會長的話    -    黃美琇     今年的主題是 “活出美好,面對挑戰。”

再二個半月,又是我們見面的時候。已經有幾個姐妹告訴我,她們已買好去西雅圖的機票了。也有加拿大,北加的姐妹等不及,來問年中會的行程。。大家這種期待,盼望的心情,很令人感動。無奈因為種種原因的關系,本來應該早早完成的,也就這麼一拖再拖,還是沒有辦法,如心所願。還好,有志者事竟成,終於可以向大家交待了。

這次的年中會,主要是所有理事成員,為了NATWA 的會務來開會。同時為了領導人才的訓練和終身的學習。讓我們能有美好的人生,去面對生活中的挑戰。希望前會長們,區理事,各分會長,小組長們一定不要錯過。也歡迎分會副會長,有心學習,或想了解NATWA 的新舊會員們來見習。會後旅遊,因為考慮到10月中旬,西雅圖的天氣,加上旅途車程的時間。只好把原本計劃的 Mt.Ranier和Olympic NNational Park 取消掉。不過我們會利用這些時間去更多,探討西雅圖更好玩的地方。請不要氣餒。

七月是台美人的夏令會。今年,美東,美西,中西和美南的會,都有我們NATWA的姐妹們參與其中。基於NATWA的宗旨之一是“宏揚人權民主,開創台灣新局”在為支持台灣駐美辦事處“台灣正名”的聯署上我們也參與了一角。我在美西夏令會,代表NATWA 做一個簡短的介紹。我們有黃美惠,林郁子,葉寶挂-- 從Dallas來,洪珠美,李碧娥和張雅美,五個前總會長參加。聖地牙哥分會的姐妹們也都扮演很重要的角色。

這其中,會員組的Jenny,出版組的彩雲,網頁組的玲玲,財務組新上任的阿香,開源組的英慧,史料組的芬芬--為了30週年刊也招兵買馬。月曆組的惠香和月英更不用說,早已準備好等台灣付印。。。文化組的寶蓮也開始為明年的年會在準備中。這麼優秀的團隊,真值得我們慶幸。

在此,同時要謝謝,為年中會盡心盡力的淑真,秀華,雪月三人和西雅圖的一些姐妹。雖然她們不是我們的分會,也肯出來幫忙。僅此獻上我衷心的感謝。!!!

明年4/19-4/25的年會,已經訂好在LAX 附近的Renaissance Hotel 。最近剛接“ 政經看民視” 的主播,李晶玉女士的回复,她將是我們年會的主講員。我同時也接洽其他講員,針對目前大家生活所需,有繼續更好的學習。會後旅遊,四天三夜,請了世界級的領導為我們籌劃。要去羚羊谷,順遊Las  Vegas, 馬蹄灣,包偉湖,Zion National Park, Grand Canyon。已經有很好的回響。希望可以帶給大家一個難忘的30週年年會。謝謝大家給我這個機會學習,很高興能與大家一起共事。祝福妳們 !!!

 

總會長  黃美琇 敬上
NATWA  2017-2018

Dear NATWA sisters:

It is my pleasure and honor to serve as the 30th president of NATWA.  As you all know, without your participation, the contribution of all past presidents, local chapter presidents, district boards and leaders of 23 small groups, NATWA would not have grown into the largest and nicest organization among all of the Taiwanese communities in the North America. Let's continue working together by encouraging each other, and respecting the individual difference for the year to come.

The theme for 2017-2018 is " Face Challenges, Live Better." Nowadays we don't really know what is going to happen to you or me the next moment. Most of our members either have retired or expect to retire soon. In this baby boomers era, though we enjoy the best materialistic life with the convenience of many high-tech gadgets, we are also facing unpredictable challenges daily. How to face challenges and live with joy daily so that we have a healthier and more meaningful life for the rest of our time becomes an important issue of our concern. Let's all grow old graciously together.

The mid-term board meeting in October will be held at Seattle Marriott Airport Hotel. After meeting and leadership training, we will have a two days tour of Mt. Rainier, Boeing Plant and other good interesting places. All Board Members please make it , new members of NATWA  are welcome. Seattle is one of the 10 most beautiful cities in America, and has been attracted lots of young people to move to.   

Our annual convention in April 2018 will be held at the LAX Renaissance Hotel. I am contacting the potential keynote speakers, and am trying to arrange the program to fit the need of our NATWA members. Hopefully it will be an unforgettable convention to all of us. The post meeting tour has been arranged, including Las Vegas, Zion National Park, Antelope, Lake Powell... It will take 4 days, at a price more than reasonable. Our planner is a world class professional. You will for sure regret if you miss it.  Thanks for giving me this opportunity to learn and will be a pleasure to work with you all this coming year.

  NATWA 2017-2018 President