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 dedicated to developing our
fundraising activities, our social events, creating assistance programs
for Americans new to Melbourne and creating unique opportunities for our
Fundraising for Royal Children's Hospital:
Several highlights from last year include allocating funds for a
pediatric non-invasive ventilator; collaborating with two other
Auxiliaries to fund a treatment ultrasound; and making a donation to the
Children's Bio Ethics Committee. AWA contributions to RCH were over
$83,000.00 in 2016. A big Thank You to all of our Members for
making this possible!
The Halloween Monster Bash will remain as our primary fundraising event
for 2017. The partnerships developed with Deaf Children Australia as well
as the other vendors from the event, are excited and already planning how
to contribute to the event for 2017. AWA Member, Julie Walker has
graciously offered to Chair the 2017 HMB. Julie and her family did
an amazing job last year! We can't wait to see what she has in store for
Social Events Calendar:
We are in the process of creating the calendar for 2017. We have
committed to events such 4th of July; Halloween, and Thanksgiving.
We are looking to develop a monthly Members Open event as a way to be
more accessible to Members and as a way to meet other Members from across
the Activity Groups. Currently, we need leaders for a few of our groups
(Drinks Around Town, Moms N Tots), so please contact a Board Member if
you are interested!
Opportunities for Our Members
We have also pursued collaborative and sustainable partnerships for our
Members and are looking to create more! As an example, Bendigo Bank has
been a significant community partner with AWA this past year for our
events as well as our operations. This has not only made our Treasurer's
life easier, it will also benefit our Members. American expats may have
additional challenges to opening an account or obtaining debit/credit
cards if they are not here on a permanent basis. Bendigo Bank has
options available for our AWA Members to answer this challenge.
AWA Members also have access to the American Chamber of Commerce
benefits. We are in the process of setting up additional
partnerships in 2017 and will announce those as they become available.
Stay tuned in to AWA for 2017!