Saturday, December 31, 2016

My Swan Song as the President of PAC

Introducing the New Officers of 80-20 PAC
         First, THANK YOU, THANK YOU.  Thank all of you from the bottom of my heart for your great support to 80-20 PAC.  
(a) You have given selflessly of your time to respond to PAC's "Calls To Action".  Your pressure from the grassroots, coupled with 80-20's political connections and knowhow, induced our political establishment to respond to our grievances.
(b) You have given generously of your money, which enabled 80-20 PAC to to carry out its political actions on a scale large enough to make YOUR grievances heard.
   Secondly, GOOD NEWS.  The following Board members will collectively lead 80-20 PAC in the coming year.  
      Kathleen To: Co-coordinator and Secretary,
      Yin-long Qiu: Co-coordinator and V.P. in charge of Chapters, and
      Jing-Li Yu: Treasurer
To get to know more about each of these noble souls, please click here.
    In addition, PAC's board has instructed these officers to schedule a membership vote for Board members and officers within one year, in accordance with Bylaws article 3.2.3. That means, by 2018, 80-20 PAC will operate in complete accord with its posted Bylaws again, ending the aftermath of its 2013 retrenchment. That will be a GREAT day.
   Finally, A WISH!
     The Asian Am. community has many high-achieving individuals.  But very few are willing to TAKE SOME RISKS to stand up for our community.  I hope that in a small way, my colleagues and I have collectively set an example*.  This seemingly self-glorifying statements may make me the laughingstock of our community.  But I am willing to risk it, because it needs to be said.
     I wish that henceforth more capable AsAms would step forth to help win equal opportunity for the entire AsAm community which will also help to make America "a more perfect Union."

S. B. Woo
President and a volunteer for the past 18 years, 80-20 PAC, Inc. 

* We have stuck my necks out often, but we were not hurt at all.  Indeed, I might have unduly and undeservingly benefited from taking the risks.  It may be that we were just foolish but lucky.  But doesn't the world need a few fools sometimes?
   Last month, as a parting gift for PAC, I mounted a fundraising effort to add to PAC's diminishing war chest.  Up till today, $28,200 has been raised, Including contributions from 
Prof. Mu-Ming Poo, Berkeley, CA:   $5,000
Kenneth Fong, Palo Alto, CA:          $2,000
Marisa Y. Chuang,, Berkeley, CA:    $2,000
Wai-Yim Ching, Leawood, KS :        $1,000
Gang-Yu Liu, Davis, CA :                  $1,000      
Hezhong Ma, Chesterfield, MO:       $1,000
Lung-Sheung Ng, Berkeley, CA  :     $1,000
Jonathan Wang, Chicago, IL:            $1,000
S. B. Woo, Newark, DE:                    $1,000.
If you are interested in pitching in, please send your check, payable to 80-20 PAC and mail it to   Katy Woo
                                5 Farm House Rd.
                                Newark, DE 19711.     
All contribution will also count towards your membership.  Thank you!