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 Barmann). I am
originally from Kansas City, Missouri and have lived in Melbourne for the past
4 1/2 years. I moved here to be with my husband, Matt. I work full time as a
corporate and commercial lawyer at Arnold Bloch Leibler and am also involved in
a portfolio of social enterprises my husband and I started last year, Third
Dimension, which focuses on the alleviation of poverty through social business.
Matt and I got married in December last year and we live in South Yarra with
our little puppy, Oliver! I joined AWA just over 2 years ago and have greatly
enjoyed meeting other members, serving on the Board and participating in social
and fundraising activities.
AWA is truly a fantastic organisation full of energetic, engaging members. I am
very excited about working with the new Board. We have a wonderful group of
ladies, who I am confident will help lead the organisation this year. In fact,
6 of the 9 ladies on the Board are returning Board members - what a great
retention rate!!! We will truly be able to build on all of the achievements of
Speaking of last year - what a remarkable success!! We have many ladies to
thank for this success but, in particular, I'd like to thank Ann Marie
Johnston, our previous President. Ann Marie's leadership helped reenergise and
reinvigorate the AWA. She put in place a new website, new partnerships and a
new perspective for our organisation. The AWA would not be where it is today
without her leadership, and I am excited to continue building on the path she
We have a lot to look forward to as an organisation this year. I am
particularly excited about our continued partnership with the Children's
Bioethics Centre (CBC). I am proud of the AWA for directing our fundraising
efforts towards the CBC. The CBC is a world leader in Children's Bioethics and
has been widely recognised worldwide for its efforts. The work of the CBC is so
very important - looking out for the best interests of children during what is
likely to be the most trying time of their lives.
I am also looking forward to strengthening our relationships with other
organisations in the American community here in Australia - including the
American Australian Association, the Australian American Association and the
American Chamber of Commerce (in which we recently became a corporate member).
Over the course of the next year, we will focus on offering our members the
benefit of attending events held by these groups and inviting members of these
groups to join in some of our events, thereby providing an even greater
opportunity to network and socialise with the American ex-pat community in
There is already so much on the calendar to look forward to this year! The
Halloween Committee is hard at work, planning the biggest and best ever AWA
Halloween Extravaganza (previously known as "Trunk-or-Treat"), which will be
held at Elsternwick Cricket Ground (Sportscover Arena) on 28 October. Also, the
Thanksgiving Committee is beginning to plan their event as well! In the mean
time, our social and activity groups remain active and have fantastic upcoming
events (such as Gen X-Y's upcoming outing to see "Angles in America" at Chapel
off Chapel) and our monthly night meetings (which are held the first Wednesday
of every month) continue to be well attended.
As we kick off this Board year, I encourage all of you to take advantage of the
benefits of your membership in AWA - whether through participating in
fundraising, social or networking events! I look forward to seeing all of you
at an upcoming event!