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Winter in July and August still seems odd, even after 3 years here.  Does it ever get to be normal?  Change seems to be a constant part of the expat life no matter…
By Joy V and Casey P On Thursday 8 March, Melbourne and the world will be celebrating International Women's Day (IWD).  With so much to do and think about on this day,…
Memories of the 4th of July in my family go back to the traditional BBQ, potato salads, baked beans and A&W root beer floats.  We might have had some fireworks at…
The dynamics of the AWA have changed over time, and if the AWA wants to stay relevant in today's world we must do some things differently. History The AWA was established…
Recently at a Coffee Morning, the conversation turned to what to do with family and friends when they come to visit.  We all know Melbourne is consistently ranked among…
  President's Message:   Welcome to 2017!  AWA has been on the move since 2016 and the 2017 Board is on line and ready for the next chapter.  We are…

As someone who has always been rather independent (moving across the country to go to boarding school at 14?  Yep, that's me!) I have never been one to get really homesick. …
I became an Australian citizen nearly six years ago.  When I went to take the citizenship test, I was worried that there would be a lot of questions about cricket and…
Ah, September in Melbourne.  The days are getting longer and warmer.  Blossoms and leaves are returning to trees.  The Tesselaar Tulip Festival is starting…
As an AWA Member we would like to distribute the RCH Auxiliaries monthly newsletter. Feel free to browse and since you are an AWA member you can sign up to receive the RCH's…
Living overseas, and eager to cast your vote in the 2016 election, but unsure of the process? The Federal Voting Assistance Program is here to answer your questions, help…
Raising Kids Far from Home  Andrea Bruning  Whenever I return to the US for a visit people ask where I live. When I answer "Australia," the reaction is inevitably,…
The First Visit "Home" By Julie Walker  For the last 3 years I've been introducing my American husband and kids to the delights, quirks, and oddities of life in Melbourne.…
Autumn in Melbourne  By Andrea Bruning  Down the road from my New England boarding school, there was a small family-run farm where in the fall you could go pick…
March President's Blog In December 2015, RCH published its first Child Health Poll that reflected what adults perceive as the biggest problems children face. In the overall…
Guide to Traveling Like an AussiePart II: Byron Bay, NSW Australia Last month I encouraged you to travel like an Aussie to Queenstown, New Zealand. This month I'll guide…
2016: The Year of Inclusions  By Paula Appelhans  G'day AWA Melbourne! We held our first Board Meeting January, 21st in St. Kilda and we have LOTS to start moving…
Guide to Traveling Like an Aussie By Megan Farquhar Part I: Queenstown, New Zealand For Expats who love to travel, moving across to the other side of the globe opens up a…
Happy Australia Day 2016 from our President Paula Appelhans:  Australia Day commemorates the founding of Australia. On January 26, 1788, the British proclaimed sovereignty…
Welcome to 2016! Amongst the remnants of wrapping paper, college football games (USC Trojans will come back stronger next year!), and amid the last notes of Auld Lang Syne,…
As the 2015 Board is getting ready to sign off, we wanted to take the opportunity to wish you a happy holiday season, and safe travels if you are heading back home to the…
Tim Reid from Small Business Big Marketing will be the Master of Ceremonies at our Halloween Extravaganza!
We're so pleased that Hocking Stuart Sandringham has come on board as a sponsor of our Halloween Extravaganza!
We're excited to share that the Highett Community Branch of Bendigo Bank has come on board as an official sponsor of our Halloween Extravaganza! A big thank you to them for…
Calling ghosts, goblins and ghouls… Come one, come all to the family friendly Halloween Extravaganza!  Please join us at our annual Halloween FUNraidser to benefit…
We need some helping hands leading up to and at our Halloween Extravaganza fundraising event. If you can pitch in, email Halloween@AWAMelbourne.org!
An Aussie Male's Perspective on AFL Finals  Written by Ash Jurberg (AFL enthusiast and partner of AWA member Cece Hyslop) The smell of September is in the air. Melburnians…
We're giving our branding a refresh and we want YOU to choose which logo we use! Click through to cast your vote! The logo with the most votes will be implemented next month.
