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  • Can't Stop The Serenity 2014

On November 10 (or today as it still is in the US), Equality Now celebrates “Browncoats Appreciation Day“. Since 2006, Browncoats have helped raise over $900,000 for Equality Now through Can’t Stop the Serenity.

And we’re excited to finally announce that our own events this year have added $8,067.43 (or $7,000 USD) to this growing figure.

This year’s Can’t Stop the Serenity fundraising came from three events – our Serenity screening on 2 August at the State Library of Victoria’s Village Roadshow Theatrette, our annual Battle of the Geeks Trivia Night at the Celtic Club, and a series of eBay auctions. All told, Can’t Stop the Serenity Melbourne 2014 raised $8,067.43 for Equality Now, which was donated on 12 October.

This year’s screening didn’t quite sell out as it had in the past but we still had a great turnout (180 tickets were sold out of 200). There was some fabulous cosplay, and after speaking to the people that were in attendance it’s clear that a good time was had. We were again very fortunate to have Ben McKenzie offer his time to host our event, and I honestly don’t know how to express our thanks enough. Ben makes the running of our day so much easier. We had some fantastic collectibles on offer in our live auction, and some very passionate bidders! Our massive raffle was a great success, and our door prizes were a hit! Huge thanks to our supporters for donating so many wonderful things for us to share. There were some hiccups on the day, but thanks to Ben, the SLV staff and the members of the NMB Committee of Management, those problems were solved with a minimum of fuss – and hopefully without anyone even being aware of them! All told, it was a great day and a wonderful chance to spend some time with our fantastic Browncoat community!

The Battle of the Geeks Trivia Night on 16 August was great fun! Attendees were a mix of presale tickets and pay-on-the-night, with a total attendance of about 70. The highlight of the night was the Celebrity Head round, and everyone enjoyed making origami Serenity models. We are indebted to the folks at the Celtic Club for once again providing the venue at a low cost, to the Perth Browncoats for sharing their trivia questions, and to our supporters for donating prizes for our raffle and winning team.

Lastly, our ebay auctions were once again very popular. We had some fantastic collectibles on offer, and lots of very happy winners. Congratulations!

Our CSTS events wouldn’t be successful without the volunteer helpers that we have in the lead up to events and on the day. Thanks go to Liz, Craig, Alex, Ali, Breanna and Xander, and I’d also like to thank the other members of the Committee of Management: our President, Jen, our Secretary and my CSTS co-runner Leanne, our Communications and everything computer based go-to guy Michael, and our Treasurer Mick who keeps all the numbers in line. Without all the support of these people these events wouldn’t keep happening.

Thank you!!

~ Chris MacLennan, CSTS Melbourne 2014 Organiser

It’s that time of year again – time for our Annual General Meeting! We truly value our Members and want to share with you what we’ve been up to and how your membership dollars help. We’d also love to spend some time with you, and give you the chance to meet and hang out with other New Melbourne Browncoats members.

This year’s AGM will be held at The Boatbuilders Yard in South Wharf on Saturday, 22nd November at 10am. We’ll be holding the AGM from 10–11am, then having lunch afterwards. We would love for all members to attend, and friends are welcome too.

The AGM involves the presentation of reports from the Committee of Management (COM) about what we’ve been up to during the past financial year, the election of the COM for the following year, and a chance for you to ask questions and raise issues (see the Articles of Incorporation for more info on your rights as a member). Please note that only members may participate in voting and you should make sure you have your dogtags with you if you wish to vote.

If you think you’d like to become more involved, you’re invited to nominate for any position on the COM, or volunteer to be part of a Sub-Committee. COM roles are President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Secretary and General Member. In 2015, the Sub-Committees are CSTS, Sereniversity Event, Cabin in the Woods Event and Browncoat Booth (our presence at conventions). Nomination information for COM positions has been sent to members, so check your emails, and if you’d like to volunteer for a Sub-Committee just let us know!

We hope to see you there!

Anthea Wright is an amazing Australian artist, and this stunning Kaylee piece is just the start of her Firefly inspired collection! Anthea was showcasing her work at Armageddon Expo this weekend, and we were lucky to see in progress sketches of some of her upcoming Firefly pieces, including Zoe and Wash pieces. She’s an artist to watch, and definitely worth checking out!

In fact, we’ve got one of her gorgeous Kaylee bookmarks to give away! For your chance to win just email outfitters@newmelbournebrowncoats.com and tell us your favourite Kaylee moment. Entries close on Friday 24 October.

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You’re invited to join us for Melbourne’s first ever Hallowhedon 2014, a celebration of all things Joss Whedon!

Join us on Halloween for an evening of drinks, giveaways and shindiggery! Festivities begin at the not-so-witching-hour of 6:30pm in the green by the Melbourne Convention Centre and will continue at the Boat Builder’s Yard on the banks of the Yarra. With PAXAus taking place right next door, we’ll be in nerdvana central!

Strut your stuff in your best costume (whether Whedon-inspired or otherwise) in our Costume Contest! Show us your best evil genius laugh in the Dr Horrible’s Evil Laugh Competition, and spend some cashy money on our Halloween inspired Lucky Dip! You’ll be in with a chance to score from our prize stash valued at over $200!

Date: Friday 31 October
Time: 6:30pm – late
Location: Meet beside Polly Woodside (look out for our banner), with drinks to follow at the Boatbuilder’s Yard (2A Clarendon Street, Melbourne VIC 3006)
Cost: Free event. Drinks/meals at venue prices. Lucky Dips are $5 each (proceeds to charity).

Register: RSVP on our Facebook event or via email by Wednesday 29 October for venue purposes.
For more information and to RSVP contact events@newmelbournebrowncoats.com

Hallowhedon Venues Map vs PAX