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Next AAJA Hawaii Chapter Meeting at Korean Festival

Good Sunday afternoon everyone!

The next AAJA Hawaii Chapter Meeting is July 11 at 9:30 a.m. at Magic Island at Ala Moana Beach Park!
Meeting place: TBD.
We hope you’ll join us for the meeting, and afterward, you can head on over to the Korean Festival, which will be in full swing right then and there, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., with food, activities and performances galore!
See www.koreanfestivalhi.com for more details on the event.
Please check the AAJA Hawaii Facebook the day of the event for the meeting place.

April 2015 Meeting Minutes

AAJA Hawaii Chapter Meeting
April 19, 2015
Honolulu Design Center

Call to Order: 11:18 a.m.

Attendance: Stan Lee, Kristen Wong, Jason Ubay, Linda Dela Cruz, Wes Nakama
Approval of Minutes: The board approved August and November 2014 minutes as well as the March 2015 minutes.

President’s Report: To recap the networking mixer. Jason sent a note to everyone thanking them for attending the mixer. About 20 people came to the event. We spent less than $100 on food at Gordon Biersch. There were new people attending, including non-journalists. Jason pitched the early bird registration for the convention. There are 10 bags left from the past convention that we can give out.

Stacy Kaneshiro asked on the AAJA Hawaii Facebook whether or not we were going to make a statement about the March 3, 2015 article: http://www.staradvertiser.com/news/breaking/20150329_Mayor_Kenoi_says_he_used_county_credit_card_for_personal_expenses.html?id=297934911. The reporter mentioned “Korean” hostess bars, even though the point of the story was more about the politician’s improper use of his business credit card and it was not necessary to call them Korean bars. The board mentioned the article to AAJA national media watch committee. To our knowledge, the article was altered online to remove the word.

Judging the AAJA awards are almost done. Stan will check with the other judges on the progress.

AAJA National is asking for silent auction items again for the convention from all the chapters. Linda wanted to know if we ever receive a list that details who bought the silent auction items. Jason said no.

Vice President’s Report: Linda is looking forward to helping with any events that are coming up.

Treasurer’s Report: Stan has renewed our nonprofit status with the state of Hawaii. Fee for checking account going up. Stan will looking into switching accounts.

National Representative’s Report: Paul Cheung sent the convention numbers on the day of the early registration deadline. The goal was 300 people. We were barely past half. It was surprising considering that the San Francisco location was an attractive pull. One new feature of AAJA is there is a loyalty program. If you’ve been an AAJA member for five years or more they’ll give you $25 off for registration.

Old Business: The board is volunteering for the lantern festival May 3. Linda, Wes, Jason and Kristen are attending. Stan is a maybe.

New Business: Wes reiterated that it is difficult to come up with events throughout the year and we should still consider finding other Asian-related events to help out with in the community. Several ideas include the Korean Festival, Hawaii’s Plantation Village and Honouliuli Concentration Camp. Kristen will inquire about plantation village group rates. Wes also said we should consider putting on another student event in the fall. Linda will ask Society of Professional Journalists if there’s any opportunity for AAJA provide a service to the Gridiron event as they did in the past. For example, AAJA sold bentos at Gridiron, and proceeds went to AAJA.

Next meeting: May 17, 11 a.m., Honolulu Design Center

Adjournment: 12:13 p.m.

Sean voted to approve via email, 5/18.
Linda voted to approve via email, 5/18.
Jason voted to approve via email, 5/18.
Stan voted to approve during the meeting, 6/6.

March 2015 Meeting Minutes

AAJA Hawaii Chapter Board Meeting
Honolulu Design Center
March 22, 2015
11 a.m.

Attendance: Jason Ubay, Wes Nakama, Stan Lee, Kristen Wong
Call to Order: 11:25 a.m.

Approval of February 2015 minutes: All present at meeting approved minutes as corrected.

President’s Report: The AAJA Hawaii networking mixer/membership drive is scheduled for Wednesday, March 25 at 6:30 at Gordon Biersch. The reservation is made for 20 people. Jason asked how much we should spend on food. Stan suggested we spend depending on how many people come. We can start with $50 worth of food and go from there. Former AAJA Hawaii president Gene Park will be leaving Hawaii for a new job at The Washington Post. He plans to come to the mixer and has spread the word. We can take the opportunity to give him a nice send-off at the mixer. Jason mentioned the need for name tags and pens, passing out AAJA convention bags, making a sign-in sheet and getting a lei for Gene. April 12 is the deadline for AAJA National award submissions. Stan to help judge in place of Gene. Hailey Lee is the new AAJA representative for UNITY.

Vice President’s Report: Linda cannot make it. No report.

Treasurer: AAJA Hawaii changed to Asian American Journalists Association Hawaii. First Hawaiian Bank charges us a monthly business fee for having a card open. They raised the fee from $1 to $4.95. We would have to ask for Yushing Ting, Craig Gima and Stephen Tsai. We might need to close our account and open one elsewhere. AAJA National sent us a check for our share of the dues. Stan will deposit soon.

