A Letter from the Chair

Dear APAS Members and Friends:

Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to come out to vote. It was a long, tough road with many potholes along the way, but we persevered. On behalf of the Executive Committee, I would like to express how we were all truly overwhelmed by your gracious support. We do not take our positions lightly, and we are committed to putting our best efforts together to carry APAS forward. I would also like to recognize the efforts of each community leader and volunteer who made phone calls, sent emails and reached out to APAS members, encouraging them to come out and vote!

Yet there is still much more to be done. We must make up for over one year of absence from the public. We must now focus on transforming APAS to become better and stronger in the years ahead. We stand together at the beginning of a tough road, but I ask everyone who is willing to volunteer his or her time, resources, and effort to join us in this wonderful and worthwhile journey. 

Members and supporters, I would like to share with you the following goals and vision as Chair of APAS. First, I will focus on doubling the existing membership list, especially since many people were denied membership in the months leading up to the election. I will also work to include more Asian communities in our organization. Also, I will reach out to the community at large to show them that we are back in full force and that Asian Americans must be at the table when making important decisions in our community. To that end, I will work to ensure that APAS is the voice of the Asian community in New Orleans. 

Together, we can bring unique APAS activities back, bigger and better than before. Through the Asian Heritage Festival, the Annual Frank Hara Community Award, projects to support our Asian children and youth, and the Annual Fundraising Gala, our united voice will be heard in a positive way. Finally, my administration will not just talk about being transparent, we will be it and do it. All documentation, financial records, and information will be shared with our members.

APAS is an organization for everyone and thus is open to all who are interested in discovering and supporting the vibrant and thriving Asian culture in this city. Please join us by actively volunteering and participating in future APAS events and initiatives.

This is a new day for APAS. We now finally stand united, with a past as colorful as the communities represented and with the sky as our limit for our future!

We look forward to serving you and bringing APAS to better days.

Yours truly,

Sokhoeun Chau
Executive Committee Chair
Asian Pacific American Society

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