POWA Online Alternative (OnA) Screenings

In our efforts to counter our Coronavirus induced hiatus, POWA is proud to announce our Online Alternative (OnA) Screenings! These will be weekly online watchalongs using the Metastream stream syncing service, essentially replacing our regular screenings. These will have a whole new line-up, focused on short length shows of varying runtimes to fit into one hour slots, allowing us to return to our regular line-up when the hiatus is over.

Since we want as many people to participate as possible, suggestions and voting will be open to everyone, not just POWA members. The first suggestion thread will open on our Facebook group later today. The randomly chosen slots we will be starting off with are:

Slice of Life, Romance & Arthouse
Cultural & Historical
Action

We hope for POWA’s first OnA screening to happen on March 29th. We will be making Facebook events for the schedule and linking to the Metastream, so keep an eye on here for more details. If you have any questions, feel free to on our Discord server.

POWA OnA

Another Important Announcement (POWA & the Coronavirus)

It is with great sadness that, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic POWA is once again forced into a hiatus, effective immediately.

Due to Edith Cowan University’s decisive and understandable decision to prohibit all non-essential events on campus grounds for the rest of the academic semester, POWA will not be able to screen our regular events there, including our planned return from hiatus on March 29th.

Due to recent national level policies and procedures involving the Coronavirus, the possibility of finding another place to screen seems slim, and with the safety of our members in mind, probably should not happen anyway. Combined with this, cinemas and other gathering places across the country are suspending their own events and closing, meaning the physical presence of the club will need to take a back seat for the coming months.

To help keep the community going, the committee is currently exploring ways to bolster our online presence, especially in our community Discord server. Our ongoing Ghibli-Thon and Going Home Club will be joined by other online anime watchalongs and community events. Details of our plans will be posted as soon as they are confirmed.

During this period, we hope that all members of the community, new and old will be able to participate and create their own events, such as the video game nights and streams already happening on our Discord. POWA has built a great community over the years, and we hope to see it continue to flourish, as a way to support each other in this troubling time.

Most of all though, we urge our community to stay safe. While rules and laws can stop the spread of coronavirus on wider scales, individual action can go a long way. Wash your hands, practice social distancing and follow other recommendations by experts.

To stay up to date with, or contact POWA:
Our Facebook
Our Email
Our Discord

An Important Announcement

ECU’s Student Guild Council has made POWA aware of several key responsibilities and requirements that they expect of the club that we must accomplish in order for us to be able to exist as an associate of the ECU Student Guild, and therefore, book locations and organise events on the ECU Joondalup campus.

Two major and key examples of the requirements are the following;

1) POWA’s organising committee is required to be five active members of the ECU Student body at the time of the club’s association with the Guild, and;

2) 51% or more of the club’s active membership needs to be active members of the ECU Student body.

By reaching and maintaining these milestones, the ECU Student Guild can ensure that their organisational efforts go first and foremost to the support of the ECU student body over the interests of outside groups.

POWA Anime Club meets neither of these requirements and, as such, has lost association status with the ECU Student Guild and no longer can make use of ECU facilities and equipment – including rooms, projectors and internet connections.

As such, POWA is announcing a hiatus.

All on-campus events, including our regular Sunday screenings and our upcoming RPG/Board Games events, are currently postponed or cancelled until further notice.
However, POWA is currently in the process of investigating and forming new connections with the City of Joondalup, the ECU Administration and other clubs that operate on the ECU Campus. These connections and collaborations will, hopefully, provide POWA with a workaround and allow us to continue hosting our events – either on the ECU Campus, or at a nearby location.

Off-Campus events, such as our My Hero Academia film outing, will still be hosted as planned. POWA’s online presence will also be maintained – our official Discord will run as-is, with our Ghibli Marathons and Going Home Club series proceeding uninterrupted.

We cannot say how long this hiatus will last – it may take several weeks to find a satisfactory solution, or our problems may be solved in a matter of days.

POWA has had many faces among its membership over the years, and we would like to thank each and every one of them for their support. We would also like to thank you for your patience as we work to resolve this issue.

For updates, please keep a close eye on our Facebook feed, POWAClub.com, our Discord’s announcement channel and your Email inbox.

If you have any questions please contact the committee directly. We are reachable on Facebook, on Discord or by Email. All of our contact information can be found at powaclub.com/contact/.

Our Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/POWAClubAU/

Our Email: powaclub@gmail.com

Our Discord: https://discord.gg/jF4A4tn