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President Blog - 1 February 2013

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Hello everyone!

January has really flown by...and now we are already in the second month of 2013!!

I hope everyone has been enjoying our lovely Melbourne summer and experiencing all of the great activities Melbourne has to offer this time of year! Personally, I have been taking in all I can of Melbourne this summer - attending the tennis, going to plays and movies in the parks and getting outside to be active during this great weather! If only the weather would stay like this all year long!

We have a few really great AWA events coming up quickly this month! First, it's Super Bowl time in the US and we are having a Super Bowl event on "Super Bowl Monday" (4 February) here in Oz! The AWA is co-hosting a Super Bowl Party with Burger Mary and the Precinct Hotel at the Precinct Hotel in Richmond. Kick-off is at 10:00am (doors open at 8:00am). We have a few great items for our raffle including a USA Foods Basket, chocolate footballs and drinks! All proceeds will, of course, go to the Children's Bioethics Centre at the RCH.

Next, we have our Monthly Night Meeting which is being held this month on Thursday 7 February 2013 from 6pm - 8pm at the home of Marla Coffin, our Vice President of Membership. I hope that many of you will make it to this night meeting to socialise and learn more about what we are busy with during this time of year! Please see the Stars & Stripes or the AWA website for further information.

The AWA Board is also having our half-year strategy session on Sunday 10 February. At this strategy session we will be focussing on "Who We Are and Who We Want To Be". The Board will be looking at the current state of the AWA and setting a strategic plan of where we want to go in the future - focussing on our marketing, membership issues, revenue usage and fundraising approaches. If you have any thoughts on these topics (or any other comments in general) that you would like me to share with the Board during this strategy session, please email me. We would love to hear your perspective!

Hope to see you all at an AWA event very soon!



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