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  • Message from ACUW Elected Directors – Maura Yee, 2015 Director The Elected Directors Policy and Procedures was approved by the Board of Directors on October 11, 2015 and ratified, with an amendment, at the General Membership Meeting on Nov. 7 ...
    Posted Dec 12, 2015, 11:41 AM by Acuw Hawaii
  • Message from ACUW Elected Directors – Susan Wong The Elected Directors, Maura Yee (co-chair), Lynnae Lee (co-chair), Lynette Yuen, Canossa Choy, Lori Kam and Susan Wong met on August 2nd to discuss various ACUW matters ...
    Posted Dec 12, 2015, 11:40 AM by Acuw Hawaii
  • Message from ACUW Elected Directors – Lynette Yuen The ACUW Board is considering helping Wei Zhang, an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.  She is conducting a research to understand ...
    Posted Dec 12, 2015, 11:38 AM by Acuw Hawaii
  • May 2015 - Message from ACUW Elected Directors – Lynnae Lee and Maura Yee, Co-Chairs As we continue to settle in under the current Bylaws (amended in 2012), some questions arose regarding ACUW’s organizational structure. The mission of ACUW is overseen by its Board ...
    Posted May 16, 2015, 11:59 AM by Acuw Hawaii
  • March 2015 - Message from ACUW Elected Directors – Lynnae Lee and Maura Yee, Co-Chairs The elected directors held their first meeting in December to set plans and goals for 2015.  A dedicated group with diverse backgrounds, the directors discussed current issues as well as ...
    Posted Feb 25, 2015, 7:24 PM by Acuw Hawaii
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Message from ACUW Elected Directors – Maura Yee, 2015 Director

posted Dec 12, 2015, 11:41 AM by Acuw Hawaii

The Elected Directors Policy and Procedures was approved by the Board of Directors on October 11, 2015 and ratified, with an amendment, at the General Membership Meeting on Nov. 7, 2015.

 

ACUW POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

Subject: Elected Directors

 


Goal:        

To describe the duties of the six Elected Directors to optimize their role on the Board of Directors.

Reference:    

By-Laws, Article 4, Section 4.4. Board of Directors.

Policy:           

1.     The Elected Directors shall be a part of the ACUW Board of Directors, serving as advisors to the president and standing committees.

2.     The Elected Directors’ duties shall include developing long-range goals, establishing policies and procedures, reviewing fiscal operations, and overseeing special projects.

Procedures:

1.     The six Elected Directors shall elect leadership within their group.  At a minimum, a chair and secretary should be named.

2.     The Elected Directors shall name a liaison for each standing committee, including the Finance Committee.

 

The Elected Directors shall submit articles to the Bulletin and report at the General Membership meetings.  


Message from ACUW Elected Directors – Susan Wong

posted Dec 12, 2015, 11:40 AM by Acuw Hawaii

The Elected Directors, Maura Yee (co-chair), Lynnae Lee (co-chair), Lynette Yuen, Canossa Choy, Lori Kam and Susan Wong met on August 2nd to discuss various ACUW matters. The Elected Directors oversee and direct long-range goals, policies and procedures. The Elected Directors will be reviewing Policies and Procedure guidelines for Elected Directors, Membership, Scholarship and Community Service Committees in October and hope to present guidelines that the Board will approve for ratification by the membership in November.

The Elected Directors recommended, and the Board of Directors subsequently accepted, a suggestion that President Ruth Hirai appoint an Ad Hoc Book Fund Committee to determine disbursement of monies raised through ACUW publications. The amount of approximately $34,000 has been reserved for a number of years and May Lee Chung suggested that dispersal at this time for various ACUW activities may be appropriate.

The Ad Hoc Committee should consist of members from past or present committees: cultural, scholarship, community service, an elected director and a member from general membership for a report back to the General Membership in January.

The Elected Directors considered a request from the Community Service Committee to fund a donation to Pālolo Chinese Home to support their capital campaign to renovate the Victoria Ward Hall and construct a New Skilled Nursing Complex. The construction is part of a Master Plan to build a Progressive Care Complex adjacent to the Victoria Ward Hall Building.

