January 2013 - 2012 President’s Message – Susan Lee, 2012 President

posted Jan 24, 2013, 7:23 PM by Acuw Hawaii   [ updated Jan 24, 2013, 7:23 PM ]

2012 has been an amazing year of transformation.  Our 14 new members ushered in the Water Dragon with their “Phoenix Story.”  The Phoenix represents the Yin form of the Dragon. 

Our Cultural Committee jumped into the year with the Chinatown New Year parade, an activity that members, hubbies, children and grandchildren enjoyed.  At the Honolulu Academy of Art, ACUW provided creative activities for a “Dragon’s Nest” which resulted in 150% increase in attendance!  We also presented cultural lectures at the Doris Duke Theater & the Chinese Business Community Association (CBCA), coordinated display and activities at the Mid-Autumn festival and the Splendor of China. 

Like bread & butter, Scholarship is core to ACUW’s purpose.  ACUW awarded 6 regular scholarships to students who demonstrated continual outstanding scholastic achievements, and 3 special scholarships, from private donors, Nancy Yee Wong, Chew Yee Janet Lam, and Dorothy Jim Luke.  ACUW also granted 4 awards to the Science & Engineering Fair and 4 awards to the Hawai‘i History Day. 

Our Service Committee began the year supporting CBCA with donation & speakers to educate youths living in Chinatown.  ACUW annually supports Pālolo Chinese Home with donations & activities for the elderly.  ACUW was recognized as the 2nd largest donor for the Pālolo Chinese Home building renovation project.   Newest donation recipient is CANAAN for after school care of immigrant Chinese children.  Other donations this year were made to  Ching Ming, Hawaii Food Bank, American Red Cross, Chinese History Center, Chinese Heritage Center, Lanakila Senior Center, Institute for Human Services & the Hawai’i Food Bank.

Fundraising is critical to supporting the goals and activities of ACUW.  Our fabulous 2012 fashion show “Younger Than Springtime” enabled ACUW to do what we do best, to support our core purpose – scholarship, culture and service! 

To grant us an interlude, our Interest Committee, took members on excursions to the huge KROC Community Center at Kapolei and the Pearl Harbor boat tour, very historical and enjoyable!

Another interlude is our lazy summer day Family Luau bringing together ACUW’s extended family and friends.  We sat back and listened to serenading by our kapuna singers and enjoyed kapuna hula.

This entire year, our Legislative committee and team researched & implement ACUW’s dream to become a non-profit 501(c)3 organization.  This capability adds another dimension to our resourcing capability.  Throughout the year members were educated; discussions & compromises were addressed & resolved.  By November 2012, this dream came to fruition with an application for 501(c)3 tax exempt status to the IRS.  Congratulations ACUW! This was truly a transformational year!

To our many committees, THANK YOU for your hard work!  To our 2013 President, Beverly Mau and the Board of Directors, blessings from my heart, as you shepherd ACUW into phase 2 of our ACUW dream – normalization and implementation.   


Pictured with ACUW members is Rev. Gordon Lai, whom ACUW supported the “After School Program” for immigrant children at Chinatown Canaan Gospel Community Center.