WAIPOULI — The highly anticipated Terno Ball started at the Elsie Wilcox Elementary School cafeteria 50 years ago, said Barbara Green, installed Sunday as the president of the Kauai Filipino Women’s Club.
The Terno Ball is one of the signature events of the KFWC. Its successful 50th anniversary in 2014 was celebrated under the leadership and guidance of KFWC President Hanna Timbol.
“One of my goals when installed as president was to improve the signature event,” Timbol said. “Since then, not only did we raise the status of the Terno Ball to a highly anticipated event, we added another event, the Women in Red luncheon, which serves as a membership drive for the KFWC.”
Barbara Green, the incoming president of the KFWC, said the scholarship funds, which are generated from events like the Terno Ball and other activities, have helped a lot of people.
“They have gone on to become doctors, professionals in the medical field, instructors, and successfully supporting families,” Green said. “We have raised the Terno Ball from its humble beginnings at the Wilcox School cafeteria to where hundreds of people come to venues like the Kauai Marriott Resort and Beach Club.”
Green said she is inspired by how many groups come together to make things happen.
A prime example was the contribution of $2,000 from the KFWC to Dr. Arnulfo Diaz, the day’s emcee and vice chair of the Kauai Philippine Cultural Center — A Place for All.
As the KFWC enters its seventh decade of existence, Green said she will focus on the core values of the organization, which is to promote and foster the Filipino culture and values.