The Elected Directors reviewed the history of ACUW donations to Pālolo Chinese Home over the years since 2002 to present; the continuing service relationship between ACUW members and Pālolo Chinese Home residents and staff; and proposed Community Service Donation Criteria (to be considered by the Directors in October) that recipient organizations for money should share ACUW’s goals to participate in cultural, educational and/or charitable endeavors. As a result, the Elected Directors recommended funding the request to the Board of Directors.

The Board of Directors approved the Community Service request and on behalf of Community Service Committee Susan Wong presented a motion at the General Membership Meeting on September 4th, that:

ACUW shall donate $2,500 to the Pālolo Chinese Home Capital Fund Drive, such donation shall be from the Scholarship Fund.

The motion was passed by the membership. The donation was announced at the Community Service project at Pālolo Chinese Home on September 12th

Message from ACUW Elected Directors – Lynette Yuen

posted Dec 12, 2015, 11:38 AM by Acuw Hawaii

The ACUW Board is considering helping Wei Zhang, an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.  She is conducting a research to understand elderly Chinese community member’s perception of “successful aging.”  The purpose of this project is to evaluate how Chinese culture, immigration, and acculturation influence your perception and view of successful aging.

Eligibility Requirement to Participate:  All Chinese ACUW members that are 60 years and above.

Risks:  There will be no risk to you in participating in this research project.  Response to item B5 in the survey is optional.  All information will be kept confidential.

Benefit:  Upon volunteering to help with this survey, some of you will also be selected to participate in a focus group at another time and location convenient for you to respond to around 10 additional open-ended questions.  For your participation in the second phase, you will receive a Longs Drug gift certificate.

At our Sept. General Meeting a table will be set aside to obtain this survey, and to answer any further questions that you may have about this survey.

ACUW would like all members to participate.  It would be most helpful if all surveys could be turned in at the end of the meeting to help to expedite this survey in understanding the harmonious and healthy aging among Chinese elders in Hawai‘i.

On behalf of Wei Zhang, she would like to express her gratitude in helping her with this project.


May 2015 - Message from ACUW Elected Directors – Lynnae Lee and Maura Yee, Co-Chairs

posted May 16, 2015, 11:59 AM by Acuw Hawaii

As we continue to settle in under the current Bylaws (amended in 2012), some questions arose regarding ACUW’s organizational structure. The mission of ACUW is overseen by its Board of Directors. The Board is comprised of its eight Officers and six elected Directors who do not hold officer positions [See Bylaws, Section 4.2]. All Officers are also Directors by virtue of their position [See Bylaws, Section 4.3]. For convenience, we can refer to the non-officer Directors as the “Elected Directors” as they were elected as directors only [See Bylaws, Section 4.4]. Directors are unable to act alone, unlike officers who actually have specific duties for their position and are expected to fulfill their individual duties. Directors work as a group called the Board of Directors. Any official action that an individual Director may wish to take must be approved by the Board of Directors once quorum has been attained.

President Hirai has chosen to work with the Elected Directors on specific issues that do not fall within the duties of any specific officers. These topics may include long-range planning, organizational management, and concerns raised by the membership. Meetings of Elected Directors are not official business. They are akin to a committee. Any decisions that come out of an Elected Directors meeting are in the nature of recommendations only, and still require approval by the Board. This year, the Elected Directors are meeting a couple of weeks before each regularly scheduled Board of Directors meeting to address any issues that should be brought to the Board for a vote.

If you have any questions, please reach out to your Member Representative and/or Directors. We are here to serve you.

Here’s a volunteer opportunity some of our members may wish to participate in: The Friends of the Library of Hawai‘i is gearing up for their Annual Booksale at McKinley High School Cafeteria. They are seeking volunteers for the weekday shifts from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., on June 22-26, 2015. Lunch will be provided. Volunteers are asked to stay for the entire shift. There are some spots available for the second shift, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., but the greater need is during the earlier shift. This is a great way to support Hawaii’s 50 public libraries. For more information and to register, please visit www.friendsofthelibraryofHawaii.org or call 536-4174.

