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FY18 Annual Recap, Member Survey and Board Nominations

Dear ASF,

Another year has passed, and a new academic and fiscal year has begun. As we bask in the slower pace of campus before students arrive for fall quarter, I wanted to take a moment to ask for your feedback, gauge your interest in joining the ASF Board, and provide a quick recap for the past year.

First, the survey:

FY17 Year in Review & ASF Board Nominations

Dear ASF,

Welcome to the last day of Fiscal Year 2017, and the soon to begin Fiscal Year 2018! I wanted to reflect on this past year for Asian Staff Forum and highlight we are looking for new volunteers to join our Board for FY18.

Looking back at FY17, all I can say is “wow.” We have over 1000 members on our mailing list! Thanks to our enthusiastic Board and to you, we hosted 18 events – an amazing number. Some of our event highlights include:

2017 Stanford Asian American Awards Call for Nominations

Stanford Asian American Awards was created by the Asian American Activities Center (A3C) Advisory Board which serves as an advocacy board to the Asian, Asian American, and larger Stanford communities.  This award ceremony gathers members of the Stanford community and recognizes individuals for their tremendous service, achievement, and dedication.  Please feel free to forward it to others who might be interested in nominating someone.  We welcome nominations for any categories for undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty, staff, and alumni.

A Year in Review

Dear ASF,

Another year has come and gone, and we are about to embark on FY16.  I wanted to send a brief memo recapping the past year, and we are currently looking for enthusiastic volunteers to join the ASF Board.

As I look back at FY15 and what ASF has accomplished, I’m proud to serve as chair as our group continues to grow and expand the events and opportunities we provide to our members.  Some highlights:

2015 API Heritage Month & BLOC- Guest Speaker: Katherine Toy

The Annual API Heritage & Big Lunch of Color's Lunch was held on Tuesday, April 28th in Tresidder Lounge. Katherine Toy, Stanford Alumni Volunteer Manager, presented a very engaging and vivid discussion: “Angel Island Immigration Station – The History and Preservation of a Historic Landmark”.

Diwali- Celebration of Light

On Friday, October 17th, more than 150 people attended the Diwali Celebration held at the Porter Drive Cafe. This was one of ASF's largest event yet. Manju Smith, ASF's Accountant continues to spearhead the celebration once again with the support of her department in co-sponsoring and hosting Diwali for the staff community at Stanford. We learned about the importance of Diwali, an ancient Hindu festival celebrated every fall and its traditions. A short video was shown depicting this colorful and festive celebration, which was evident in the bright clothing worn by many in attendance.

Recap: Lunar New Year Tea 2014

On Wednesday, February 19, 2014, Asian Staff Forum held it's annual Lunar New Year Tea.  Members of Asian Staff Forum came together to share tea, sweets, and traditions from their culture and how they celebrated the Lunar New Year.

We learned about the Japanese new year celebrations, receiving new clothes at the Lunar New Year, and receiving and giving red envelopes.

Thank you every one for attending and bringing your dish! 

Recap: ASF Retirement Forum

On Thursday, January 16th, a group of 40 attendees came to listen to the wisdom of three retired Asian Staff Forum members to discuss their experiences about the Stanford Retirement process.

Betty Oen, Herb Fong and Cora Wu, former Asian Staff Forum board members, shared tidbits about their time at Stanford, things they discovered about retiring, the decision to retire, and tips they wanted to share with members of Asian Staff Forum and the Stanford community.

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