KAAM – Happy New Year 2019
Respected members of the Korean American Association of Minnesota,
2019 is the year of the Golden Pig, which comes once every 60 years. As this is a special year, I would like to send the warmest greetings to you and your family and wish the very best for all you do and also that your days are filled with love, laughter, and happiness.
My name is Mehee Choi (Mehee Coolidge). As of January 2019, I have accepted the position as the Interim President of Korean American Association of Minnesota (KAAM), as President Hyun Sook Han retired from the position as of December 2018. I want to thank and express my deepest gratitude to Mrs. Han for her service to the organization for the past seven years. I believe that Mrs. Han’s love for our home country and the Korean community, and her dedication to service for the KAAM will not be forgotten for a long time within the Korean communities in Minnesota.
As you may have heard, the search committee and Mrs. Han herself spent many hours and put in great efforts to find a new president for KAAM. However, a candidate was not found as of the end of last year. The board members have thus appointed me to serve in the position since I have already held a position as vice president and have been a board member for the past three years. I have agreed to fill the interim position, and the vote was passed at the KAAM Annual Meeting and Dinner on December 1st, 2018. Until the permanent position is filled, I promise to serve the KAAM with my full potential. However, this position requires skills I do not have extensive experience with, and I hope and pray that I can rely on your support and encouragement during this period.
I will post a short introduction in case some of you would like to know a little more about myself. I have been working as a nurse at Health Partners/Park Nicollet Clinic for almost 11 years. As many people do, I arrived in the U.S. in 1982 to chase big dreams. After getting my American citizenship in 1985, I pursued a nursing education while working towards the nursing profession that I learned in my country. Since then I earned my license as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) and attained a license as a Registered Nurse (RN) in 1997. I spent 11 years at the Fairview Southdale Hospital as a Surgical/Stepdown ICU nurse. I also spent some time helping my younger brother whose dream was to own a business in the U.S. He started up and managed a business for three years; following this, I was able to continue my nursing career full time. I think the adjustment and learning experiences that I have endured in a foreign country have been challenging, but they have also been necessary process that we all must endure and push through. My husband, David, and I have a 22 years old daughter, Sarah. She graduated from Emory University in December of 2018 and is preparing to go to both graduate school and medical school. I am delight and happy because my daughter is pursuing my dream and love of continuing education.
The KAAM has been operating and serving Korean communities for 50 long years. This is possible because of the sacrifices and service of many members who love the Korean American Association and the Korean people. Thank you again. I also would like to thank the Board of Chair Hwang Hyo-sook, Vice Presidents, Board members, Executive Director, and the members for their support. I sincerely hope and pray that we can continue the good work for the development of Korean American Association and be able to provide benefits to our members. I also hope that our members will feel proud to be part of KAAM, the organization which is respected by various communities.
Finally, we can never know how harsh the winter weather can be in Minnesota. Please take good care of your health and please remember the Korean Association and keep us in prayers!
January 25th, 2019
Mehee Coolidge, President of Korean American Association of Minnesota
*** Please note the changes in 2019.
◈ KAAM Office Hour : Office hours will be variable. Please contact us by email or phone message. We will answer you within a short time. (Email: contact @ mnkorea.org / Tel:651-440-9192)
◈ Newsletter : KAAM Newsletter will be published 2 times a year (April & October). We also plan to send the newsletters by e-mail to reduce mailing and printing costs. Please fill in your e-mail address when sending your donations.
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Thanks for supporting me for the past seven years – President Hyun Sook Han (2012-2018)
First of all, I would like to congratulate and pay my gratitude to our new president, Mrs. MeHee Choi (Mehee Coolidge), for accepting the position.
It would have been impossible for me to run Korean American Association of Minnesota for the past seven years without all of your help and supports. During the past seven years I tirelessly worked for many different projects including but not limiting to opening Korean language school in 2014, organizing Building Committee and purchasing current KAAM center in 2016. In addition, we have resolved all of the outstanding legal matters associated with the Korean American Association of Minnesota.
I would like to express my gratitude to all of the past and current Board members, Executive directors, Pastors of various churches, the owners of Dong-Yang, Seoul, Hana, Kim’s grocery stores and DongHae and Hoban restaurants. I especially would like to thank to those who greatly helped in purchasing KAAM center; Shin HakChul(former 3M vice chair & executive vice president), Dr. Nam SeHyun, President Ann DaeSik, and all of you who diligently paid annual membership dues, in the amount of $30.00, without forgetting your responsibility as KAAM members.
I deeply wish my love, prayers, and sacrifices for the past seven years helped stabilizing KAAM as an organization. Although I am stepping down now from the President of the Korean American Association of Minnesota, I will continue my support to the organization as a member and I invite all of you to join me continuing your supports and prayers for the Association.
Thank you very much.