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Remembering Bataan

FAUW honored the sacrifices and valor of WWII’s Bataan soldiers with two events:

FAUW laid a wreath for fallen soldiers at the National Memorial Cemetery at Punchbowl during Bataan Day, Araw ng Kagitingan, celebrated by the Philippine Consulate General in Honolulu on April 7, 2018 (see pictures below).

Guest speakers at our March meeting were Sgt. Ilka Z. Luna, who was preparing her team for the Bataan Memorial March at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico; and member Pepi Nieva, editor of her father’s book on his experiences in Bataan and the Death March, “Cadet, Soldier, Guerrilla Fighter.” Pepi shared an overview of the book plus the efforts of four groups to remember Bataan. Click links for more info and to support these groups’ very important work!

  • Bataan Legacy has succeeded in including Bataan and the Filipinos’ contributions in WWII in California public high school curricula;
  • Philippine-based FAME, which maintains the Bataan Death March markers at each kilometer of the Death March, as well as other monuments to the “Battling Bastards of Bataan”;
  • The Filipino Veterans Recognition and Education Project, which fought for approval of the Congressional Gold Medal for Filipino WWII veterans; and
  • Philippine Veterans Bank’s commemorative Bataan Freedom Run and Trail.

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Here are pictures at the Araw ng Kagitingan, commemorating the 76th anniversary of the Fall of Bataan. Consul General Joselito Jimeno, Rear Admiral Piercey, Governor David Ige, Sen. Brian Schatz, elected officials, military leaders, and members of the Hawaii Consular Corps and the Filipino community joined WWII veterans in the commemoration at Punchbowl.

 

 


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President’s Report

President’s  Report

By Rhoda Yabes Alvarez, Esq.

FAUW Celebrates its Pearl with Calendar of Activities

FAUW was founded in 1987 and this year marks its 30th or pearl anniversary. From a speck of idea, the organization has turned to a gem.

To celebrate, we are off to a great start!

March saw us celebrating International Women’s Day with twin events, the “Baro at Habi Exhibit: Visual Clues to the Filipino Culture” by artist Iris Viacrucis and the launch of our latest publication “Pinay: Culture Bearers of the Filipino Diaspora”, an anthology at the Hawaii State Library.

April was celebrated with a laugh, pray and eat  trip to the farm HoaʻĀina O Mākaha with Gigi Cocquio, formerly of Tondo. Members, family and friends participated in sharing Lenten reflections capped by a farm to table luncheon fellowship by our host and participants. FAUW is also a proud sponsor of Parangal Dance Troop performing at the Merrie Monarch Hula Festival 2017 happening on April 20.

Next month May, we are off to the Book & Music Festival on May 6 and  7 to market our anthology at the Honolulu Civic Center . Can’t wait for May? Purchase the print version at Amazon.com or the digital version at Kindle.com or email us at fauw1987@outlook.com.

Mark your calendars for June 9 to 16, 2017 as we return to the Doris Duke Theatre for the annual Filipino Film Festival.  Stay tuned for opening night details as the Film Festival Committee members curate the slate for our next movie week.

If scrolling through our half year calendar of activities gets you excited, it’s high time to join FAUW. Can’t join? Consider attending our events or donate to us. FAUW is a 501©3 non-profit committed to the promotion of Filipino culture, history and the arts in the State of Hawaii.

Here are images of our latest fun-filled activities.  Enjoy and see you then!

Baro at Habi Exhibit:  Visual Clues to the Filipino Culture

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Hoa ʻĀina O Mākaha with Gigi Cocquio

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President’s Year End Report

President’s Year End Report

-By Rhoda Yabes Alvarez

It has been a  prolific year for FAUW members and friends and  2016 is not over.

This year, we shifted through various art forms, from pop-culture through film with the Filipino Film Festival at the Doris Duke Theatre,  to pre-colonial and colonial history,  as we trained as docents and presented Encounters, a walking tour linking the Renaissance and Philippine galleries at the Museum.

image1The FAUW members get trained as docents for the ENCOUNTERS project
image2Authors of the anthology PINAY: Culture Bearers of the Filipino Diaspora pose for a group picture with workshop participants

We wrote with our anthology, “Pinay:  Culture Bearers of the Diaspora”, now in its finishing touches. We dug deep in our own ethnology with sounds and songs of the Grace Nono concert.  Together with the Center for Philippine Studies and the Philippine Celebrations Coordinating Committee of Hawaii, we co-sponsored  a lecture with “Finding our Heroes”, book launch and reception  on Philippine WW2 history in the eve of  the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor bombing.  We showcased our renowned Philippine hospitality as we welcomed the officers and crew of the BRP Andres Bonifacio as it called on Pearl Harbor enroute to its new home in the Philippine seas.

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2016 Filipino Film Festival at HoMAimage8Philippine Ambassador Cuisa pose with students of Chaminade University after the ENCOUNTERS tour at HoMA
image10FAUW members at the reception for the crew of a visiting Philippine Navy ship
image14Filipina WWII guerrilla recounts her experiences at the book launch of two books on World War II sponsored by FAUW. Shown are authors Marie Vallejo and Pepi Nieva with UHM’s Center for Philippines director Jojo Abinales

As 2016 comes to an end, we return to the Honolulu Museum of Art as we Celebrate Pasko! along with other holiday themed activities. Come join us December 18, 2016 at the Bank of Hawaii Family Sunday, Honolulu Museum of Art from 11 AM to 3 PM as FAUW and friends share the art of parol-making,  A parol is the star-shaped Christmas symbolizing the star that led the shepherds and the maji to baby Jesus.  The same parol will be at the forefront of our docent led Christmas Encounters tour as we bring life to the story of Christmas, FAUW style.

image15Preparing parol frames for Celebrate Pasko! held December 18 at HoMA’s Family Sunday

Click the link and go!

https://honolulumuseum.org/events/bank_of_hawaii_sunday/15969-solstice_celebrations

Hope to see you there and to one and all, Maligayang Pasko!


