Aloha HCJ Ohana,
Whether you are celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday season with your friends and family, or at work with coworkers as we enter the final rounds of this year’s election season, there is so much to be thankful for. While each year brings about its own trials and tribulations, it is comforting to remember that there are chapter members that look out for you, take you under their wing, and genuinely want to see you succeed. HCJ has been that community to uplift folks in our society and I am very proud of that we have been a positive force coming out of the pandemic and reentering this new normal.
To each and every one of you, I am more than grateful that you have been there every step of the way, whether it is actively participating in our chapter activities, such as community service events and personal development training. Or those of you who have been supportive from afar by reading our monthly Newsdragon and following us on social media. Or even those who generously donated or financed our events– each of your contributions may seem small individually, but the aggregate is compounded tenfold and is so, so much appreciated. We could not have done it without you.
For those of you who may not know (myself included since I just realized how fast this year has passed), there will be a new generation of leaders to be elected at this month’s general membership meeting. This year has been a groundbreaking year in terms of the community impact and membership growth that we haven’t seen during the pandemic, so I am extremely excited for next year’s Board of Directors to continue the momentum and to support them in any capacity I can.
I genuinely believe that my greatest weakness is not being able to say no. I also believe my second greatest weakness is not knowing when to stop. Next year will be bigger, better, greater, and I believe that each and every one of you are part of this process. The Honolulu Chinese Jaycees has and continues to be a place for growth, fellowship, and positive change in the community with a strong focus on perpetuating Chinese culture. As I near the conclusion of my term, it doesn’t feel like the end, but the beginning of a new year of service in a different capacity. It doesn’t mean that the work stops, but that I can continue to support in different ways. Mahalo nui to those who have been so supportive during my term and provided me guidance, opportunities, and different approaches to leadership. I’ve grown so much during this year and learned a lot about myself.
I am very excited for this holiday season, and to welcome next year’s Board of directors. Once again, please join me at this month’s general membership meeting to elect and be introduced to your next HCJ leaders. I have full faith in our membership and it’s new vibrance that we will continue to do great things for you, and I hope that you continue to support them as well in any way you can.
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