Renew your membership for 2015!!!

WELCOME MESSAGE FROM

FAAWIS PRESIDENT TOM HEY

President Tom Hey and Family
Louis A. Crisostomo, Christine Crisostomo-Hey, Tracey, Michael and Tom Hey

It’s a pleasure to be a part of this great community and to serve as president of the Filipino American Association of Wisconsin for 2015. I was fortunate to fall into the Filipino-American community when I met my wife Christine Crisostomo-Hey at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. After receiving my BS –Psychology, twenty-five years ago we had the good fortune to create our home in Waukesha and raise our three kids, Louis (Alby), Michael and Tracey. I now spend my time between my family, FAAWIS, and my practice as a financial advisor.

     Considering how long we’ve been rooted in Waukesha, what strikes me today is how nomadic at times my life was before I met Christine and the FAAWIS community. Although always a Midwesterner, before my 23rd birthday I had lived in eight different cities and moved more than a dozen times! I speak from the bottom of my heart when I say I am so happy and thankful for the deep roots of family and our Filipino-American community.

     2015 promises to be an exceptional year for FAAWIS. Building on the successes of our predecessors our dedicated FAAWIS Board, Officers, Committees and members will  work (and play) tirelessly to make our events and activities  amazing. Many thanks to all our hardworking people, and a special congratulations and welcome to our new associates and our 2015-2016 Board Members; Marilyn Mallari, Dr. Nela Mendoza-Lemes, Cream Pepito, Isabel Maria Piana and Maria Yumang!

     Our FAAWIS Fun Family Bowling Fundraiser on March 28th is a great opportunity for families and friends to connect, knock down some pins, scarf down some pizza, and maybe win a raffle or collect a few trophies. All proceeds go to the Free Medical Clinic. Build a team and join the fun!

     June 13th at Wirth Park is our annual FAAWIS picnic. Every year we gather to celebrate with traditional Filipino food, games and music, and cultural and heritage activities; this year it’ll be all wrapped up in a spectacular Mardi Gras theme. It’s going to be exciting.

     August 1st is our first Summer Homecoming Dinner Dance. To be held at the beautiful Country Springs Hotel Grand Ballroom, it’s an opportunity to invite people back to reconnect with our FAAWIS community.  Our fast-paced evening will be packed with great food and plenty of dancing. Our exciting Silent Auction will be back! And we have other surprises including discounted room packages with The Springs Water Park passes included if you’d like to turn it into a weekend reunion. Join us for the fun, and support all of our FAAWIS activities and community outreach programs for the year!

     Each year more FAAWIS members participate in the events, activities and community outreach programs that make a difference within our local community. We’ve been working closer with our own Filipino organizations, and we’re committed to building strong relationships in our larger world that lift people up and shine a positive light on the Filipino-American community.

     I’m looking forward to a busy and exciting 2015. To all of our fun loving and energetic members of FAAWIS, thank you. If you are new to our community, welcome!

Maraming Salamat Po!

Tom Hey


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