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FAUW Balitaan: President’s Report

 

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President’s Report

Patronage of the Arts

Aloha FAUW Ladies and Friends,

Happy Women’s Month!

This March, our projects in partnership with the Honolulu Museum of Arts (HMA) are moving full steam ahead.

Mark your calendars:

1. This April is Filipino Festival Month at the Doris Duke Theatre at the HMA.  FAUW is a community partner.  Time to air out your Filipiniana attire as we dress up on Opening Night to the theme of a presidential inauguration dinner reception for the Hawaii premiere of “Bonifacio:  Ang Unang Pangulo”.  Opening night is on April 2, 2016, 6 to 7:30 PM with dinner reception.

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2. FAUW is hosting an evening with a double billing of “Portrait of an Artist” and “My Dahling Nick” with merrienda on April 9, 2016 starting at 4 pm.  Nick Joaquin is Philippine National Artist for Literature whose centennial the Filipino global community is celebrating next year.  His descendant and FAUW member Cecille Joaquin Yasay will speak of his continuing legacy. Tickets for all showing are available at the Museum website. http://honolulumuseum.org/15635-filipino_film_festival_2016 

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Cecile Joaquin Yasay, Nick Joaquin’s niece, will talk about his enduring legacy

3. Do you want to learn more about our European heritage through art?  What links Ferdinand Magellan, Captain Cook, Santo Nino and Queen Juana?  The Encounters Tours on the linkage of European and Philippine art opens this April at the HMA.   Participate in the FAUW docent led tours of the Renaissance and Philippine Galleries and learn about more about religious and cultural understanding through art.

FAUW Guided Tours run every Sunday from April to August 2016

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Ava Alvarez as Queen Juana, holding the Santo Nino at the Philippine Gallery

 

 

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Pepi Nieva welcomes the first group who signed-up for the Encounters Tour

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Ethel Ward at the Renaissance Gallery

 

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Choleng Rogers gives a brief history of the Philippines

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Bernie Clark and the santos exhibits at the Philippine Gallery

.   http://honolulumuseum.org/15597-encounters_sunday_tours

For more information on the film festival and how to sign up and request for the tour, please press Control and click on the links, or copy and paste the links to your browser.   

Many thanks to the FAUW Film Festival Committee members and the Museum Guide Volunteers and all members for your participation, patronage and propagation of the arts.

Come join us!

Rhoda Yabes Alvarez


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Meeting Agenda (02/20/2016)

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February 20, 2016 at Max of Manila at Dillingham Blvd.; 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

1.0 Call to Order
2.0 Minutes of Last Meeting
3.0 Treasure’s Report
4.0 Membership Chair Report
4.1 Acknowledgment of new members
4.2 Membership count as of January 2016
4.3 Membership dues renewal deadline
5 Old Business:
5.1 Results of Election
5.2 Ratification of Constitution and By-laws
5.3 Transition and turn-over of existing projects
5.3.1 PINAY project (Virgie Chattergy)
5.3.2 Docent training at HMA for Phil.Gallery (Lee Tamoria)
5.3.3 Filipino Film Festival (Pepi Nieva)
5.3.4 Tatarin: 3-act play by Nick Joaquin (Cecile Yasay)
5.3.5 Collaboration with YWCA’s Dress for Success (Cecile Yasay)
5.3.6 PASKO!
6.0 New Business:
6.1 Letter of Invitation from ConGen Gina Jamoralin for participation at symposium     on Filipino migration: New Orleans—October 8 & 9
6.2 Recruitment of new members and Luncheon in May
6.3 Increase membership dues from $25 to $30
6.4 Creation of FAUW Administrative Rules to cover dues collection, election and           other matters.
6.5 Fresh off the Boat (FOB) Project (Norman Macadangdang)
7.0 Announcements
7.1 Food Festival
7.2 Flores de Mayo/Filipino Fiesta (May 14)

 


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FAUW Newsletter #2

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FAUW:  A Cultural Stewardship

Culture, to my mind,  is the tie that binds and connects us to our common cause.

My introduction to FAUW was as witness to a production of “Pasko!” at the Honolulu Museum of Art (HMA) a good eight years ago on one Bank of Hawaii Sunday.  I remember being impressed with the event, but more importantly, with the meticulous passion and energy of the women behind it who aimed at sharing Filipino culture not only to Filipino-Americans but to all of Hawaii’s ethnic groups.   It was a source of pride and joy to participate in the Filipino’s celebration of faith and fiesta that is “Pasko!”.

This year, as I find myself at the helm of FAUW, I continue to be amazed at the wisdom of the women who pioneered this group and who continue to thrive and strive to make their collective vision a reality, i.e. that Filipino culture and traditional values can be shared to next generations and the greater community in ways that are educational, fun and engaging.

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L-R–Evelyn Llenap–Past President, Vickie Bunye–Membership Chair; Rhoda Yabes Alvarez–President; Roberta Sullivan–Director; Rose Churma–Secretary; Lee Tamoria–Director. The leadership reins of the FAUW were turned over at MW Restaurant last January 18 after the elections on January 16 the FAUW’s January meeting.

