Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to our BBS Community!  Thank you for supporting the British Benevolent Society (BBS) throughout 2015 and thank you for your renewed membership for 2016.

I am delighted to introduce myself as BBS’s first Executive Director with the aim to expand our membership and better serve our community.

As you know the BBS plays a unique role in the British community here, serving British citizens who are transient or living in California and neighboring States.  Over the last 150 years BBS has built a huge solidarity chain of British citizens and anglophiles made up of members through which we mobilize resources to bring support to those in need.   This support ranges from providing financial support to victims of accidents, crimes or other unfortunate circumstances to creating events that build our BBS community.

In 2016 we hope to build this community considerably, increasing membership, volunteer activities and establishing a vibrant network of individuals supporting our mission.  We want to increase the number of donors in order to expand our capacity to carry out our work.

You are a generous member of BBS and I would love to hear from you.  Please email me directly and set up a time we can talk or meet to give your thoughts on how we can support our community further.  We are eager to work with all our members to turn our vision of a just and compassionate community where everyone thrives.

We are preparing upcoming events for this new year including monthly BBS networking breakfasts which will take place at our offices in San Francisco (555 California, Suite 4925), meet ups, pub quizzes, and, of course, one of the most expected events of the Year: Her Majesty the Queen’s 90th birthday celebration to take place on Saturday June 11th at the Fairmont: Save the date!  More details to follow.

Stay tuned for more in the coming months on our work—including blogs, events, and more.

Please consider making a donation to the BBS by clicking here

You or others you know can get involved by volunteering. Contact us to arrange a meeting.

You may also renew your membership and encourage your friends to join.  We need your continued support for BBS’s important work.

A strong membership will insure a strong community that BBS promises to nurture.

I look forward to hearing from you and getting to know you all

Best wishes,


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