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  • A Tribute with Aloha to May Lee Chung, Outstanding ACUW Member Since 1963 – Gretchen Jong May Lee Yook Chung passed away six days before her 88th birthday with her family at her side in Portland, Oregon.  Born and raised in Richmond, Virginia, May Lee graduated ...
    Posted Dec 12, 2015, 12:41 PM by Acuw Hawaii
  • Scholarship committee – Lily Lee, Committee Chair Scholarship Committee: Lily Lee (chair), Queenie Chee, Grace Ching and Shyrlene Lee Your BWC Challenge tax-deductible donation will support ACUW Scholarships. This year, due to the lack of funds ...
    Posted Dec 12, 2015, 12:40 PM by Acuw Hawaii
  • Courtesy Committee Report – Elizabeth Lum, Committee Chair Condolences to: ·      Queenie Mow Chee upon the passing of her mother, Dorothy Yat Fun Goo Mow. ·      Lottie Chun upon the loss of her mom, the late Mary Ruth Pang Chun ...
    Posted Dec 12, 2015, 12:39 PM by Acuw Hawaii
  • BWC Donation Challenge - Susan Louie Lee & Jerilyn Jeffryes, Co-Chairs The Betty-Walter Chang Donation Challenge began with a roaring start in August/September. Mahalo to the many members who generously donated to the “challenge”: Blossom Wong, Debra Lew- Gretchen ...
    Posted Dec 12, 2015, 12:38 PM by Acuw Hawaii
  • Scholarship committee – Lily Lee, Committee Chair Scholarship Committee: Lily Lee (chair), Queenie Chee, Grace Ching and Shyrlene Lee Victoria Lee receiving award from Chair Lily Lee Albert Jing receiving award from cm: Shyrlene Lee and, Ruth ...
    Posted Dec 12, 2015, 12:23 PM by Acuw Hawaii
  • CHERYL YEH, our dollars-and-cents manager… Cheryl Yeh, our fundraising committee’s numbers-person, has been Finance Chair for ACUW fundraisers for the past 15 years. The longest-serving chair of any committee in the club ...
    Posted Dec 12, 2015, 12:21 PM by Acuw Hawaii
  • Fundraiser Committee - Anna Chang and Shari Lee-Huntoon, Co-Chairs “A Taste of Creativity,” ACUW’s 2015 fundraiser, continues to receive Raves!!! Hilton Hawaiian Village’s Coral Ballroom was set aglow with poetic basket centerpieces named “Psst, Take me Home ...
    Posted Dec 12, 2015, 12:20 PM by Acuw Hawaii
  • Courtesy Committee Report – Elizabeth Lum, Committee Chair Congratulations to: ·      Frances Hau Goo, ACUW’s 1996 president, who is now the 2015 President of the Hawai‘i Chapter of the Federation of China Business Women ·      Darlene Young for ...
    Posted Dec 12, 2015, 12:19 PM by Acuw Hawaii
  • 2015 Family Luau – Sandi Shiroma, Committee chair On Saturday, March 28, a luau for the 2015 ACUW Family Event was held at Harris United Methodist Church from 11:00 to 2:00 in the afternoon. 128 members ...
    Posted Dec 12, 2015, 12:14 PM by Acuw Hawaii
  • Courtesy Committee Report – Elizabeth Lum, Committee Chair Congratulations to: Parents Anna and Roy Chang for raising their son, Nick Chang, to help people in the scientific and medical field. Nick and his Ganogen Team researched, tested, and ...
    Posted Dec 12, 2015, 12:11 PM by Acuw Hawaii
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A Tribute with Aloha to May Lee Chung, Outstanding ACUW Member Since 1963 – Gretchen Jong

posted Dec 12, 2015, 12:41 PM by Acuw Hawaii

May Lee Yook Chung passed away six days before her 88th birthday with her family at her side in Portland, Oregon.  Born and raised in Richmond, Virginia, May Lee graduated from Westhampton College, the women’s division of the University of Richmond.  She met her husband-to-be Raymond Chung a week after arriving in Honolulu in 1958. She taught several years at Waipahu High before joining Ray at McKinley High in 1961.  May Lee was the publications teacher for The Daily Pinion newspaper and The Black and Gold yearbook until retiring in 1986.  May Lee stated in Chinese Women Pioneers in Hawaii “…instead of lucky, I would rather think that I was greatly blessed, indeed, with a Precious Heritage.” 

ACUW has been blessed a hundred fold with May Lee’s creativity, literary talent, her time, her labor, hospitality shared generously, her sense of justice with compassion, and aloha for all!

