Members of the Idaho Taiwan Emergency Aid Association joined a fun team meeting to share their thoughts after participating in the online training session on emergency aid work that was organized by OCAC for the Pacific Northwest on September 10, 2022.
The team meeting was held at President Doris Tseng's Boise, ID residence on the same day of the online training. She invited members and their families, along with a few prospective members, to enjoy a feast she had meticulously planned, which included sushi, pizza, Korean fried chicken, and pineapple cakes. While devouring all the gourmet food, the members discussed their biggest takeaways from the training and specific actions they could take for different situations that require emergency aid.
President Tseng said that she is pleased to learn about the many wonderful services provided by the Tzu Chi Foundation, and has established contact with CHARNG Hong-wen, the responsible person of Tzu Chi’s Seattle Branch. Even though Tzu Chi has great experiences and resources, its manpower is limited, however. “It is therefore essential for those of us in Idaho to provide first-hand and timely response,” said President Tseng, “which means developing capabilities locally to act swiftly and effectively is our ultimate goal.”
In addition to emergency response, some members also raised the importance of providing general moral support to distressed individuals who may be going through a bitter divorce; facing physical or mental health issues; or simply feeling lonely. Sometimes a phone call or a home visit may be enough to provide needed moral support, thereby enhancing the individual’s wellbeing or even saving a life.
President Tseng also thanked the husbands who came to the meeting with their wives. “Now you know your spouse is busy with a very meaningful cause!”