March 2015 - Message from ACUW Elected Directors – Lynnae Lee and Maura Yee, Co-Chairs

posted Feb 25, 2015, 7:24 PM by Acuw Hawaii

The elected directors held their first meeting in December to set plans and goals for 2015.  A dedicated group with diverse backgrounds, the directors discussed current issues as well as ways to meet the challenges of ACUW’s future.

Lynnae Lee and Maura Yee, both serving their final year of a three-year term, will serve as co-chairmen.  Lynnae will work with the legislative and publications committees, while Maura is assigned to nominations and scholarship.

Returning second-year directors are Canossa Choy and Lynette Yuen.  Canossa will work with the cultural committee and record keeping.  Lynette will continue as the directors’ recording secretary and also help with membership.

Newly elected directors Susan Wong and Lori Kam, will be helping with community service and finance, respectively.

The directors look forward to serving the organization as we continue to carry out our mission and legacy in the community. 

January 2015 - Message from ACUW Elected Directors – Lois Mui, 2014 Chair

posted Dec 27, 2014, 8:40 PM by Acuw Hawaii

Holiday Greetings, ACUW Members!

ACUW is now a 501(C)(3) nonprofit, great incentive for members to renew our sense of purpose and commitment to carry out our mission into our 85th year and beyond! With the US Internal Revenue Service approval of our application for this preferred tax status, retroactive to November 28, 2012, our future is indeed bright, and the potential for successful endeavors is limitless as we work together, led by 2015 ACUW President Ruth Hirai and our elected officers and directors toward achieving our goals. The new status promises to translate into increased monetary support and donations, now tax-deductible, to support our activities and events to serve the community. Kudos and mahalo nui loa to all those members who worked diligently, with perseverance and patience to make this dream a reality! 

Many members gave countless hours in research and the development of restated Articles and Bylaws that would be acceptable for the IRS to approve ACUW as a 501(C)(3) nonprofit. We’d be remiss in not recognizing with appreciation Susan Lee, Canossa Choy, Susan Wong, Patricia Lau, Betty Jong, Lois Mui and Loretta Tuan for their vision, effort and leadership from the earliest days; to Dorothy Mau, president when ACUW members overwhelmingly voted to pursue improved tax status; and to “worker bee” directors and members Marjorie Lau, Sybil Kyi, Lynnae Lee, Jerilyn Jeffryes, Maura Yee, Ruth Hirai, Lori Kam, Beverly Mau and Marilyn Wong for their wisdom and valuable assistance.

Special thanks to 2014 President Blossom Mau, and the Officers and Directors of ACUW for their perseverance and effort. It was a year of challenges without a full complement of officers and committee chairs. The Directors carried out many operational duties and responsibilities, helping to lead, plan and sustain ACUW. A noteworthy achievement is the ACUW Cookbook Project, chaired by Dorothy Mau and May Lee Chung. The cookbook sales will continue to need members’ support. 

Dear 2015 ACUW Officers, Directors and Members, you have reaffirmed that ACUW is indeed a worthy organization and a source of pride and fellowship. The outgoing Directors thank you for your demonstration of support, validating our optimism and hope for a promising future for beloved, respected organization and its relevant mission and worthwhile purposes. We appreciate and need members who share their talents, skills, experience, enthusiasm and time to provide leadership and energy in planning and participating in educational cultural events to share our Chinese heritage and provide meaningful community service, collaborating with other agencies and organizations as appropriate. 

Together, led by President Ruth Hirai and ACUW’s team of 2015 Officers, Directors and Committee Chairs, we know ACUW will capitalize on the camaraderie of kindred spirits working cooperatively to benefit our community as we elevate our own spirits as pacesetters. Together let’s create new ways to carry out our legacy of education and service. Here’s to joy and great success in the future of our ACUW!

Best wishes for the blessings of the Season and love, peace, joy, prosperity and good health in the coming New Year!

Your 2014 ACUW Directors

Jerilyn Jeffryes, MauraYee, Lynnae Lee, Canossa Choy, Lynette Yuen and Lois Mui

October 2014 Message from ACUW Elected Directors – Lois Mui, Chair

posted Dec 27, 2014, 8:39 PM by Acuw Hawaii

Greetings, ACUW Members!