As a continuing testament to the initiative, commitment and hardwork of FAUW members, this year’s calendar is packed with activities of existing as well as new projects ready to roll.  This February, save the date, February 26, 2016, Friday from 2 to 5 P.M. as we hold our first FAUW Museum Training at the HMA.  The HMA has received a grant from the Kress Foundation and is set to launch a forthcoming exhibit connecting Philippine Art to European Art to run from April to August 2016.  If you’ve always wanted to be a docent and want to get started, join us, learn and share.  In unison with Filipino communities all over the world in celebration of the centennial of Nick Joaquin, National Artist of the Philippines for Literature, we have an eye on the co-production of a play, “Tatarin”, from the story “Summer Solstice”.  We are steadfast with our co-sponsorships of the Filipino Film Festival and our contributions to various YWCA programs such as Dress for Success.  And in this year’s celebration of “Pasko!”, we aspire to launch “Pinay: Culture Bearers of the Filipino Diaspora”, our venture into publication.  These worthy and ambitious projects can only be made possible under the solid stewardship of FAUW members in cooperation with its willing and able partners.

As we rev up with our roster of activities, I invite you to join us in our events, as participants, sponsors, partners or members.  “Tuloy po kayo!”  Welcome!

 

Rhoda Yabes Alvarez

2016 FAUW President

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Rhoda Yabes Alvarez, Esq.

Rhoda is an attorney with offices in Honolulu and the Philippines.  She is licensed to practice law in Hawaii, New York and the Philippines.  Her practice areas include immigration law, family law, commercial law and Philippine law.

She served as the founding dean of  St. Louis College, College of Law, a non-profit private educational institution in the Philippines concurrently as a member of the board of a water utility representing women and children.  She regularly hosts  “Legal Pinoy” a bi-weekly radio show that addresses the intertwine of Philippine law, U.S. immigration law and Hawaii state law as it affects Filipino -Americans today.  She was a lecturer-in-law on the “Law of the Philippines” at the University of Hawaii, William Richardson Law School.   In 2011, she was recognized as one among “100 Most Influential Filipina Americans” by San Francisco based Filipina Women’s Network.   In 2013, “Legal Pinoy” was recognized as Best Radio Program in the Migration Advocacy and Media Award conferred by the Commission on Filipinos Overseas. 

Rhoda obtained her  Bachelor of Arts in Political Science at the Ateneo de Manila University in 1990 and her JD in the Ateneo de Manila School of Law in 1994.  In 1997, she obtained her Master of Laws in Commercial and Corporate Law from the University of London, Centre for Commercial Law Studies.  Visit her website at http://www.filamlaw.com.


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FAUW Constitution and ByLaws

Constitution of the Filipino Association of University Women (FAUW)

Article I.          Name

The name of this organization is Filipino Association of University Women or FAUW.

Article II.         Purpose and Objectives

The purpose of the FAUW is to promote a greater awareness of Filipino culture and traditional values through educational methods.

The parameters which are established include reaching out to all of Hawaii’s ethnic groups.  The methods envisaged are principally the use of cultural/educational programs such as exhibits, lectures, forums, demonstrations, plus a small collection of artifacts and resource materials and publications.  Joint cooperative ventures with organizations with similar purposes, interests, and standards are also actively sought out.

 

Article III.        Organization

The FAUW is organized exclusively for charitable and educational purposes within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (as amended).  Notwithstanding any provision of these articles, the FAUW shall not carry on any other activities not permitted to be carried on (a) by an organization or association exempt from federal income tax under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (as amended), or corresponding provision of any future United States Revenue law, or (b) by FAUW contributions to which are deductible under Section 170 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (as amended), or corresponding provision of any future United States Revenue law.

 

Article IV.       Membership, Volunteers, and Staffing

Membership is open to anyone who is a graduate of a four-year college or university, or those who do not have a college degree but have equivalent work experience and approved for membership by at least a simple majority vote of the members of the Board of Directors.

There shall be no discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, marital status, age, or handicap, with regard to hiring, assignment promotion, or other conditions of staff employment, use of volunteers, or delivery of other services.  This policy shall apply to membership on the FAUW’s governing body or its duly organized committees.

 

Article V.        Board of Directors

The business and affairs of the FAUW shall be managed by the Board of Directors, which shall consists of eight (8) members and the immediate past President of the FAUW, or a total of nine (9) members.  The members of the Board of Directors shall be elected or appointed at a time and manner and for the term as may be prescribed by the By-Laws.

 

Article VI.       Officers

The officers of the FAUW shall be a President, a Vice-President, a Secretary, and a Treasurer.  The officers shall be duly elected or appointed at a time and manner and for the terms as may be prescribed in either this Constitution or By-Laws.

 

Article VII.      Contracts

The Board of Directors may make contracts with any person, firm, corporation, association, or organization, to act as an agent or employee of the FAUW, to perform duties and services and to exercise power and authority on behalf of the FAUW, including ministerial, executive, and discretionary powers, subject always to the supervision and control of the Board of Directors.  Any contract:  (a) shall contain terms and provisions with respect to the duties, services, powers, and authority to be performed by the agent or employee, compensation, and other provisions as the Board of Directors may determine, and (b) may permit the agent or employee to deal in her own behalf with the FAUW, to hold similar positions for other corporations with which the FAUW may do business and to receive compensation therefore.

