|A Message from the President
by Michael Hicks
2011 has rolled in and the reins of the Association have been passed onto myself as well as many others. Many of you reading this are familiar with who I am, but I thought I'd give you a little background just in case you aren't familiar with me.
For this year there are a few things I'd like to focus on, but in general would like to get back to the fundamentals of the organization. I'd like to focus on taking care of our members and fostering relationships as well as orientation and assistance of those that are new to this area. I've met quite a few Filipinos lately that haven't even heard about the Association and what it has to offer so our presence can spread to so many more. I'm very excited about the next step our Sinag-Tala Dance Troupe will take under the direction of new Artistic Director Romeo Bagunu, Jr. I think he'll bring a new level of professionalism to the group and I look forward to this year's performances, culminating with a mini-concert here at our newly renovated cultural center. This year we'll see a grand reopening celebration of our renovated Cultural Center, something all of us should be proud of. I'd like to bring back a formal talent show to focus on the talents of our members especially the younger future generation. Finally, all of our annual events which are so vital to our organization: the Parents Day, Fiesta Filipina, Ethnic Festival, September Affair, as well as our Social Parties on Easter, 4th of July, and Christmas.
You all have chosen me to represent you as your president. I'm not sure I'm the right guy for the job, but the Association has helped form some of my strongest friendships and foster the growth of my skills and I look forward to doing the best I can do at this position. I still have a lot to learn but I truly believe the Association is doing the right thing by getting the younger generation involved. I strongly believe that you have to develop the younger talent in any organization. Look at major corporations, at least the successful ones, they all always develop talent at all levels including the younger newer ones as they know eventually they will be the ones keeping things going. Younger ones will definitely make some mistakes, but they'll learn from those mistakes and continue to grow as leaders and this is what we need. Much is the same when building a national football team. Look at the emphasis that is put on the draft and developing rookies from day one. Those rookies make impacts early on, while they make mistakes, however several years down the line they are the ones leading the team.
From leadership classes I've taken at work, I've learned a lot about myself as well as truly what my strengths and weaknesses are as a leader. A couple of those weaknesses I've become aware of is asking for help and then delegating work, which are all essential functions of this position and leadership positions. I look for your patience and guidance as I develop these skills. Thank you and I look forward to a great 2011 and hope all of you will be there supporting this wonderful Association each step along the journey!