National Representative’s Report: meetings went well in San Francisco. Easy access. Great location, facilities are pretty good. The biggest change is the job fair space/expo hall. This one is going to be smaller. The theme was sustainability. We’re in a good place financially and membership wise but what we need to focus on is sustainability. It took us a couple years to get us out of the recession and layoffs and blows to the newspaper industry. Day One was housekeeping. Day Two was filled with exercises: membership, chapter engagement and chapter leadership. Paul Cheung said we always come up with ideas but we have a hard time sustaining it. In Wes’ group, they tried to figure out how to get back members who were once active, open minds to new activities, new possibilities.

Wes mentioned there are affinity groups like the sports task force. They want to formalize it to protect the organization as a whole. They will require affinity groups to apply for official registration with AAJA National. The senior VP for AAJA National will oversee the affinity groups.

Wes mentioned that Abe Kwock challenged all National Advisory Board Representatives and Chapter Presidents to participate in the Power of One campaign and donate any amount. If everyone participates, he will give $1,000 and Gannett will match the amount that was donated.

Old Business: Lantern Festival volunteer opportunity. Kristen followed up with an email to the volunteer coordinator. They have saved three spaces for the board to volunteer May 3.

New Business: We should share information with the chapter about Big Island Press Scholarships.

Should we post the minutes for AAJA Hawaii? Yes or no. The board voted unanimously to post the minutes from January 2015 on, excluding the account figures.

Next meeting: April 19, 11 a.m. Honolulu Design Center

Adjournment: 12:10 p.m.

AAJA Voices deadline approaching

Group photo of AAJA Voice Staff on Tuesday, August 12, 2014. (Conner Jay/AAJA VOICES)

Group photo of AAJA Voice Staff on Tuesday, August 12, 2014. (Conner Jay/AAJA VOICES)

The AAJA mentoring and leadership program Voices is currently accepting applications for students and mentors. Selected participants will take part in a multimedia convention news project that will be held at the annual AAJA convention in San Francisco from August 10-16. Students will have travel and accommodation covered during the program.

Voices is now marking its 25th anniversary as a premiere training program for talented young journalists and mid-career journalists interested in newsroom leadership. Read more about how Voices has launched the careers of students.

Application deadline to apply is April 12, 2015.

Apply Here

For any questions, please contact Voices director Ruth Liao at ruthlessliao@gmail.com.

January 25, 2015 board meeting minutes

AAJA Hawaii Chapter Meeting

January 25, 2015

Honolulu Design Center

Attendance: Stan Lee, Wes Nakama, Kristen Wong

Call to Order: 11:18 a.m.

Approval of minutes: Not enough for quorum.

President’s Report: Emailed from Jason, who couldn’t attend.

– Lunar New Year Pau Hana on Thursday, Feb. 19: We discussed it at the previous meeting but did not make any solid plans other than the date. Do you have any venue suggestions? I can ask Fergusonʻs near my building, but am open to other suggestions. I think weʻd like to get a spot that is free for us to gather, but the chapter can purchase some food (budget less than $100). The purpose of the event would just be a social event.

Kristen will email Sean and Linda to see if they had a day that would be good for them to come out for a pau hana event. Stan said a pau hana event would certainly be good for people unwinding from the work day and cheaper for the chapter’s budget. Wes said we don’t necessarily have to have the Lunar New Year meeting on Lunar New Year as it tends to be busy.

Other updates:

– National org adopts bylaw changes for restructure

– SPJ internships

And Kristen, thanks for representing AAJA at the JCCH Ohana Fest!

Vice President’s Report: No report. Linda absent.

Treasurer’s Report: Stan will email current figures to Kristen. Stan turned in annual report to AAJA National. The credit union has asked the chapter to change the name from AAJA Hawaii to Asian American Journalists Association Hawaii Chapter to make all records match. Stan will email Kristen and Linda to fill out paperwork because Kristen and Linda are co-signed on the accounts.

New Business: Kristen talked about her experiences volunteering at the Ohana Festival. The Japanese Cultural Center’s Ohana Festival was Jan. 11. Kristen was assigned to the membership booth. At the membership booth, Kristen helped sell soda and bottled water, gave out prizes to passersby who spun a prize wheel and passed out event programs.

Wes suggested that the chapter find other Asian groups on Oahu or Asian-themed events that the chapter could volunteer for throughout the year.

National Representative’s Report: Wes plans to go to the Spring AAJA National meeting March 6 and 7. He will be staying at the Marriott in San Francisco. On the morning of the first day, the new board members will be receiving orientation. Because Wes is seasoned, he will not need to be there for the first day. He will be there Friday and Saturday, and will return Sunday. The national office would like the national representatives to stay at the Marriott in order to gain room credits for the future convention in August.

Wes would like to remind everyone to register or renew AAJA membership. Applying for Gold membership is one way to help give extra support.

Wes reminded everyone that this year’s convention is Aug. 12 through 15 at the San Francisco Marriott.

Adjournment: 11:40 a.m.


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