From Newsletter #1:
The AGM 2012 was held on March 3, 2012, just one day after the Texas Independence Day, at Modern China Restaurant in Times Square. 17 people including members and their spouses attended the meeting. Victor Nip as the President of 2011-12 presented a report of the activities of HKTX in 2011-12, and Carl Sung as the Treasurer of the same period presented the financial report of 2011.
The Exco showed its gratitude to a number of members who offered help to them in the previous years by presenting them Certificates of Appreciation. The recipients of COAs are Frank Leung, Lynn Wang, Joseph Li, Winson Chan, Cynthia Lau, Betty Chu, George Lam, Rolland Lau, Leticia Acosta, David Reeves, and George Duff. Victor Nip as the co-founder presented the Founders’ Award to Celine Lok, Carl Sung, and Calra Hong to thank them for the continuous exceptional contribution to the club.
Based on the constitution, 11 people were eligible to vote, and they unanimously approved all the proposed changes to the Constitution and confirmed the new Executive Committee.
The Executive Committee for the Fiscal Year 2012-13 comprises of the following members:
President: Victor K. Nip (MBA 1996)
Internal VP: Winson Chan (BA 2004)
External VP: Celine Lok (BA 2002)
Treasurer: Carl Sung (MBA 2003)
Int. Relations Officer: Calra Hong
After the meeting, we had our Texas Independence Day Dinner when we had a lot of very delicious food. In fact, the restaurant is very famous and is almost always full. And after the dinner, 9 of the participants had an after-party at the Ruggers nearby when they spent an hour and a half there, followed by another hour’s chat in the middle of the street (Right! None of the 9 people left after they left the bar!).
To read the AGM documents (including annual report and election materials) or see the pictures of the event, go to hktx.org/nl0101, or scan the QR code at the end of the newsletter, and follow the link.
President Elect’s Acceptance Speech
Right after the election, Victor Nip as the President Elect gave an acceptance speech. The Exco feels that it is important for our membership to know the message in the speech, so the transcript of the speech is put below.
First, on behalf of the newly elected executive committee, thank you very much for your support again in this election. Again, there is only one cabinet candidate standing for election, but we want to be your officers of choice. We want that you vote for us not just because you have to, but because you want to. And in the coming year we will try our best to prove that we deserve your votes.
This coming year is going to be my 12th year in a leadership position of the organization. I am sure a lot of people have been asking the question: Why? Why is Victor still in the position after so many years? I also ask the same question. To many, the question is about why I want to be in the office for so long. To me, the question is why nobody is interested in taking over my job.
Some people think that I stay in the office because I love the power. I can tell you this is not true. If we don’t deliver value, nobody shows up. The power is on the members’ side. I am staying because there is so much fun in the interaction with different people in the process, including with our members, partner organizations, visitors from UT and the staff there. And when once in a while I go back to campus I know that what we are doing here is appreciated by our school. That’s why I’m still here.
And to answer my version of the question, one member told me Benjamin [Chang] and I set the bar too high. I and the committee have organized at least 10 activities per year. People might think it is excessively time consuming and it is hard to top that, so no one wants the job. It is true that I put a lot of time in this organization but it does not mean that is the only way to bring value to the membership. We need new ideas and we need new people to reach out to the alumni whom we cannot reach out to. I cannot imagine that I will be in the office forever, so I welcome any member, be he someone in the committee or a new member, who has the enthusiasm to serve our school and serve our membership to come out and tell me that he wants my job.
There are still a lot of things that I can say now but I am sure our stomachs are voting “no” to a longer speech, so I would like to say “thank you” again for your votes, for your support, and for your friendship in the past years. Our new Ex-co members and I look forward to another great year for Hong Kong Texas Exes. Thank you!
The AGM/Texas Independence Day Dinner will be held on March 3, just one day after Texas Independence Day.
Here are the details:
Date: Saturday, March 3
Time: 5:30pm – 10:00pm
Location: Modern China Restaurant 金滿庭京川滬菜館 (10/F, Times Square, Causeway Bay)
Reserved by: Mr Chan/HKTX
Dinner Cost: $180 per adult, $100 per child under 12
Phone Number: 6481-6005
RSVP as soon as possible so that we can arrange with the restaurant accordingly. If you are coming only for the AGM, please let us know. If you are brining any friends, please let us know the number of people in your party.
The AGM part will start at 5:30pm. Please be there before that time for registration. Here is the agenda:
- Report from the President
- Report from the Treasurer
- Changes to the Constitution
- Certificate of Appreciation Presentation
- Election of Executive Committee 2012-2013
Please note that this is an alumni (members and non-members) only event, but alumni may bring guests. HKTX members may vote in accordance to the provision of the Constitution which can be found on our web site at https://hktx.org/.
We look forward to seeing you there!
May the ‘Horns be with y’all!