CA Update - July 2015
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Thursday, 2 July 2015
Introducing our new CA Committee Chairman

Julie, Lady Hardinge (pictured above with Paul Hopper) has officially taken the reigns as our California Committee Chairman, succeeding Paul Hopper who has returned to Australia. Julie brings enthusiasm, energy and a wealth of experience in working within expat communities across the globe. Julie was born in Sydney, and grew up in South Africa, India and Hong Kong. After being educated in Sydney, Julie then moved overseas and lived in Tokyo, Hong Kong, Montreal, London, Paris, New York, Connecticut and now Los Angeles.
In each of the cities she has resided in, Julie has been active in the various Australian societies and associations as well as the local communities. A huge advocate and supporter for Australia and Australian arts, business, education, tourism, wine, cuisine, culture, sports, and our entrepreneurial and innovative spirit, Julie is excited to work with her fellow Australian residents in California showcasing the best of what Australia has to offer and involving and including our American hosts in our extensive Australian community and businesses.


Doug Wisor Wine Scholarship Recipient 2015

The Doug Wisor Wine Scholarship honours Doug Wisor, the brilliant young American-born winemaker at Craggy Range Winery who passed away in New Zealand following a tragic kite surfing accident. Administered by the American Australian Association, the scholarship supports a young American winemaker to travel to New Zealand and intern at Craggy Range Winery for a vintage.

An ambitious, passionate and motivated individual, James Jelks (pictured above), was the recipient of the 2015 scholarship and recently completed his internship. He said it was as an exceptional opportunity to work with a range of cool and warm climate varieties. He particularly appreciated the trust that Chief Winemaker Matt Stafford put in his intern team which enabled them to learn quickly and improve their skills, particularly in winery operations.

James made friends with a group of international interns who all shared a strong interest in wine. He also thoroughly enjoyed his two-week excursion post vintage visiting top New Zealand winemakers and estates (largely within but not limited to those in ‘The Family of Twelve’) and extends his gratitude to those who hosted him during the tour. James said he was treated with a professional level of respect not normally received at the intern level, and he feels lucky to have tasted alongside, and learned from, those who are defining New Zealand’s regions and wines. 

Applications for the 2016 scholarship will open later this year. Please contact Lucy Harel to express your interest, or stay tuned for further details. 

Finance and tax help in the USA and Australia: 
Introducing corporate member 
Back9 Capital Management

Back9 Capital Management is an Australian-based multi-disciplinary boutique professional services practice whose principals have over 30 years’ experience in superannuation, estate planning, investing and funds management, general corporate advice, accounting, taxation, and business services.

They assist US citizens, US resident alien and non-US citizen/resident clients with interests in the US. Together with highly experienced US tax lawyers and tax advisers, Back9 guides clients through the increasingly complex US tax reporting requirements.

For more information, see or contact David Laanemaa on 

+61 2 9439 7458 or

Hamish Anderson

Aussie blues/rock guitarist
California tour dates:

 23/7 Los Angeles
 24/7 San Diego
 26/7 Half Moon Bay
 27/7 Oakland
 28/7 Lake Tahoe

. Click here to get tickets 

And check out his new music
video which features fellow
Australian and actor
Richie Brancatisano:
Little Lies Music Video


Rock Or Bust World Tour
California tour dates:

25 September at AT&T
Park in San Francisco and 
28 September at Dodger
Stadium in Los Angeles 
Details here



ANZAC Day activities across California – April 2015

The Australian and New Zealand governments hosted a series of events across California to provide an opportunity for expats to commemorate this special day in our history including: an ANZAC Cricket Match & Family Day at Lake Balboa featuring Merv Hughes, Damien Flemming, and Colin "Funky" Miller; Centenary Commemorative Services in San Diego, Los Angeles, and San Francisco; and a huge community event in LA following the service, attracting over 800 people.

The American Australian Association raised over $3,000 for the Australian charity Mates4Mates through the sale of commemorative poppies in Los Angeles and New York. Thank you to our LA volunteers Poppy Grant and Eliana Harel for contributing to the fundraising effort!