Mahalo nui for reaffirming that ACUW is indeed a worthy organization and a source of pride for members! The Directors and Officers are gratified at the show of support from members who have indicated their desire to maintain ACUW’s legacy of promoting education and service for our community. Members of ACUW, you are validating our optimism and hope for a promising future for ACUW as a respected organization with a relevant mission and worthwhile purposes. We especially appreciate members who are willing to share their talents, skills, experience, energy and time to provide leadership to renew our “Can do!” spirit. We believe that Nominating Chair Chu Lan Shubert-Kwock and her committee will be able to present to the membership a slate of outstanding Officers and Directors for the election to be held at our Annual Meeting on November 1 at the Oahu Country Club. In addition to the leadership team forming, members are pledging their willingness to lead key committees and activities, including the essential fundraiser to support and promote scholarships and academic awards, educational cultural events to share our Chinese heritage and meaningful community service projects, collaborating with other agencies and organizations as appropriate.

On a more mundane note, your Board of Directors (BOD) will be presenting for ratification at the Annual Meeting the Finance Policies & Procedures recently approved. We are also presenting a draft of the Standing Committees Policies & Procedures (P&P) which, with possible minor changes, may be approved by the BOD in October and ready for ratification by members. Both P&P are printed in this ACUW Bulletin.

Together, we will revitalize the camaraderie of kindred spirits working cooperatively with unity of purpose on projects that benefit our community amidst joy, fun and laughter to elevate our own spirits as pacesetters. This is the ACUW we know and love!

Aloha pumehana,

Your ACUW Elected Directors

August 2014 Message from ACUW Directors – Lois Mui Chair

posted Aug 26, 2014, 3:13 PM by Acuw Hawaii

Dear Members of ACUW, 

 

Your Directors are concerned about the future of ACUW.  We believe the time has come for all ACUW MEMBERS to reflect and discuss “The Future of ACUW” as a nonprofit organization, addressing the issue of an uncertain future due to the difficulty of getting leaders in an organization comprised of well-educated, capable, talented women, all with leadership qualities. Our mission and purposes were reaffirmed with the adoption of the Restated Articles of Incorporation & Bylaws in 2012. If we value ACUW and want to maintain it as the vital organization it is intended to be, we will need committed members, willing to assume positions of leadership and share their time and talents. We need all members to participate fully, focused on why we belong to ACUW, an organization with a mission: 

 

  1. to provide college/university scholarships to deserving students; to acknowledge and award academic excellence in secondary schools 

  1. to foster an appreciation of Chinese culture, language and history by providing educational cultural learning experiences for Hawaii's diverse multicultural community, participating actively to promote these endeavors 

  1. to provide charitable service by our members to meet current or emerging needs in our community 
    Additionally, we enjoy fun and fellowship as we work collaboratively and with purpose to meet our mission and goals.  

 

Do you believe our time as a nonprofit educational, service-oriented organization has run its course?  We hope not! However, without committed leaders, we may be forced to go inactive or even cease to be. Circumstances now require ACUW members to make a decision or arrive at a solution, deliberately, thoughtfully and with great care: to be or not to be?  We must not allow ACUW to simply slide into oblivion for lack of members willing to lead.  

 
WHAT IS YOUR WISH FOR ACUW?  As members of  ACUW, a venerable organization in its 84th year, do we believe our mission, purposes and goals are IMPORTANT enough to commit the time, effort, our collective talents and often plain work to do whatever is necessary to sustain ACUW? 

 

Please reflect on this issue and share your thoughts. You may email loistmui@hawaii.rr.com or any of us Directors. We will set aside time to discuss key issues and possible solutions at the Sept. 13 GM meeting as part of “A Past President’s Message.” In the meantime, please gather your thoughts and ideas, and prepare to share around your table, guided by a few trigger questions. 

 

Actually, the solution to our dilemma is simple: we need a few good people to step forward!  Will you be one?  You are ALL potential leaders, and ACUW needs you now!  Mahalo nui loa for your kokua in sustaining ACUW and serving our association’s best interests!   


Me ke aloha pumehana, 

Directors Canossa Choy, Jerilyn JeffryesLynnae Lee, Maura Yee, Lynette Yuen and Lois Mui, Chair

May 2014 Message from ACUW Directors – Lois Mui Chair

posted Aug 26, 2014, 3:12 PM by Acuw Hawaii

Greetings, ACUW Members! 


