May 2014 - Blossom Mau, 2014 President

posted Aug 26, 2014, 3:10 PM by Acuw Hawaii   [ updated Aug 26, 2014, 3:10 PM ]

As I reflect on ACUW’s first half of 2014, I am amazed at what our members have accomplished and will strive for in this Year of the Horse.  Through the hard work and dedication of our previous Presidents, Board of Directors, and members, ACUW moves into the future, looking forward to obtaining our 501(c)(3) status, publishing a much anticipated Cookbook, participating in Community Service projects, and awarding Scholarships. 

Our 501(c)(3) application hit a roadblock at the end of March when the IRS sent a letter of Inquiry regarding ACUW’s 501(c)(3) application.  As your president, I was able to work with the IRS Supervisor to gain the organization an additional three weeks for our response and will be requesting additional time to complete the inquiry.  Unfortunately, it was discovered that our Amended and Restated Articles of Incorporation was not filed with DCCA I am working with Lynnae Lee to complete the filing as requested.  I would like to thank 2012 501(c)(3) Committee member Susan Lee, along with Pat Moberly, Treasurer, Sybil Kyi, and Vicky Ho, Scholarship Chair, who quickly responded to the IRS concerns when asked.  A Special Thank You goes out to Lynnae Lee for her efforts to assist ACUW with the DCCA filing and responding to the IRS Inquiry.   

Vicky HoBetty ChangVivian Ho and Blossom Mau participated in Hawai‘i History Day and awarded undergraduates Anna May Ewing of Moloka‘i High School and Odysseus Tafuna and Ha‘aheo Carter, 5th graders from Kaawa Elementary.  ACUW also gave out four awards at the Hawai‘i State Science Engineering Fair.   

We will be introducing our five Scholarship awardees at the June General Membership Meeting.  Thanks to Vicky Ho and Betty Chang, Scholarship Co-chairs, and their committee members (Linda Duckworth, Queenie Chee, Dorothy Mau, Grace Ching, and Sybil Kyi). 

During the months of April and May, many Chinese families observe and participate in Qing Mingvisiting cemeteries offering food, drink, paper money and incense to our ancestors..  This year’s Qing Ming Celebration was sponsored by the Chinese Societies of Hawai‘i and held on April 72014.  ACUW was proud to be a part of this celebration.  Betty Jong, Beverly Mau, Dorothy Mau, Katherine Jay, and Blossom Mau were among those participating in this long standing Cultural and Community event. 

It is wonderful to see our Interest Co-chairs Anna Chang and Shari Lee-Huntoon and Community Service Chair Dorothy Mau working together on ACUW’s Community Service with Pālolo Chinese Home.  What a great job!  The residents were full of smiles and laughter as they received the nosegays, toiletry gifts, Birthday wisheshugs, and wet kisses from the Hospice visitation pets.  Special thanks to Shari Lee-Huntoon with Luigi, Aleuwishes and Kaori in having Gidget, Sammy, and Diva join us.   

Many times, we get so caught up with our own lives that we forget about those who could benefit from our organization.  As president, I ask you to reflect on ACUW’s Mission Statement:  “The ACUW seeks to further the cultural, social, and intellectual welfare of its members and the community, and to promote and participate in worthwhile community projects which are non-profit and non-commercial.” 

Our Mission statement is the very core that our founding members worked hard to reach.  We, as members, continue to reach toward this goal throughout the years.   

The question becomes: “Are we a Benefit or a Hindrance to ACUW and its members?”  Participate in our many different projects, assist with our Community Service, become a part of the elected officers, committee chairperson or committee member, and, finally, be kind and respectful to one another.  

Xie Xie