會長張秀滿     今年的主題是   “多元文化,趣味生活”

Dear NATWA Sisters,

年初,我們取消了4月在Newark舉行的年會,改以virtual的方式進行。那時候我們還是滿心期待10月份姊妹們就可以在Houston見面。屆時,大家可以肆無忌憚的hug、話家常,認真的開會,快樂的旅遊。沒想到,Covid-19的疫情,經過城市的封鎖,居家的隔離,之後,逐步的解封。但在美國的一些區域疫情並沒有減緩,反而更加嚴峻。搭飛機,仍有很大的風險,群聚,更不被鼓勵。我們執行理事團隊經過討論,大家一致決定以姊妹們的健康為第一考量,取消了原定10月在Houston 舉行的年中理事會,改於視訊的方式進行。我們會成立視訊年中理事會工作小組,詳細內容,會再向大家報告。

在這裡,我仍然要感謝Houston的地主錦如姊、明霞姊,在去年4月就表示歡迎大家前往開會,也謝謝葉寶桂姊,幫忙選定開會的場地,更要謝謝住過Houston 長達35年的林承芳(年中理事會總幹事),在去年8月,我和她討論時,她已把所有會後遊的行程都規劃好,連餐廳都選定了。希望不久以後,我們有機會,在沒有任何顧慮下,暢遊Houston。

這段疫情嚴峻期間,NATWA姊妹為善不落人後,發動捐款,各個地區的姊妹以不同的方式,參與各種愛心活動。總會也向台灣訂購N95口罩,捐贈給一些急需的醫院和安養中心。謝謝這次的總領隊陳彩雲前會長和她的團隊。另外,關懷小組也送出10幾個care packages,給NATWA會員家裡有第一線工作人員,和家人因Covid-19 離世的會友。

這些日子,為了維繫姊妹們的感情,我們用視訊的方式舉辦了數次的姐妹會,從邀請新舊理事擴大到邀請所有會員。在此,謝謝姊妹們的參與。有些工作都在嘗試與規劃中,希望讓大家宅在家的日子,仍有機會和姊妹們互動。

2021年4月15-18日的年會將在Toronto, Ontario, Canada舉辦。竭誠歡迎所有的姊妹參加。錯過了一年,姊妹們一定更珍惜我們可以相聚的時光。多倫多的團隊一定會努力,辦好年會。會後遊的行程也在審密規劃中,包括Niagara Falls、Toronto、Kingston、Thousand Islands、Ottawa等。

祝!愉快,平安健康!


秀滿 於多倫多

2020-2021 President


Dear Sisters,

I didn’t expect to become NATWA’s 33rd president under these circumstances without a convention nor traditional handover. This is all because we are in the midst of this Wuhan Coronavirus pandemic. These past days, Jacy and I have faced many challenges. We listened to our sisters’ suggestions, tried different ideas, and learned new skills. We used surveys, e-voting, and virtual meetings to accomplish our tasks on time. This has been a big challenge, and I would like to give Jacy and her team a great round of applause.

This year's theme is "Multicultural, Fun Life". If you read it in Taiwanese "To-goân bûn-hòa , Chhù-bī seng-oa̍h", it rhymes!

Taiwan has always been a multicultural country, starting from Indigenous peoples to Pingpu, from Spain and the Netherlands to Japan and China, and now many new residents from different countries. These foreign nations enrich Taiwan's culture and make our lives more abundant. It is the same in North America, where immigrants come with different nations and backgrounds in each era. These immigrants preserve their traditional cultures and proudly share them with their communities. Moreover, our sisters love travelling, absorbing new knowledge, and exploring different life and cultural experiences. Culture is a way of life. We appreciate differences and absorb diversity. Multicultural experiences make life joyful! We are getting older, and after this Wuhan Coronavirus pandemic, we need to just relax and enjoy our lives!

The mid-year meeting will be held at the Holiday Inn Houston Intercontinental Airport Hotel from October 15 -19, 2020. We hope that the outbreak will be over by then and that our sisters can get together to share stories, to talk about NATWA, and to discuss how to face this new era and its new technological challenges. After the meeting, there is a two-day city tour where we will learn more about Houston and visit the NASA Johnson Space Center.

The April 2021 convention will be held in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. All sisters are welcome to attend! After skipping a year, our sisters would cherish the moments we can spend together. The Toronto team is working hard to plan the annual meeting. The itinerary planning of the post-conference tour is underway and will include Niagara Falls, Toronto, Kingston, the Thousand Islands, and Ottawa.

 Finally, I hope everyone stays safe and healthy!