 

Article VIII.     Interested Directors and Officers

No contract or other transaction between the FAUW and one or more of its directors or any other corporation, firm, association, or entity in which one or more of its directors are directors or officers, or are financially interested, shall be either void or voidable because of the relationship or interest or because the director or directors are present at the meeting of the Board of Directors or a committee which authorizes, approves, or ratifies the contract or transaction, if:

(a)  The fact of the relationship or interest is disclosed or known to the Board

of Directors or committee which authorizes, approves, or ratifies the contract

or transaction by a vote or consent sufficient for the purpose, without   counting

the votes or consents of the interested director or directors;  or

(b)  The contract or transaction is fair and reasonable to the FAUW.

Common or interested Directors may be counted in determining the presence of a quorum at a meeting of the Board of Directors or a Committee which authorizes, approves, or ratifies contract or transaction.

 

Article IX.       Indemnification of Officers, Directors, Employees, and Agents

The FAUW shall have power to indemnify any person who was or is a party, or is threatened to be made a party, to any threatened, pending, or completed action, suit, or proceeding, whether civil, administrative, or investigative (other than an action by or in the right of the FAUW) by reason of the fact that she is or was a director, officer, employee, or agent of the FAUW against expenses (including attorney’s fees), judgments, fines, and amounts paid in settlement actually and reasonably incurred by the person on connection with the action, suit, or proceeding if she acted in good faith and in a manner she reasonably believed to be in, or not opposed to, the best interest of the FAUW.  The termination of any action, suit, or proceeding by judgment, order, settlement, or its equivalent, shall not of itself, create a presumption that the person did not act in good faith and in a manner which she reasonably believed to be in or not opposed to the best interest of the FAUW.

 

Article X.        Corporate Liabilities

All property of the FAUW shall be liable for the debts of the FAUW.  The directors, officers, and employees of the FAUW shall not be liable for the FAUW’s obligations.

 

Article XI.       Amendments

 Section 1.  This Constitution may be amended by a two-third vote of the membership.

Section 2.  No Amendment shall be put to vote unless the amendment has been submitted and read at a previous meeting.

ADOPTED THIS SIXTEENTH DAY OF JANUARY 2016, BY AT LEAST A TWO-THIRD VOTE OF THE MEMBERSHIP AS CERTIFIED BY THE OFFICERS OF THE ASSOCIATION.

 

President                                                                                 Vice-President

 

Secretary                                                                                Treasurer

 

 

By-Laws of the Filipino Association of University Women (FAUW)

 

ARTICLE I.  GENERAL

Section 1.1.  Name.  The Filipino Association of University Women, or FAUW, is a Hawaii nonprofit, tax-exempt corporation in compliance with regulations under the Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3) (as amended), with EIN #99-0275768.

Section 1.2.  Location.  The principal or registered office of the FAUW shall be in the City and County of Honolulu, State of Hawaii.  The FAUW may have other offices within or outside the State of Hawaii as the Board of Directors may determine or as the affairs of the FAUW may require from time to time.

            Section 1.3.  Purpose of By-Laws.  These By-Laws are adopted pursuant to Section 415B-41 (as amended) of the Hawaii Revised Statutes.  These By-Laws are the By-Laws of the Filipino Association of University Women, or FAUW, and of its Board of Directors.  In the event of any conflict between these By-Laws with the FAUW’s Constitution, the Constitution shall govern.

Section 1.4.  Fiscal year.  The fiscal year shall begin on the first day of January of each year and shall end on the last day of December of that year.

Section 1.5.  Seal.  The FAUW may have a seal.  The seal may be in the form as the Board of Directors may determine from time to time.

Section 1.6.  Books and Corporate Records.  The FAUW shall keep accurate and complete books and records of account, minutes of all meetings of the membership, the Board of Directors, and the committee meetings, at its principal office or another place as the Board of Directors may order.  All books and records of the FAUW shall be available to the membership for purposes of inspection or for ay other purpose at any reasonable time.

 

ARTICLE II.  INTERPRETATION

            Section 2.1.  Definitions.  In these By-Laws, unless the context otherwise requires, the term:

“Association” means the Filipino Association of University Women or FAUW;

“Constitution” means the Constitution of the FAUW, originally issued in April                           20,1996;

“Board” means the Board of Directors of the FAUW;

“By-Laws” means these By-Laws of the FAUW, as amended from time to time;

“She” or “her” shall also include the masculine equivalent.

            Section 2.2.  Number. In these By-Laws, unless the context otherwise requires, the singular shall mean the plural, and the plural shall mean the singular.

 

ARTICLE III. PURPOSE

The purposes of the FAUW are:  1)  to promote a greater awareness of Filipino culture and traditional values through educational methods;  2)  to accept contributions, gifts, bequests, or devices for the purposes of the FAUW;  and 3)  to engage in any other activity not otherwise prohibited by law or any regulation.  The activities shall be carried out to the extent and in the manner that they further charitable and educational purposes within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended or superseded from time to time.

 

ARTICLE IV.  MEMBERS OF THE ORGANIZATION

 

            Section 4.1.  Classes of Membership.  There shall be two (2) classes of members:  Regular Members and Student Members.

Section 4.2.  Regular Members.  Regular members are graduates of a four-year college or university,  who are current with membership dues, and are approved for membership by at least a simple majority vote of the Board of Directors.  Regular members  may be approved for membership by the Board if they are not graduates of a college or university but have equivalent experience such as working with an educational or cultural organization for at least four years.

Regular members shall provide to the Board of Directors general information that the Board may deem necessary, which may include electronic or mailing addresses.  The Board of Directors shall not release these information to anyone outside of the FAUW except when the regular member consents to the release.

Section 4.3.  Student Members.  Student members are those currently enrolled in secondary schools or college, and are approved for membership by a simple majority vote of the Board of Directors.  They may not vote or seek election as an officer, but may served as committee chairperson or committee members.