At the beginning of this year, the AWA Board set out to define the direction for AWA. One of the key directives we agreed upon was to build a foundation to meet the needs…
I want you to think back to when you first arrived in Australia. What emotions and memories jump to mind? Excitement, a new adventure, a new start, but probably also cultural…
Do you have a trip to the Outback on your Australian to do list?  Here is your opportunity for an insiders tour with a friend of the AWA.  Nick Le Souef, an 'Opal…
Hot cross buns, an Easter mainstay in Australia, are bread rolls with the shape of a cross piped across the top.  Traditional flavors include, among others, mixed spice…
So Mason started school, and there are a LOT of differences between here [Ashburton Primary School] and home [Boone Station Elementary School, Springfield, Ohio]. Terminology…
A new year begins and a new Board has taken the helm of AWA at an important time.  During January, the Board met to review the status of the Association, question what…
Happy New Year to our members, both fellow Americans and Australians. In a time of so much upheaval in the world, thinking about what to say brings Melody Beatties'…
Happy New Year!  Before we officially welcome in 2015, let us take a moment to reflect on some of the unforgettable moments of 2014; what a year it has been!  We…
Hello everyone and Happy Holidays! First, a HUGE thank you to Sara Donaldson, who chaired our Thanksgiving event this past weekend!  The event was a great success…
Hello everyone I can't believe it is already October! This year has really flown by! I hope that I will see many of you at the upcoming AGM being held on 15 October at…
Hello everyone Spring is finally here in Melbourne!  Albeit, I have just returned from a visit to the US where I was able to soak up the last days of summer sun and…
Hello everyone! I hope you are all keeping warm through this cold Melbourne winter!  Last Saturday night was particularly cold and wet, but I stayed warm listening…
Hello everyone It was wonderful to see many of you at the AGM in May!   As many of you know, my mom had just arrived in Australia that day and came along for…
Happy May Day everyone! I can't believe it's already May! Growing up, May was my favourite month of the year - as it is my birthday month and was the month school ended…
Hello Here we are in March already! The AWA Golf Tournament is THIS WEDNESDAY 5 March at Victoria Golf Club!!! Hopefully many of you are planning to attend - it should…
Hello everyone! I hope you all had a lovely Valentine's Day yesterday! As you may know, the AWA Golf Tournament (one of our major fundraising events) is drawing very close.…
Hello all Here we are in February - this year is already flying by! It's been a great start to the year for AWA! We had our first Board meeting in January and have really…
Happy New Year Everyone!! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year and are now finding a way to keep cool in this intense heat!!! New Year is such a great…
In 2013, the American Women's Association supported the RCH's Children's Bioethics Centre with its fundraising. Read more about the impact of AWA's fundraising.
Happy Holidays Everyone!!! I hope you all had a fantastic Thanksgiving! I certainly did! The AWA's joint Thanksgiving Event co-hosted with the American Australian Association…
Hello everyone! I hope you all have purchased your tickets to the Thanksgiving Event coming up next week! It should be a wonderful evening. We have many representatives…
Hello Everyone! What a great time of year to be an American! I really enjoyed seeing many of you at our Halloween Extravaganza last weekend - we had a great turn out with…
Hello everyone! What a busy couple of weeks we have coming up for the AWA!!! First and foremost, I hope that you all have your costumes planned as the date of our Halloween…
Hello everyone! The AWA has been very busy the past couple of weeks! It was wonderful to see such a big crowd at the PALS Spring Soiree Fashion Show on 18 September -…
Hello everyone It's already mid-September, which always makes me remember cool fall days spent baking pumpkin pies and watching gridiron football. It also makes me remember…
Hi everyone! I hope that all of you are surviving the end of winter here in Melbourne - only a few more weeks to go! I have been lucky enough to have missed some of the…
Hello everyone! Last night was a great night for the AWA! As many of you know, we held the Kicks and Kroks event yesterday evening at Etihad Stadium. Around 140 attendees…
Hello everyone and Happy Independence Day! It's always been a bit difficult for me to get into the Fourth of July spirit here in Australia, with the weather being so cold…
Hello everyone It was so wonderful to see so many of you at our AGM this past week at Taco Bills! We had an outstanding attendance of nearly 45 ladies! We also had special…
AWA member Lanette Porritt is the successful designer behind fashion label INGRID HAYES. Read the interview to hear her journey in the world of fashion both here in Melbourne…
Dear all The AWA has a couple of major events coming up this month, which I hope you are all planning to attend. First, one of our major fundraising events, Memories of…
Hello everyone Fall is certainly upon us now here in Melbourne! Hope everyone is staying warm through this recent cold front! It's been a great past couple of weeks for…
It has been a tumultuous past couple of weeks for the US. I was shocked and saddened by the Boston Marathon
At a recent strategy session with the Board, it was determined that encouraging Member Engagement (in particular welcoming New Members) is to be a key priority for the organisation…
Hello everyone! Hope you are all easing into autumn and enjoying the great weather Melbourne has been offering! We've had a busy past couple of weeks at the AWA!! First,…
The Royal Children's Hospital Auxiliaries - Appointment of new President and organizational structure The Royal Children's Hospital Foundation and the RCH Auxiliaries today…
Interested in buying your own piece of Aboriginal art? Here is a chance to buy your own piece - with 5% of the sale coming back to the AWA. The Alliance Francaise de MElbourne…
The Australian American Association, along with the American Ex-Serviceman's Association and Naval Commemoration Committee of Victoria invite you to the 71st Anniversary…
Happy Easter Everyone! I hope you all had a lovely holiday and are continuing to enjoy the long weekend! We had a great time up in Daylesford spending the long weekend…
If you've been wanting to get more involved, now is the time to up your hand.
