Leadership Development Through Community Service

September 2019 General Membership Meeting

RPJ’s monthly General Membership Meeting saw many new faces learn about the chapter as members learned about and voted on the various school projects vying for support from this year’s Spikes for Tykes Tournament. The meeting was held Sunday, September 15 at Ward Center’s Piggy Smalls restaurant. Many thanks to owner/chef Alex Le for hosting the event after hours at his restaurant.

RPJ’s newest member Traci (center) with the 2019 RPJ Board, JCI Hawaii President Nhut Pham (far left), and JCI USA National Vice President Nathan Martin (far right).

Nearly 30 members and friends were in attendance. 2019 RPJ President Kevan Mau coordinated the meeting, which saw presentations from Eve Epitome (a former RPJ President, JCI Hawaii State President, and JCI USA National Vice Presdient), Nhut Pham (2019 JCI Hawaii State President), and Nathan Martin (2019 JCI USA National Vice President).

Eve Epitome discusses Junior Chamber International’s Active Citizen Framework.

Eve gave an overview of the junior chamber, highlighting its mission, vision and creed. She also spoke of RPJ’s history, and the rise of the Spikes for Tykes tournament. President Nhut presented projects put on by the other chapters of JCI Hawaii, and NVP Nathan discussed the connections and experiences shared between the local chapters across the country. 2019 RPJ Board members also discussed upcoming events and opportunities.

Honolulu Chinese Jaycees member Brosnan (left) and RPJ associate member Rick (right) among other friends and members listening attentively at the meeting.

As the presentations were happening, RPJ members were tasked to read and vote on the project applications turned in by various schools across the state. This year’s Spikes for Tykes Tournament is donating $2000 to a school project chosen by RPJ’s members. The project applications included a campus gardening project, supporting summer sports coaches, and funding a medical innovation workshop to name a few.

2019 RPJ President Kevan Mau (center) swears in the chapter’s newest member in front of a full house at Piggy Smalls.
Former state president and national vice president Patrick Tomiyasu discusses the history of Adopt A School Day.
Piggy Smalls chef/owner Alex Le (center) and his team assembling the delicious meals for the meeting. The menu included a limu toast pupu, Laotion fried chicken, chicken pho, and beef brisket banh mi, as well as iced coffee and other beverages.
One of the tasty dishes served up by Chef Alex and his team at Piggy Smalls.
University of Hawaii volleyball player James Anastassiades (center) makes a surprise visit at the end of the meeting.
2019 RPJ Chapter President Kevan Mau goes over the agenda and a brief walk-through prior to the start of the meeting.