AAJA Hawaii Chapter meeting
Honolulu Design Center
November 15, 2015
Attendance: Linda Dela Cruz, Wes Nakama, Kristen Wong, Jason Ubay
Call to Order: 11:24 a.m.
Approval of Minutes: The June and October 2015 minutes were approved by Linda Dela Cruz, Wes Nakama, Kristen Wong and Jason Ubay
President’s Report: Election results are in. Jason is the president. Linda is the Treasurer, Wes is the national representative, and Kristen is the secretary. Linda will meet Stan for training. Jason reminded everyone to renew their membership.
Vice President’s Report: Linda suggested we do College Night in the spring. We can promote events coming up during that time like the summer convention. Wes said in the past College night has gotten an attendance of about 12-15 students and five members. The event could potentially take place around late January or early February. Linda plans to take the lead on the project.
Casino Night ideally would take place sometime in late March or late April depending on when the early bird deadline is for the convention registration. Wes suggests not doing it too early so people forget or too late so people don’t have the money. Jason will follow up with Emily at Pacific Business News about their contacts for Casino Night. Wes said Hukilau was a good venue for the event last time.
Treasurer’s Report: The CD was renewed.
National Representative’s Report: Nothing to report.
Old Business: Jason thanked Kristen for promoting the Hawaii International Film Festival on social media. We have complimentary tickets. Jason said it was a good idea that Linda suggested that we not just focus on the Korean films, as it was originally marketed to the chapter, but to look at all the Asian and Asian American films, especially those with Hawaii ties.
New Business: Jason is meeting with Heidi Chang and a few other journalists in a few weeks. Building our membership is important. Jason has come up with questions to ask them in an effort to gauge what AAJA members are looking for in the chapter, what will get them coming back to meetings, being more involved, etc. Examples include:
How long have you been a member of AAJA?
How can AAJA help you?
What events can help you?
Can AAJA highlight you?
AAJA Hawaii awards
We’ve given stipends before for journalist who’ve won awards, who needed travel grants, etc. Send a notice that we can assist with travel. Further discussion is needed before we can make a decision on allocating board funds for awards.
Next Meeting: Dec. 12. The board plans to have the meeting at a restaurant for its traditional holiday luncheon for the chapter. Jason to take the lead on securing a restaurant. Suggestions were made, such as Little Village, Tsukiji Fish Market, Iyu Udon, Gyu-Kaku, Shokudo
Adjournment: 12:08 p.m.
Linda approved 5/1/2016
Wes approved 5/1/2016
Jason approved 5/1/2016
Kristen approved 5/1/2016