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Sommeliers Australia appoints a new President.

The first Annual General Meeting of the official national association of Sommeliers Australia was held on Sunday 29th November 2009 at The Westin, Melbourne. After a co-Presidency of two years, which was occupied by the State association heads of New South Wales and Victoria, Ben Moechtar and Ben Edwards respectively, it was Ben Edwards that was elected the new President of Sommeliers Australia.

Sommeliers Australia is a not for profit hospitality industry organisation that began life in the early 1990s in Victoria and New South Wales as separate associations. In August 2007, the two associations merged to form a national body, renamed ‘Sommeliers Australia’. In 2009 Sommeliers Australia has extended Chapters to all States, and this Annual General Meeting was the first since the official establishment of the national body. Those present at the Annual General Meeting also appointed members who will take up roles on the National Executive, led by President Ben Edwards.

These individuals are:

> Ben Moechtar (NSW) > Franck Moreau (NSW) > Tim Stock (NSW) > Tony Venn (NSW)
> David Lawler (VIC) > Chris Crawford (VIC) > Dan Sims (VIC) > Peter Marchant (QLD)
> Ed Wolkowinski (WA) > Louise Radman (SA) > Joseph Burton (TAS)

The first meeting of the National Executive will be held in early 2010, and at this meeting a key agenda item will be to fill the remaining roles of Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer.

Ben Edwards was elated with the result. ”We’ve put in such a lot of work to take the association up a notch. The next phase is very exciting, and I was very keen to continue to drive the strategy with a committed team. It was actually quite a proud day to see all of our State Chapter representatives in the one room at this meeting. We’ve come such a long way, and this meeting was quite an important event in the history of our association,” noted Edwards.
The President’s Report and Minutes from the Annual General Meeting will be available for download at www.sommeliers.com.au shortly.

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