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Meeting Minutes of
The Board Meeting
Conference Call September 15, 2011

A conference call of the Board members of 80-20 Initiative was held on September 15, 2011 at 9:15PM EST. The following (9) Board members (out of 17) joined the conference call: Ved Chaudhary, Edward Lin, Munsup Seoh, Ann Shum, Kathleen To, S.B. Woo, Robert Wu, David Yang and Jing-Li Yu. Diana Ting (Assistant to President) was also present on the call.

Excused Absences: Quan Cao, Clyde Diao, Chenming Hu, Y-T Lee, Linden Nishinaga. Alice Huang was traveling; still tried to call but connection was bad, so dropped off.

Unexcused Absences: Fel Amistad, William Uy.

The agenda of the meeting included two items as follows:

1. Contents (not the exact wording) of 80-20's questionnaire to presidential candidates of 2012

2. A brief experiment on Collective leadership between October 5 and October 23, a period of 18 days, when Dr. S.B. Woo would be traveling in China.

It was explained by Dr Woo that these agenda topics had been discussed within the Executive Committee on August 27, 2011 and unanimously approved by the EC. Meeting minutes of the EC meeting were emailed to the Board members via email.

The discussion on the first agenda item was as follows: We shall send (roughly) the same old questionnaire that we sent 4 years ago to all presidential candidates and ask each of them to indicate whether he/she shall, if elected, agree to:

1) give top priority to appointing Asian Americans to life-tenured federal District and circuit courts; and

2) enforce Executive Order 11246 for all Americans including Asian Americans and demonstrate result based evidence of enforcement.

3) meet with Asian American leaders at the White House in late 2015 or early 2016 to examine the degree & rate of progress toward equal opportunity for Asian Americans to rise to higher administrative ranks in private industries and universities. The list of the Asian American leaders will be jointly decided by the Labor Department and the 80-20 Initiative.

Edward Lin offered the motion to close the debate. Jin-Li Yu seconded the motion. ALL voted YES. No Nays. No Abstains.

Following this vote, Dr Woo asked for a vote for the questionnaire as he had presented. ALL voted yes. No nays. No abstains.

The second agenda item was discussed. Dr Woo informed the Board that two main activities for the Collective Leadership to assume during his absence in October are as follows:

1. Sending 2 Mass Emails: The size of membership depends primarily on the effectiveness of our mass email. There is a lot of technology involved. Some members of the collective leadership must learn how to do the basic steps and send out TWO mass emails per week during this period. The entire leadership will need to receive feedbacks from those mass emails, and individuals assigned to reply to these incoming emails. Executive committee had agreed that Ved Chaudhary will serve as the Coordinator to send out two mass emails per week.

2. Understanding 80-20’s Communication System: The key to understanding our communication system is knowing how a versatile administrative page (called the pink page) functions. Both Diana and SB know how to use it. No computer of other technical background is required. Only some reading of the operating manual, memorization and dedication is required to learn how to use it. There are tens of windows and buttons to click and try out in order to acquire a users' knowledge of the pink page.

During the EC meeting, Kathleen To had agreed to take on this responsibility.

Dr Woo asked if there was any objections to the Collective Leadership proposal. There was no objection from any Board member.

Dr Woo and Kathleen To also encouraged Board members to volunteer to join the Collective Leadership and take responsibility for specific tasks. In response to their appeal, Ann Shum, David Young, and Bob Wu volunteered and expressed an interest to serve.

Towards the end of the meeting, Dr. SB Woo expressed the desire that, starting in 2012, he will not continue as the “Acting President” but become the “Past President”. He will not continue to do administrative functions for 80-20 that he has been doing for many years as the president. But he would continue to work for 80-20 to (1) answer questions if and when asked (2) travel the nation to find qualified candidates to run for the 80-20 PAC president position, if authorized by the Board, (3) maintain political contacts, including meetings with presidential candidates and (4) he will try to raise $1 million for the 80-20 Educational Foundation.

Meeting adjourned at 10:00pm

Notes taken by:
Ved Chaudhary
Secretary, 80-20 Initiative