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Melbourne’s Largest American Female Expat Organisation

The American Women’s Association was established over 80 years ago as a philanthropic organisation aimed at bringing American women together.
Over the years, our organisation has raised over $4 million and provided thousands of volunteering hours to the Royal Children's Hospital.

Meet Our Members

  • Currently Seeking
    Member Since 2015
    I came to Australia for my partner. We met in Austin through friends and started a very long distance relationship. After a year we decided it was time to make a move, so here I am. The majority of my free time is spent looking for a job and networking, as I quit my last job in Austin where I worked in the sustainability industry, managing…
  • Consul General
    Member Since Honorary Member
    We are very pleased to have Frankie Reed join the AWA as our honorary member this month. As you can see below she has countless experience working in the Asia Pacific political realm. Frankie A. Reed arrived in Melbourne in March 2015 to assume the position of Consul General at the U.S. Consulate General Melbourne. Prior to moving to Australia she…
  • Owner of USA Foods
    Member Since 1998
    USA Foods is Australia's premiere American grocery store, home to over 3,000 items. We ship all over Australia.
  • Currently Job Hunting!
    Member Since 2015
    My husband and I relocated to Melbourne, Australia from Southern CA. We are enjoying the high energy lifestyle here! We love to run, hike and travel.
  • International Relations
    Member Since 2012
    When my husband accepted a position at Swinburne in 2010, our list of “boxes to be checked” began: Dogs through quarantine, house leased, quit job, goodbyes to friends and family, etc. The last piece of advice I was given by my friend from NZ was to join AWA as soon I arrived. I am so glad I listened to her. AWA was not only a social network to…
  • Business Owner of Translationz
    Member Since 2004
    I enjoy my time with family. We love to be active in sports and outdoor activities. My husband is Australian and that is how I came to live in Melbourne. I joined AWA initially to connect with other Americans and participate in activities.
  • Volunteer
    Member Since 2014
    We love Australia! Wilson’s Promontory is our favourite place in all of Victoria – the beach, mountains, a river and WOMBATS! Melbourne has ruined me for all American coffee…
  • Consultant
    Member Since 2013
    Cooking is my cathartic zone! Love my family, friends, travel, vino, and a bit of yoga and other sports.
  • Accountant
    Member Since 2012
    We moved to Melbourne for my husband's job for what was initially a 3 year contract but has since been extended. I joined AWA after being here for a year because I felt homesick for other Americans. I spend a lot of time exploring the various small food shops and markets in the many area villages and love the freshness of the food available here.…
  • Retired. Business Development Representative, Catholic Development Fund, Archdiocese of Melbourne (1989-2008) Production Planner, Eastman Kodak Company, Rochester, New York (1964-1976)
    Member Since 1976
    I married an Australian (whom I met in Spain) in 1976 and made Melbourne my new home. I was introduced to the AWA through friends from Kodak and have been very proud of the wonderful contribution our American group has made to the hospital over many years. Meeting the needs of sick children particularly touched my mother's heart. I enjoy reading,…
  • Business Manager
    Member Since 2011
    I married an Australian. He still takes my breath away and I would follow him to the end of the world. I love to paint and learn new languages. We enjoy traveling and learning about new cultures, their food and wine. I am passionate about giving back to my community. I feel fortunate in life and believe if I can help out my own community, I can…
  • Model
    Member Since 2015
    I came to Australia because of the classic love story- girl meets boy, but boy lives 7,941mi away! I have been living between Melbourne and Orange County since Feb '14. I love to cook and fancy myself as being quite domesticated ;) I also enjoy a variety of physical activities including yoga, cycling, weight lifting, runs along the Yarra River,…

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Tim Reid from Small Business Big Marketing will be the Master of Ceremonies at our Halloween Extravaganza!

Get Involved

  • Friday, 20 November 201510:00am
    November's Coffee Morning will be held at Cowderoy's Dairy in St. Kilda West on November 20th at 10 am. The address is 14 Cowderoy St; St Kilda West and is near the Cowderoy St tram stop. Please let   know if you…
  • Sunday, 6 December 201510:00am
    Save the date for the annual cookie exchange! The annual cookie exchange will be held at Lauren Wibholm's house in Elsternwick at 10 am on December 6th and will be great fun. This is a kid friendly event.  To participate, bring 4 dozen of one…
  • Thursday, 8 October 20156:30pm
    It's the right time of year to get ourselves to one of Melbourne's rooftop bars in the city. Luckily, this one has cover and heaters if Melbourne doesn't turn it on for us. This months' drinks will be at: Aer Bar (on the rooftop of European Bier…
  • Thursday, 12 November 201512:00pm
    AWA Gourmet lunch group meet every second Thursday of the month. This month the event will fall on 12 November starting at 12:00pm.  For additional details about location and theme, please contact Miyuki Yoshida (
  • Saturday, 21 November 201510:00am
    Our brunch group will be meeting Saturday, November 21st at 10am.    Find us at Hawk and Hunter!
  • Tuesday, 17 November 201512:00pm
    Our last meeting of the year will be held on Tuesday, 17 November. The group will be having lunch at Cafe Blac on Glenferrie Rd in Hawthorn (lunch at your own expense). There will be no book this month - we'll just meet to discuss books and plans…
  • Wednesday, 11 November 201510:00am
    Our last play date for the year will be at one of our favorite places - the Children's Garden at the Royal Botanic Gardens.  We'll meet on Wednesday, November 11 at 10am.  Bring a picnic lunch and a picnic blanket if you have one. …
  • Thursday, 1 October 20155:15pm
    The group will be meeting at the hidden bar/ restaurant called Zhou Zhou in South Yarra across from the theaters at 5:15pm, and then heading over to the Jam Factory to watch the movie. Time and location for both the drinks/ appetizers and the movie…
  • Wednesday, 11 November 20156:00pm
    Movie Night is going to be a bit different this month! Please join us at Jenn's home of res idence on Wednesday, November 11th.  There is a  movie theater in her building which seats 12, and she will be hosting  a happy hour…
  • Wednesday, 18 November 20156:00pm
    Please join us on November 18th for a Festive New Members Happy Hour followed by Dinner and our Annual General Meeting! Date:  November 18th Happy Hour: 6:00pm - 7:00pm Dinner & Meeting: 7:00pm - 9:00pm Location:  Maya Tequila Bar,…
  • Wednesday, 25 November 2015TBD
    The  end of year Reading Between the Wines meeting is on Wednesday November 25th .  Not only are we going to be discussing the book FOREIGNER IN  MY BACKYARD by Travis Casey  but celebrating the holiday season via Kris…
  • Thursday, 3 December 20155:30pm
    T he PALS invite all to "ride the rails" to the Sensible Social Club gathering on Thursday December 3rd .  This end of year event will be from 5:30-7:30pm at Toorak Cellars on Beatty Avenue in Armadale.   If you're interested in…
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