March 2014 - Blossom Mau, 2014 President

posted Feb 10, 2014, 10:35 PM by Acuw Hawaii   [ updated Feb 10, 2014, 11:10 PM ]

Gong Hee Fat Choy!  Happy New Year to one and all! 

According to the Chinese calendar this is the Year of the Green Horse.  Horse people are energetic, intelligent and are commonly physically strong. They like to stay at peaceful places. They are very good when it comes to communicating with other people around them, thus making them sociable and they are quite friendly too. Horses love crowded places as well as entertainment. Because of the Horse natural friendly characteristic, he is loved by many.  An individual who is burn under the Year of the Horse loves to be involved on charity events and always wants to build his own humanitarian projects. He also likes to venture on career. He does not want to stay working with one company for a long time yet; he will serve his bosses with all his best. On making life decisions, the Horse could be stubborn yet they also have their own earthy sides.  As for clothing, the lucky colors to wear this year are purple, blue and grey. To add up luck, you can wear wooden pendants or beads along with your stylish get ups. Horses’ lucky numbers are 7, 3, and 2.  Horses are trustworthy individuals who will not let you down during your down times. As a friend, they will be there to cheer you up and they’ll even take you to great places just to ease out your sadness.  Year of the Horse falls on the years; 2014, 2002, 1990, 1978, 1966, 1954 and 1942.

ACUW’s role for this year will be to network and partner with other organizations whenever there is a mutual purpose to benefit and give back to our community.  We would like to build relationships with the various organizations in the community as well as our sister organizations such as Women’s Club (CWC), Organization of Chinese American Women’s Club (OCAW) and community organizations such as United Chinese Society (UCS), Chinese Chamber, Pālolo Chinese Home, Shriner’s Hospital, Hawai’i Meals on Wheels.  We look forward in working with them in 2014.

I was invited to the Chinese Women’s Club Christmas Installation held December 14, 2014 at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel.  Congratulations to Jeanette Ching, President and her 2014 corps of officers on a beautiful installation.  Congratulations to Outgoing President Wendi Liu for your success 2013 and Linda Young, 2nd Vice-President.

The United Chinese Society held their annual Tea Ceremony on January 5, 2014 where all Chinese Society Leaders welcomed the Year of the Horse.  Guest speakers included V.C. Chu, Director General - TECO, Henry Lee, UCS Executive Director, Senator Karl Rhoads, and Representative Calvin Say.

As we move forward in the year 2014, I would ask the members of ACUW to look in your heart and soul and ask yourself:  “What can I do to make a difference?  How can I support ACUW and our community?”  Let’s Do It Together.  “Teamwork from everyone involved will make this a great success.”

There are still committees without a chair(s): Communication, Nominating, and Fundraising.   

Thank you to some special people for stepping up to help ACUW in 2014.  I am proud and happy to announce Vicky Christansen as our Finance Chair.  She is doing a great job, with the assistance of our Treasurer Pat Moberly, in creating the 2014 Budget.  Vicky Ho and Betty Chang, Co-chairs for Scholarship, will be working very hard in qualifying and awarding students this year. June Kadamoto has kindly consented to be the Legislature chairperson for 2014. Elizabeth Wong, Membership chair, did a wonderful job introducing our new member this year and look forward to having many more new members join ACUW.

Vivian Ho, Records Management, will be working diligently to update and maintain important ACUW documents and pictures.  Those with computer skills:  Vivian could really benefit from your assistance. 

Thank you Elizabeth Wong on our new member introduction at our January General Membership Meeting (GMM). 

Congratulations to Bertha Tomiyasu, our newest member of ACUW and sister of Beverly Taira. We look forward to welcoming our reinstated members Grace Wong Ching and Loretta Tuan at our next GMM in March.

What a fabulous turnout ACUW had with our Joint ACUW – BOH Family Event with the Honolulu Museum of Arts January 19, 2014.  XieXie  - Mahalo – Thank you so much for making this happen to Cora Haberman (Cultural Event Chair), Seng P. Choy (BOH – HMA Family Event Chair),  Lois Mui (Narcissus coordinator) and Hong Jiang (2013 Cultural Event chair).  Special Mahalo to Pat Yee who started early and was able to present the beautiful Narcissus plants (that was blooming) for display.  Everyone was full of compliments – for our ACUW members who works so hard with our Narcissus craving, Zodiac and Jai Display, the Double Happiness paper cutting, and of course, the Calligraphy table with members Hong Jiang, Fawn Sheng, Canossa Choy, and special guest writers Flora Lu and Jamie Bin. Do Jai one and all for making all participants learn more about our Chinese heritage.

Qing Ming  - Ceremony of Respect for our ancestors will be held April 6, 2014 at Mānoa Cemetery with the United Chinese Society.  Chairs Harry Wong and Jeanette Young along with our own Betty Jong will be there to educate us in the long standing Chinese tradition our ancestors brought with them from China. Please do attend, enjoy the fireworks that ward off evil, the offering of food and drink, the burning of candles, incense, and gum gnun to our ancestors.

The long awaited ACUW Cookbook is moving along, ready for printing and publication this year thanks to May Lee Chung and Dorothy Mau (co-chairs) and their committee (Christine Young, Beverly Taira, Fran Kramer, Beverly Mau and Blossom Mau).  A happy home is a home full of wonderful smells and taste.  Gift them to everyone – family and friends who enjoy cooking and eating.  Share them with the community. 

Did you all enjoy singing Happy Birthday in Chinese? Well we will be doing it again at our 2nd GMM meeting in March.  We will celebrate all members whose birthday will be in March, April and May.  See you all at Hee Hing Restaurant March 1, 2014.