National Conference - October 12, 2013

September 13, 2013

Dear members of the Hmong-American Community:

On behalf of the Hmong Nationalities Organization (HNO), as the chair, I am pleased to send you this invitation and notice of a conference which will be held on October 12rd, 2013, at 2900Centre Point Drive, Roseville, Minnesota 55113. The conference will start at 8:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Lunch will be provided by conference participants, who are asked to bring food, fruits, and drinks to share with others. Below is the tentative Agenda of the conference. The final version of it will be provided to you at the conference when you check-in.

You can pre-register for the conference by calling T. C. Yang, a member, at (651) 302-0563; Pao Vang, Chair of HNO Membership Committee, at 651-245-2639; or Chayia Lee, Region 5 Chair, at 651-592-0384. You can also pre-register via e-mail to Pao Vang at or to Chayia Lee at There are no costs associated with the registration or attendance of this conference.

Over the past year, HNO has accomplished many things for the organization. From Regional activities to Standing Committees deliberations, HNO has increased our membership, continued to improve our organizational structure and governance, engaged in numerous leadership education and training workshops, and strengthened our growing financial position. Together, all of us have come a long way from 2010. The success was made possible with the contributions of talent, money, time, expertise, and commitment from each and every member of the organization, community sponsors, volunteers, and especially those in HNO leadership positions. I am grateful to every member and stakeholder and would like to thank all from the bottom of my heart.

As we look ahead to 2013 and beyond, I am even more optimistic of the strategic direction we are moving HNO forward. We are building a world-class organization to meet the need and challenges facing our community today and tomorrow. We are bringing people into the membership from all walks of life whose diversity and resourcefulness are truly remarkable. And we continue to strengthen an effective community-supported organizational infrastructure that will allow our members and the Hmong people to improve our lives and socio-economic condition wherever we live. HNO is also finalizing details to create an endowment and commence various fundraising efforts to support the work of the organization in the coming months. Together, we can and will continue to build HNO and advance its work for our collective best interests.

More specific details will be shared with all of you at the conference. I hope that you will make the time to attend the meeting to hear all these great news and to share in the joy of HNO’s aspiration and success. Thank you very much, and I look forward to seeing each and every one.


Xoua Thao, MD, JD, MPH

HNO Executive Council Chair