President's Messages


October 2020 - Edwina Lee - 2020 President

posted Nov 21, 2020, 3:26 PM by Acuw Hawaii   [ updated Nov 21, 2020, 3:27 PM ]

Aloha Everyone, 

I hope everyone and your families are well as the spread of the COVID-19 virus is still ongoing. All events for the rest of the year have been cancelled. I just recently heard that our t-shirts will be done sometime before the end of this month as they are able to open the business again. Right now, the government mandate is we can only go out in groups of no more than five (5), but you need to be of the same household so we are in Tier 1. We have to have less than 100 cases for 7 days straight and be under 5% for positive cases before we can advance to Tier 2. If we are able to maintain it, we might be in Tier 2 before the end of this month. I am sure everyone is bored staying at home for the last 

ACCOMPLISHMENTS DONE FOR THE YEAR 

Luckily, we were able to print the photo directory this year and about two-thirds of the membership have their photo directories already. Again, please contact me if you still want to drop by my house to pick up your photo directory or I can deliver it to you after this shutdown is done. Our Legislative Review Committee has been very busy updating our Bylaws which has been completed and is being reviewed by an attorney and he will also update our Bylaws to cope with emergency situations such as with the current situation. The task of updating the current policy and procedures for the existing ones and creating new policy and procedures for each committee and officers is still ongoing and hopefully will be done by the end of this year. 

Some of our members are making cloth masks for various schools that have asked us to make them as we made cloth masks earlier this year for Navian Hawaii, formerly known as Hospice Hawaii. However, if you do not sew and want to donate the disposable masks, please contact Anna Chang and she will be glad to pick them up from you. 

This year I mainly concentrated on the administrative goals which were mostly paperwork such as our photo directory, updating our Bylaws and Policies and Procedures for every officer’s position and every committee chair’s positions, updating our website and Facebook and we now have more up-to-date social media such as Instagram and Twitter. For those of you who are able to follow, please do so on our social media. We got our t- shirts done by the end of this month and awarded the first half of the scholarships and the academic awards. Since we could not have our June general membership meeting, included in this bulletin are the pictures of the scholarship recipients and a little information about themselves. We did have two general membership meetings before the COVID-19 pandemic hit us and we did pass our budget. We could not do many activities this year, but we did do the Goat Cheese Farm educational tour for those who were willing to go and wear their masks. 

 

August 2020 - Edwina Lee - 2020 President

posted Sep 7, 2020, 8:49 PM by Acuw Hawaii   [ updated Sep 7, 2020, 9:00 PM ]

Aloha Everyone,


As President of ACUW, I am concerned about our members’ health and well-being

regarding the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Therefore, the Elected Directors and the Board

and I, have made a decision to cancel our September general membership meeting as the

governor has issued that we cannot gather indoors with no more than ten (10) people.

Likewise, all our indoor Interest activities have been postponed as well. However, we went

ahead with our Goat Cheese Farm event which happened on Saturday, July 25th since it was

an outdoor event. We wore our masks and also practiced social distancing at this event. We

probably cannot do any community service projects this year. This virus puts all of us at risk

as most of us are in the high-risk bracket.

 

The Science and Engineering Fair has been done virtually. Thanks to Joanne Ebesu and her committee, we will be

issuing our scholarship awards to that event soon. The first half of the scholarship academic awards for the four (4)

undergraduates and one (1) graduate student has been issued to their respective schools by Jo-Ann Leong and her

committee.


Our t-shirts are in the process of being made and probably should be ready by September thanks to Elvina Yamashiro

and her committee. The photo directory, prepared by our membership chair, Darlene Nakayama and her committee, has

been printed and was ready in June. At least a hundred of our members have gotten their photo directory already.

Please contact me if you still want to drop by my house to pick up your photo directory. Everyone has been contacted.

Our Legislative Review committee has been very busy updating our Bylaws which has been completed and will be

ready to be reviewed by an attorney sometime this month. The next task is to update the current policy and procedures

for the existing ones and create new policy and procedures for each committee and officers.


The Steering Committee for our 90th Anniversary, headed by Gretchen Jong and Serena Kyi-Yim, has started to plan

this event which will be next year. Please say “Yes” when they contact you to be part of their committee. Donations are

welcome for this event and you can send it to our P. O. Box 62264, Honolulu, Hawaii 96839, starting in January 2021.