Section 4.4.  Dues.  Membership dues shall be determined by the Board of Directors with a simple majority vote of the Board.  Student members shall pay a reduced rate as determined by a simple majority vote of the Board of Directors.  Payment of dues must be received by the Treasurer by the last day of each fiscal year.  A regular member shall have voting rights for the fiscal year upon payment of dues.

Section 4.5.  Voting Rights.  Each regular member, who paid membership dues prior to the end of the last day of each fiscal year, shall be entitled to one (1) vote on each matter submitted to a vote of the members.  Student members shall not have any voting privileges.

Section 4.6.  Termination of Membership.  Any member can be suspended, expelled, or terminated by a majority vote of the Board of Directors for good cause.

Section 4.7.  Resignation.  Any member may resign by filing a written resignation with any Board member.  A member may also resign by non payment of the membership dues.

 

ARTICLE V.  MEETINGS OF THE MEMBERSHIP

            Section 5.1.  Annual Meeting.  An annual general membership meeting shall be held in January of each fiscal year for the purpose of electing officers and directors and for the transaction of other business as may come before the meeting.  If election of the officers and directors at the annual meeting shall not be held on the designated day, or any adjournment thereof, the Board of Directors shall cause the election to be held at a special meeting of the members as soon thereafter as may be convenient.

Section 5.2.  Regular Meeting.  A regular meeting of the members may be held as determined by the Board of Directors.  Notification of the meeting shall be provided by the Secretary in the manner provided by the Board.  Notification of the meeting and the agenda for the forthcoming meeting may be sent to regular members and to student members by the Secretary via email or other forms of mailing.

Section 5.3.  Special Meeting.  A special meeting may be called by the Board of Directors as the need arises. Notice of a special meeting shall be provided by the Secretary in the manner provided by the Board.

Section 5.4.  Place of Meeting.  The Board of Directors shall designate the date, time, and place for the annual, regular, and special meetings.  If no meeting place is designated, then the place of meeting shall be the registered office of the FAUW.  If all of the members shall meet at any time and place and consent to such meeting, then that meeting and any corporate action then taken shall be valid.

Section 5.5.  Action Without a Meeting.  Proper corporate action may be taken by either the Board or the members without a meeting if written consent, setting forth the action so taken, shall be noticed via email or other forms of mailing to all the Board members or regular members entitled to vote, whichever the case may be. Voting upon an action may be had without a meeting by voting through the email, but such action must be ratified by the Board at its next regular meeting.

Section 5.6.  Quorum.  The presence of ten (10) members shall constitute a quorum of the general membership.

Section 5.7.  Prohibition Against Smoking.  Smoking is prohibited at all times in all interior spaces controlled by the FAUW.

Section 5.8.  Voting.  The election of the officers and the Board of Directors shall be held during the annual meeting of the general membership, which shall be held in January of the fiscal year or at such time as approved by the Board.  The election of the officers and the Board of Directors shall be in the manner provided by the Board of Directors.

 

ARTICLE VI.  MEMBERS OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Section 6.1.  Number of members.  There shall be a Board of Directors of the FAUW, which shall be composed of nine (9) members, to include the President, the Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, and four (4) Directors, and the immediate past President of the FAUW.  Each of the members of the Board shall be elected to a one (1) year term.  The presence of five (5) members of the Board shall constitute a quorum of the Board.

Section 6.2.  Chairperson of the Board.  The President, during her term of office, shall serve as the Chairperson of the Board.

Section 6.3.  Liability.  No Board member shall be personally liable for the debts, liabilities, or obligations of the FAUW.

Section 6.4.  Term of Office.  The terms of Board members shall be one (1) year;  however, Board members shall remain in office until their successors have been elected.

Section 6.5.  Vacancies.  The Board shall have the power to fill vacancies occurring in its elective membership through any cause, until the next annual general meeting of the FAUW, when those vacancies shall be filled by election for the unexpired term.

Section 6.6.  No Compensation.  Board members shall serve without compensation, but shall be reimbursed for certain out-of-pocket expenses in accordance with policies set by the Board.

Section 6.7.  Resignation.  Any Board member may resign by giving written notice to the President or the Secretary.  The resignation shall take effect at the date of receipt or upon notice or at any later time therein specified.  The acceptance of a resignation shall not be necessary to make the resignation effective.

Section 6.8.  Removal.  Any Board member may be removed by a majority vote of the general membership whenever in its judgment it is in the best interest of the FAUW.

Section 6.9.  Conflicts of Interest.  A Board member shall be considered to have a conflict of interest if (a) the Board member has existing or potential financial interests  which impair or might reasonably appear to impair independent, unbiased judgment in the discharge of the Board member’s responsibilities to the FAUW, or (b) the Board member is aware that a person in the Board member’s family (which for purposes of this section, shall be a spouse or child) or any organization in which the Board member (or a person in the Board member’s family) is an officer, director, employee, partner, trustee, or controlling stockholder, has an existing or potential financial or other interest.  All Board members shall disclose to the Board and each committee on which the Board member serves any possible conflict of interest at the earliest practical time.  No Board member shall vote on any matter under consideration by the Board or committee in which the Board member has a conflict of interest.  The minutes of meeting shall reflect that a disclosure was made and that the Board member having the conflict of interest abstained from voting.  Any Board member who is uncertain whether a conflict of interest exists in any matter, may request the Board to determine whether a conflict of interest exists, and the Board shall resolve the question by a majority vote, with the Board member abstaining.  The decision of the Board shall be determinative for all purpose.
ARTICLE VII.  POWERS AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE BOARD

            Section 7.1.  Powers.  Subject to limitations imposed by law, the Constitution or these By-Laws, all corporate powers shall be exercised by or under the authority of the Board.  The Board shall direct the activities of the FAUW.

