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AAFF

The Asian American Federation of Florida (AAFF) is a 501(c)(3) coalition that aims to unity and collaboration among the various Asian Pacific American organizations and to improve the relationship of a culturally diverse Asian Pacific American community in Florida. The AAFF is a statewide organization made up of more than 70 Bangladesh, Burmese, Cambodian, Chinese, Filipino, Indian, Iranian, Korean, Laotian, Taiwanese, Thai, Turkish and Vietnamese community-based organizations, businesses and media.

               

 AAFF Elects New Officers 

Clearwater Beach, Florida - June 2, 2012



The Asian American Federation of Florida (AAFF) elected its new officers on June 2, 2012, in conjunction with  its Annual AAFF-FMCRC (Florida Minority Community Reinvestment Coalition) and Let's Do Business Florida Summit that was held at Sheraton Sand Key Resort in Clearwater Beach, Florida.

The following individuals were elected into office:
    Winnie Tang (South Florida) - President
    Evelyn H Bruce (South Florida) - Vice-President
    Lita Martija (Central Florida) - Corporate Secretary
    Mario Ordona (Central Florida) - Corporate Treasurer
    Jay Gogalija was appointed Auditor

Regional Officers and Board Members:
    Southern Region - Winnie Tang , Coordinator
                               Joy Bruce, Deputy Coordinator
                                Victor Swaroop - Secretary
    Central East Region - Leilani Fontanilla, Coordinator
                                    Agnes Chau, Deputy Coordinator
                                    Shally Wong, Secretary
    Central West Region - Diane Roselli, Coordinator
                                     Mark Roselli, Deputy Coordinator
    NorthEast Region - Jay Gogalija, Coordinator
                                Ed Callao, Deputy Coordinator

The general membership meeting included reports from various regions, followed by a panel discussion on Voter Registration and Outreach Update, given by Jeanette Lee and Terry Ao Minnis from Asian American Justice Center, and Chi-Ser Tran from Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund. This was followed by a discussion of Affordable Care Act: What Asians need to know about health care by Natalie Cales, Regional Outreach Specialist, US Department of Health and Human Services, and an update on various Federal Contract Compliance Programs by Jacqueline Ortiz-Baerga from the US Department of Labor.

The meeting ended with a lunch workshop on Hepatitis B and how it impacts Asian Americans, given by Chester Grabowski, ARNP and sponsored by Gilead Science, Inc.
                                   
"The Summit was very educational and the topics were helpful and relevant to  Asian Americans in Florida," says AAFF Central East Region Coordinator Leilani Fontanilla who thanked the organizers for their efforts.

Agnes Chau, AAFF immediate past President, was honored and received the Asian Builder of Community and Country Award from the Florida Minority Community Reinvestment Coalition. Past President Joy Bruce received the Asian American Federation Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award, the President's Volunteer Service Award from the Corporation for National and Community Service, a "Call to Service" Award pin and a congratulatory letter from U.S. President Barack Obama.   

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