We marvel and appreciate her hand in editing these ACUW publications:  Traditions for Living, Volume I (1979); Traditions for Living, Volume II (1989); Chinese Women Pioneers in Hawaii (2002); Celebrating Chinese Women:  Qing Dynasty to Modern Hawaii (2006); and ACUW Family Favorites Cookbook (2014).

May Lee is survived by husband Raymond, daughter Kathy (Douglas Cooke), son Raymond (Kate) and grandchildren Noah and William Cooke and Glynis and Declan Chung.

Scholarship committee – Lily Lee, Committee Chair

posted Dec 12, 2015, 12:40 PM by Acuw Hawaii

Scholarship Committee: Lily Lee (chair), Queenie Chee, Grace Ching and Shyrlene Lee

Your BWC Challenge tax-deductible donation will support ACUW Scholarships. This year, due to the lack of funds, we were only able to give three scholarships. In past years, we were able to give five scholarships. With the support of the BWC Challenge, ACUW will be able to give more scholarships as well as increasing the amount of each scholarship in keeping with today’s tuition and cost at many universities.

Thank you messages from students who received scholarships/awards:

Tammy Ko, UCLA, “Aloha ACUW Members, Thank you very much for gifting me this generous scholarship. It will be a tremendous help in financing my college education in Biomedical Engineering.”

The Committee also worked with the Hawai‘i State Science and Engineering Fair, held in March at the Hawai‘i Convention Center. This event was coordinated by Marion Yuen. Awardee Kristie Chang, St. Andrew's Priory, Project: The Effectiveness of Using Various Materials in the Production of Bio Plastics. “Dear ACUW Members, First I would like to thank you very much for granting me the Science Award. I really appreciated it. This award was definitely a great inspiration to push myself to keep working harder.”

The Hawai‘i History Day event was held at Windward Community College in April. Awardee Albert Jiang, Punahou School, Project: Historical Research in Chinese/Chinese American History. “Dear Mrs. L. Lee, Thank you so much for presenting me with the “Historical Research in Chinese/Chinese American History” prize. I am greatly honored and humbled to have received this award, and I wish to express my sincere gratitude to both you and the entire ACUW organization for selecting me as a recipient. Although this was only my first year participating in Hawai‘i's History Day I felt as though I have gained so much through this experience. There were so many skills I have acquired by taking part in both the district and state fairs. I have never before undergone such a significant, thorough research project in school. As I discovered new sources, I was also challenged to review and understand a foreign documentary produced by CCTV. It was truly a worthwhile and rewarding undertaking. Once again, I would like to extend my greatest appreciation to the Associated Chinese University Women organization and your generous support of Hawai‘i History Day.”

The Scholarship Committee thanks ACUW members for supporting our different events this year. Without your support and funding we would not have been able to accomplish and participate in these different activities.

M-A-H-A-L-O! to the committee members for a job well done! 

Courtesy Committee Report – Elizabeth Lum, Committee Chair

posted Dec 12, 2015, 12:39 PM by Acuw Hawaii

Condolences to:

·      Queenie Mow Chee upon the passing of her mother, Dorothy Yat Fun Goo Mow.

·      Lottie Chun upon the loss of her mom, the late Mary Ruth Pang Chun. Mary Ruth became a member of ACUW in 1982. She served as our ACUW Treasurer. Private services.

·      Amy Ching upon the loss of her husband, Anthony Ching on July 22.

·      Kathy Cooke on the passing of her mother May Lee Chung on September 25 (see page 4).

Congratulations to:

·      Mavis Chu Chong and her husband, Rodney as they welcomed their 5th grandchild, Lily Mikiko Lan Hua Chong, born to their son, Dr. Jared J. L. and daughter in-law, Kristen Chong.

·      Carol Hee Chee and husband Warren as they welcomed their 2nd grandchild, Hugo Tseu, born to their daughter Anne Marie and son in-law, Henry Tseu.

·      Wendie Liu who became a grandmother of Leilani Emiko Dioso on August 15. Leilani’s parents are Marissa and Alex Dioso.  Leilani is a healthy baby weighing 8 lbs 11 oz, 21 inches long.

·      Chu Lan Shubert-Kwock, who was selected as “Model Mother of the Year for 2015” by the United Chinese Society. She was nominated by the U.S. China Peoples’ Friendship Association – Oahu Chapter. Chu Lan is currently our Public Relations Chair.

August’s Bulletin Correction: Frances Hau Goo is the 2015 President of the Global Federation of Chinese Business Women, Hawai‘i Chapter. The Hawai‘i Chapter celebrates their 20th Anniversary in May 2016.

