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President Blog - 15 October

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Hello everyone!

I can't believe we are already half way through October, which means it is almost time for one of our biggest fundraisers of the year - the AWA Halloween Extravaganza!!

As you may know, this year's Halloween event will be held on 28 October from 2pm to 5pm at the Sportscover Arena, Elsternwick Cricket Ground. The Halloween Committee (led by Brooke Purcell) has been very hard at work and it is about to pay off, as this year's event will be bigger and better than ever!! The event will have lots of games, children's entertainment (new this year!!), face painting, bouncy castles, food and drinks for purchase and (of course) trick-or-treating. I am confident that this will prove to be a great event for both kids and adults alike!! I hope all of you are planning to attend (and to bring lots of friends). Be sure to purchase your tickets ASAP on the AWA website!!

Thanks to everyone who attended the new member cocktail hour and General Meeting earlier this month. It was a great evening and I was delighted to meet so many interesting new members! Thank you in particular to Dr Catherine Lees (Business Director of the Children's Bioethics Centre) for providing us with an engaging presentation about some of the great work the CBC is doing. Thank you also to Jim Peterson, one of our long-time Panel of Advisor members, for attending and showing his support for our organisation.

One thing we discussed and voted on at the General Meeting was a change to the membership year - we will now have rolling yearly memberships, which means that your AWA membership will come due for renewal one year after you paid your previous year's dues. This change will be very advantageous to all new members (allowing everyone a full year membership for the same price, regardless of what time of year you actually join). This is one of the many great advancements in the functionality of our website. I am sure you have all noticed over the past year many of the other fantastic features of our website. Thank you to Ann Marie Johnston (our previous President and current Website Director) for ushering in our new website!!

Well, that's all for this month - hope to see you all at the Halloween Extravaganza!!!



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