ACUW has received word that the application to the IRS for 501(c)(3) tax status, filed in November 2012, has been reviewed at long last.  The IRS is requesting additional information and ACUW’s response to some specific questions.  This formality is an anticipated part of the review process before final approval is granted by the IRS.  ACUW Director Lynnae Lee, an attorney, has graciously consented to write the response required.   


In exercising due diligence, Elected Directors met on April 8 to gain a better understanding of the IRS review and how we might assist with a timely response to facilitate final approval of ACUW’s application.  Director Lynnae reviewed the IRS Inquiry questions and presented a draft response for discussion and further information.  The Directors greatly appreciate the active participation, knowledge and intelligent exchange of ideas with two officers and several members who played key roles in the preparation of the 501(c)(3) application packet.  Special thanks to Treasurer Patricia Moberly, Member Representative Frances Kramer, 2012 President Susan Lee, Marilyn Wong, Ruth Hirai and Sybil Kyi for their continuing support of ACUW in its quest! 


The new tax status will mean ACUW members and friends may take deductions for gifts made to our not-for-profit organization.  The expected boost in revenues will enable ACUW to carry out our stated mission and purposes more effectively.  


Elected Directors will continue to assist in drafting Policies & Procedures (P&P), looking toward the future and ACUW’s best interests.  Work in progress for Board of Directors (BOD) consideration include: 1) a draft to identify the duties of Standing and Special Committees since they are not stated in the revised Bylaws; 2) identifying specifically who comprise the new composite committees, Communications and Record Keeping; 3) further refining of the Finance P&P.   Existing guidelines and P&P in Committees’ Red Books will continue to be in effect unless in conflict with the Bylaws or until a need to change is determined by BOD action. 


Aloha a hui hou, until our June 7 general membership meeting!  For most of us, it’s been too long a time away from the fun and fellowship that is at the heart of ACUW!

March 2014 Message from ACUW Directors – Lois Mui Chair

posted Feb 10, 2014, 10:41 PM by Acuw Hawaii

Happy Chinese New Year!  Sun nien fai lok! Here’s wishing all of you joy, love, peace, good health and prosperity in the Year of the Horse! 

Directors have assigned themselves special areas of focus to support and oversee ACUW’s activities and events, planned by Officers and Committee Chairmen to carry out the mission and goals of our nonprofit corporation, focusing on education and community service. The Directors and their areas of responsibility in 2014 are:

·      Jerilyn Jeffryes, Vice-Chairman, finance

·      Maura Yee, Vice-Chairman, standing committees

·      Lynnae Lee, legal issues

·      Canossa Choy, Records Management

·      Lynette Yuen, Secretary

·      Lois Mui, Chairman, long-range planning and general oversight

Directors are committed to supporting activities, and we encourage active participation of members to ensure ACUW has a vibrant program of work that offers fun and fellowship for members as we work on worthwhile projects that contribute to the community.

Policies & Procedures (P&P) will be developed by directors in collaboration with appropriate key leaders to clarify or define areas not specified in the revised Bylaws. A concern was raised regarding criteria for what and when P&P need to be written. Directors will attend first to areas where financial and legal issues are involved, then to areas where details are lacking. Operational guidelines already established as standard will remain in place if they do not conflict with the current Bylaws. Directors believe that guidelines for committees are best developed or modified by each committee to provide relevance and flexibility to respond to changing needs. Directors will help write or revise P&P and present drafts for Board consideration and action. All members are encouraged to share concerns and ideas for improved P&P.  Ad hoc task forces may be organized to address issues that are of major import to ACUW.

Directors are continuing to refine P&P regarding Finance, working with the Treasurer and Finance Chair and Committee.  Still to be determined are the composition and duties of the two new “composite” committees, Records Management and Communications. A document to define the role and responsibilities of all committees, named in our Bylaws but without specific duties assigned, is in progress.

We appreciate and need YOU and your many talents and skills to sustain ACUW as a pace-setting organization that continues to make a difference in our multicultural community! 

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