Reported on Nov. 16, 2016 at the Chamber’s General Membership meeting by Kit Zulueta:

The organization’s year has been productive with efforts to increase communication, involvement in civic affairs and regular business development workshops. The Chamber’s branding and visibility became more prominent with a new robust website, a brochure-type membership form, “proud member” stickers, official Chamber shirts, a volunteer internship program and email newsletter announcements. Highlights of the year include the following:

 

Finance

In addition to the treasurer’s report, the chamber has integrated PayPal as a method to collect funds. The online, credit card service facilitated 50 percent of the sales for the Chamber’s formal banquet Gintong Pamana in June. The convenience, coupled with integration in our website, allowed for new membership registrations as well.

The president anticipates online access to the organization’s bank account by the end of the year. This board has doubled the chamber’s bottom line from a year ago.

 

Membership

At the beginning of the year, a comprehensive membership drive was launched in attempt to contact each in the organization’s list. A total of 40 names have been deemed inactive, with some members dating back to 2013. The purge ushered in fairness to active members, which allowed the organization to continue to grow.

As of today, the list now includes 107 active members. The board has also sought for Corporate Members this year, with 7 companies signing up since the program began. They are: Monsanto Hawaii, American Savings Bank, Noble Travel, First Hawaiian Bank, Hot Lava Dance Fit/Hamakua Productions, HMSA and ALTRES Staffing.

 

Business Development Workshops

In an effort to increase the organization’s visibility and help its members innovate with the latest trends in business, the following events occurred:

  • December 22, 2015: BenCab on Maui, a meet and greet reception, featuring Philippine National Artist Ben Cab. This reception was in partnership and was held in Sabado Studios in Wailuku.
  • March 17, 2016: Don’t take the bait! Cybersecurity Workshop featuring Leah Sherman of the County of Maui IT Services division, held in CAA Marketplace.
  • May 6, 2016: Three Strokes of Brillance! Hosted by Phil Sabado, featuring art films on Filipino artists, held in Kaunoa Senior Center in Paia.
  • May 25, 2016: Impactful Relations: It’s Not About You, featuring PR guru Christina Yumul of Storieology Communications, held in Leis Family Class Act at the college.
  • September 16, 2016: What’s Trending: Strategies for Business, featuring State DBEDT Director Luis Salaveria, at Tante’s Restaurant.
  • November 17, 2016: Recess: Get the Scoops with Baisa and Victorino, featuring Councilmembers Gladys Baisa and Michael Victorino, held in Tante’s Restaurant.

 

Gintong Pamana Leadership Awards

In its 20th year, the Chamber continues a tradition of honoring outstanding members of the Filipino community. Led by Jeana Gamboa, the event this year had commendable highlights, which included a sold-out event status, and a full-color membership directory. The event provided a venue for the community to reconnect and celebrate the honorees and their achievements.

 

Government Affairs

Legislative priorities were adopted by your board this year, which would allow swift and timely action on bills considered to have an impact on the organization’s membership and mission. The Chamber sent letters of support for 2 proposed bills in the state legislature, relating to funding to support the dislocated workers from closure of HC&S. One of the bills – House Bill 2605 was enacted into law as Act 071.

The committee also has issued a survey on proposals before the Maui County Council relating to strengthening the plastic bag ban ordinance, and a ban on polystyrene disposable containers.

In addition, a questionnaire was issued to general election candidates this year to help contribute in the education of our membership and the public on policy positions of those running. The answers are still available online in the Chamber website.

 

Foundation

The Chamber’s nonprofit arm had record statistics this year with 15 scholarships provided – vetted in a comprehensive screening process – from monies raised from a successful Golf Tournament at the Dunes at Maui Lani.

The 2016 Maui Fil-Am Heritage Festival drew more than 9,000 this year on Oct. 15 at the Maui Mall, with new activities introduced. The festival celebrates October as Filipino-American History Month, which started with a Philippine-flag raising event at the county building in Wailuku.

Much credit goes to the 2016 board, the committee chairs, the chamber and foundation legal counsels, and community partners for their support. The Chamber’s year had a big impact in the community and is memorable because of you. Salamat po.

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