President’s Message

10351258_773950909346055_663885742184340932_nDear Friends,

OCA Phoenix wishes you and your loved ones a wonderful new year.  As we turn the page to the 2015, I would like to recap what your OCA Phoenix Chapter has accomplished in 2014.  We had a very productive year driving several initiatives to raise our community’s collective voice and presence. The Young Believers Gala, held in January at the Arizona Historical Society Museum, was a smashing success and helped set the tone and pace for us. We welcome two interns, Kelsey Thompson and Isabella Oei. They have been wonderful and full of energy. Thanks to their technology know how, they developed and redesigned our social media outlets from Facebook to Website. I invite you to check us out on the internet, you’ll like what you see!

Perhaps our biggest accomplishment in 2014 was our civic engagement initiative. Our focus was on improving voter registration and voter turn-out. To educate and engage our community on the importance of voting, we did a screening of the movie “Freedom Summer”. Over 40 attendees participated in the event. We formed a group of dedicated leaders and volunteers to extend our reach in the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. With the grants provided by API Vote and OCA National, we conducted a two-month long phone bank outreach and connected with over 3,230 AAPI voters. We knocked 344 doors to remind our community to vote, and we mailed more than 5,200 flyers to encourage our community to make their voice heard by voting.

Our successes have and will continue to rely on our chapter’s members, volunteers, and board of directors.  I want to thank the following individuals for their leadership and contribution to our chapter:

– Farhana Ahmed and Katie Hae Leo for their leadership in organizing and driving our civic engagement campaign

– Jeffrey Nguyen and Celina Wang of ASU for their assistance in voter canvassing

– Alpha Phi Omega’s Eta Eta Chapter at ASU for providing their members to assist with phone banking

– Minhha Le for her tireless effort in ensuring the success of our “Get Out the Vote” program

Also, I would like to extend a big thanks to Gerry Burke for her tireless effort in organizing and driving our chapter’s programs. Last but not least, my sincere appreciation and gratitude to my board of directors, Astria Wong and Albert Lin for their support, generosity, and commitment to serve our community. For our community to gain equality, we need to be at the table or we will be on the menu.

A few highlights to look forward to in 2015:

Young Believers Productions, Kick-off of “Get Out the Vote” in 2015, and the Board election.

I hope you’re as proud as I am of your OCA Phoenix Chapter’s accomplishments. I invite you to get involved in our chapter’s activities by attending our meetings and being a part of our board. We are seeking 3 new board members in 2015.  If you’re interested, please contact me via email at Schhoa@gmail.com or visit our website at ocagpc.wordpress.com.

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