“Half of the American people have never read a newspaper. Half never voted for President. One hopes it is the same half.” – Gore Vidal, American writer
Dear Members and Friends,
Happy New Year! We had an incredible 4th quarter 2012. Let me tell you about some highlights of what we had accomplished.
APAPA had another successful Voters Education & Candidates Forum held at California State University, Sacramento on September 30, 2012. We had a strong showing of candidates at both the federal and state levels. The audience also had an opportunity to hear more about the different initiatives that were on the ballot. APAPA’s local chapters including headquarters hosted town halls to better educate and prepare API Americans to vote.
In October, APAPA’s Southern California Region (SCR) had its annual signature event, their Leadership Conference held in Diamond Bar. The conference was well attended by high school and college students. Many elected officials came to support and participate in the program. Assemblymember Mike Eng presented Nelson Huang, SCR Director, with a resolution for his outstanding leadership in the API community.
APAPA reached a major milestone this year. On December 3, 2012, APAPA opened a new chapter in the heart of Chinatown in the city of Flushing, New York. Over 300 guests came to celebrate this momentous and historic occasion. We thank New York Comptroller John Liu, Congressmember Grace Meng, Justice Doris Ling-Cohan, Justice Peter Tom, and Assemblymember Ron Kim for attending and speaking at the luncheon. Special thanks to New York Chair, Justin Yu, Tim Young, Honorary Chair, Ching K. Chen, Executive Director, Julie Wu and New York board members for helping to coordinate the event.
Back in California, APAPA wrapped up the year with a Holiday Mixer held at headquarters. The mixer was an opportunity to thank our sponsors, recognize board members and all the wonderful people who tirelessly volunteered their time throughout the year. We thank State Farm for generously sponsoring this event.
We want to give a special thanks to our corporate sponsors and partners for supporting us in 2012. Because of their commitment, APAPA successfully continued its journey towards fulfilling its mission. We want to recognize Chevron, AT&T, PG&E, Comcast, Yin Foundation, Wells Fargo and Wal*Mart for their partnership in helping APAPA educate API Americans in civic and public affairs.
Planning for 2013 programs and events are currently underway. Please join and get involved. Stay informed by visiting us at www.apapa.org and www.apapablog.org. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at 916-928-9988 or firstname.lastname@example.org.