Hello all I hope everyone stayed cool through the recent heat wave we had here in Melbourne! It feels more like a Missouri summer to me and I am truly enjoying the humidity!…
Hi everyone! What a busy past two weeks for the AWA!!! Last week the AWA transferred to the Good Friday Appeal over $190,000, earmarked to the Children's Bioethics Centre.…
Hello everyone! Hope you all had a lovely Valentine's Day! I certainly did - spending it with my two Valentines - my husband, Matt, and puppy, Ollie. I have to say I'm…
Hello everyone! January has really flown by...and now we are already in the second month of 2013!! I hope everyone has been enjoying our lovely Melbourne summer and experiencing…
Happy New Year everyone!!! I sincerely hope that all of you had a wonderful holiday season - I certainly did!
Hello everyone! I just can't believe that Christmas in nearly upon us! Thank you to all who came to the Christmas Cocktail at Consul General Mary Warlick's home earlier…
Dame Elisabeth has been an inspiration and major supporter of the AWA throughout its entire 80+ years.
Hello everyone! Hope you all had a fantastic Thanksgiving! Mine was great - I attended 3 different Thanksgiving
Hello everyone I can hardly believe that Thanksgiving is already upon us! Thanksgiving is certainly my favourite holiday. Who wouldn't love a holiday that's all about…
Hi everyone! Hope you all had a "spooktacular" Halloween! In case you haven't heard, the AWA Halloween Extravaganza this year was bigger and better than ever! We sold a…
Hello everyone! I can't believe we are already half way through October, which means it is
Hello everyone I just can't believe it is already October - where has the year gone? I have to admit that after nearly 5 years here in Australia, I still have a hard time…
Hello everyone I hope everyone has enjoyed the warm, sunny spring weather we have been having over the past two weeks! My past two weeks have been filled with wonderful…
Hello all, I hope everyone is doing well as we head into spring here in Melbourne! I am so happy that the weather has started to warm up and the rain has (hopefully) started…
Hello AWA members and friends I hope all of you are keeping warm during these cold winter months here in Melbourne! I was back home in the US last week and was greeted…
Hello AWA members and supporters! I am excited and honoured to be writing to you for the first time as President. To introduce myself - my name is Tiffany Lucas (previously…
As we enter our 82nd year and as I prepare to hand over the reins of President at next week's board meeting, I reflect on the year gone by… I am proud of what we have achieved,…
As the 2011-12 board year begins to wind down, I feel pretty good about where our organisation is heading. Our board has been focused on increasing the AWA's presence in…
I regret to inform that the AWA has lost Irene Allen, one of the AWA's longest serving members. The AWA was informed that Irene passed about 3 weeks ago. She was 94 years…
It's hard to believe that we're nearing the end of this board year. I am very proud to
Congratulations to the AWA members for their Long Service Awards provided by the RCH.
We had a great turn out for our new member happy hour (followed by night meeting) at Taco Bill's on May 2nd. It was also a lovely chance to honour two of our long-service…
Did you know you can utilise the AWA for assistance in selling your goods when you head back to the US (or elsewhere?). For that matter - if you have any 'newsworthy' issues…
American Holidays (4th of July, Halloween, Thanksgiving) will be here before you know it! How do you want to celebrate them?
The nomination committee is charging ahead and have advised that the only board positions still seeking
A quick announcement to let all members know that the next issue of the AWAre magazine will include a printed member directory. The directory is pulled from your online…
Wow, what a great turn out we had for Easter! I'm still waiting to hear final numbers at next month's board meeting - but I'm certain it was over 70 kids and at least 100…
Despite showers that threatened, the AWA's 17th annual Charity golf day was pulled off with great success Friday 23, March. Between the day's sponsors, purchases of 'mulligans'…
In January 2012, 85 members completed our member survey. Here's a snapshot of the results.
Whilst there are still 4 months left in the current board year, it's already time to start thinking about filling the slate for next year's board and event chairs.
The AWA golf event is only 3 weeks away - and our golf committee is diligently working away to secure some exciting live and silent auction items for the night. Don't play…
Easter and Fourth of July dates have been set and a huge thank you to the Valentine committee who organised
Please join us for a Commemoration Ceremony at the Shrine of Remembrance Melbourne. Monday 20th February 2012 at 10:40am.
We've got a new feature area on the website - 'Currently Seeking' which highlights upcoming volunteer opportunities.
Just a quick reminder to all that our new night meetings are held the 1st Wednesday of each month!
As the 2012 kicks off, the Board is seeking your thoughts regarding the direction we steer the AWA. Questions such as 'Should men be allowed to join the AWA"...
The AWA kicks back into full swing with our night meeting this Wednesday night, Jan 4th at Transit in Fed Square, 6:00 - 7:30pm
The end of the year is nearly upon us - but the AWA's work isn't slowing down. The Golf Committee is diligently working away to ensure our 17th annual Charity Golf Day is…
Welcome to the new AWA website. There have been many changes this year, and this new website is just one of them!
Wednesday, 16 November AWA President Ann Marie Johnston, represented the AWA both on the ABC Breakfast News and at a Parliamentary Dinner in honour of President Barack Obama.
The AWA & RCH were honoured by a visit from U.S. Ambassador Jeffrey Bleich (and wife, Becky) in support of the AWA's 80th birthday celebration. A tour of the hospital…