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President's Message for February 2014

03 Feb 2014 1:53 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

February 2, 2014

On Friday I celebrated the first day of the Year of the Horse eating Thai food with friends in the AALEA (Asian American Law Enforcement Association). AALEA has members throughout the Intelligence Communities in addition to local police and sheriff offices.

Preparation of the National Leadership Training Program is in progress. The planning team visited the hotel staff and with the community at Charlotte to work out the logistics and outreach with media and other AAPI there.  FAPAC has invited the Mayor Cannon and Governor McClory to our NTP. We are also working with the staff on the invitation of Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki to the opening in addition to Secretary Anthony Foxx of Transportation.  Other volunteers are working on registration, student and veterans’ programs and workshops.  If you are interested in being part of it please drop a note to fapac@fapac.org. The next planning meeting is February 15.

The Holiday Event on January 12 drew 120 people to an Indian feast with native dresses of many Asian Pacific countries in full display. Edward Chow, Maryland Secretary of Veterans Affairs presented the proclamation of Lunar New Year from Governor O’Malley.  Ed Avalos, Under Secretary of USDA and Mark Keam, Delegate in the Virginia Legislature also presented short remarks. Mira Yang, a FAPAC member and President of the Asian American Music Society, led the audience to some holiday singing.

The FAPAC Mentoring Program kicked off its second class at DOT under the leadership of Aurea Franklin, from the VA Chapter, with the help of Selina Lee and other members. Mr. Kenneth Bailey, EEO of ICE/DHS, made a presentation on mentoring and what it does and what is required of mentors and mentees.

The next One Day Workshop will take place on March 7 at HHS. Visit the website to register. Attendees outside DC would be able to participate through Adobe Connect provided with the help of HHS.

FAPAC will be participating in several diversity events at different agencies. If you are available visit us to join or just reconnect. If you are not a member or have not renewed your membership, you can do so on-line at www.fapac.org at the price of a cup of coffee a month. Being an active member you can extend your network and reap the benefit of being part of a growing organization. You must be member in good standing to run or vote in our coming election in August. The more you participate in our organization the more you will get out of belonging.

You can still contribute articles for the April Newsletter by sending your submission of 200 – 300 words to president@fapac.org.

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