Since this year we have not done any activities because of the COVID-19 virus outbreak, except for the Goat Cheese

Farm, I will be running again for President and I am lucky to have the same Board members who have committed to

me to run again with me next year. Serena Kyi-Yim has agreed to step up to be the President-Elect next year, so we are

looking for a new Vice President to fulfill the slate of officers.

Please watch the news for the latest update on this virus outbreak and if you do not need to go out, please stay at home

and be safe and if you do need to go out, please wear your masks and practice good hygiene habits and social

distancing. We all need to cooperate so we can contain this deadly virus and keep our family, friends and community

safe.


Hopefully we will be able to have our November general membership election meeting and can continue with our

activities for the rest of the year as our State slowly opens up for certain businesses. Take care of yourselves and stay

healthy and enjoy the rest of your summer and hopefully we can meet again in November.


May 2020 - Edwina Lee - 2020 President

posted May 19, 2020, 5:39 PM by Acuw Hawaii   [ updated Jun 1, 2020, 6:33 PM ]

Aloha Everyone,

As President of ACUW, I am concerned about our members’ health and well-being regarding the spread of the COVID-19 virus.  Therefore, the Elected Directors and the Board and I, have made a decision to cancel our June general membership meeting as the governor has issued a stay at home order until June 30, 2020.  Likewise, all our Interest activities have been postponed as well.  We probably cannot do any community service projects this year.  This virus puts all of us at risk as most of us are in the high-risk bracket.

The Hawaii History Day Fair has been done virtually and we have issued our scholarship award to that event thanks to Colleen Wong-Pang and her committee.  The Science and Engineering Fair will also be done virtually, and we will be issuing our scholarship awards to that event soon headed by Joanne Ebesu and her committee.  However, we have been able to continue on with our scholarship committee meetings chaired by Jo-Ann Leong and Viene Lam, our legislative review committee meetings chaired by Sandy Young, our Elected Directors’ meeting chaired by Frances Goo, our website committee and Board meetings using a technology called Zoom.  It is a little harder for all of us as we have to learn this new technology so we can comply with the social distancing rules.

Our t-shirts are in the process of being made and probably should be ready by September thanks to Elvina Yamashiro and her committee.  We are also working on the photo directory and that should be ready by September being prepared by our membership chair, Darlene Nakayama and her committee.

I hope everyone had a nice Mother’s Day weekend even though we had to do social distancing with our families.

Please watch the news for the latest update on this virus outbreak and if you do not need to go out, please stay at home and be safe and if you do need to go out, please practice good hygiene habits and social distancing.  We all need to cooperate so we can contain this deadly virus and keep our family, friends and community safe.

Hopefully we will be able to have our September general membership meeting and can continue with our activities for the rest of the year as our State slowly opens up for certain businesses.

Take care of yourselves and stay healthy and enjoy your summer and hopefully we can meet again in September.

Edwina Lee

March 2020 - Edwina Lee, 2020 President

posted Mar 6, 2020, 4:34 PM by Acuw Hawaii   [ updated Jun 1, 2020, 6:32 PM ]

President’s Message

Edwina Lee, 2020 President


  Happy Easter Everyone!

 Since my installation on December 7, 2019, almost one quarter of the year has gone by. We had a very successful January general membership meeting with about 75 members and three new prospective members attending. We were honored by four of new members who joined in 2019, with a fun and exciting dance performance and also their interesting research on the Chinese zodiac.

I was privileged as President to attend the United Chinese Society annual tea ceremony where we met all the new Presidents of other organizations in the Chinese community on Sunday, January 5th. I also attended the Narcissus pageant on Saturday, January 11th, as I was invited by the Chinese Chamber of Commerce President-Elect, Elvira Lo, who is a Past-President of ACUW.

The Elected Directors and the Board and all the Committee Chairs are hard at work planning for the rest of the year. Unfortunately, this year we did not do the Night in Chinatown Chinese New Year Parade as the sponsors for this event could not get the cooperation of the City and County of Honolulu and they could not get the funding either. We had a big cultural project at Kahala Mall to celebrate the Chinese New Year. It was well attended by the community and our members had a lot of fun.

