May 2020 - Edwina Lee - 2020 President

posted May 19, 2020, 5:39 PM by Acuw Hawaii   [ updated Jun 1, 2020, 6:33 PM ]
Aloha Everyone,

As President of ACUW, I am concerned about our members’ health and well-being regarding the spread of the COVID-19 virus.  Therefore, the Elected Directors and the Board and I, have made a decision to cancel our June general membership meeting as the governor has issued a stay at home order until June 30, 2020.  Likewise, all our Interest activities have been postponed as well.  We probably cannot do any community service projects this year.  This virus puts all of us at risk as most of us are in the high-risk bracket.

The Hawaii History Day Fair has been done virtually and we have issued our scholarship award to that event thanks to Colleen Wong-Pang and her committee.  The Science and Engineering Fair will also be done virtually, and we will be issuing our scholarship awards to that event soon headed by Joanne Ebesu and her committee.  However, we have been able to continue on with our scholarship committee meetings chaired by Jo-Ann Leong and Viene Lam, our legislative review committee meetings chaired by Sandy Young, our Elected Directors’ meeting chaired by Frances Goo, our website committee and Board meetings using a technology called Zoom.  It is a little harder for all of us as we have to learn this new technology so we can comply with the social distancing rules.

Our t-shirts are in the process of being made and probably should be ready by September thanks to Elvina Yamashiro and her committee.  We are also working on the photo directory and that should be ready by September being prepared by our membership chair, Darlene Nakayama and her committee.

I hope everyone had a nice Mother’s Day weekend even though we had to do social distancing with our families.

Please watch the news for the latest update on this virus outbreak and if you do not need to go out, please stay at home and be safe and if you do need to go out, please practice good hygiene habits and social distancing.  We all need to cooperate so we can contain this deadly virus and keep our family, friends and community safe.

Hopefully we will be able to have our September general membership meeting and can continue with our activities for the rest of the year as our State slowly opens up for certain businesses.

Take care of yourselves and stay healthy and enjoy your summer and hopefully we can meet again in September.

Edwina Lee