January updates

Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season and is ready to kick off 2010. Please see our updates below. We hope you’ll join us for dim sum next Saturday for our board meeting! -Ruth

1. Our upcoming Jan. board meeting is Saturday, Jan. 16 at 11 a.m. We’re having no-host dim sum. Please RSVP by Jan. 15 so we can plan for seating. **NOTE: change of venue to Ocean City Seafood, 3016 SE 82nd Ave.

On the agenda:

-A look at our finances

-Discussion of upcoming events: delegate tasks, identify volunteers

-Membership drive: encourage people to sign up, renew: http://www.aaja.org/membership/join

-FUNDRAISING

2. RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP. January 1st is the start of the 2010 AAJA membership year. All 2009 members, who have yet to renew, have a 30-day window to re-up and remain in good standing.

3. 2010 AAJA Convention wants to hear from YOU: The programming committee is circulating a survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2010programming If you have workshop ideas, email them to events@aaja.org with subject line: “2010 Workshop Proposal” Please complete the survey and/or submit workshop ideas by 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 15.

4. Member news:

Congratulations to Emily Tsao, formerly of the Portland chapter! From AAJA National: Emily Tsao, continuous news desk editor at The Dallas Morning News, will be leaving the paper to join The Washington Post. As the new addition to the Universal News Desk as Weekend Online Day Editor, Tsao will be coordinating with reporters and other editors across all digital platforms and enhancing the Saturday and Sunday web stories. Tsao had been a breaking news editor for the Dallas Morning News’ web site since January 2007. Before then, she was an assistant features editor at the Morning News, a reporter for The Oregonian, and a reporter and editor for the Associated Press in Hartford. She is a graduate of Yale University and is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.

5. Community happenings:

-Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon is hosting a community meeting and happy hour TONIGHT on Measures 66 and 67. The event is set for 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 14 at the Asian Reporter Foundation, 922 N. Killingsworth Ave. RSVP online, call 503-512-0274 or e-mail info@apano.org.

-Volunteer opportunities available for the 5th Annual DisOrient Asian American Film Festival of Oregon that takes place April 23-25, 2010 at the Bijou Art Cinemas in Eugene. For information, contact Reagan Le, DisOrient Volunteer Coordinator, at ReaganL@uoregon.edu.

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