visited other parts of the country as well as Scotland and Paris! The Eurostar train, zooming under the English Channel, made the trip in a mere 2 1/2 hours. We will be gathering photographs from the trip and posting them on this website.

We welcomed new guests to our meeting and talked about upcoming events in 2016 and 2017. Join us as we work out details for future hosting and travelling opportunities.

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April 2015 meeting

Next meeting:

Thursday,April 9
6:00 p.m.
Camp Baker
7600 Beach Road
Chesterfield, Virginia
$10 / person

Progress report

Our upcoming visit to England is on track with 12 people ready to go – reservations either made or soon to be. Logistics were discussed and further details will be worked out at our April 9 meeting.

Other news

  • our membership is now up to 20 paid members
  • Alena K. has worked with the fundraising committee to come up with fun & profitable activities for building up our Twinning fund
  • a big thank you to Bruno V. for putting the finishing touches on our newly adopted bylaws

Check back for location announcement of our April meeting and come join us!

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