Section 7.2.  Responsibilities.  The Board shall have the following responsibilities:

(a)        The Board shall exercise all powers of the FAUW between regular meetings and shall act on its behalf with regard to all matters;

(b)        The Board shall be the program planning and policy making body of the FAUW between regular meetings of the FAUW;

(c)        The Board shall interpret, detain, and/or adjust any policy, program, and budget to meet the realities of changing situations and availability of funds;

(d)        The Board may approve the initiation and development of new activities between regular meetings of the FAUW as is deemed necessary and consistent with the FAUW’s policy;  and

All substantive matters, not procedural, or day to day, or matters involving monetary commitments of $500 or more, undertaken by the Board between regular meetings, shall be reported to and ratified by the members of the Board at the next regular meeting.

Section 7.3.  Duties.  The duties of the Board shall be:

(a)        To analyze needs, determine primary concerns and program priorities, and develop goals and policies for the FAUW;

(b)        To review and evaluate the programs of the FAUW, set standard, gather and analyze data, and compare results with goals and policy;

(c)        To establish planning groups as the Board may deem appropriate to carry out its purposes and duties;  and

(d)        To supervise the financial affairs of the FAUW, including budgetary matters.

Section 7.4.  Delegation.  Authority delegated to the Board by resolution of the FAUW at its annual meeting shall belong to the Board as a whole.  The Board may assign to its organization substructures, by resolution or through the By-Laws, powers and responsibilities as it is able, and sees fit to assign.  A permanent or irrevocable grant of powers to any substructure is not authorized.

 

 

 

ARTICLE VIII.  MEETINGS OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Section 8.1.  Regular Meetings.  Regular meetings of the Board shall be held at a time and place as the President or a majority of the Board may prescribe from time to time.  The Board may determine by resolution the time and place of regular meetings of the Board without notice other than by resolution.  Regular meetings shall be open to all members of the FAUW but voting upon an action shall be limited to the Board of Directors.

Section 8.2.  Special Meetings.  Special meetings of the Board for any purpose or purposes may be held on the call of the President or any two (2) members of the Board.  Business transacted at a special meeting shall be limited to the matters stated in the notice of the meeting.

Section 8.3.  Notice of Meetings.  (a)  The Secretary shall give notice of each regular meeting of the Board.  Notice shall be in writing, and shall include the Agenda of the next meeting, and may be given personally or by email or other forms of mailing, to the Board and to the members of the FAUW, not less that seven (7) days before a meeting.  Notice may also be given as otherwise prescribed in advance by the Board.

(b)  Notice of each Special Meeting, setting forth the time, date, and place of the meeting and the specific nature of the business to be transacted, shall be given by the Secretary as stated in the Section 8.3(a) above, not less than three (3) days prior to the meeting.

Section 8.4.  Waiver of Notice.  The transaction of business at any meeting of the Board, however called and noticed and wherever held, shall be valid as though held at a meeting after regular call and notice, if a quorum is present and if, either before or after the meeting, each Board member signs a written waive or notice.  All waivers shall be filed with the corporate records as part of the minutes of the meeting.

Section 8.5.  Quorum.  A quorum of the Board is a majority of the total number of Board members or five (5) members of the Board.  If there is no quorum because of permanent vacancies in the membership of the Board, the remaining Board member or Board members may not act except to elect Board members to fill the permanent vacancies.  In the absence of a quorum, the presiding officer or a majority of the Board members present may adjourn the meeting from time to time without further notice until a quorum is present.  An act of the majority of Board members present at a duly called meeting at which a quorum is present shall be the act of the Board except when a greater number may be required by law, the Constitution, or these By-Laws.

Section 8.6.  Presumption of Assent.  A Board member who is present at a meeting of the Board at which action on any matter is taken shall be presumed to have assented to the action.  To dissent, the Board member’s dissent or the Board member’s withholding of the Board member’s vote shall be entered in the minutes of the meeting.  Alternatively, the Board member shall file a written dissent to the action with the person acting as the Secretary of the meeting.

Section 8.7.  Non-attendance.  The President has the authority to ask for the resignation of a Board member who has three (3) consecutive absences as determined by the Board.

 

ARTICLE IX.  COMMITTEES

            Section 9.1.  Standing Committees.  The President, upon approval by the Board, shall appoint the Chair and its members to the following committees:

(1)        Membership.  This committee shall be responsible for recruiting members on an ongoing basis and maintaining an updated list of members and their contact data.

(2)        Pasko.  This committee shall be responsible for planning and organizing the FAUW’s annual event held during the month of November or December.

(3)        Programs.  This committee shall be responsible for planning and organizing the FAUW’s various programs to be held during the year.

Section 9.2.  Special Committees.  The President may create, upon approval of the Board, special committees that are in the interest of the FAUW.  Special committees may include non-members who support the philosophy, objective, and interest if the FAUW.

ARTICLE X.  OFFICERS

            Section 10.1.  Officers, Election, and Terms of Office.  The officers of the FAUW shall be a President, a Vice-President, a Secretary, and a Treasurer.  Each officer shall be elected for a term of one (1) year and shall be elected at the annual meeting of the FAUW.

Section 10.2.  Vacancies.  A vacancy in any offices of the FAUW shall be filled in accordance with Section 6.5 of these By-Laws.

