March 2013 - Beverly Mau, 2013 President

posted Jan 27, 2013, 2:23 PM by Acuw Hawaii   [ updated Jan 27, 2013, 2:23 PM ]

The 2013 is the year of the Water Snake. Water Snakes are lucky with finances; they always seem to have money flowing their way. They are adventurous spirits and love to take risks. They are also very intelligent and often a wellspring of creative ideas. Water Snakes love to socialize and meet new friends. They are proud of their achievements, and also very thoughtful and considerate of others. It creates movement and growth. Just like the snake, slowly we shed our skin. We become shiny and new as we acknowledge and release the past. A great deal of quiet progress.

A new-found ambition to greatness will inspire you to be all you can be and provide you with the follow through to actually achieve your goals. We will welcome the snake on February 10th as we celebrate Chinese New Year!

On January 1, 2013, I walked through Chinatown with the United Chinese Society to drink tea, (yum cha), with several societies to renew our community visibility and nurture relations with other community organizations wishing them a very Happy New Year! ACUW’s role this year will be to network and partner with other organizations whenever there are mutual purposes to benefit the community. Visitations included: Association of Chinese from Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos, Lung Doo Benevolent Society, Ket On Society, Yee Yee Tong and See Yup Society, Lum Sai Ho Tong, Chee Kung Tong, and See Dai Doo.

At the UCS’s New Year’s Tea Reception on Jan 6, 2013, all of the Chinese Society Leaders gathered to welcome in the “Year of the Snake”, network and renew their relationships with each other. The speakers for the event included Danny Young, Dr. Larry Dang, V. C. Chu, Leonard Kam, Representative Calvin Say, and Chang Dich Lai the new Overseas Chinese Affairs Council ROC Taiwan Commissioner. The speeches focused on fulfilling President Obama’s mission to make it easier for immigrants to come to America. It was also brought to our attention that the 2013 mandarin pronunciation of the phrase sounds like “love you all my life”. So with renewed energies, the Societies shall aspire to collectively work towards a greater good for Hawai‘i. The meeting ended with the annual photo session of all of the new Society leaders in the “Year of the Snake”.

By the way, we also have a mail box at the UCS Hall like the other societies to receive and distribute mailings to each other. We will use this method to announce our fundraiser. Many of the society letters announced that they will not be giving “li see” this year. I did distribute on behalf of ACUW a Happy New Year message for all!

At our recent 1st General Membership meeting, we as an organization have demonstrated respect, passion, compassion and various opinions prior to taking a vote. We were “focused and definitely on purpose”. Congratulations Ladies, we passed 8 motions at our 1st General Membership Meeting (a tsunami wave). (1) Lunch cost to $15 (2) Hard copies of the bulletin at $5/year (3) Policy and Procedures expensed (4) Approval for Director and Officer and General Liability Insurance (5) 5 scholarships for 2013 (6) approval of the Cultural budget (7) approval of the Revised Proposed Budget for 2013 (8) Approval of our 9 new members.

It will be smooth sailing now that we have our financial guidelines navigating us to calmer waters for completion of our projects for the year. Our house rules and Roberts Rules helped to move the meeting along efficiently and effectively. I am proud of all of you.  Thank you Wendie Liu as Sergeant at Arms, Chanelle Mau for the power point presentations and Christine Young as Secretary Pro-tem.

Congratulations to Pamela Young, our Finance Chair, and her committee of Vicky Christiansen, Pat Moberly, Jerilyn Jeffryes, Lori Kam with consultants Anna Chang and Susan Wong for their outstanding work to balance our budget!

Thank you to Rosalind Chun for coordinating the new member presentation. The lovely “White Snakes” presentation told us about the many “faces” or characteristics of the Sanke and taught us a lot about our culture. Xie Xie to Chair Chu-Lan Shubert Kwock and Assistants Linda Young and Linda Duckworth. Congratulations on the approval of all of our new members which also included Leona Bangerter, Sylvia Ching, Leilani Soon, Amy Wang, Christine Young, and Pamela Young. Welcome!

Getting ready for the “Night in Chinatown New Year Parade”? Yes, Chaired by Doris Lam and Nancy Usui – the banners, lanterns, umbrellas and water, and trolley is on the horizon. Everyone come early to decorate and please wear comfortable Chinese attire on February 2, 2013.

Membership committee, Libby Lum, will be accepting membership throughout the year.

The Great Aloha Run is a joint venture with St. Louis School as one of the Trustees, Dr. Mel Chiogioji paid for ACUW’s participation. Thank you to SLS and Chaz Mau. Runners so far are Lynnae Lee, Liz Lum, Anna Chang, David Chang, Blossom, Beverly, Chanelle and Chaz Mau. Anyone else?

Storytelling at the Library of Hawai‘i for Chinese New Year is being coordinated by Lynnae Lee and Lois Mui. Please volunteer and share a cultural story with our youth.

Our annual fundraiser “Asian Rhythms and Motifs from China, Korea, Japan” is in production and let’s not forget that this is for Scholarships, Cultural Events and Community Service. Get your friends to have a get together for Easter and create the excitement. Wendie Liu’s team is working so hard. Please volunteer of your time and money. We need tables, silent auction items, donations, Vendor table sales. Ladies the show must go on and it is right around the corner on March 30, 2013. Your help is needed! Easter Bonnets? Perry and Price show? Ready …… Camera ….. Action!

Qing Ming ceremony of respect for our ancestors at the Mānoa Cemetery will be held on Friday, April 5, 2013 with United Chinese Society. The Co-Chairs for the event are Harry Wong and Jeanette Young. Our ACUW’s Betty Jong will be doing the Eulogy. Ladies please attend this annual traditional ceremony. There is much cultural education to be enjoyed. Come see the firecrackers, the offering of food and drink, the burning of the candles and gum gnun.

Model Mother and Model Father applications will be due on April 5, 2013. I know we have many worthy candidates for this honor. Please see Ruth Hirai.

A publications project for the year will be a cookbook of traditional Chinese Recipes passed on from generation to generation in your family on those special occasions. Start digging up those recipes or interview your Popos. Get in the kitchen with Beverly Taira and Dorothy Mau.

How about a map of China with sur names and villages? Can you help? Please let me know if you are interested in this task.

A video of the Christmas Installation by Red Monkey Productions will be archived with the Records Management Chair, Janel Haberman. For individual copies, see Dorothy Mau.

Family Luau Event is set for July 13, 2013. Please volunteer with Sandra Shiroma and Ruth Hirai.

Did you enjoy singing Happy Birthday in Mandarin and Cantonese? Again we will celebrate those born in March, April and May. Look for the words in this bulletin.

Seniors: Did you enjoy the 80+ Tea Ceremony with Hong Jiang and Betty Jong?

See you all at Hee Hing on March 2, 2013.


Happy Chinese New Year, Happy Valentines, and Happy Easter… in the Year of the Snake! SSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS