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AACC-SF Newsletter June 2014  
Presidents Message

Our key event this month, the Golf Summer Scramble, was held last Friday at the Presidio Golf Course. We had a great turnout and many participants said they enjoyed the day especially with the sunny, fog-free skies. It was also evident that many made the most of the opportunity to not only renew connections but to build new ones too. The mix of members and guests from the Australian, Swedish and British associations made it a truly international affair and many have already expressed interest in signing up again for next year. Congratulations to all the our winners, a huge thank you to all our generous sponsors; and to our organizing committee and volunteers - a heartfelt thank you for all of your efforts and dedication in making this event a great success.

Planning is underway for our next events including a seminar on leadership and the challenges of adventure sometime in the late summer. We're also finalizing a date in mid-late September for our next International Women's Forum event, so stayed tuned for more details.

Don't forget to also save the dates for our Annual Clashes for the Ashes on 23 August at Piper Park in Larkspur, and the AFL Grand Final on 26 September at Jillian's in San Francisco.

I hope to see you and welcome any guests you invite along. On behalf of the Board of Directors thank you for your continued support and we welcome any feedback that you may have.

All the best, Jackie
Summer Golf Scramble 
  We were delighted to have over 80 players at the Summer Scramble Golf Tournament on June 13th at the Presidio Golf Course. It was a great day out for our supporters and sponsors and for an opportunity to do some business on the green. Partnering with the British and Swedish made for some great networking and fun. We would like to thank the Fairmont Hotel for their title sponsors and for our volunteers and Board that made this event so successful.

Take a look at the event video here..

St. Mary's All-Star Game

MORAGA, Calif. undefined Patrick Mills, a key member of the San Antonio Spurs’ 2014 NBA Championship team, will be among the nearly 100 former Saint Mary’s College men’s basketball players who will return to campus for the Gaels Basketball All-Star Classic & Alumni Weekend on June 29 at McKeon Pavilion.

The All-Star Classic is scheduled for a 6 p.m. tipoff and will be preceded by a traditional alumni game at 4 p.m.  Tickets are just $5 and are available online at or at the door on gameday.  Kids in 6th grade and younger will be admitted free of charge.  A special autograph session will be conducted after the game.

Overall, players from seven decades of Saint Mary’s basketball will be in attendance – including Tom Meschery, Joe Barry, Jack Dold and assistant coach Bob Hagler from the 1958-59 team that advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight.

Daniel Kickert (Melbourne), Lucas Walker (Launceston), Mitchell Young (Logan), Patty Mills (Canberra) and Matthew Dellavedova (Maryborough) are the Aussies scheduled to participate.

Tickets Link
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!

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.

AACC Contributor - Katherine Hosie



Which Stage Are You In?

Katherine Hosie, Master Coach (Master of Science, Coaching Psychology)

The lovely Dawn Lillington recently asked me if I’d be interested in writing to you all each month. My response was a resounding Yes! There’s nothing more comforting to me than something Australian-related now that I’m no longer among the actual heat and dust of ‘home’…

My background is in evidence-based coaching, organizational change and human change, so my intention is to share with you information on theories and techniques that have been proven to work, in addition to what I hope you will find to be both beautiful and good.

To begin, one of the fundamental models that I’ve been thinking a lot (really, a lot!) about recently, is William Bridges’ Model of Transition. This is normally the first thing I look at when I start working with an organization or an individual, as knowing where we are now is essential to starting any good journey.  Read more..

Bausele Australia


AACC Business Members
  Spott Lucey & Wall is a local CPA firm providing a full range of taxation and assestation services. They have over 30 years of experience assisting our domestic and international business and individual clients managing their demanding cross board transactions. They offer their clients extensive technical skills and resources to provide solutions to complex business issues. They professional staff has been specially trained with the quality and depth of knowledge to help their clients succeed.

Mixoloseum is about the love of eating, drinking, sharing and social selling. Our unique products are sold exclusively online at our e-store, or by hosting your own Mix Party at home where you can invite your friends and family to share a night in sampling and enjoying the Mixoloseum experience. 
Founded by refreshingly human, at-home gourmet and entertaining enthusiasts, we want to add some spark to your next soiree by keeping things simple. We believe if you can use your cooking fundamentals, trust your instinct and lets us inspire your repertoire, you will not only impress your guests, but surprise yourself on how easy it can be to add some culinary magic to your next meal. Enjoy discovering Mixoloseum or simply join us for the food gawking. Salute!


Bank of the West is a financially strong, well-capitalized and prudently managed FDIC-insured bank that customers have entrusted with their money for over 135 years. Through holding company BancWest Corporation, the bank is a subsidiary of BNP Paribas, one of the six highest rated banks in the world. Our bank's stability and development have been sustained through a strong focus on sound, conservative banking practices and a superior level of customer service. Bank of the West employs a business model that lets the bank make service-focused decisions–about credit, products and other aspects of its operations undefined as quickly, consistently and as close to the customer as possible. The bank operates distinct units to provide a range of superior services undefined Commercial Banking, Regional Banking, National Finance and Wealth Management.


What is NBN? Being over here in the US we see a lot of political and media articles as well as debates on what it is, why, etc... Below is a link to the NBN and a rollout map to see if you or your families back home will get the NBN:

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Thank you to our annual Benefactor Supporters.



Foreign Bank Account Report (FBAR)

If you are a U.S. person with a financial interest or signature authority over foreign financial accounts and the aggregate value of such accounts exceeds $10,000 at any time during the year, you are required to file FinCEN Form 114 (formerly Treasury Form TD F 90-22.1).  A U.S. person in this context includes a U.S. citizen, U.S. tax resident as defined under the Internal Revenue Code, any entity organized or incorporated in the U.S. and any trust and estate formed under the laws of the U.S.  Foreign financial accounts include but are not limited to a bank, pension, brokerage, securities, derivatives, commodity futures or options accounts, insurance policies with a cash value, annuity policies with a cash value, any account in which the assets are held in a commingled fund and the account owner holds an equity interest in the fund (including mutual funds), as well as other financial instrument accounts.  Financial interest in an account includes accounts owned by entities where the U.S. person has more than a 50 percent direct or indirect ownership interest or voting power and owned by trusts where you have greater than 50 percent beneficial interest in the assets or income of the trusts.

The FBAR must be electronically filed on or before June 30, 2014 (regardless of the filing date of your income tax returns) to avoid significant penalties.  The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) is requiring all FinCEN forms including the FBAR to be filed electronically.  The FBAR can be filed electronically on the FinCEN’s website (  Enrollment is required prior to efiling of the form.  The US Government has stated that the enrollment process may take up to 5 business days. 

If you have any questions regarding this filing you should speak with your tax advisor as soon as possible.

Consular Information:

Emergency Preparedness:

San Francisco, Department of Emergency management has updated their website which provides information on preparedness and making a plan to protect your family. The new website features a Situation map which will be live in the event of a real emergency.

For those us outside the city, Red Cross is also a great resource to prepare your home and family in the event of a disaster.


Travel is on the increase during the summer months so please take a minute to check everyone’s passport in your household. It’s a good idea to start renewing passports at least six months prior to expiration. For instructions and more information please visit the passport website at

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Upcoming Events

August 23, Clashes for the Ashes Cricket Match
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