April 1, 2017
By Hung Chang
When I stood before you last year, I encouraged all of us to take smart risks. I wanted us to challenge the status quo, and to improve on things that we may have accepted as the way they are.
Before November, it meant improving membership engagement. We took a closer look at our event attendance, and we have made a lot of incremental changes based on your suggestions. With the help of my team, we have nearly doubled our paid membership from 570 to over 1,000. We have made significant progress in engaging our senior members. We have a monthly newsletter. We increased the overall participation in our programs. We have even quadrupled the number of followers from 35 to 150 on our Instagram account!
After November, taking smart risks meant only one thing, and AABA pivoted to address the relentless assaults on our civil liberties and on our community. We have organized community forums, naturalization and immigration workshop, issued countless press releases, and have participated in the resistance effort with our sister organizations. We were able to accomplish so much because of my extremely competent and dedicated team members, from long-time AABA leaders like Miriam Kim and Charles Jung, to upcoming rockstars like Jason Yee. I was able to do what I needed to do because of the support of my wife and my children, who I am sure are as happy as I am with the prospect of completing my term tonight. To all of you who made AABA possible, I thank you. We took smart risks this year, and we are rewarded with our success.
Tonight, we are reminded that while we have done a great deal for our community in the last 40 years, our work is not done. I am honored to have been part of this organization, and I am confident that AABA will continue to stand up for justice in the years to come. Thank you again for this great opportunity.