Hello everyone and Happy Holidays!
First, a HUGE thank you to Sara Donaldson, who chaired our Thanksgiving
event this past weekend! The event was a great success featuring an
authentic Turkey Dinner, a silent auction and raffle and even a visit
It's hard to believe that the holiday season is upon us and that 2014 is
quickly coming to an end!
As this year ends, so does my time as AWA President. It has been a
fantastic 2 ½ years for me as AWA President and 1 ½ years as VP
Fundraising prior. Over the years I have gotten to see firsthand, all of
the hard work and dedication that goes into making the AWA
possible. This organisation would not exist without the efforts
that AWA Members put forth year after year. From chairing
fundraising events such as our Halloween or Golf Day, to planning
Activity Group meetings and organising social events such as our Easter
Extravaganza or Thanksgiving Dinner - you all make the AWA
tick! And, it has been my absolute pleasure and honour to
work with so many of you over the years!
As some of you may know, not only am I preparing to move off the AWA
Board, I am also preparing to move away from Australia, back to the
US. My husband and I will relocate to San Francisco in January
where my husband has accepted a new job. Interestingly, I will
stay in my current position in Melbourne during 2015, working remotely
and travelling back to Melbourne for 1 week a month. I have mixed
feelings about leaving my home for the past 7 years. Australia and
Melbourne in particular, is a fantastic place to live and I have
thoroughly enjoyed it! Of course, I am looking forward to White
Christmases, Fourth of Julys, Thanksgivings and being closer to my
friends and family back home but I will miss my friends here in Melbourne
- so many of which were made through the AWA.
I know the AWA will continue to thrive under the leadership of the new
President, Masoomeh Wake (who was previously VP Fundraising) along with
the newly elected Board! And I look forward to watching what great
things the AWA will do over the coming years!
I wish each of you the best for the future and I thank you for helping to
make my time in Melbourne exceptional!