‘Celebrating Voices of Women’ theme of YWCA annual meeting

Jeanette Otsuka Chang, winner of the U.S. Small Business Association’s Small Business Person of the Year award for all of Hawai‘i, is guest speaker at the YWCA of Kaua‘i’s annual meeting.

Chang, who served as vice president of the YWCA while attending the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa attaining her master’s degree in education, will speak on the meeting theme, “Celebrating Voices of Women.”

The event is set for Wednesday, Sept. 24, at 5 p.m. in the Ali‘i Room of the Aloha Beach Resort in Wailua.

Chang took over management of Otsuka’s Furniture & Appliances nearly four years ago, when it was in a state of disarray following a series of tragedies including family deaths, fires, and hurricanes.

She turned her talents toward a total redesign and re-merchandising of the Kuhio Highway store in Kapa‘a, a move that proved successful to the company’s bottom line and led also to greater community patronage of the local retailer.

Chang attributes her winning the SBA award to her management staff and employees.

The YWCA annual meeting is designed to review the past year and thank the community for support of the many programs the YWCA provides to the women, children and families of Kaua‘i, a YWCA spokesperson said.

The public is invited to attend. Please call Julia Adolfo, 245-5959, for reservations and more information.

The YWCA is a member of the Kaua‘i United Way, and provides programs and services aimed to protect families and empower women and children.

The Kaua‘i YWCA staff and volunteers have served the needs of Kauaians for 82 years, providing critical crisis services for women and their families with programs such as the Sexual Assault Treatment Services, Alternatives to Violence, and Sex Abuse Treatment Services.

The Kaua‘i YWCA also operates Camp Sloggett in Koke‘e State Park, and the Shelter for Victims of Family Violence.

The YWCA offices are at 3094 ‘Elua St., Lihu‘e.

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