May Update

08 May 2009 4:34 PM | Deleted user

President’s Update: May, 2009       


This spring has already seen a number of great events hosted by the Society or the Embassy’s Social Club. The Spring Family BBQ in the Embassy Garden was a near perfect day for all, thanks in no small part to Jennifer and Alison, with the support of Khadija at the Embassy. ANZAC Day was an instant sell out and we thank the Embassy for allowing us to participate.


Annual General Meeting

Now that Golden Week has flashed by I ask myself what is happening to 2009? In fact what has happened to the past year? The Society’s AGM is approaching on Friday May 29, 2009 and for those who cannot be in attendance, I ask you to email me confirming that I can act as your proxy on the night. This is always a challenge and your support is appreciated so that we can conduct the formal part of our evening as efficiently as possible. If you wish to attend please register here.

Thanks to Maria: Treasurer Extraordinaire

As I prepare for the AGM and reflect back on the past year, I gain a greater appreciation for all the volunteers who give up their time in making the Australia Society Tokyo what it is. Sadly we have a few volunteers stepping down from the Committee at this AGM, including Maria who has been our Treasurer for the past two years. As she hands over the books to William, our new Treasurer, she does so leaving us in a very sound financial position.

New Sponsorship Program

In the coming months you will see us starting to reinvest some of these funds into upcoming events, marketing and our new charity sponsorship program.On this note we are looking for recommendations for a charity that the Society can support on an annual basis for the next two years. If you have a suggestion please email me directly with details. Additionally if you would like to volunteer to help with our new charity sponsorship sub-committee please email Judy directly for more details as to how you can contribute. Likewise if you are interested to learn how you can become a sponsor of the Society and contribute to our new charity please also email Judy.


Jacqui is eagerly updating membership information after having had to be out of the country for several months due to family issues. We apologize if this has impacted our ability to update your status or respond to membership questions; however please email Jacqui directly if you have any outstanding issues. We aim to have these all cleaned up for our report at the AGM.

Coffee Morning

Mary Hanami will be hosting our monthly Coffee Morning at the Oakwood T-Cube Residence, Roppongi. If you are new to Tokyo stop by and meet some locals. If you've been here for awhile stop by and give the newcomers the benefit of your experience. It's free, but please register here before the date.

Other Things for Your Consideration

Considering international travel? Read Kristen's experience while waiting for the official swine flu all-clear after landing at Narita; To Sneeze or Not to Sneeze.

Kuniko tells us how the Hanami picnic went, and has put together a few suggestions for how to keep busy with some interesting events happening in May.

Jacqui, our VP and membership orgniser, is also our in-house footy cheerleader and for those of you interested in signing up for the upcoming State of Origin series or any the footy Grand Finals please email Jacqui and look out for more details on the web site.

Lastly, for those interested in a bit of Jazz, take a look at the Australian Embassy Social Club Jazz Concert on Saturday 30 May, 2009.




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