Spotlight on the Ambassadors, Brentwood – 28 May 2015

Seventy people joined Ambassadors Beazley and Bleich for an American Australian Association spotlight event. The discussion varied from advice for Australians contemplating doing business in the US and vice versa, to an insight into Obama's personality described as "what you see is what you get". Their camaraderie was evident in their complimentary and convivial exchange. Guests enjoyed the opportunity to chat afterwards with both leaders, as well as networking with fellow attendees. Thanks to Penfolds for providing exceptional wines for the evening.

Summer Party in LA – 14 June 2015

180 Aussies and friends celebrated the start of summer on the rooftop at LA's hottest new Aussie-owned venue. LA’s much anticipated and newest restaurant and lounge E.P. & L.P. is run by Australian DJ Grant Smillie and restaurateur David Combes, with chef Australian Louis Tikaram of Longrain. Guests enjoyed the spectacular views, refreshing drinks, fabulous company, delicious food, and amazing music on the roof deck in the afternoon sun. Lucky door prizes included a $250 E.P. & L.P. restaurant voucher, Bronzed Aussie gift cards, and a gift certificate for Lazybones, an Aussie clothing and sleepwear store that opened recently in the US.

ANZAC Day in California 
April 2015, Los Angeles.
See photos

Spotlight on the Ambassadors 
28 May 2015, Brentwood. 
See photos
Summer Party in LA 
14 June 2015, West Hollywood.
See photos


August: Outdoor movie night, Los Angeles - Event TBC
1 September: Reception for the 
Director of Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Los Angeles
2 October: AFL Grand Final Party, West Hollywood
2 November: Melbourne Cup Party, Los Angeles

Details on the above events will be emailed. Keep an eye out for updates.


Aussie-based network Business Chicks coming to the US - 7 July in SF & 8 July in LA

Founded in Australia in 2005, Business Chicks is the newest and most influential network to launch into North America. It was created to bring like-minded souls together – to swap ideas, share stories, and spark inspiration.  Australian CEO Emma Isaacs has grown the small Business Chicks group of 250 members into a national community of over 35,000 - with over 90 events annually; a quarterly magazine; and thousands of new connections each week through its online platform. Attend the upcoming launch events in San Francisco on 7 July (with Jane Wurwand) and Los Angeles on 8 July (with Arianna Huffington). For more info and to book online, go to:

British American Business Council's International Summer Mixer - 16 July in the OC

The British American Business Council OC is pleased to invite the American Australian Association members and guests to their International Summer Mixer & Business Showcase at Newport Beach. Register here or contact Valerie Blackholly on 949.472.2221 or for more info.

Aussie Aussie Aussie, Oi Oi Oi! Be an Aussie fan at the World Games Los Angeles 2015

Cheer on the 77 athletes representing Special Olympics Australia in Los Angeles during the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles from 25 July to 2 August. Celebrating begins, not when the athletes cross the finish line or score the winning goal, but when the fans erupt with excitement. Become a Team Captain for the 'Fans in the Stands' program and  recruit a group of 10 or more people to attend competitions. 
All sport competitions are free to attend. To register as a Team Captain and reserve a place for your team please register online here. or contact McCall Hall, director of Community Relations, directly 213.805.6568 or email 

Kiwis in LA Art Show and Wine Tasting - 10 October in LA

Save the date for Kiwis in LA's eighth annual Art Show and Wine Tasting to be held at Santa Monica Art Studios. The gallery is open for viewing from noon and the reception commences at 6:00pm. Each year the event has continued to grow, to point where it has become a major showcase of New Zealand art, wine, food and entertainment. Last year’s show attracted over 800 guests. Entry is free, with a suggested donation, and plenty of parking is available. Kiwi artists, partners of Kiwis, and those with a strong connection with New Zealand (such as having lived there or those working for a New Zealand company) are invited to submit artwork. All welcome to attend. For more info, contact Keith at

Contact: Lucy Harel, Regional Manager California | | 818.605.1477

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