October 2015 - Ruth Hirai, 2015 President

posted Dec 12, 2015, 11:30 AM by Acuw Hawaii   [ updated Dec 12, 2015, 11:30 AM ]

Thank you for the privilege of serving as your President in 2015. It’s been a challenging year, but I have learned a lot about ACUW and the Chinese community. I learned that ACUW is one of many organizations in our Chinese community trying to preserve its heritage, but it is one that others respect and want to learn more about. We MUST get involved with other Chinese organizations, and we MUST recruit younger, new members if ACUW is to survive.

September was a busy month with the kick-off for the Betty and Walter Chang Challenge, our visit to Pālolo Chinese Home, and the Mid-Autumn Festival Celebration, both on the same day. Mahalo to Susan and Jeri for collecting one-third of our donations at the September meeting. Over 20 ladies visited with the residents of PCH who were happy to see us. It was rewarding seeing the smiles on their faces. The residents enjoyed our chair exercises, our hula “Lovely Hula Hands,” and Shari’s therapy dogs. Thank you, Mona, for doing an outstanding job. The Mid-Autumn Festival was small with few booths, but we shared our Chinese arts and crafts with the 63 children who stopped by our booth. Mahalo to Hong, Marilyn, Lois, and Carolyn Misajon for their help.

Ongoing throughout the year was the sale of our cookbook which has helped us raise funds for our Scholarship Fund.

ACUW has endorsed the Sun Yat-sen Garden as part of Foster Botanical Garden. We hope this project will be a legacy to the community as we celebrate our 85th anniversary. We also donated $2,500 to Pālolo Chinese Home for their Capital Campaign.

The year is coming to an end for me, but I have many cherished memories. I’d like to thank all of the officers, elected directors, and committee chairs who put many hours into planning and coordinating our activities. But mostly, thanks to you, to each and every member, who participated in the many activities that ACUW offered. YOU made it all worthwhile! Xie xie, Doh jay, and Mahalo for the wonderful opportunity you’ve given me.