On Saturday, June 18, 2016, the National Association of Chinese Americans (“NACA”) held its 2016 annual meeting at Super Grand Buffet Restaurant to elect its Board of Directors for the 2016-2017 term. Approximately sixty NACA members attended the meeting.
NACA’s President, Mr. Ric Hubler, thanked members, friends and family for their participation and support of NACA during the past year and promised more quality programs and events for the coming year to benefit members and achieve NACA’s missions.
NACA members cast their ballots and elected the following members to serve on the 2016-2017 Board of Directors: Mike Deng, Patrick Ewe, Charlene Fang, Steven Gu, Ric Hubler, Eugene (Gene) J. Hanratty, Bingzi (Leona) Hu, Jin Jin, Jin Lian, Maggie Mers, Brian Mock, Carol Ng, Jianning (Jenny) Tang, Paula Wang, Lani Wong, Nikki Yu, and Li Zheng.
The new Board elected the officers as follows:
Chair: Lani Wong
President: Ric Hubler
VP & Secretary: Leona Hu
VP & Treasurer: Carol Ng
An important part of the meeting is to raise fund for Mr. Michael Guo and his family, who were involved in a very bad car accident when visiting New Zealand on April 18, 2016. NACA collected $4,000 donation to Michael Gu care fund to support this family in their unfortunate and unforeseeable situation.
Special Speaker, Mr. Guanming Chen, made a presentation at the meeting. Mr. Chen is known as the Olympic Rickshaw Rider. He is a farmer from China who has decided to make the trip of a lifetime to spread the Olympic spirit. His first journey started in 2008 when he traveled from his hometown to Beijing for the 2008 summer games sparking his interest in the Olympics.
Mr. Chen is pedaling all the way to Brazil for the 2016 summer Olympic games in Rio De Jainero. NACA sponsored $2,680 in support of his journey.
Established in 1980, NACA strives to achieve its mission of “bridging cultures, building leaders, and benefiting communities” by organizing and sponsoring activities that promote cultural, educational, scientific and business relations and exchanges between U.S. and China. It also encourages Chinese-Americans to participate in the American political process while preserving their Chinese heritage in the American culture.