January 2014 President’s Message - Blossom Mau, 2014 President

posted Dec 17, 2013, 3:39 PM by Acuw Hawaii   [ updated Dec 17, 2013, 3:39 PM ]

Thank you all for believing in me and giving me your trust and confidence as ACUW’s 2014 President.  I look forward to working with each and every one of you in 2014, the Year of the Horse.  Like those born under this zodiac, ACUW will move toward being involved with charity events and build on our humanitarian projects.

2014’s theme will be the Joy of Teamwork where we give back to our community and confirm our Chinese heritage.  We are all special.  We have talents that make us individuals, but together as a team we can move mountains and accomplish greatness.

The word TEAM = Together Everyone Achieves More.  There are 4 elements in an effective team.  Goals bring a team together and give common objective.  Roles so everyone knows what to do and what others are doing.  Interpersonal relationships are the glue that creates trust, collaboration, and connection.  Process and procedures are the rules that govern behavior, expectation, and consequences if the goals are not met.

The Mission from our 12 Founding members in 1931 “to further the culture, social and intellectual welfare “will live on as we explore, promote, and share our Chinese heritage and culture with the community and other organizations.

As a team we will be able to establish our place in the community. Helping and promoting ACUW’s beliefs by working with Pālolo Chinese Home, Shriner’s Hospital and Hawai’i Meals on Wheels as well as partnering with United Chinese Society, Chinese Chamber, Bank of Hawai‘i and other various organizations.

My Popo ensured a strong background for my family in our Chinese heritage.  At a very young age – I tagged along when she went to the various temples – especially Kun Yum Mew on River Street.  There I learned to burn incense – pray to the many gods and looked fearfully at their images.  I watched and learned to make jindoo and gao.  Passed out jai, oranges and lisee to our neighbors, folded and burned gum nyum during Ching Ming.  But the all-time memory was pounding mochi rice into flour so fine to make New Year guo.  Many things we did as children no longer are practiced.  There are so many “easy” ways to do things now.  These are the memories we need to share with others.  My Popo and parents also taught us to respect our elders and help those in need.

Beverly brought my mom, Dorothy and I into ACUW in 1989.  This year I will celebrate 25 years with this organization.  Boy….  That is a long time.

Joyful Sounds of Christmas is the theme for this year’s Installation.  Think about it. Sounds everywhere that makes one smile and laugh with life not only during Christmas, but all through the year.  What sounds – music – songs – laughter – speaking nicely to one another – giving encouragement and compliments.  How do we do this?  By bringing these into the community – with each other, with our elders, and with our children.  Sharing, giving, and providing to those in need as we move forward in 2014 – the Year of the Horse.  Can you hear the Horse neighing?

Ladies and Gentlemen: Chinese New Year will be early this year.  January 31, 2014 will make the Year of the Wooden Horse.

This will be a year of great energy and power for those who can grab and hang on.  Our past Executive Boards have planted the seeds so ACUW won’t be left behind.  This year we hope to receive our 501c3 standing

Love to Cook!  We will have the long awaited ACUW Cookbook to help us with our Scholarship fundraising.  Let’s make this a success.  Buy the Cookbooks – share them – gift them – use those fabulous recipes.

Our Joyful Sounds of Christmas Installation was a great success.  We were truly honored to have over 190 attendees, which included members, families, friends, and Special guests. 

Zeny Muyot was our fabulous Mistress of Ceremony and Victor Lim, McDonalds (UCS Model Father 2013) who did a great job installing the 2014 ACUW Executive Board.

Congratulations to those elected or who kindly volunteered their time and expertise as we move forward in 2014.

Special Guests included Councilmember Stanley Chang, City and County of Honolulu; Mr. V.C. Chu, Director-General of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO); Ms. Amy Lin, Assistant Deputy Director (TECO); Henry Lee, Executive Director - United Chinese Society (UCS), Dr. Larry Dang and Elizabeth Dang, President UCS, Yuk Guy Yee and Linny Yee (Emeritus Trustee UCS); Alan Ho and Sylvia Ho, Jade Dynasty Seafood Restaurant; Flora Lu, Lucoral Museum; John Berger, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser; Karl Kao, World Journal. Special photo appearance by Santa and Mrs. Claus and Performances from Yeung Duk Dragon & Lion Dance Association Hawai‘i (Shane Maihui – shifu); the Pacific Pearls Unit (LOS of NA Hawai‘i  Court #60), and the Hawai‘i Choir Group (Pamela DeBoard, Director).

Our First General Membership Meeting will be held at Jade Dynasty Seafood Restaurant on January 4, 2014. We have a wonderful menu planned for those attending where we will be meeting our new members and celebrate January and February Birthdays.  Please contact Linda Young and her committee if you plan to attend.

On January 19, 2014 we will be partnering with the Honolulu Museum of Arts for their annual Family Day Event from 11a to 3p.  Please see Cora Haberman, Cultural Event Chairperson and Hong Jiang, past chairperson, for more information.

Who loves a parade?  Well, January 25, 2014 will be the Night in Chinatown Parade.  We will be meeting at 2:30pm by the ‘Iolani Palace and walk and ride down Hotel Street dressed in our Chinese splendor.  Please see Sylvia Ching for more information.

February 17, 2014 will be the day for all those who love to walk and run.  The Great Aloha Run.  Please see Anna Chang or Sharolyn Lee-Huntoon for information.

Of course, we will be looking for UCS’s Model Mother of the Year – 2014. Ladies and gentlemen – start thinking about which fabulous member we can nominate and let Fran Kramer know.

Congratulations and Big Mahalo to our 2013 and 2014 Executive Board and Committee chairs.  2013 was a great year with many accomplishments – helping to plant the seeds for our future.  We, your 2014 Council, look toward another great year establishing our place and giving back to our community.

I would like to send a Big Mahalo, Xie Xie and Thank you to Doris Lam and Christine Young, Christmas Installation Chairpersons and their committee; Colleen Pang-Wong and her committee for the lovely leis; Fran Kramer for that special Program cover; Thelma Nip and Dorothy Mau – English and Chinese Invocations.  Thank you to my family, Dorothy Mau and Beverly Mau for all your help and believing in me and to all members of ACUW, thank you so much.  2014 will be a year to remember