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Presiden's Blog - 15 June 2013

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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 guests including Nick Le Souf (a long-standing member of our Panel of Advisors), Carole Lowen (the Past President of the RCH Auxiliaries) and Robyn Anderson (the newly appointed President of the RCH Auxiliaries).

At the AGM we discussed upcoming AWA events, honoured our long service award winners, voted in our new 2013 - 2014 AWA Board Members and made important changes to the AWA Constitution, including changing the Board year to coincide with the calendar year and changing the name of the AWA to the "American Women's Association".

The AWA name change is an important, positive change for our organisation. It more accurately reflects our two-fold purpose (i.e. our purpose as an auxiliary to the hospital and as a social organisation for our members) and it should allow us to attract a wider range of members going forward. This change will take effect at the beginning of our next Board year - 1 August 2013.

Thank you so much to the outgoing Board Members. We've had a great year ladies. I'd like to say a special thank you to those Board members who are not returning next year - Ann Marie Johnston (Website Director and Immediate Past President), Heather Pfaff Cunsolo (Director of Internal Communications), Andrea Taormina (Events Director) and Lacey Alford (Treasurer). It has been a wonderful year thanks very much in part to your hard work and commitment. I truly appreciate all of your support and dedication over the past year!

Looking forward, we have a great Board coming on for an 18-month Board term commencing 1 August 2013 to 31 December 2014. (Note that this 18-month term will allow us to get on the new schedule of having a calendar year as our Board year, as approved during the AGM). The 2013 - 2014 Board includes:

VP Membership - Marla Coffin (returning Board member)

VP Fundraising - Masoomeh Wake (returning Board member)

Treasurer - Marta Porter (new Board member)

Secretary - Brooke Purcell (returning Board member)

PR Director - Sally Branson (new Board member)

Director of Internal Communications - Michelle Byrne (new Board member)

Social Director - Cara Whelan (new Board member)

Website Director - Mariella Villa (new Board member)

Also, I am staying on as President next year. I really look forward to working with all of the above ladies. It should be an amazing year!!!

I hope that all of you have purchased your tickets to "Memories of Melbourne" the major fundraising event co-hosted by the AWA and the Block Arcade Management being held this Wednesday 19 June 2013 at the Block Arcade. There may be just a few tickets left if you are still looking to purchase!

In addition to the Block Arcade Event, we have another major fundraising event coming up in July. On 13 July we will be holding "Kicks and Kroks" a footy event featuring the Harvard Krokodiloes (an a capella singing group from Harvard University). The event should be lots of fun with a private room at Etihad Stadium, lovely food and drinks and great auction items! The tickets are $160 and can be purchased on the AWA website.

Hope to see you all at an AWA event soon!



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