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President's Blog - 1 January 2015

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Happy New Year to our members, both fellow Americans and Australians. 

In a time of so much upheaval in the world, thinking about what to say brings Melody Beatties' words to mind "The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written."

We can write our own chapter for 2015 by:

  • Being there for one another, when we find ourselves far away from home and in need of a friend,
  • Smiling at each other, and
  • Living, really living, and looking ahead with a more positive attitude to life and our future. 

AWA as an organization is blessed with so many bright, energetic and generous members. I am honored to start 2015 as the President, and look forward to meeting as many of you as possible this year. 

We, as an organization, will do our best to create an atmosphere of friendship, offering professional and personal support to our members, and will continue our work with the Royal Children's Hospital. 

Personally, I look forward to hearing your ideas on how we can best improve our existing programs, and establish worthwhile new ones to meet the changing needs of our members. 

Remember, we cannot grow and improve without you. 

Happy 2015!

Kind Regards,


1 Comment Posted

Raishel | Wednesday, 11 February 2015 10:20:26 PM
Hi I am Ray. Originally from Philly but now reside in Essendon. I have been a member for a while but my small children keep me away from most events sadly. However, i was looking on the calender and wondering if we are having our usual Valentine's social at the Ambassador's House? Also, I was wondering if a committee has already formed to organize our 4th of July event? Supposedly we haven't had a ball since 2011 and I would really like to attend one. Additionally, I was envisioning a whole family fun event at a nice and warm private venue. Perhaps the adults could play a game based on American trivia like jeopardy. We could even create our own jeopardy board. Meanwhile there could be age based crafts and games at various kids tables throughout the venue. 2's and under, 3-5's, 5-7's and 8-12's could each be supervised by a teen volunteer/activity leader. Perhaps the teen could get community service points for this similar to what they receive for helping with Halloween.
Anyway, Please let me know if these two events have been covered and who I can contact to participate.
Thank you.
Raishel Jones, nee Ganges-Yarde