Dear esteemed Members,
I am very pleased to remind you that we are fast approaching the AAS Annual General Meeting (AGM).
62nd Annual General Meeting
28th March 2017, Tuesday 6.30pm
Australian High Commissioner’s Residence, 9 White House Park, Singapore 257605.
I welcome and look forward to seeing you all at this special event. This event is free to all our members, with plenty of food and drinks and great opportunities for networking.
As President of AAS, It will be my pleasure to present the Annual Report on the developments in our Australian university alumni fraternity in Singapore. This will be followed by the election of Committee Members for the next Management Committee (2017/2018).
We are indeed very grateful to H.E. Mr Bruce Gosper, Australian High Commissioner to Singapore, for generously hosting the AAS in his residence.
Please register early to avoid any disappointment, as we expect a strong turnout for this special occasion.
2014-2016 AAS Journey
Over the last 3 years, your Management Committee, of which I have the honour to lead, have implemented the following strategic initiatives to enhance the value of your AAS Membership:
We are very grateful to our Platinum Term Sponsors: National Australia Bank and James Cook University, our Gold Sponsors: Westpac, Lend Lease and Flight Centre, Silver Sponsors Crown Group, Goshen Art Gallery, Hui & Kuah, Jetstar and Singapore Airlines and our Official Airline, Qantas.
The Way Forward
The AAS have come a long way in the last 3 years and as I am scheduled to retire this role at end March 2018, it is my wish to pass this baton to the next AAS Leader. It is therefore very important to underwrite a strong foundation to further enhance AAS as a National body for all Australian graduates in Singapore. That is why we have adopted the mantra: The Way Forward.
Our new 2017-2019 AAS Strategic Plan aligns with both the DFAT 2020 Australian Global Engagement Strategy and the Singapore –Australia Comprehensive Strategic Partnership (CSP) and is currently out for stakeholder consultation with our Council of Advisors, Industry Partners and Sponsors and dedicated Patrons. Leesa Soulodre is leading this initiative as well as the addition of the Code of Conduct and updates to our Constitution, to further enhance our Corporate Governance.
In partnership with Peter Tan’s brilliant Partner University Program, Leesa is also leading the Digital Transformation of the AAS. This is necessary in order to scale our infrastructure and services to ensure our inclusiveness and support to ALL of the 140,000 Australian Alumni in Singapore. Peter’s Partner University Program is laying the financial pathway for all Australian Alumni Chapters to have the ability to connect, engage and celebrate with their own Alumni, within the wider community of the AAS virtual AAS Digital Village. To accelerate the AAS’s ability to scale, all Australian Alumni will soon be able to join our exclusive AAS Digital Village with a Digital only Membership for an annual fee of only $1.50.
Look out for your exclusive invitations to connect to our new AAS website, read our new AAS Digital Magazine and dive in and experience our new AAS Digital Village as they roll out over the coming weeks.
By expanding our Partner University Scheme, we can be more inclusive through 100% subsidised Alumni participation at the AAS. Through digital transformation we can scale the infrastructure and support services to expand the ability for all of our Members to connect, engage and celebrate with their fellow Australian Alumni. Finally we will have adapted our services to meet our Members changing needs i.e. to connect with their Alumni, - 24 x 7 x 365, no matter where they are operating in the world.
Financially, we have been prudent and have built strong cash reserves for the future. In the interest of our members, we have kept the membership fee at a low $25 for many years. I have been sincerely grateful for UNSW President Joseph Kwok’s voluntary service, leadership and guidance on these topics, as we adapt our business model to deliver new revenue levers that will serve to underwrite the sustainability of the AAS and support to our Members in the years to come.
However, we still need to raise more Sponsorship if we are to effectively scale the AAS infrastructure, subsidise our services and be inclusive, attracting and supporting ALL 140,000 Australian Alumni living in Singapore.
2017 and Beyond
In the upcoming Election at the AGM, 3 of the stalwarts in my Team, are retiring, Abhishek Bhati, Melvin Gwee and Lee Ee Win. They have conscientiously served AAS and without their dedicated support and team work, we would not have been able to fully achieve our goals! I wish to thank them sincerely for their commitment, and I do look forward to their continued support in other capacities.
As the closing date for nominations fast approaches on the 14th March 2017, I am looking forward to having 3 Candidates join our Management Committee. No doubt their credentials will be impeccable, and with their dedicated commitment to serve AAS, will certainly provide continuity in the vision to build a strong AAS.
Management Committee Members that have strong professional statures, proven leadership capability by leading from the front, that are individuals not afraid to do the hard work, who have the ability to engage all key stakeholders at the highest level are essential to ensuring we execute on our Strategic Plan. We need strong consistent supporters of AAS, with the willingness and ability to adapt and strongly enhance our service delivery.
In conclusion, it is now in your good hands, fellow AAS members, to attend our AGM on 28 March and vote for the right candidates, to ensure that the AAS of the future can be even better than that of the present.
Australian Alumni Singapore
8 March 2017
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