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AACC-SF Newsletter May 2014  
Presidents Message
2014 is now in full swing and we've had a busy start to the year. In January, the Australia Day Ball was a great success and our special guests, Damian Smith and Jack Vidgen really delivered on our "Australia's Got Talent" theme. In March, we continued our collaboration with other International Chambers of Commerce and hosted the SF International Women's Forum celebration of International Women's Day with a networking event. Our special guest was renowned author, Jane Sloane of the Global Fund for Women. We'll be continuing our involvement with the SF International Women's Forum so be sure to check announcements about our next events. The coming months will be busy with our Golf Summer Scramble tournament in June, the Clashes for the Ashes Annual Cricket in August and the AFL Grand Final in September. While there's plenty on the calendar for the sports fan, we're also planning more business events for our general membership as well as another Aussie Club event for our C-level members. As the weather in San Francisco starts to feel like an Aussie summer, I hope to see you at our forthcoming events and welcome any guests that 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

ANZAC Service & BBQ
  We were delighted again to partner with the New Zealanders and the Turkish to present the 2014 ANZAC Service and BBQ on Sunday April 27th at the Log Cabin. It was fortunate that the rain did not hinder the event and the BBQ went on as planned. The service was attended by many serving and retired servicemen and women. The guests were in awe of Kate Woodall, LCDR, RAN Naval Postgraduate School, Australian Armed Forces, based in Monterey and Veteran Jeff Barclay as they shared their thoughts and poems on the significance of ANZAC Day. Next year we will commemorate 100 years of ANZAC. Please save the date as we are planning a great service.
Aussie Club Luncheon

  The Retired Ambassador to Australia Jeff Bleich attended as Special Guest at the April Aussie Club luncheon, held in the Fairmonts Diplomat Room. Amb. Bleich gave the attendees some insights into the US/AUS relationship, his thoughts on the Australian economy and his plans for the future. Thanks to our sponsor Haynes Boone and the Fairmont Hotel for your support of the Aussie Club. If you are interested in becoming a member of the C-Level Executive Aussie Club, please contact Dawn at
Our next event will be a reception on June 5th - with The Hon. John Hogg, President of the Australian Senate and Senator for Queensland.

Summer Golf Scramble - Win an Aston Martin at the Hole in One contest!
  The AACC has partnered with the British and the Swedish to host this year's Scramble. Our joint partnership has increased sponsorship support for the event. We thank our Title Sponsor - the Fairmont Hotel and all the other supporters. The tournament will be held at the Presidio Golf Course on Friday June 13th. Fees include all on course fun and drinks, lunch, dinner and prizes. Will be a great day out and a great way for you to entertain your clients and colleagues. Please sign up today!


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.
Bausele Australia


AACC Business Members
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Switch developed the cloud-platform to provide a sales and deployment model with scalability to meet the projects growth in this market. Switch has a market-proven solution and more than 10 years of system integration experience with building automation and sub-metering systems. We have extensive experience with large commercial property, multi-family apartments and condominiums and also the large underserved market of industrial and "B" & "C" commercial property. The Switch Platform can also be applied to other sectors such as education, health aged care and retail.
  Truphone has built a global mobile network without country borders. Our unique global infrastructure, together with a growing number of patented innovations, offers a seamless and consistent mobile experience.
Truphone specializes in mobility solutions for Australian companies and executives. Whether you're an Australian subsidiary in the United States, or an executive from Australia living and working in the United States, Truphone allows you to remind connected as if you are in Australia.
In the Truphone Zone countries, you can talk, text and download like a local - and at local rates.Simply choose one of our global bundles and the entire Truphone Zone becomes your home territory, turning business aboard into business as usual.
The Truphone Zone includes the US, Australia, UK, Hong Kong, Netherlands, Germany, Spain and Poland. But we don't stop there. Beyond the Zone, the Truphone network offers a better international experience in over 200 counties. This is because calls and data are routed to the nearest country in the Zone - giving you clearer calls, faster internet access and lower-cost roaming.

  OneWorld Communications is an award-winning, full-service advertising agency in San Francisco with affiliate officers in 19 countries, including Australia. We achieve and measure marketing results for companies and organizations, small and large. We provide primary marketing research, branding, advertising campaigns in digital and traditional media, and social media and public relations support. Our digital advertising - Search Engine Marketing (SEM) and Display - obtains superior results. We provide original creative media including digital video, websites and banner ads for the Web, TV and radio commercials, and collateral. We plan and buy advertising media. Our differentiators include multicultural marketing, producing original in-culture and in-language medial in digital and traditional forms, in Chinese, Spanish, and other languages. Call us today to discuss a marketing solution best for your goals.

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Telstra Global: driving growth towards 2020

Last year, Telstra’s CEO David Thodey announced a new, refreshed long-term strategy to drive our growth towards 2020 and beyond.

As part of these changes we distilled our previous strategy to three pillars:

  • Improving customer advocacy
  • Deriving value from our core businesses in mobile, internet and telephony, and
  • Building new growth businesses.

Keeping our focus firmly global

We also created a new AU$5 billion business unit known as the Global Enterprise and Services division operating as a global scale, industry-based services and solutions business.

The new Global Enterprise and Services division is one of the most critical for our company's future and will help us continue to deliver our customers a consistent and reliable experience, no matter where they are based worldwide.

Strategically, Telstra will continue to focus on its core Australian business while exploring new opportunities internationally, particularly across Asia, Europe and the Americas.

New businesses such as global applications and platforms, cloud solutions and e-health were not opportunities three years ago and will play important roles as we head towards 2020 and beyond.

More here...

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  Individual Membership $95
Family Membership $150
Small Business Membership $250
Corporation Membership $650
Benefactor Membership $2500+

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Upcoming Events

  June 5, Aussie Club Reception
June 13, Summer Golf Scramble     
August 23, Clashes for the Ashes Cricket Match
September 26, AFL Grand Final Party

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