AGM: 30 September 2015

NZAA Annual General Meeting a Success

Larry Keim welcomed members to the NZAA AGM on Wednesday, 30 September, at St. John’s Centre in Wellington. The highlights included changes in the make-up of the NZAA Managing Committee. Larry Keim stays on as the Chair of the Committee, with Diane DeDeker continuing as the Deputy Chair. Rodney Grindey has resigned for reasons of bad health. Stanley Johnson stepped in as Treasurer, and Roy Glover continues as Secretary, a position he assumed last year.  Giff Davidson and former Chair Greg Crott have also removed themselves from the Committee. Larry and other members present welcomed Edith Hall as a new member of the Committee. The Secretary is preparing the full minutes of the meeting. Watch this space for news of events being planned by the Committee.

 

ANZAC Day 2015

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Stanley Johnson, member of the NZAA Managment Committee, and Larry Keim, NZAA Committee Chairman, prepare to present a wreath on behalf of NZAA at the Wellington ANZAC Day commemoration on 25 April 20015. This was the 100th anniversary of the WWI battle between New Zealand and Australian forces aligned againstTurkish soldiers at Gallipoli.

Stanley Johnson, member of the NZAA Managment Committee, and Larry Keim, NZAA Committee Chairman, prepare to present a wreath on behalf of NZAA at the Wellington ANZAC Day commemoration on 25 April 20015. This was the 100th anniversary of the WWI battle between New Zealand and Australian forces aligned againstTurkish soldiers at Gallipoli.

ANZAC Day Parade 25 July 2015. This is the combined Wellington City and 1st Royal Gurka Regimental Pipe Band.

ANZAC Day Parade 25 July 2015. This is the combined Wellington City and 1st Royal Gurka Regimental Pipe Band.

Trusts

NZAA Trusts
To Apply, Grant Criteria and AGM.

Trustees will meet at the end of March, June, September and November each year at a time and place agreed by the Trustees to consider grant applications.
Grant Applications must be received by the Trust at least 2 weeks prior to each meeting. If no grant applications are received during the quarter prior to the meeting then no meeting need be called.
In addition to considering grant applications, one of those meeting dates will be set as the Trust’s AGM.

Applications must:
· Be in writing on the form provided (refer to links that follow)

· Provide full details of their proposed study and travel programme

· Include recent CV

· Include at least one referee

Applicants must be prepared to be interviewed by Trustees in support of their application, and where a grant is approved must provide a written report on their return.

Trustees will:
· Consider each application in accordance with the objectives of the Trust

· Assess the merits of each application and how it compares to the objectives of the Trust

· Inform the applicants of their decision(s) in writing within 7 days of the meeting

Grants are subject to the funds available, and each individual grant awarded will be limited to an amount not exceeding $5,000. Trustees may decide to make a grant contribution of a lesser amount than sought.
20% of all grants approved will be withheld pending receipt of a satisfactory written report on completion of the course of study.

No correspondence will be entered into following the decision by the Trustees.

Trustees:

The trustees for both The Admiral Byrd Scholarship Trust and The Tracey & Marjorie Simpson Memorial Trust are: Gregory Crott(Chair), Raymond O’Brien, Linda Bain, Larry Keim and James Turner.

Ambassador Gilbert Welcomed

US Ambassador Mark Gilbert Welcomed to New Zealand

9 February 2015 US Ambassador to New Zealand Mark Gilbert today presented his credentials to Governor-General Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae at a ceremony at Government House. This was the final step in the process of officially becoming the US Ambassador to New Zealand. President Barack Obama nominated Mark Gilbert as United States Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa on January 6, 2014. The US Senate confirmed Ambassador Gilbert’s appointment on December 12, 2014 and he was sworn in by Vice President Joe Biden on January 7, 2015. Ambassador Gilbert formerly served as a Managing Director of UBS, the culmination of a distinguished career in finance, which included positions at Barclays and Goldman Sachs. From 2009 to 2013 he served as the Deputy National Finance Chair for the Democratic National Committee. Prior to his banking career, Ambassador Gilbert played professional baseball for eight seasons, reaching the major leagues with the Chicago White Sox in 1985. Ambassador Gilbert is the first former major league player to become a United States Ambassador. Ambassador Gilbert served on the Development Committee and Utah Advisory Board of the Sundance Institute; Chairman of the Board of Trustees and Finance Committee at Pine Crest School (1992-2012); and President and Chairman of the Budget and Finance Committee of B’nai Torah Congregation (1994-2007). Ambassador Gilbert is a graduate of Florida State University. He and his wife Nancy have two daughters.

Networking

Happy New Year! We’re ready for our first monthly Networking of 2015. Please join us whether you’re a member or not. We’re gathering at The Old Bailey Pub on Lambton Quay on Wednesday, 28 January, from 5:30 pm. Mention NZAA when you order your drink at the bar and you’ll get a price reduction. Hope to see you there!

Thanksgiving 2014

NZAA celebrated the American holiday of Thanksgiving on Saturday, 6 December, with a dinner for members and guests at the Loaves and Fishes Hall of the Anglican Cathedral in Wellington. More than 40 people enjoyed a catered traditional dinner of turkey, dressing, potatoes and gravy, and pumpkin pie. Public Affairs Officer Rob Tate represented the American Embassy and gave a brief talk on current activities at the Embassy. Leftovers are also a Thanksgiving tradition, and everyone took away a plate loaded with delicious food to take home and continue the enjoyment. See the photos below for a glimpse of the festivities.

NZAA Chair Larry Keim welcomes guests before dinner.

NZAA Chair Larry Keim welcomes guests before dinner.

Recently arrived US Embassy PAO Rob Tate represented the Embassy and shared a few stories of the latest activities at the Embassy.

Recently arrived US Embassy PAO Rob Tate represented the Embassy and shared a few stories of the latest activities at the Embassy.

Larry Keim and Rob Tate sharing the podium.

Larry Keim and Rob Tate sharing the podium.

The caterers prepared the meal and served it up in style.

The caterers from Crave Catering prepared the meal and served it up in style.

Diners served themselves. NZAA's Jay Berryman arranged the use of the Loaves and Fishes Hall and took all these photos.

Diners served themselves. NZAA’s Jay Berryman arranged the use of the Loaves and Fishes Hall and took all these photos.

If you weren't there, this is what you missed! (Diners enjoyed good food;  NZAA's Donna McCormack worked closely with the caterer to prepare and serve the food. Donna was also in charge of the holiday themed decorations.

If you weren’t there, this is what you missed! (Diners enjoyed good food; NZAA’s Donna McCormack worked closely with the caterer to prepare and serve the food. Donna was also in charge of the holiday themed decorations.

NZAA Secretary Roy Glover entertained briefly on the harmonica after the dinner as folks were gathering up leftovers and preparing to depart.

NZAA Secretary Roy Glover entertained briefly on the harmonica after the dinner as folks were gathering up leftovers and preparing to depart.

The pumpkin is one of the symbols of a bountiful harvest that Thanksgiving celebrates.

The pumpkin is one of the symbols of a bountiful harvest that Thanksgiving celebrates.

See the Events Archive to see what the NZAA has been up to.