As the new year is underway, I hope that 2017 brings each of you enlightening experiences, inspiring work, much fun and good health.
Your Board of Directors has been diligently at work setting the course for the year ahead - helping to coordinate membership within our important committees, constructing productive agendas, and establishing new initiatives that will showcase our members and the benefits of participation in LDNY. We hope you will continue to engage in this process, as your contributions and creativity are invaluable to ensuring the continuing progress of our very special organization.
As we kick off 2017 with new projects underway and the addition of wonderful new members to the Chapter, please take a moment to check out the LDNY E-Newsletter. Sent last week to all members, the new E-Newsletter shares even more information about our Chapter and each other with sections on "Member News, Reminders, Sponsorship Offerings" and more. What a great way for us to learn more about each other and to enrich our relationships.
Distributed to all members on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month, the LDNY E-Newsletter is a vehicle for including news about your work, play, activities, interests, job offerings, project opportunities, and industry achievements. In addition, you are invited to share special promotional offers from you or your clients with other members. Please send your submissions to me and LDNY's Secretary, Dame Ronnie Campbell at email@example.com.
A new, branded LDNY design, along with a logo saluting the commemoration of our 40-year legacy has been completed and its application on many of our communications is already in the works. The branded template gives our Chapter a strong visual identity throughout all LDNY communications. We believe it strikes the right balance in a design that will work well for Programs, Events, President's Letter and E-Member Newsletter, as well as any other official communication coming from the organization. We do hope you find it strong, clear and impactful, and that you will use the logo in your signatures or other communications.
Every other year, Les Dames d'Escoffier International bestows the honor of naming a woman as Grande Dame. This honorary title is given in recognition of extraordinary and unusual contributions to the fields of food, wine, other fine beverages, nutrition, the arts of the table, or other fields that relate to these disciplines. Criteria for the Grande Dame Award requires nominees to be women, late in their careers, with outstanding professional achievement, excellence, and charitable/community contributions.
The nomination process for this prestigious award begins at the Chapter level, so we are asking members of the New York Chapter to provide recommendations for the Board to consider in submitting our Chapter's recommendation to LDEI.
Nominees DO NOT have to be members of our organization. A separate, more comprehensive communication will be sent to you shortly, but please begin to give your immediate attention to this prestigious opportunity. Please submit your nominations no later than February 28, 2017.
Dames Bonnie Tandy Leblang and Francine Cohen, co-chairs of "The Next Big Bite 2017" (TNBB2017) need your assistance to make this important annual LDNY initiative -- now in its third year in 2017 -- an even more successful event. Bonnie and Francine seek the following volunteers:
• Dames willing to share connections or help open doors to potential sponsors both in and out of the food sector
• Dames who know - or are willing to investigate – philanthropic, charitable foundation resources and their application processes and
• Dames who would like to work on a "The Next Big Bite" subcommittee to help make this once again an outstanding LDNY event.
Committee Co-Chairs Dames Jeanne Voltz and Joyce O'Neill and LDNY's energetic Program Committee have been constructing another year of terrific programs for the Chapter that will ensure unique experiences combined with hospitable networking. Thanks to Dame Barbara Sibley, a most festive Welcome New Year Party took place on January 9th at her charming and historic Holiday Cocktail Lounge on St. Marks Place in the East Village. At Dame Hiroko Shimbo's upcoming Okonomiyaki Hands-On Class at ICC on February 1st, members will learn to make this popular, casual Japanese food accompanied by a sake tasting. And other upcoming programs will include a Salon with Dame Marion Nestle (March 13th at NYU), Scholarship dinner at New York City College of Technology, and more. Stay tuned and plan to register early so as not to be closed out.
And finally, please do remember to regularly take a look at the beautifully redesigned LDNY Website for comprehensive information, news and updates about the chapter and your fellow Dames: http://www.ldny.org.
I look forward to seeing you soon at some, or all, of our many wonderful programs and events!
Dame Joan Brower