AAJA Hawaii Chapter Meeting
Honolulu Design Center
May 1, 2016
Call to Order: 10:30 a.m.
Attendance: Wes Nakama, Linda Dela Cruz, Jason Ubay, Kristen Wong
Approval of the minutes: November 2015 minutes were amended and approved.
President’s Report: Jason did meet with Heidi and will try to contact other members to join. He will draft a report for the program at the convention. All officers are currently in good standing.
Vice President’s/Treasurer’s Report: Linda will be meeting with Stan to transition to treasurer duties. She also announced that we need silent auction items again for the convention. She secured an item from the Hyatt. If anyone has any ideas, please let her know. Wes mentioned that hotels are good for silent auction items, like Halekulani and Grand Wailea. College night was put back on the table. Jason said we would have to wait till next semester, possibly fall. Some of the new members are teachers. Linda said weekend, 6 p.m. newscast., or Monday, Tuesday or Friday at 9 p.m. There are other options. Jason talked to a couple of classes. It’s tough to find aspiring journalists.
No figures as Linda is transitioning with Stan.
National Representative’s Report: Wes suggested perhaps Jason ask his business contacts if they could donate items to silent auction. The spring meetings were at the convention site at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas. Good facility. Much smaller, the last time we had it in Vegas it was Unity, this time it was us, two community groups, Asian American and Pacific Islander groups. We had a reception to meet them. One of the guys is from Hawaii, Mark Morita. This is something different AAJA is trying, instead of partnering with the other minority groups we’re partnering with other Asian community groups. We’re going to put on workshops not only for the journalism community but also for the Asian-American community. Perhaps it is something the chapter can follow up on. I think that’s a good direction for us to take as the membership dwindles. AAJA National financials are in pretty good shape, the concern is sustainability and good return. These are pretty stable times. The new board itself has a lot of new faces. Not a lot of AAJA experience. This is Paul Cheung’s last year as AAJA president Sports Task Force is growing. The bad part for us is convention is a bad time for sports people, high school football is starting in mid-August.
Old Business: Casino Event. Regular deadline is June 26. General meeting instead of event. Possible mixer after meeting. Table for next meeting. Linda suggested emailing chapter about registering for the convention. Wes suggested looking at the chapter roster and see if there’s a spike in registration.
New Business: May 14 is the Filipino Fiesta and Parade. Possible meeting? Partnerships with other Asian-American groups.
Next Meeting: Jason will put out a Doodle poll.
Adjournment: 11:20 a.m.