Section 10.3.  President.  The President shall be the chief executive officer of the FAUW, shall preside at all meetings of the FAUW, shall appoint the chairpersons for all standing and special committees, and shall perform any other duties as are customary to the office.

Section 10.4.  Vice-President.  The Vice-President shall perform the duties of the President, and when so acting, shall have all the powers of the President, and shall perform other duties as from time to time may be assigned by the President or the Board.

Section 10.5.  Secretary.  The Secretary shall keep and maintain general records of the FAUW, including records of meetings.  She shall provide notice to the membership of all meetings of the membership and Board and in general shall perform all duties incidental to the office of Secretary and other duties as may be assigned from time to time by the President or the Board.

Section 10.6.  Treasurer.  The Treasurer shall have the custody of all funds and shall settle obligations of the FAUW.  She shall maintain a complete record of all assets and liabilities, report on the FAUW’s financial condition at each meeting, and submit financial reports to the membership.  The Treasurer shall maintain an inventory of all properties belonging to the FAUW, submit a report of the financial inventory to the membership at the first regular meeting of the following year, and in general shall perform all duties incident to the office of the Treasurer and other duties as may be assigned from time to time by the President or the Board.

 

ARTICLE XI.  ADVISORY COUNCIL

            Section 11.1.  There may be an Advisory Council of the FAUW which shall be supportive of the mission of the FAUW.  The President may appoint a special committee to recommend potential members for Board approval.

 

ARTICLE XII.  CONDUCT OF BUSINESS

            Section 12.1.  Execution of Contracts.  The Board may authorize any officer or officers, agent or agents, to enter into any contract or execute any instrument, in the name of and on behalf of the FAUW.  The authority may be general or confined to specific instances.

Section 12.2.  Checks and Orders;  Deposits.  Funds of the FAUW shall be disbursed only on checks or withdrawal orders of the FAUW, signed by the President or a Board member, and the Treasurer.  All funds of the FAUW shall be deposited from time to time to its credit in financial institutions or depositaries as the Board may designate.

Section 12.3.  Chart of Accounts.  The Board may adopt, and from time to time amend, a chart of accounts of the FAUW’s deposits.

Section 12.4.  Gifts.  The Board may solicit, and otherwise accept, on behalf of the FAUW, any contribution, gift, bequest, or devise that promotes the general purpose of the FAUW.

Section 12.5.  Net earnings.  No part of the net earnings of the FAUW shall inure to the benefit of, or be distributable to, its directors, officers, members, or other private persons, except that the FAUW is authorized and empowered to pay reasonable compensation for the services rendered and to make payments and distributions in furtherance of the purpose of the FAUW.

Section 12.6.  Dissolution.  Upon dissolution of the FAUW, assets shall be distributed for one or more exempt purposes within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (or the corresponding section of any future tax code), or shall be distributed to the federal government, or to state or local government, for a public purpose.

 

ARTICLE XIII.  INDEMNIFICATION

            Section 13.1.  Indemnification.  The FAUW may indemnify any person who was or is a party or is threatened to be made a party, to any threatened, pending, or completed action, suit, or proceeding, whether civil, administrative, or investigative (other than an action by or in the right of the officer, employee, or agent of the FAUW against expenses (including attorney’s fees), judgments, fines, and amounts paid in settlement actually and reasonably incurred by the person in connection with the action, suit, or proceeding, if she acted in good faith and in a manner she reasonably believed to be in or not opposed to, the best interest of the FAUW.  The termination of any action, suit, or proceeding by judgment, order, settlement, or its equivalent, shall not of itself, create a presumption that the person did not act in good faith, and in a manner which she reasonably believed to be in or not opposed to the best interest of the FAUW.

Section 13.2.  Insurance.  The FAUW may purchase and maintain insurance on behalf of any person who is or was a director, officer, employee, or agent of the FAUW against any liability asserted against her and incurred by her in any capacity or arising out of her status as such, whether or not the FAUW would have the power to indemnify her against liability under the provisions of this Article.

 

ARTICLE XIV.  ARBITRATION OR MEDIATION

            Section 14.1.  Involving the FAUW.  All disputes or claims for damages or other relief among or between the FAUW and any member, director, officer, employee, or agent of the FAUW shall be submitted to arbitration or another form of nonjudicial dispute resolution.

Section 14.2.  Among Other Persons.  All disputes or claims for damages or other relief among or between any member, director, officer, employee, or agent of the FAUW which relate to any matter involving the FAUW or the outcome of which could affect the FAUW shall be submitted to arbitration or another form of nonjudicial dispute resolution.

Section 14.3.  Arbitration Rules.  Unless the Board shall decide to the contrary, all disputes or claims for damages or other relief governed by Section 12.1 or 12.2 of these By-Laws shall be arbitrated in accordance with the Rules of American Arbitration Association.

Section 14.4.  Invalidity.  In the event that any provision of this Article is declared invalid by a competent court, every dispute or claim for damages or other relief among or between the persons described in this Article shall be tried solely by a judge without a jury.

 

ARTICLE XV.  AMENDMENTS

            These By-Laws may be altered, amended, or repealed and new By-Laws may be adopted by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the membership at the annual meeting, any regular meeting, or special meeting.

ADOPTED THIS SIXTEENTH DAY OF JANUARY 2016, BY AT LEAST A TWO-THIRDS VOTE OF THE MEMBERSHIP AS CERTIFIED BY THE OFFICERS OF THE FAUW.

