Da’ Hawai’i Seniors Club (DHSC) of Cerritos had approximately 160 members in 2020 and continues to maintain its membership numbers. However, when a club is so large, it is difficult to get to know everyone or be able to meet people in person. This is an opportunity to get to know two people on the Da’ Hawaii Seniors Club Board who have been serving the club ever since they joined as new members, Amy Tong and Richard Chu. Here is what Amy and Richard would like people to know about themselves.
Amy Tong joined Da’ Hawai’i Seniors Club in 2018 as a member and Recording Secretary. Amy’s parents, Steve and Violet Arakawa, were Charter Members of the club. Amy said that she enjoyed all the club’s talented entertainment with her parents. She said that her mom loved this club, so she feels close to her mom by being able to be part of this club. Her mom passed away in 2012.
Amy is employed by United HealthCare as the West Region Underwriting Supervisor and manages the Nationwide Renewal Process for Employer Groups currently enrolled with United Healthcare. Because of the pandemic, she has been working from home since March of 2020. She started gardening as a way to take a stretching break from her work. Amy shared many stories about her fabulous gardening success through Facebook on the Cerritos Planting Group page, where she exchanges ideas, advice, and plants! She also shares stories about cooking weekly dinners with her Pressure Cooker for her family. Her family includes her husband Greg, son Bryan, daughter Alani, and 94-year-old father, Steve. Bryan works for Northrup Grumman and Alana is a student at UCSB. When Amy has some time, she participates in the Cerritos Library Arts and Crafts and enjoys going to concerts and taking trips to Las Vegas.
With all Amy’s work responsibilities and hobbies and other interests, she takes the time to fulfill her duties as secretary of the club of keeping the club’s minutes of board and general meetings when in-person meetings are allowed. She also informs members of important information and events by e-mail.
Richard “Dick” Chu and his wife Lydia joined Da’ Hawai’i Seniors Club in 2018 when a friend invited them to join. Since he has been his church’s finance officer for 15 years, and, since he retired from full-time employment in 1989, he was ready to become the club’ treasurer after he joined the club. For those who are interested in his Hawaii roots, Dick was born on Kauai, graduated from Kapaa High School in 1954. He served in the U.S. Army as a Radar repairman for three years, graduated from Fullerton College, and worked at Hughes Aircraft Company for 30 years.
Dick has had different business experiences. He owned and operated a restaurant that served Donut and Mexican Food 20 years ago. He also worked as a Roofing Estimator, Realtor, Travel Agent, and Handyman for friends and his church. His business experience was a definite asset to his office as Treasurer. He uses his past experiences as he prepares monthly and annual Treasurer’s Reports.
Dick is proud of his two sons, Randall and Court, who work for the Entertainment Industry. Randall is an Editor and Court is an Artist. Both sons live in Sherman Oaks. Since Dick is retired now, he enjoys going golfing with his wife and friends twice a week and going on golfing vacations.
Joining Da’ Hawai’i Seniors Club
Da’ Hawai’i Seniors Club is fortunate to have both Amy Tong and Richard Chu who joined the club and volunteered to serve as the club’s Secretary and Treasurer. They are both quietly working to keep the club’s records and finances safe and are looking forward to the future when they can meet members in person. Cerritos residents interested in joining Da’ Hawaii Seniors Club can contact Co-Membership VP Myrna Matsuno at 310-538-2148. Residents of other cities can put their names on a waiting list.