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AACC-SF Newsletter November 2014  
Presidents Message
As we head into the holiday season it’s a busy time as we prepare for our Holiday party on December 2 and finalize our plans for the Chevron Australia Day Ball on January 24. I’m also representing the AACC on the Mostly British Film Festival Board and we’re reviewing films to include in the program. As always, Australian film will be represented, so save the date for the Film Festival which runs 12-19 February, 2015

We hosted 2 great events this past month – our Aussie Club guest speaker was Robert Rodriguez, Chairman and Founder of the Security Innovation Network (SINET) whose focus is on the advancement of IT security innovation into the industry and government markets. Robert is one of the most influential people in the country in emerging Cybersecurity technologies. He provided the group with a fascinating history of security and innovation in the US over the decades and shared his insights on how the future landscape might evolve.

We also hosted our first Drinks Night last week at the Levi’s headquarters. We attracted a mix of long time, new & prospective members with many new connections being made which was great. Our thanks to Wendy and the Levi’s team for hosting us and for keeping the store open during our event – many attendees took advantage of the special discount that was offered on the night. Our next Drinks Night will be in February.

One of our chief goals is to expand the reach of our organization and we know that retaining members and attracting new ones will allow us to grow organically and be sustainable. We’re delighted that each month we’re getting new member sign-ups but we also know there are many of you who receive this newsletter who are not members. We always welcome feedback and ask that if there’s something we could be doing differently that would motivate you to sign up for membership we’d love to hear from you. We strive to make the AACC as relevant and enjoyable an organization as possible so let us know how we’re doing.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone and hope to see you at the Holiday party that we co-host with the Kiwis at the Anchor Brewery in Potrero Hill on December 2.

As always thank you for your continued support.

Aussie & Kiwi Holiday Party

Tuesday December 2nd
Anchor Brewing Company
1705 Mariposa Street San Francisco

Snowfall is in the air….
So let’s get together for a Winter Affair!
We’ll raise a glass
And toast the season,
Good friends are a must
This holiday season.

Exclusive access to the Anchor Steam Brewery!

Tickets on sale NOW!
Master of Ceremonies: Cameron Daddo
Aussie Celebrity Chef: Jason Gould
Dancing to: WonderBread 5

Penfolds, Old Bridge Cellars, Cambridge California Cellars, Greg Norman bubbles, Boags Beer, silent & live auction - Grand Raffle Drawing, and much more.... 

Come and celebrate Australia Day with us!
AACC Member $185
Non Member $215
AACC Member Table of 10 $1750
Non Member Table of 10 $2100
AACC Member Accommodation Package (at Interncontinental Mark Hopkins) $375
Chevron Guest Accommodation Package (at Fairmont Hotel) $300

Partners: Corporate Traveler, Telstra, Superior Farms, Reyka Vodka, 
Swissotel, Fairmont Hotel and Air New Zealand,

  AACC members 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 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.

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

  Wearables have been an emerging story for some time and we appear to be entering the wearables 2.0 era. Here's some you may have heard of. Google Glass, an experiment which appears to have run its course is nearly 3 years old. The Pebble watch is now more than 2 years old. Just recently Apple have
announced a future product called the iWatch which we probably won't see until sometime next year. Wearables offer potential solutions to real world problems that smart phones and tablets do not. Here's just a few of the more interesting.

Read on!

AACC Contributor - Katherine Hosie



I’ve found over the years that Plan A is often just a decoy to get us somewhere else; somewhere that we’re really meant to be instead. We can keep pushing ahead with Plan A like Sisyphus, wiping the sweat from our brow and wondering why it can’t be easier. However, there’s a time to persist, and there’s also a time to say, “blow it, what’s going on here? Is there a clearer path that I’m just not seeing?” Don’t be married to Plan A. Stay open and see what really works in life, instead of pushing for what ‘should’ but doesn’t. My father said to me years ago, “Life is like a dance; if it’s difficult, you’re doing it wrong”. How will you handle your Plan B?

Read on!

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Are you travelling to Australia for the Christmas holidays?
Please take a moment to check your passport and visa/ and or green card expiration dates.
Australian Passports are currently issued out of Australia and it generally takes 10 business days for a passport to be issued. Please take a moment to check the expiration date on your passport and if it’s coming up for expiration within the next 6 months, now is the time to consider renewing your important travel and identity document.
Child and adult renewals can be processed through the mail and applications for first child, first adult and damaged or lost/ stolen passports must be submitted in-person. Our office is currently taking appointments up to 3 weeks out so please plan your travel accordingly and ahead of time.
Please visit our website for more information.

Have you changed your name?
If you have changed your name and you would like that change to be reflected in your passport, please review the extensive instructions at our website.
The process is different depending on where you were born and where the name change was registered. Applications can be submitted to our office by mail.

Are you out of status and need a passport?
The consulate is not required to report our out-of-status clients to the US government.
Our main concern is to provide an Australian passport to Australian our nationals who need to travel. If you are out of status and need to renew or apply for a passport, please refer to our website for instructions and contact our office if you have any questions.


The Embassy of Australia posts regular updates about all things Australia on their facebook page

The Ambassador also has a twitter feed

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Upcoming Events

  December 2, Holiday Party
January 24, Chevron Australia Day Ball & Grand Raffle Drawing
February, Aussie Drinks
April 25, ANZAC Service & BBQ - 100th Year Anniversary

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It’s a special time of year in San Francisco with our lingering summer weather and the city gripped in SF Giants and World Series fever. Orange & black is clearly the latest fashion trend!


The AFL Grand Final in September was an equally feverish time with over 400 fans watching the broadcast at Jillian’s. Despite the resounding win to the Hawthorn Hawks, the Sydney Swans fans were in good spirits and it seemed a great night was had by all, including the many Aussie travelers who found their way to our event.   


The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is supported by our VP, Tom Klein and our Corporate Member, Telstra Global. Telstra entered a team in the Light the Night Walk fundraiser on September 23. AACC Board members Matt Lough, Gordon Stirling & I walked 2 miles around AT&T Park and helped to raise several thousand dollars for this worthy cause.


The SF International Women Entrepreneurs Forum event on October 2 was a sell-out, standing room only affair. Over 100 attendees were treated to some candid advice and insights from the outstanding international panel of advisors, investors and entrepreneurs on how to successfully finance your “big” idea. Viki Forrest, CEO of ANZA Tech and AACC member was a panelist and was able to offer her own insights and experiences of bringing Australian start-ups into the US market.


I mentioned last month that Australian author, Richard Flanagan visited San Francisco. It’s now been announced that he is the 2014 winner of the Man Booker Prize for his novel “Narrow Road to the Deep North” which is a wonderful recognition and accolade. Congratulations to Richard!


So in the coming weeks the AACC will host an Aussie Club event on November 4 and save the date for December 2 for our Holiday party that we co-host with the Kiwis. Once again, it will be at the Anchor Brewery in Protrero Hill. We hope to see you there!


As always thank you for your continued support.