President's Messages


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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