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AACC-SF Newsletter August 2014  
Presidents Message
Hello everyone!

The past month has been a busy one where we've been focused on planning a number of our major events.

Our annual Clashes for the Ashes Cricket Match is this Saturday and we hope to see many of you there to cheer on the Aussies against the Brits. It's always a family day so join us for the BBQ lunch and the half time kids' games. Our thanks to the BABC and the Marin Cricket Club for their ongoing support of this great event.

The AFL Grand Final is set for 26th September at Jillian's. Tickets are now on sale via our Events Page so sign up soon!

The next SF International Women's Entrepreneurs Forum event is now on 2nd October in San Francisco, and will feature a panel of angel investors, VCs, advisors and entrepreneurs. The theme is "Essential Insights Into How to Successfully Finance Your 'Big' Idea." Tickets will be available soon but save the date and be sure to book in early as seats are limited and this event will sell out.

And finally, we've assembled our committee again to start planning the Chevron Australia Day Ball on 24th January 2015. We're thrilled that Chevron has returned as our title sponsor for the 9th year and we are grateful for their generous support. Stay tuned for more as we are planning some exciting new elements for the Ball compared to past years.

So as the official summer draws to a close and SF heads into its real summer weather, we hope to see you and your family and friends at one of our events soon.

On behalf of the Board, thank you for your membership and support and as always, we welcome your feedback

All the best,
Jackie Yuen


  Mark your calendars and plan to join the AACC and BABC in collaboration with the Marin Cricket Club at the annual Clashes for the Ashes Cricket Match. Watch some exciting cricket, kids games, BBQ lunch, Aussie beer and wine and fine British beverages. This is a great day out for all the family - set up your chairs and enjoy the sun in Larkspur.

Hosted by the AACC, BABC and the Australian and British Consulate-Generals.

Every year hundreds of spectators from around the Bay Area turn up to watch a veritable feast of cricketing drama. A game of intense competition and usually an excruciatingly close finish is guaranteed. This one day game is played with perhaps as much ardor and passion as the 'real' Ashes series between the test teams and this year, the British will be throwing down the gauntlet to win back the trophy from the Australians, 2013 champions, with gusto.

There's no better way to spend a summer's day than reclining behind the boundary rope in front of a backdrop of beautiful Mount Tamalpais and pretty marquees with their fluttering flags. Enjoy strawberries and cream and Pimms and Aussie BBQ fayre washed down by the best of British and Australian beers.

Bring friends and family, including the smallest children who will especially love the special kids' games staged at the lunch break.

This year it's anyone's guess who will win. So come on down to Piper Park on August 23rd and cheer on your team! (Polite sledging allowed!)

Aussie Club Luncheon

  The Aussie Club welcomes - Cameron Webb and Matt McFadyen to the next luncheon.

In the summer of 2013, Australian born adventurers and leadership consultants Cameron Webb and Matt McFadyen set out to attempt to row the famous North West Passage in the high Canadian Arctic. What took place over the next 41 days would not only be a life changing experience for both men but the expedition would test the levels of human endurance, leadership and team work.

Cameron Webb and Matt McFadyen were both born and raised in Sydney Australia and now reside in San Francisco. They are both lead facilitators and consultants for Peak Teams an organization that works with leadership teams all over the world.

AFL Grand Final Party

Friday September 26th, 2014

Celebrate with us at the largest North American AFL Party - purchase tickets now, as the event always sells out. 

Great downtown location, easy parking, BART and Muni access!

First 400 guests receives a complimentary BOAGS beer.

Tables of 10 or more can be purchased!


Air New Zealand Partnership
  AACC members can enjoy a discount of 11% for all flights on Air New Zealand to Australia via Auckland. Business class travelers will enjoy lie-flat luxury in Air New Zealand's Business premier and Premium Economy travelers will enjoy unmatched legroom.

Air New Zealand's new 777-300 aircraft will take off SFO in July 2014!

News from Air New Zealand:

Air New Zealand begins a new era for their fleet and another era will close September 10, when they farewell the 747 and begin anew with the 777-300. And…

Air New Zealand will expand service to 10 round-trips per week on the popular San Francisco - Auckland route during the peak Northern winter period between mid-December and March 2015, including double daily flights on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. At press time, the 777-300 is slated to depart San Francisco at 7:45pm and 777-200 at 9pm.

Book now through December 10th

This month in Tech
by CherylAnn Falconer CEO of DeZolve
Inc., and board member of AACC

  We're Aussie expats working in the tech scene here in the Bay area. We have a people friendly tech approach to making you the smartest person in the room. This month we focus on innovation, enterprise tech and we highlight some of the big tech events scheduled for September.

