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
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
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!