Presidents Report September 2010

19 Sep 2010 10:11 AM | Anonymous

Presidents Report September 2010

Hello Everyone,

The summer is over; however someone forgot to turn down the heat . . . another week or so and we will be back to better temperatures as this was certainly a hot one.

I hope you all had a great summer and managed to get some rest and relaxation as well as a bit of a respite from this heat. We had a good summer here at AST with a couple of events well subscribed even though many were away. The Wine Challenge in June was a great success with over 75 people attending, so thanks to all those who came along as well to sponsors of the event; Global Dining, Ashley Thredgold at Stellato’s for helping us put it all together with a great menu selection and of course Ned Goodwin, Master of wine for choosing our wines and directing us through.

We also had a well attended Beer Fest organised by Team Saphin, Craig and Mary, where old friends and new downed a few cold beers in the best Japanese tradition to help beat the heat.


Now we are all back and we have the planning hats on we have a load of things happening this autumn. We kick off with the Adults BBQ October 2nd from 5pm to 9pm. We would like to thank the Ambassador for allowing us access to the Embassy gardens and we look forward to a great afternoon. We have live music from singers Kat McDowell and Sorcha Chisholm. We have to leave the Embassy at 9 so please leave promptly and quietly to ensure we are able to continue with the privilege of using the garden. There will be an after party at ____________ for all of you who want to continue on a bit.  We have had good sign ups and for those of you who want join and bring friends, sign up now as this usually sells out! The BBQ is being run by Jacquie, Meredith and Tony so please join me in saying a big thank you to them as this is not as easy as you think.  If anyone would like to volunteer please contact Meredith or Jacqui at .

Next we have the AST Golf Day on October 9th at Kanagawa Country Club only a few places remain so dust off the clubs and join in.

November 2nd is the 150th Melbourne Cup!

Registrations will open for members only for one week from September 27th. Non-members will be able to register from October 4th. Numbers are strictly limited so please register early to avoid disappointment.


A bit of History about the Melbourne Cup:

This year commemorates the 150th running of the Melbourne Cup, known as “The Race that Stops a Nation”.  During the afternoon of the first Tuesday in November every year (other than 1942-1944 during the war when it ran on Saturday) it is said that it is safe to shoot a cannon down the main street of every town in Australia (because everyone’s either watching or listening to the race).

The Australia Society proudly continues this Australian tradition once again by holding the famous “Melbourne Cup Luncheon”.  In addition to the 150th celebration, this year is even more special for us in Tokyo because two horses from Japan have been cleared to race again after brief hiatus due to equine flu. The last time Japanese horses ran was in 2006 and Delta Blue and Pop Rock finished first and second. So all in all we are looking forward to a really exciting event.

Australians around the nation signify this special event every year.  In the State of Victoria it is a public holiday and many people head to Flemington Race course for the day, or attend their own parties.  Wherever you are in Australia there will be an event, whether it is a Luncheon as we hold or a simple pie and beer at the pub to watch and enjoy the ‘Race that Stops the Nation’ there is something in every town.

This year unfortunately, the Melbourne Cup does not coincide with a public holiday in Japan.  The following day however is Culture Day.  So put the date in your diary now as an annual leave day or half day and get your friends and colleagues together and get ready to register. Come out and celebrate something truly Australian!

The Melbourne Cup is not just about the race and the horses, the betting and the sweepstakes or the Calcutta, there is the Fashion with a capital F. It is a chance for the Ladies to dress up in the latest fashions and top it off with a hat or other hair decoration and the men put on their finery too. Each year we have a prize for the best dressed Lady, best dressed Man and a prize for the Best Hat.

Please remember that The Australia Society Tokyo is not just about having fun, it also shares its time, talent and funds with the less fortunate in Japan and Australia. We raise money through auctions at our annual Australia Day ball and through the generous support of sponsors and individual members. Currently we are supporting Fukudenkai,  (Japanese), a social welfare corporation which manages two children’s homes located in Hiroo. 

For further more information on the Australia Society Tokyo, our other events and becoming a member of the society, please visit the Australia Society Tokyo website;    All nationalities and friends of Australia welcome!

Finally I leave you with a question:  Would you like to have another Wine night?  The last one in May had 75 join in and all comments back was it was great fun.  If you would like to have one in the last week of November please let me know and we will get it organized. 



Trevor Reynolds

AST President

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