Asian Pacific American Heritage Association Represented at AWAG

Asian Pacific American Heritage Association Represented at AWAG

Press Release ( - GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany - May 23, 2016 - Americans Working Around the Globe (AWAG) celebrated its 60th year by hosting its Annual Seminar May 1-7, 2016 at the Edelweiss Lodge & Resort. International Photographer, Trish Alegre-Smith–Owner of So Your Life Images–attended the seminar in dual roles as Advisor for the Asian Pacific American Heritage Association (APAHA) and representative for the National Military Spouse Network (NMSN).

AWAG (Americans Working Around the Globe) is a non-profit organization whose mission is building leaders and transforming communities.  AWAG aims to train, strengthen and connect American-affiliated communities around the globe.

Ms. Alegre-Smith stated, “I’m proud to be a part of the Asian Pacific American Heritage Association and serve as an advisor and coordinator for events celebrating our culture and history.” Alegre-Smith continued, “It’s a privilege for So Your Life Images to serve as a sponsor for multiple activities throughout the year to raise cultural awareness such as the Taste of Asia; performances of traditional dances at schools and the Bitburg International Folklore Festival Parade; and participating in Multicultural Awareness Day in September.” said Alegre-Smith. Ms. Alegre-Smith been an active member of National Military Spouse Network (NMSN) for three years and was able to provide information to attendees about the organization’s mission.

Top three takeaways from the 60th Annual Seminar held by the Americans Working Around the Globe (AWAG):

1. The Pareto Principle (80/20 rule) also applies to volunteer organizations.

20% of your people do 80% of your work so invest in training, rewarding and promoting them.

2. Treat your organization as a business and give it the respect that it deserves.

3. Put your organization’s donation into context (what did it take to get that money to the community) taking an opportunity to communicate to the community what you do and how you do it.

Trish Alegre-Smith is the Owner and Photographer behind So Your Life Images. She’s an Air Force veteran, military spouse, and commercial photographer who is a featured contributor to National Military Spouse Network Magazine,, and other U.S.-based publications. Trish currently lives and works in the Eifel region of Germany. Learn more about the work of Ms. Alegre-Smith and view her online Gallery at:

Learn more about AWAG (Americans Working Around the Globe) at:

About APAHA: The Asian/Pacific American Heritage Association (APAHA) was formed in 1992 to promote awareness and increase understanding of the Asian/Pacific American culture and its diversity through education and celebration, focusing on May, Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM), and continuing throughout the year. Learn more at:

About NMSN: National Military Spouse Network (NMSN) is the pre-eminent networking, mentoring and professional development organization committed to the education, empowerment and advancement of military spouses. Visit NMSN at:

Source : So Your Life Images

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