President’s Message: Way of Water Rabbit

Aloha HCJ Ohana,

Happy Holidays! It has been a pleasure to have served you as the 69th President of the Honolulu Chinese Jaycees. I wish you and your families a wonderful, restful holiday season!

Looking back, our chapter has accomplished within this past year. While many of our members aged out, we’ve recruited and increased our membership by nearly 30%, We served the community by partnering with Pearl City High School through our Adopt a School Day program. Our editorial staff has also improved the communication line between the boards, chapter members, and community partners through updating and modernizing the NewsDragons and social media presence. We hope to continue and improve upon these efforts going forward.

HCJ and friends in attendance

Next year is the year of the Water Rabbit, which symbolizes a time of longevity, peace, prosperity. I look to 2023 as a year of hope for a better future for both the personal and professional careers of our chapter members. This year revealed that HCJ is a chapter of action over words, that we have members who are willing to walk the talk and it is through the efforts of our dedicated chapter members that HCJ has been able to grow the chapter membership, and shed new light into the community on what we do to contribute to society as a Young Professionals Organization. As much as 2022 was a year of foundation building and restructuring, I hope that in 2023, we channel the vigilance and tenacity of the Water Rabbit to perpetuate and build upon the successes that we have enjoyed this year.

The Honolulu Chinese Junior Chamber of Commerce takes the foundational pillars of the Junior Chamber International and integrates it into the work that it does as a local chapter, yet our namesake reflects the strong roots it has in Chinese culture and the work that it supports such as the Night in Chinatown, Dragon Boat Festival, and Miss Chinatown Organization. Going forward, I encourage next year’s chapter leaders to continue revisiting our cultural roots and keeping it in the forefront of their minds while executing future events.

It’s been a tremendous 12 months of service, events, and fellowship with all of you. With the hard work of you and our countless community partners, we have had a full year of community service activities and many opportunities to give back to those who needed it the most. I am beyond grateful for the opportunity to have served as your 2022 Chapter President, and I’m excited to see what’s in store for next year under President-Elect Alena Auyoung’s leadership!

With Aloha,
Danica Honda

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