會長的話 - 溫明亮 今年的主題是 “善用科技，豐富人生”
在數位科技快速發展的帶動下，現代人的生活周遭充滿著許許多多的電子產品，隨著這些產品逐漸融入到我們日常的生活中，和我們生活有密不可分的關係，在在成為現代人生活的一部分了。我想用這個主題，和大家一起分享、學習、熟悉我們擁有的科技產品，然後能夠把它們使用得淋漓盡致。比如幾乎每個人手上都有智慧型的手機，像iPhone或Android Phone，在年中理事會及人才訓練營和年會時，希望大家一起來分享及交流不同層次使用apps的經驗，或是一起學習一些和我們生活相關的apps，來增進生活的趣味。同時也將應用一些適合一般用戶的科技軟體 ，來改善我們婦女會的作業程序。像是用電子投票來取代通訊投票、用電子作業寄送總會發出的捐款收據、線上報名的作業更進一步的改進等等，讓將來要接手的理事們，都能夠得心應手的承接上這些任務。
今年的年中理事會及人才訓練營，將於多倫多機場附近的飯店舉行, 然後有一晚加兩天的旅遊。要注意的一點是，今年的年中理事會將於10/19,星期五下午三點報到，跟一般星期四下午三點不同， 慢了一天才開始。這個小小的變更是考慮到今年的世台會在日本舉行，跟我們年中理事會的日期很接近。有一些姐妹要去參加，我想慢一天對她們來說比較方便些，而且對我們的旅遊也比較不會這麼擁擠。星期一去尼加拉瓜瀑布一日遊，要比星期天去好多了。然後星期二在多倫多市區旅遊。
明年第31屆的年會將在底特律機場附近的飯店舉行，會後有三天半的旅遊。通常底特律四月的第三個禮拜，天氣還是有點冷，花還沒開，樹也還沒有長葉子，所以旅遊就打算沿著I-75往南邊去。我們預定去Ohio州參觀飛機博物館，然後以辛辛那提爲基地， 第二天到Kentucky\ Louisville 參觀Kentucky Derby Museum，接著到Mammoth Cave國家公園。 這是世界最長的cave （鐘乳石），在那裏我們要參加兩個tours. 一個是Frozen Niagara， 另一個是Historic Tour。 第三天又囘到車城底特律，下午參觀福特汽車裝配廠 (Ford Rouge Factory Tour)。然後送你們到飛機場，期待著又一次的再會啦！敬請大家將明年四月的第三個周末預留下來，一起來參加第31屆的年會。2019 Motown 車城歡迎您!
NATWA 2018-19 會長
Dear beloved sisters,
We are all grateful to the former President Agnes and her team for successfully organizing a 30th anniversary AGM. It was such a tremendous memorable event. As I shoulder on the president’s role, I am feeling quite scared. I hope all the sisters can help me and the new team, to shoulder on the work of the coming year, and progress onward into a new era for our NATWA.
This year's theme is "Embrace technology, Enrich life." Driven by the rapid development of digital technology, the living environment of people in modern days are surrounded by many electronic products. As these products gradually integrate into our daily lives, they form an inseparable relationship with everything we do. Technology is now an essential part of modern life. I would like to use this theme, to share, learn, and familiarize us with the technology products we have, and utilize their capabilities fully.
Almost everyone of us has a smart phone on their hands, such as an iPhone or Android Phone. At the Mid-year Conference and Leadership Training, and the AGM, we hope everyone can share and use apps to interact at different levels. We can also learn apps that relate to our daily lives, and add some fun to what we do. We can also use software suitable for general public that will improve and simplify the various administrative undertaking for our NATWA. When we can improve the process and allow Electronic voting to replace snail mail voting, issue donation receipts electronically, and process online registrations, these will allow the sister directors who will take over the new year’s duties, to handle these responsibilities more efficiently.
The upcoming 2018 Mid-year Conference and Leadership Training will be hosted at a hotel near the Toronto airport, followed by one night and two days of tour. Please note that this year’s Mid-Year Conference will start registration on 10/19, Friday at 3pm, different than other years which started on Thursday afternoon. This small change takes into account that this year’s World Federation of Taiwanese Association conference and tours are held in Japan, with dates close to our own conference. For those sisters who are attending WFTA, hopefully our dates will make it a little easier, and less crowded for our travel. Our NATWA tour going to Niagara Falls on a Monday, will be better than a (more congested) Sunday. This will be followed by tours within Toronto on Tuesday.
The 31st annual conference next year will be held at a hotel near the Detroit airport. There will be three and a half days of post-conference tour. The weather in Detroit in the third week of April is usually still a bit cold. Flowers is not blooming yet and trees are not budding yet. As a result, we will tour by going south along I-75. We plan to visit the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Ohio State, then use Cincinnati as a base. On day 2 we will go to Kentucky\ Louisville to visit the Kentucky Derby Museum, followed by the Mammoth Cave National Park. This is the longest stalactite cave in the world. There we will join two tours -- Frozen Niagara, and a Historic Tour. On day 3, we return to Detroit and visit the Ford assembly plant in the afternoon, then to the airport. We look forward to meeting all of you again! Please reserve the third weekend of April, to come together for our 31st annual meeting. 2019 Motown Detroit welcomes you!
NATWA 2018-2019 President