Preliminary Organizational meeting for the "Korean-American League"
From: Moon J. Pak, M.D.
Date: November 29, 1998
Please accept this as a formal letter of invitation to participate in a meeting to discuss informally the basic concept of organizing a political action committee that may be called the "Korean-American League" for the interest of various issues pertaining to the Korean-Americans in this country in general and more specifically for the national and international matters that impinge upon such crucial issues as the maintenance of peace, development of reconciliation and eventual attainment of the national unification in the Korean peninsula.
As you may be aware, the initial impetus for this meeting came from Rev. Kil Sang Yoon of Tennessee, who responded to the call for such an organization as delineated in an article I wrote appearing in the Joong Ang Ilbo, July 1, 1998. The essay is entitled "Review of the Food-Aid Project for the North Korea" and I have written it from the perspective of a former president of an organization called Christian Association for Medical Mission, headquartered in Michigan, which in the past eight years had been involved in the food and medical aid to North Korea from purely Christian and humanitarian stand- points.
For the purpose of a review and also to provide as complete a background information as possible, I am enclosing a set of communications I had with Rev. Yoon in the past several months. Please pay special attention to my letter to the Reverend dated August 31, 1998, in which I attempted to rough-out my ideas of the organization in 5(five) discrete, key areas.
In addition, I am in the process of preparing an agenda for the meeting, a preliminary but a detailed organizational plan for the League as well as a conceptual frame-work of the long term objectives of the organization, for the purpose of, if anything, getting the discussion started in a focused way. These will be made available to you as soon as possible, at least before the afternoon of the December 18, 1998, when we begin our first session. I am also aware that at least some of you may not be able to attend the second day of the meeting ie. Saturday, December 19, 1998, eg. Prof. Yong Soon Min, thus I am planning to structure the agenda in such a way that the Friday afternoon and evening sessions will cover pretty much the whole gamut of the key issues pertaining to the character of the League, which I think you will find it very much at variance with many existing Korean-American organizations in this country, as well as covering the objectives of the League, so that the key decision of whether we should go ahead with the idea can be made by the end of the first day. In this way, we can devote much of the second day to the development of the details of the implementation plan and its step-by-step time table, which I am sure, will be a bit more mundane work.
Now the specifics:
1. The Meeting Title: "Preliminary Organizational Meeting for The Korean-American League"
2. Date: Friday, December 18, 1998, the first session starts at 4:00 PM, followed by a second one
after the dinner at the Inn. Saturday, December 19, 1998, the third session after the breakfast
at the Inn and the last session after the lunch at the Inn. The adjournment time is being
speculated to be at or around 5:00 PM.
3. Place: Claremont Inn
555 West Foothill Blvd.
Claremont, CA 91711
(909) 626-2411 (Tel)
4. Airport: Ontario Airport or LA Int. Airport(Claremont will be about 40 miles east on I-10). If
you plan to use The Ontario Airport be sure to let the people at the Inn know so that you
can be picked up by the Hotel shuttle service.
Things you should do as soon as possible:
1. Make travel plan(s).
2. Call the Hotel and make reservation. Tell the reservation clerk that you are entitled to a
special meeting rate arranged by Dr.Chang-Hie Kim.
3. Tell your friends about the meeting and if you feel that we may benefit from his or her expertise
or interest, bring your friend(s) with you to the meeting, but be sure to let me know.
4. You are welcome to bring your spouse and his or her attendance at the meeting will be very
appreciated(If you are going to make some commitments, like getting involved in the League
business, which I hope you all will do, it is better to get your spouse know what's all about!).
5. Very Important! contact me as soon as possible by utilizing any of the following means to let me
know if you are coming or not and also the numbers in the party if you are coming(see 3. & 4.).
Moon J. Pak, M.D.
811 Oakwood Drive, Suite # 201
Rochester, MI 48307
(248)-656-0177 (TEL), (248)-656-0249 (FAX), (248)-400-1611 (Beeper with voice mail)
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org (105317.1626)
6. Send me, again using one of the above means, your full name with title, address,
phone numbers, fax numbers, and e-mail address.
Enclosures;1. a copy of the Joong Ang Ilbo article
2. a set of copy of communications with Rev. Yoon
P.S. I am handling this communication in lieu of Rev. Yoon, who is presently out of country.
See you at the Claremont!!