Fall is certainly upon us now here in Melbourne! Hope everyone is staying
warm through this recent cold front!
It's been a great past couple of weeks for me, personally - last week I
celebrated both my birthday and becoming an Australian citizen!
Congratulations to AWA member, Lanette Porritt, who also became a citizen
at the same ceremony in Stonnington last week! It was great to have an
American friend amongst the new Aussies! Personally, I thought the ceremony
was lovely - incorporating some inspirational speeches from local members
of state and federal parliament as well as many iconic Australian songs (We
are Australian, I Still Call Australia Home, Waltzing Matilda and the
National Anthem). The occasion was fun and festive and truly something I
will always remember as an important part of my dual identity as an
American and an Australian.
The day after the citizenship ceremony my husband and I (along with our
little pup, Ollie) headed to beautiful Noosa for the weekend to celebrate
my birthday and a friend's wedding. Each time I visit Queensland I am
reminded of just how lucky we are to live in a country which is diverse and
beautiful, with such stunning scenery!!!
The AWA has also been busy over the past couple of weeks. It was great to
see so many members and meet so many new and potential members at the May
Monthly Night Meeting at my house. Also, it was wonderful to see so many
members volunteering to be on the Halloween Committee, which had its first
meeting after the Night Meeting. Thank you to all the ladies who are
volunteering to assist with this very important event - including Brooke
Purcell (last year's Halloween chair and this year's co-chair (also AWA
Secretary)), who had her baby (little, Riker) only 5 days before the
Night/Halloween meeting and made it there (with baby) nonetheless!!
Also, a very big thank you to Eve Duddy, who has volunteered to be the
Silent Auction chairperson for our upcoming fundraising events - the Block
Arcade Fashion Show Event and the Night With the Harvard Kroks. Thanks
All of our volunteers really make this organisation what it is and allow us
to fulfill our fundraising endeavors efficiently and effectively. You are
all greatly appreciated!!!
Speaking of the Block Arcade Event - this is being held on 19 June. Tickets
are on sale now via our website. Note that all funds raised from ticket
sales (as well as from the silent auction and raffle on the night) go to
benefit the Children's Bioethics Centre at the Royal Children's Hospital!!!
Please buy your tickets now!!!
Hope to see you all at an AWA event soon!
Many kind regards