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 the community and strengthening our ties with other organisations
and this strategy has seen us effect a number of changes, including:
A strengthened partnership with the Royal Children's Hospital
by associating with one organisation. The Children's Bioethics
Centre - our fundraising beneficiary for the next three year
period has joined as one of the AWA's POAs, and in turn our VP
of Fundraising will also sit on their board. We encourage all
interested members to attend their upcoming
fundraising dinner on 11 July
featuring the Harvard Krokodilloes and a live auction.
Please let them know that you're with the AWA when booking your
ticket so that you can be sat with other AWA members!
Changes to our Halloween event into a fundraiser, rather than a
purely social event - thus engaging the local community. In
2013, the AWA anticipates this event doubling in size and has
is proud to announce it's first sponsor - USA Foods! We've got
a really solid committee, led by Raishel Ganges and Brooke
Purcell - but we welcome more. Our next
Halloween committee meeting will
be held on Sat 30 June at 11am
A further forging of our relationship with the AAA (Australian
- American Association) - including the joint co-hosting of
Fourth of July social event.
A partnership with the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham).
This partnership is especially exciting - as the AWA is now an
AmCham member. What that effectively means is - every single
one of our AWA members, are now a member of AmCham. That's more
member benefits to you via the events they conduct and
assistance that they provide to business.
The first event that AmCham is conducting that we think might
be of interest to our members, is their
Fourth of July Celebration. This
event will be held of 4 July in the City and the AWA's patron -
Consulate General Frank Urbancic will be the special guest of
honor. You can book tickets directly through our website - and
you'll receive AmCham 'member pricing' for all events.
A potential joining of forces with the Harvard, Columbia, Yale
and Penn Clubs for Thanksgiving
And finally - we are focusing on forging new corporate
partnerships through the addition of our
'corporate membership' - geared to
attract businesses that want to partner with and support our
organisation in an ongoing matter.
We've got a huge planning group for the Halloween event, a strong
group of ladies focusing on new fundraising directions and a full
board slate for the 2012-13 year.
Look forward to seeing you soon,