October 8, 2012
Congratulations also to the new officers and I look forward to be working alongside with you to move FAPAC forward. Ahead of us will be many challenges but together we will be able to move barriers.
On September 21 following the Keynote speech by Rep. Judy Chu, Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, the new officers and auditor were sworn into office by Dr. David S. C. Chu, former Under Secretary of Defense. DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart, delivered remarks on the accomplishment of the AAPI employees at DEA and pledged her continued support on the important work carried on by FAPAC. Awards were given to the outgoing team and other volunteers. DoD, USDA and DEA were also recognized for their support. Asian Fortune was recognized as the voice of the DC AAPI community.
I had the pleasure of representing FAPAC at the National Image Training Conference in Los Angeles and met with several agencies that have promised participation in our National Training Program to be held on May 6-10, 2013 at the Long Beach Hilton. The U. S. GI Forum promised to play a part as well as the Graduate School and University of Phoenix.
The October Newsletter was issued on time, thanks to the help of Janet Chen. If you have stories please send your article by December 15 for the January 2013 issue.
The One Day Workshop will be held on November 9 at the Humphrey Building of HHS. It would be similar to the one held last October. Watch for details by checking on the web-site.
The officers and I are canvassing the membership for candidates for the Standing Committee Chairs. I hope to announce the appointments in the near future. In the meantime, Farook Sait, former President and Chair of the Honolulu Conference, was appointed as the Conference Chair for 2013. If you are interested in assisting please contact him. Preparation for opening the Conference Site is in progress thanks to the Webmasters Jonathan Lee and Grace Spence. In light of the federal budget FAPAC has again held the registration fee constant to make it even more cost effective. Please contact your agency if you are interested in taking advantage of the excellent training to be offered at Long Beach. We will have more workshop as well as plenary sessions on critical topics including “Working with Congress and Local Government”, “Hazing in the Military”, “AAPI Women Leadership”. We will have a more robust student track with the help of FAPAC SW Chapter, DoD, and a new Young Professional group. If you want to be among the founding members of the latter please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The new Constitution and Bylaws was presented to the membership on August 1 and the ballot for its ratification is going out this week and you have one week to vote. Watch for it in your mailbox.