The following members are a composite of ACUW’s 2015 Courtesy Committee with their sharing or clarifying of valuable news contributions: Anna Chang, Carol Chee, Canossa Choy, Nora Chong, Jennifer Chun, Lottie Chun, May Lee Chung, Rosalind Chun, Katherine Jay, Gretchen Jong, Ruth Hirai, Shyrlene Lee, Mildred Lui, Wendie Liu, Beverly Mau, Lorena McGovern, and Charlene Yuen. If there is an inadvertency, please notify Liz.

With much appreciation!

BWC Donation Challenge - Susan Louie Lee & Jerilyn Jeffryes, Co-Chairs

posted Dec 12, 2015, 12:38 PM by Acuw Hawaii

The Betty-Walter Chang Donation Challenge began with a roaring start in August/September. Mahalo to the many members who generously donated to the “challenge”: Blossom Wong, Debra Lew- Gretchen Jong, Marilyn Wong, Elvina Yamashiro, Jerilyn Jeffryes, Nellie Lum, Verna Lum, Ida Mai, Lei Ahu Isa, Mae Chang, Queenie Chee, Sandrea Chun, Vivian Ho, Betty Jong, June Kadamoto, Victoria Kim, Marjorie Lau, Lily Lee, Susan Lee, Roberta Leung, Mildred Lui, Lorena McGovern, Aileen Merchandani, Thelma Nip, Jane Pang, Eunice Terada, Aileen Tom, Elizabeth Wong, Mildred Wong, Wong, Puanani Woo, Amy Young, Darlene Young, Sandra Shiroma, Sandra Lee, Beverly Taira, Bertha Tomiyasu and Peggy Lee. ACUW reached 39% of our goal.

During the next three months, please encourage your family, friends and businesses to donate and support the BWC Donation Challenge. For your convenience, a BWC table will be available to accept your donations at the November meeting and December Christmas Installation. Or, you may mail to Susan Lee, 1430 Pālolo Avenue, Honolulu, HI 96816-2548. Mahalo Nui Loa!

Scholarship committee – Lily Lee, Committee Chair

posted Dec 12, 2015, 12:23 PM by Acuw Hawaii

Scholarship Committee: Lily Lee (chair), Queenie Chee, Grace Ching and Shyrlene Lee

Victoria Lee receiving award from Chair Lily Lee

Albert Jing receiving award from cm: Shyrlene Lee and, Ruth Hirai

HISTORY DAY: The Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities appreciates that ACUW, for several years, has provided Awards for History Day. The Hawai‘i State History Day was held on Saturday, April 25, 2015, at Windward Community College in Kaneohe. Attending the Awards ceremony were President Ruth Hirai, Chair Lily Lee and committee member Shyrlene Lee. ACUW presented two students with awards of $100 each and leis. History Day awards were also sent to each student. The theme that the student had to write about was, “Historical Research in Chinese/ Chinese American History.”

The student winners were:

Youth Division - Victoria Lee, Mililani Waena Elementary School wrote, “Bruce Lee's Legacy Changes The Image of Asian Americans.”

Senior Division - Albert Jiang, Punahou High School wrote, “The Greatest Apple Ever Grown: Quian Xuesen's Leadership and Legacy in the U.S. Rocket Program and Chinese Space Program.”

SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS; Scholarship Recipients were introduced at the General Membership Meeting on Saturday June 6, 2015 at the Empress Restaurant. The recipients each shared why they chose their major and their future plans.

Tammy Ko, graduate of Roosevelt High School, will attend the University of Southern California with a Major in Biomedical Engineering. “In my AP Biology class in high school I discovered the impact a biology discovery can have on life. During my work at a pet hospital I was able to see biomedical technology exponentially increase the recovery rates of animals after surgery and improve the efficiency in diagnoses. In the future I would like to help bridge the engineering and medical fields and provide better healthcare.”

Hannah Sinclair, graduate of Kaiser High School, will attend the University of Hawai‘i, Mānoa, with a Major in Education. “I plan to teach at an elementary school. It is my aim not only to educate the children of Hawai‘i by providing a sound education, but also teach children to develop high moral standards, character, and integrity. I wish to empower young children to reach their highest academic potential and overcome diversity.”

Our third recipient is Joanne Huang a Roosevelt High School graduate, will attend Lehigh University in Pennsylvania, with a Major in Chemical Engineering. “Growing up my parents always told my siblings and me to work hard and strive for the best. I liked my chemistry classes in high school. Chemical engineering involves the application of chemistry and engineering concepts which will help in solving the world's problems. Through research I hope my studies will help aid in the development of better pharmaceuticals that will be distributed throughout the country and even through out the world.”

