EJ_Profile_48 editedPresident’s Message

After a fantastic 2016 summer hosting the NYC boat cruise, Clovis Point Winery Trip, and kicking off our first voter registration drive, we have had an exciting year so far.

In September, we led a CLE program entitled “Representing Unaccompanied Minors: Special Immigrant Juvenile Status”, and our Queens chapter was well-represented at the WBASNY board meeting in NYC, which included presentations by Queens’ Fay Parris and Lourdes Ventura, our immediate past president and WBASNY Treasurer.

In October, we held our New Member Reception and Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration at the Bourbon Street rooftop lounge in Bayside, where we enjoyed a beautiful fall night with old and new friends and heard first-hand from our Cuba Committee about their historic trip to Cuba this past May.  On October 16, Team QCWBA was proud to walk at the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk at Flushing Meadows and continue our support for this cause. Thereafter, in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness month, we co-hosted the One Love Escalation workshop at the Queens Criminal Court, raising awareness and providing critical information about relationship abuse.

Our voter registration drive initiative pressed on into the fall season, as we co-hosted a drive with KACE (Korean American Civic Empowerment) at the NYC Korean Day Parade and we held our final voter registration in Jamaica, Queens.  Our voter registration drive committee is so proud that our Queens chapter registered 200 voters as a result of their tremendous efforts.

On Wednesday, November 30 at the Queens Theatre, we had the utmost privilege of honoring Chief Judge Janet DiFiore as our keynote honoree, celebrating the members of our Judiciary, and presenting the Faith O’Neal Scholarship winners before kicking into the holiday season with our Queens Bar Holiday Party in December.

After the new year, in January, we hosted our 2017 Kickoff Reception at Fiamma 41 in Bayside, Queens to share our 2017 upcoming events.  Please check our calendar and join us for our exciting programs such as, a private movie screening of the powerful film Hidden Figures in honor of Black History Month, Korean BBQ dinner in celebration of Lunar New Year, and participation in Dr. Seuss’ Read Across America.

If you have not already, we invite you to join us or renew your membership today and join us at our events in 2017.

Please like and follow us at www.facebook.com/QCWBA and on Twitter @QueensWomensBar, and browse our website for more details, flyers and information about our upcoming events, and feel free to e-mail me at info@qcwba.org with your thoughts, ideas and suggestions.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

-EUN CHONG (EJ) THORSEN