The buzzword around innovation just keeps popping up. But what is innovation? It turns out there is no universally accepted definition of innovation. In 2013, Consult4you, my Australian based consultancy had just finished two massive projects. One for Australia's largest ever defence program and one which taught 1000 engineering graduates all the soft skills they needed to succeed in their careers.


AMCHAM Partnership

  We're also delighted to announce a new partnership with the American Chamber of Commerce in Australia (AmCham). This will provide some added value to your membership so look for more information to come as we develop some exciting new initiatives.

Please contact Dawn for further information and connection to AMCHAM.
Bausele Australia


AACC Contributor - Katherine Hosie


Hello my fellow Australians (or friends of)!

In last month’s newsletter I was talking about how having too many goals at

once makes it far more difficult to achieve any of them, for reasons involving how our brains actually work. This is an incredibly common problem, and one that most people don’t even realize they have. If you want to go back and read that article to update yourself, click here

One of my recommendations was to strip back and clarify which goals are most important in your life and your business. The fewer you have at any one time, the better.

Read on...

AACC Business Members
  Switch Automation Joins AON as Entrepreneur in Residence

AON launches Inaugural Entrepreneur in Residence program selecting innovative companies with strategic business alignment

Switch Automation, an enterprise building operations platform, today announced their selection in Aon’s inaugural Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) program.
The Aon EIR is a new innovation in partnership with Springboard Enterprises, a leading entrepreneurial expert network dedicated to supporting high-growth women-led businesses. Aon selects EIR companies from within Springboard’s portfolio and provides them with the opportunity to accelerate product and business development by leveraging insights, support and expertise available through Aon for a one year period.

  Telstra to acquire leading video platform company Ooyala

Telstra today announced it will acquire Silicon Valley-based company Ooyala, a leader in video streaming and analytics.

The US$270 million investment increases Telstra’s ownership in Ooyala from 23 per cent (fully diluted) to 98 per cent and is in addition to the US$61 million previously invested in Ooyala over the past two years. This transaction is subject to customary closing conditions including the receipt of US regulatory approvals and is expected to be completed in the next 60 days.

Telstra Chief Executive Officer, Mr David Thodey, said Telstra’s investment and controlling stake in Ooyala would help build it into a world leading personalised video platform company.

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Jetè to the USA: From New York to San Francisco Bay

The Australian Ballet gets set to pirouette across America this October

This October, The Australian Ballet returns to LA for the first time in more than four decades and the San Francisco Bay Area for the first time in over 20 years to premiere an Australian classic, Graeme Murphy’s Swan Lake.

The company’s 33rd international tour will kick off on 9 October in Los Angeles at The Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion before travelling to Berkeley, opening 16 October at Cal Performances’ Zellerbach Hall.




Did you know that the two most common reasons passport applications are rejected is because the date has been written in the incorrect format and, poor passport photo quality.

Your application for an Australian passport is an Australian legal document and all dates need to be in the Australian date format (DD/MM/YYYY) for those who have been here a long time and need reminding).

Are you having a hard time getting photos that fit the Australian passport specifications? Photos for the Australian passport need to comply with facial recognition requirements and need to be a certain size and quality.

You can check the photographers listed on our website or print out the technical requirements and take them to your local photographer.

Passports take 10 business days to be issued so we encourage everyone to renew passports at least 6 months prior to expiration and not leave your applications to the last minute. It’s a great idea to check everyone’s passport in your household at least once a year to make sure your travel documents are still valid and to always put your documents away securely in the same location so they do not get misplaced. Please refer to our website for passport information

Emergency Prepardness:
The American Red Cross has some great apps to prepare you and your family for an emergency such as an earthquake or wildfire and also tell you which shelters are open in the event of an evacuation.

The earthquake app ( provides alerts when an earthquake occurs, gives information on how to prepare your family and home and lets others know you are safe even if the power is out – a must for anyone living in earthquake prone areas.
Take a minute to chat with your family to make sure everyone knows what to do, where to go and who to contact in the event of an emergency.


The Embassy of Australia posts regular updates about all things Australia on their facebook page
Please join to receive updates.

The Ambassador also has a twitter feed

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Upcoming Events

  August 23, Clashes for the Ashes Cricket Match
September 3, Aussie Club Luncheon
September 26, AFL Grand Final Party
October 2, SF Women's Entrepreneurs Forum
January 24, Chevron Australia Day Ball

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