January 3, 2013
Welcome to Year 2013 and the near miss on leaping over fiscal cliff. The forecast is good – a warmer winter and a recovering housing market if Congress can come to agree on the spending and the debt ceiling. The new Congress will be more diverse but the dynamics may be the same. FAPAC will continue to weather the uncertainty on the budget and the policy.
FAPAC expresses sorrow at the passing of a giant and a great friend – Senator Daniel Inouye. Senator Inouye has dedicated his life defending our country, earning a Medal of Honor as a World War II veteran and was one of our most effective spokesmen for our community, served as the Senator from Hawaii for 50 years. He was a member of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus and always been a strong support of FAPAC .
We are continuing working on the planning of the National Training Program at the Hilton Long Beach and Executive Meeting Center to be held on May 6-10, 2013 with the theme “Building Leadership: Embracing Cultural Values and Inclusion”. We will concentrate on getting more speakers and trainers from the West Coast and look into trying out new ideas such as webinars.
To get the holiday spirit flowing Membership Committee is organizing a Lunar New Year Luncheon to be held on February 8 at the Chinatown Garden, a few steps from the Gallery Place Metro exit. Details will be finalized shortly.
FAPAC is working on a MOU with the Department of Education and is looking forward to finalizing it in the near future. We are meeting with other agencies and partners to look for ways to collaborate that will further our mission.
The Executive Board will be working on implementing changes with the approval of the revised Constitution and Bylaw which will include the creation of a National Board of Directors and a National Board of Operation. FAPAC will be divided into Regions and the Chapter Committee will be busy helping to form new chapters and support the regional structure. To implement change it will always be slow until it gets to a critical mass.
The Diversity and Inclusion Committee will be setting up a Speaker Bureau and a resume pool. If you are interested in helping on the projects please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.