Each recipient was given an ACUW Scholarship Award. The $2000 each received will go to paying a part of their first and second semester tuitions. ACUW wished them much success in their future endeavors.

CHERYL YEH, our dollars-and-cents manager…

posted Dec 12, 2015, 12:21 PM by Acuw Hawaii

Cheryl Yeh, our fundraising committee’s numbers-person, has been Finance Chair for ACUW fundraisers for the past 15 years. The longest-serving chair of any committee in the club, Cheryl has been recording our debits and credits, cranking out financial statements and dealing with numerous check requests. A loan underwriter for Central Pacific Bank by day, she is an avid stamp collector, a crafter, and a photo-calendar/photo-book enthusiast, featuring Mr. Chips (her dog) and their many family vacations. Married to Terence, they will be sending their son, Harrison, a recent Punahou School graduate, off to Saint Mary’s College of California in the fall.

Her name as Finance Chair for the 2015 Fundraiser Fashion Show was inadvertently left off the program. SORRY! We would not have a financial road map without Cheryl. Doh jay and xie xie for serving ACUW for so many years!

Fundraiser Committee - Anna Chang and Shari Lee-Huntoon, Co-Chairs

posted Dec 12, 2015, 12:20 PM by Acuw Hawaii

“A Taste of Creativity,” ACUW’s 2015 fundraiser, continues to receive Raves!!! Hilton Hawaiian Village’s Coral Ballroom was set aglow with poetic basket centerpieces named “Psst, Take me Home!” Complementing the stunning centerpiece was a classically creative programme, asymmetrically set in the center.

One could not step into the Coral Market Place and not sense a step up in this venue! Lush exotic plants in Zen-like pots greeted you from the Summer Garden!

An array of expertly packaged and attractively arranged Silent Auction items were set up for one’s perusal. Oh, so much to choose from…look at those Lucky Draws!!!

Vendors with items so tempting were calling to you. The feel was spaciousness with clean lines.

Then you spot the busy table with those happy ladies bringing out oodles and oodles of yummy goodies. It’s the Bake Sale table! Better grab all those delights coming from so many members’ generous contributions!

The doors open and a wonder world of slides play on two huge projection screens accentuating the varied activities of ACUW.

That’s only a part of this fundraiser…

The lights dim and a musical invocation is danced to “Our Prayer,” a golden moment where we ask for God’s guidance in ACUW’s future where our member’s work together fostering education, community service and culture.

After all this wonderfulness, it’s time to dine! Expecting a piece of rubbery chicken? No such luck---the chili garlic chicken is moist and tasty, the salad is crunchy and the dessert is a bit tart but divine!

You sit back and it is time for Frank De Lima! He portrays numerous characters, feels the receptiveness of the crowd and goes full blast (he really said this). Man, how can this get any better?

It’s time for “AXIS,” the avant-garde fashion delight created by the University of Hawai‘i Mānoa’s School of Fashion Design and Merchandising. Holy Smokes! Look at those unique and chic fashions draped on such sleek, thin, attractive, and young models! Look at those heels!

What a great partnership it was with the University of Hawai‘i as we were given a glimpse of what fashion students are creating. The designers and aspiring models were enthused to experience a professional event set in a classic venue!

FYI: Frank De Lima went “full blast” for ACUW providing us laughs and Class. Let’s support him too! Frank’s business, Hawnlion Productions, Inc. is reasonably priced for various occasions (weddings, birthdays, parties, graduations). Email: markdelima@hotmail.com or call 808-521-4529.

Audio Zone provided excellent sound and projection screens. Their rates are unbelievable! They also do videos for special occasions as well as other A/V specialties! joey@AudioZoneDJ.com or call 310-614-1852 or 808-386-0264.

Courtesy Committee Report – Elizabeth Lum, Committee Chair

posted Dec 12, 2015, 12:19 PM by Acuw Hawaii

Congratulations to:

·      Frances Hau Goo, ACUW’s 1996 president, who is now the 2015 President of the Hawai‘i Chapter of the Federation of China Business Women

·      Darlene Young for being Mid-Week’s May “Mystery  Shopper Winner.” She was shopping at Beretania Times Supermarket.  More details and a picture of her can be found in May 6’s Mid-Week.  Lucky Darlene.

·      Chaz Mau, a 2015 St. Louis graduate, son of 2012 ACUW president, Beverly Mau. Kudos, mom and son

·      May Lee Chung for sharing with the Star*Advertiser and promoting ACUW Family Favorites Cookbook. This generated over 300 cookbook sales.  Many customers shared that the cookbook has good recipes   and are trying some of them.  Price is good and ordered some for gifts.  Mahalo, May Lee   The article can be found in the May 13 Today’s Section

Mahalo to:

·      Mildred Lui for taking care of the cash orders and pick up at her State Drapery location and to all who handled the mail orders. 

