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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.

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