As the 21st century dawned...
membership of the ABWM was at a high of several hundred ladies. The Association was very active running numerous events and coffee mornings every month, and as these were often held in members’ homes or condo function rooms, a big ABWM box of crockery, cutlery and water boilers had to be continually lugged about town.
In 2002, after seeing how well-used the MANZA House was (Malaysian Australian New Zealand Association) the committee, under the leadership of Chair Sandra Rust, decided that the ABWM should finally take the plunge too.
Our first House was chosen for its excellent location, round the corner from Bangsar Shopping Centre at 12 Jalan Menerung 3. It was open from 10am to 2pm with a House Manager on hand, and it proved to be very popular once everyone got used to having our own base. Not only could we create a consolidated office and host Newcomers’ coffee mornings there, but we could also be the venue for meetings and many activities such as Bridge, Mahjong, Pilates, Yoga, Chinese calligraphy, Baby and Toddler Groups, Charity sales days, and much more.
We were all very happy there but the parking got harder and harder and the Landlord did not maintain the house well, so in 2009 Chair, Tracy Dale and her committee, moved the Association to 88 Jalan Terasek 8, Bangsar Baru. The premises were larger, parking was easier, the area was quieter, the rent was cheaper and it was a great success.
The House was very popular and well-used and we didn’t want to leave, but in the summer of 2017 our lovely Landlord announced that she was putting the house on the market. Poor Tracey Ross, our Chair at that time, had barely 2 months to find us a new base. She and her committee worked really hard to find a similar house, and successfully moved the Association just a few hundred yards to our current comfortable location at 23 Jalan Terasek.
Sharianne is English/Malaysian. Born in the UK she spent her early childhood in Malaysia, before leaving for boarding school in West Yorkshire at the age of 11.
Sharianne's first role with the ABWM was in 2005 as Secretary; she has been House Manager for the last 6 years and is also the Vice Chair.
Sharianne is responsible for the day to day administration for the Association; dealing with all enquiries from membership to event attendance, she keeps the house in order, manages the takings and prepares for newcomers.
Both Sharianne and Lynette are essential team members, the Association would be lost without them!
Assistant House Manager
Lynette has lived in Malaysia for the last 11 years and has been the Assistant House Manger since 2015 and an invaluable member of team.
Her duties include fielding all enquiries from the website, social media and from phone calls. Dealing with membership payments and prepare to welcome any newcomers. Managing the association takings and report to the Treasurer. Keeping the house in order, prep for any activities or upcoming events and ensure everything ABWM runs smoothly!