·      The cookbook committee, contributors, and all those who purchased at least one cookbook.

Condolences to:

·      Mildred Fong Wong, ACUW’s 1990 president, upon the loss of her sister Vivian Chun Ho Fong Lee on May 28. 

·      The family of the late Evelyn Y. Q. Lau who passed away on April 27.  She was a member of ACUW, and was United Chinese Society’s Model Mother of the Year.

2015 Family Luau – Sandi Shiroma, Committee chair

posted Dec 12, 2015, 12:14 PM by Acuw Hawaii

On Saturday, March 28, a luau for the 2015 ACUW Family Event was held at Harris United Methodist Church from 11:00 to 2:00 in the afternoon. 128 members and their families attended.

Delicious Hawaiian food was catered by Pat's Piggery in Waianae. Second, third, and even fourth servings were not uncommon. And the dessert table groaned under the weight of all the goodies donated by generous members.

Entertainment consisted of dancing, singing and fun games. A lovely Chinese dance was performed by our own ACUW members Gywned Lum, Kimberly Hoi, Beverly Taira, led by Angela Chang. Emcee Jonathan Hughes led the Bingo and Scavenger Hunts, and a Sing Along was conducted by Randy Jay and Katie Tamashiro.

Lots of prizes were distributed; thanks to all the donations brought in by ACUW members.

The luau committee (Sandi Shiroma, Jerilyn Jeffryes, Susan Lee, and Shari Lee-Huntoon) would like to thank all the generous donors who helped us make this luau a huge success --- one with ono food, great prizes, and lots of fun.

Family Event (2015 Luau) Financial Report

 

INCOME:

128 tickets sold (127 @ $25, 1 @ $20)   $3,195

 

EXPENSES:

Caterer, Pat's Piggery                          $2,540

Facility Rental, Harris UMC                      385

Gifts and Prizes                                       100

Supplies                                                 170

 Total                                                 $3,195


Courtesy Committee Report – Elizabeth Lum, Committee Chair

posted Dec 12, 2015, 12:11 PM by Acuw Hawaii

Congratulations to:


Parents Anna and Roy Chang for raising their son, Nick Chang, to help people in the scientific and medical field. Nick and his Ganogen Team researched, tested, and “successfully transplanted human fetal kidneys into rats”. This research project could help save lives in the future due shortage of human organs for transplants. Nick attended Punahou and is presently a student at Duke University School of Medicine and concurrently pursues a law degree from Stanford Law School. If you would like to know more about the transplant, and the Ganogen Team’s goals, refer to Ganogen on YouTube, and the February 16 Star-Advertiser article in the Today’s Section: “Nick Chang-Kidneys in Rats”. Mai ka‘i.

Stephanie Lum Itoman and Ryan Itoman are proud and busy parents of twin boys born on February 27. Their oldest son, Dylan, is learning to love and accept his brothers, Dustin and Daxton Itoman. Popo Liz Lum is filled with joy to have a jackpot with Lucky “Seven” grandchildren. Active babysitting duties come parallel with this type of “luck.” Smile.

Speedy Recovery to:

Our Chinese New Year Parade Coordinator, Lorena McGovern, had a successful hip surgery in late February. Unfortunately, through therapeutic exercises, a bone fracture occurred. Prayers for complete fusion of fracture.

Condolences to:

The family of the late Jackson K.S. Pang. He was the late brother of members Mary Ruth Chun and Melissa Nikaido and brother-in-law of Lorena McGovern.

The family of the late Christine Ling. Chris is dearly missed as she was an active participant in ACUW with purpose to bring goodness to our association. She served as president of ACUW in 1966 and was a Director in 2010 -2011. Chris was a strong supporter of our annual scholarship fundraisers, and many other ACUW events and projects. At our March 7 GMM, a tribute video was recorded by Gretchen Jong’s friend, Norma Parado. Chris was able to view it with delight before her passing on April 4. Several members were able to spend quality time with Chris during her everlasting days with mini-visits. Her legacy and special glow remain in our memories. Arrangements for her funeral services were held at St. Elizabeth Episcopal Church on April 25. Christine Ling, Aloha ‘Oe, until we meet again.

Member Fawn Shang on the loss of her father in March.

Correction: In the March issue, Dr. Berdine Chong married Jason Hiramoto (not Haramoto). Apologies to Berdine and Jason for the typo.

 

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