My goal of recruiting 10 new members this year has been met part way as we have welcomed two new members, Diane Okubo and Rosemarie Woodruff, in this first quarter. I am hoping we can recruit more the next quarter. Our membership directory will be printed this year and will be passed out at the June general membership meeting. If you have not ordered your ACUW t-shirts, please do so by contacting Elvina Yamashiro. She will have the sample t-shirts available at the March general membership meeting for the members to try on.

Our Scholarship committee is hard at work and has uploaded the application and information onto the ACUW website. Our Legislative Review committee has started to work on the Policies and Procedures and we are thankful that we have recruited some very valuable members and past-presidents on this committee to help us with this task. It will be a long and tedious project, but we are hoping to complete it by the end of this year.

The Interest committee is hard at work planning all the interest projects for the rest of the year. Our first one will be on March 28th where we will visit a goat cheese farm in Waialua. This should be an interesting excursion and it is a long drive so we are recommending to carpool.

We have already presented a draft budget at our January general membership meeting and we will present the final budget at the March general membership meeting. In this issue, you can review the final budget and hopefully it will be passed by our general membership on March 7th with minimum discussion.

I am still looking for a President-Elect, however, we are already planning for the 2020 Christmas Installation. Wendie Liu has volunteered to chair this event, so if she calls on you to help, please offer your assistance to her.

If you or anyone knows of anyone who wants to join our organization, please let me know and I will direct them to our Membership Chair, Darlene Nakayama and we can start the process. Thank you again for believing in me and my new Board of Directors and I will do my best for this organization to the best of my abilities. Thank you.


January 2020 - Edwina Lee, 2020 President

posted Jan 20, 2020, 3:03 AM by Acuw Hawaii   [ updated Jun 2, 2020, 12:07 PM ]

Happy New Year of the Rat!

It is my honor to serve as your 89th President for ACUW. I had always heard about ACUW from my friends and I had been asked when I was younger to join ACUW. However, I was too busy with my four children and their extracurricular activities and I also had a full-time job, so I never joined until Gretchen Jong asked me to come out, so I joined in August 2016. At the September general membership meeting, Gretchen was the nominating chair during that time, and she asked me to be treasurer. I told her she should ask the other members who have been members for a longer time as I was a brand new member and actually did not know much about the club, except I knew they did a nice fashion show event as a fundraiser as I have attended several of them as a guest. I told her that if she really could not find anyone, then I would step up to be treasurer.

Well, as history goes, I became treasurer under Roberta Wong-Leung’s administration in 2017 and from then on, I have always held a position on the Board of Directors.

My number one goal for ACUW as the President this year is to increase our membership and I would like to do a membership drive with a fun and interesting activity. I would also like to bring in interesting guest speakers for our general membership meetings and have it become more interactive with our membership. I will try to uphold the tradition of ACUW and do cultural and community service and educational and fun interest projects that will benefit our membership.

Ongoing administrative projects are updating our website, which Jennifer Tseu is the chair for that project. Another one is getting new shirts for our membership at cost, which Elvina Yamashiro has agreed to chair that one. Also giving each member a hard copy of the most current membership directory, which Darlene Nakayama will handle. We also have an ongoing legislative review committee that has been reviewing the Bylaws for the past two years which is headed by Sandy Young. We hope we can finish reviewing and updating the Bylaws this year and have it passed by the general membership. Since we will be updating our Bylaws, the Policies and Procedures will also need to be updated.

I am still looking for a President-Elect and an Elected Director with a 3-year term. If you or if you know of any members who are interested in these positions, please contact Debra Lew -Wong or myself. My philosophy is the more active you become in the club, the more you will benefit and learn from others. I hope that all of our members will support the club and want to come out and participate in the projects planned for the year by the Board of Directors and committee chairs.

This year will also be the planning year for our 90th anniversary event which is co-chaired by Gretchen Jong and Serena Kyi-Yim. If they call on you to do something for this event, please agree and help them out.

I look forward to getting to know more of our membership on a personal basis. I would love to hear all your ideas that will make ACUW a better organization. Please feel free to contact me anytime either by email or text if you have any questions or just call me. I will normally respond back to you within the same day. Thank you for believing in me and my new Board of Directors and I will do my best for this organization to the best of my abilities. Thank you.

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