 

President                                                                                 Vice-President

 

Secretary                                                                                Treasurer


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FAUW Newsletter #1

 

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

Mabuhay from the Executive Team & Board of Directors of the Filipino Association of University Women! Welcome to our first edition of our newsletter — FAUW Balitaan. The Filipino Association of University Women was initiated in 1987 and founded by the late Jovita Zimmerman. The purpose of the organization is to promote a greater awareness of Filipino culture and traditional values through a variety of educational methods and forums.

This has been done through various modalities over the years: Filipino cultural exhibits, lectures, forums, art demonstrations, collection of artifacts and paintings through exhibits, resource materials and publications. One of our continuing and proud achievement over the years has been reaching out to all of Hawaii’s ethnic groups in the learning and uplifting of the Filipino image through various modalities related to the arts and educational forums regarding our traditional values and their relationships within our respective communities.

As the elected leader of the Association, it has been an educational and rewarding experience for me to work with multi-talented, knowledgeable, & generous group of women. Their spirit of “ bayanihan” with whatever project is suggested to continue the purpose of the association has made the journey worthwhile and delightful

As the late Mahatma Ghandi said “ The best way to find yourself and to lose yourself is in the service of others.” Each of us truly enjoy sharing with our Hawaiian community the cultural richness of our Philippine heritage! I invite anyone who has the persuasion to share in our purpose to join us.

Mahalo & Aloha!

2015 ANNUAL REPORT

As the outgoing President, I am proud to announce the following FAUW projects that were continued/ started during my term of office:

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Director Antoinette Jadaone before the screening of “That Thing Called Tadhana” at the Doris Duke Theater.

1. Filipino Film Festival.  Participated with the Honolulu Museum of Art (HMA) in their annual Filipino Film Festival. In collaboration with the HMA, we sponsored, “That Thing Called Tadhana,” and FAUW invited the film’s director, Antoinette Jadaone to attend the film’s first screening and hosted a reception for the attendees.

2. Pinay: Cultural Bearers of the Filipino Diaspora– a project proposed & coordinated by Virgie Chattergy, Ph.D. Members were requested to write short narratives about their cultural life experiences, challenges in raising their children & the Filipino values they practiced during their youth. These narratives will be collated by Dr. Chattergy and will be published by FAUW.

 

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Dr. Virgie Chattergy was honored as “Educator of the Year” at Terno Ball 2015

3. Letter to my Parents Contest.  Participated & sponsored one of the awards to the “Letters to My Parents,” contest. Shirrell Bell of UH West Oahu was awarded by FAUW with a $500 cash prize for her winning entry.

4. FAUW Retreat & Strategic Planning Meeting– A subcommittee was formed as a result of this retreat to strategize the future direction that FAUW would take for its future. As a result, FAUW outreached to two Filipino youth organizations to collaborate with FAUW- “Fresh Off the Boat” (FOB) Project based at Farrington High School and “Sariling Gawa.”

5. Donation of Artifacts to the HMA.  FAUW collected various artifacts to augment the items used by Honolulu Museum of Art docents to explain Philippine culture and arts to organized tours that visit the museum.

6. Administrative Updates.  Updated the Constitution & By- Laws of FAUW.

7. Dress for Success with YWCA . Collaborated with the YWCA in assisting women after their rehabilitation program to enter the job market. Some FAUW members participated as mentors for the program. The group also donated clothing and accessories.

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Iris Gil Viacrusis’ sketches to recreate the Peacock gown of Queen Lilliuokalani for the I’olani Palace.

8. I’olani Palace Hawaiian Costume Exhibit.  A $1500 grant was made to the I’olani Palace Hawaiian Costume Exhibit to help defray expenses to replicate one of the gowns of Queen Liliuokalani that had feather ornamentation.

9. Docent Training at the HMA.  Collaborated with the Honolulu Museum of Art in line as part of the Kress Foundation grant to promote the Renaissance and Philippine exhibits. Several FAUW members have signed-up as docents for this initiative.

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The FAUW celebrates Ethel Ward’s birthday in November 2015. Ethel is one of the co-founders of FAUW.

10. Community Outreach.  Collaborated with several Filipino organizations in the promotion of Filipino culture, i.e, Sakada Day, Jose Rizal celebrations, various Filipino Poetry Reading, the 40th Anniversary of Philippine Studies at UH Manoa & with the UH Arts Dept. sponsorship of “Pulso,” a Filipino Dance Co. of traditional & contemporary dances, and others.

I would like to acknowledge and thank the invaluable members of FAUW for their support, enthusiasm, knowledge and sense of sharing with their respective expertise! For without their creative minds, cooperative sharing, and spirit of volunteerism, many of these projects would not have materialized.

Mabuhay,

Evelyn M. Llena
2015 FAUW PresidentEvelyn Llena is a graduate of UH Manoa with a Master’s in Social Work. Prior to moving to Los Angeles, CA. she worked at the Kalihi-Palama Mental Health Center and Catholic Social Service (now Catholic Charities.) Her primary work has been in the field of mental health counseling as a therapist. At Catholic Social Service, she was the Supervisor for the Immigrant Program with the late Sr. Grace Dorothy Lim assisting with the integration of Filipino, Samoan, Vietnamese and Korean immigrants into the community.

In 1981, she moved to Los Angeles, CA. to assume a Social Work position at the West Los Angeles Healthcare Center (the largest VA tertiary Medical Center in Southern CA.) Initially, she was hired as a mental health Social Worker for Veterans and their families. She worked at that VA for 33 years and retired as the Associate Chief of Social Work in Mental Health managing 250 MSW staff. Evelyn’s interest in Social Work, in addition to being a clinician, has been community organization & group work with minority populations.