Welcome Message by Leonard Kim, President of KASF-ERC
First of all, I would like to thank all of you for the support you have given me.
To see a record number of representatives from the Board of Directors (BoDs) and
many guests attending our first board meeting was a very reassuring endorsement of
your support. It was heartwarming to see our members, regardless of their age and
tenure with KASF, interact so well with each other - and most importantly, having
fun. With your support and the incredible dedication of our officers, I have no
doubt this will be another banner year for KASF. In my short tenure as the President
of KASF-ERC, it did not take long for me to realize what personal sacrifices our
past Presidents, officers and their spouses have made to create the organization
that we have today. I am truly grateful, as I am sure you all are, for their services
and the sacrifices they have made.
While I must confess the tremendous burden that I feel to carry on the work of this
great organization, I am also excited about the opportunities we have to make it even
better. I have specific goals for KASF, and I will give my all to reach those goals.
My first goal is to position KASF to leverage the vast amount of technologies available
to enable our organization to operate at the highest level possible. This will not only
make us more efficient and effective, but it will prevent us from becoming irrelevant
over the long term - a risk that we cannot afford to take.
My second goal is to increase our membership - not only by recruiting more members but
also to by retaining some of our most dedicated, long-standing members. Although we
have introduced many new young professionals to the group as potential BoDs, we have
many more highly qualified candidates to introduce to you at our next meeting. In
terms of retaining our more experienced members, we have a plan to engage many of
our past Presidents in various active roles in the coming months. One such plan is
to create a permanent position, Chairman of the board (for KASF-ERC), and I am
recommending Dr. Yoonsoo Park for this position. This is intended to leverage not
only his vast amount of experience and passion for KASF, but also to maintain the
continuity of our organization as we pass the presidency of KASF every two years.
His health willing, I am hoping that Dr. Park and other past Presidents will continue
to fulfill this role in the future. I will be sending out a separate message about
this for your approval.
My remaining goal is to strengthen interactions with our board members, donors and
recipients. This e-newsletter is one of the ways that we can help improve our
communications and reach out to those who could not attend our meeting. Just
remember that it takes two way conversations to make communications work, so
please provide us with your feedback. In addition to these goals, there are many
more goals that we have set forth this year, and in future meetings, you will be
hearing much more about the activities we are planning. We anticipate many challenges
in the future as we experiment with new initiatives, and I look forward to your active
involvement and continued support.