Happy Holidays and a Joyous New Year to our FAPAC Family
The holiday season has always evoked a fascinating sense of wonder for both adults and children alike. While these weeks are often encapsulated by the excitement of twinkling lights, festive food, and spirited gift-giving, my favorite part of the season is the opportunity to express gratitude for the community that we've built together in Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC).
As I look back over the past year, I am so proud of everything we've accomplished together: Launched the FAPAC’s pilot Leadership Shadowing Program (LSP 2018) that focuses on the future leaders of FAPAC; Successfully completed the 5th FAPAC’s Career Development and Mentoring Program for High Performers with over 40 participants; Hosted over 300 attendees at the 33rd National Leadership Training Program (NLTP) at the Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel in Arlington and proud to have the Honorable Elaine L. Chao, the 18th U.S. Secretary of Transportation, as the Keynote Speaker of the Civilian Awards Dinner; Conducted a Federal Career Fair for students, hosted by the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) in Washington, D.C. and over thirty federal agencies participated to the fair to connect with students; Successfully Chartered three new FAPAC Chapters (OPM, Las Vegas, Southern Tennessee Alabama Region); and Inducted the FAPAC’s newly elected officials and successfully transitioned to the new administration. FAPAC’s other accomplishments and events throughout the year were highlighted in the bi-monthly newsletter, see the latest edition at https://fapac.org/resources/Documents/Newsletters/FAPAC_Newsletter_Issue_1_December_2018.pdf
I am immensely grateful to work with a talented and passionate team to advance the mission of FAPAC to serve you - our FAPAC family members - in ensuring diverse representation of the AAPI workforce in the federal government. I've found that in order to build FAPAC to be the organization that volunteers would love be a part of and do great work for, the core values of the general membership must align with those of the National Board of Directors and those of the organization as a whole. Our core values are vital to breeding authenticity and to truly defining who we are and what FAPAC can grow to become.
The greatest gift we have is each other, and this holiday season, I hope we all can cherish and appreciate the friendships and kindness that we've shown each other this past year, as well as look forward to more connections and achievements waiting to emerge in the new year.
For those impacted by the current government shutdown, please feel free to reach out and let us know how we can assist during these uncertain times. We have a dedicated team of volunteers who work hard year-round to serve our members, and I am confident the FAPAC community will provide the foundation to overcome any obstacle and succeed together as one.
The significance of our theme rings truer now than ever - let's remember to Unite Our Mission by Engaging Each Other as we approach the new year full of optimism for the future. The online registration at email@example.com for the upcoming National Leadership Training Program to be held in Huntsville, Alabama will be opened in January.
I cannot wait to see all the great work that we will do together in 2019. I hope to see as many of you as possible at our holiday party and membership appreciation dinner on January 19, please register on line at firstname.lastname@example.org to attend this event. Until then, I wish you happy holidays with lots of love, laughter, and joy.
May you treasure the good times always, and take the opportunity to savor this magical season with your loved ones.