President’s Update – March/April 2009

01 Apr 2009 1:33 PM | Deleted user

Dear Australia Society Tokyo Member

This March we retire our monthly PDF newsletter and launch a new interactive update that allows you to quickly and easily stay up to date with all of our events, find links to more details and to sign-up to help, all in the one place. By clicking on the hotlinks in red the sections that interest you will ben in a new window. Sometimes, however, the area will be for members only so you will be prompted for your login information.

After closing our accounts for our Annual Australia Day Charity Gala, we are excited to announce that we raised some ¥7 million for our two charities this year. We would like to thank all sponsors and our members for their support in these challenging economic times. We are in the process of planning next year’s Gala now, and if you are eager to do your part or have a charity that you would like us to support, please email me directly.

Spring is in the air and for those interested in celebrating the beauty of the Japanese Cherry Blossoms in true Aussie style with your family and friends, we are gathering at Komazawa Olympic Park in Meguro-ku on Saturday April 4 from 12 noon to 4pm for our hanami get-together. Drinks will be supplied by the Society but please BYO picnic and blanket. Download the map here. To get you in the mood, Kuniko Noguchi tells of taking a visiting Aussie around Tokyo on an early hanami tour. Read her report here.

The Australian Embassy will host the ANZAC Day Service again this year on Saturday April 25. Australia Society Members have been extended an invitation to attend their Gunfire Breakfast at the Embassy before sharing a bus to the Commonwealth Cemetery, Hodogaya. Details are still being confirmed at this time, so watch out for updates shortly. Click here for details.

Thanks to the hospitality of the Oakwood T-Cube Residence our monthly coffee mornings are becoming the talk of the town. Catch the gossip on April 23 in person. These events are free, but you need to register here.

On April 26 from 13:00-16:00 the Australia Embassy Garden will be the venue for our Spring Family BBQ. This is a great day for the entire family at a truly impressive venue. If you are interested to help out on the BBQs please contact Jennifer or Alison and receive discounted entry on the day. Register for this event here from Friday, 3rd April.

The Australia Society Tokyo’s AGM will take place on Friday May 29. If you would like to attend please sign-up and if you would like to volunteer to serve on the Committee or even host an event this year please email the Secretary, Judy Taylor, to express your interest.

We are actively seeking sponsors for a host of Society events throughout this year. If you would like to explore opportunities please contact Judy Taylor for more information.

There are some announcements from the Australian Embassy regarding crime in Japan, Tax Pack supplies, elections in Tasmania and the Daylight Saving Referendum in Western Australia. Don’t forget to keep in touch with what is happening here in Japan and at home in Australia via the Australian Embassy in Tokyo http://www.australia.or.jp/english.

Tokyo’s own Aussie Rules team, the Goannas, have been cooling their heels all winter and have finally returned to their smiling selves now that the season has officially started. Their first Tokyo game is May 24, but for their full schedule and all information check out their very impressive website  http://www.tokyogoannas.com/index.htm.

Ben Distel presents a short report on his participation in this year’s New Zealand Ironman now that he has his breath back.

Take the opportunity to look your best for the AGM, or at any time during the month, by taking in this month's advice from Marilyn Klein at Boudoir here.

Please remember that you can always look at our yearly calendar of events on the website.

Have a great month.

Michael

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