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風采電子季刊

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              of Autumn
Issue 8 www.yeefungtoy.org/newsletter 2006/11/12

目錄

編者話

余氏懇親大會報導

媒介報告懇親大會

風采分堂報導

下期預告


編者話

各位讀者,大家好!歡迎來到第八期的「風采電子季刊」,這是世界余氏宗親團体的電子訊報。這期季刊以「第三屆世界余氏懇親大會」、 「全美余風采堂第廿二屆懇親大會」以及「夏季郊遊活動」為主題。 各分堂之夏日消息由各余氏宗親會報導和供應,給大家分享。

三年一度的世界余氏宗親總會懇親大會於二零零六年八月十二日,在美國南加省洛杉磯市(羅省)盛大開幕。 來自五洲四海共四百餘名代表和眷屬,嘉賓齊聚蒙特利公園市林肯大酒店,一起踏上為期三天的余氏懇親聯誼之旅。

世界余氏宗親總會余習文主席宣佈大會開幕及致歡迎詞。他衷心祝願大會順利,在共聚族誼之餘,互相團結,為余氏的興旺及發展努力。

懇親大會於八月十四日下午圓滿閉幕,選出余瑞民(馬來西亞)為新任世界余氏宗親會第四屆主席,余健倫(香港)、余杰民(美 國)、余根洙(加拿大)、余振榮 (菲律賓) 、余聲清(泰國)為副主席。

在「全美余風采堂第二十二屆余氏懇親大會」期間,選舉了美西區,美東區的正、副總長,由余臻發當選美西區總長,余以信為副總長﹔ 余樹燦當選美東區總長,余顯良為副總長。 選舉完畢後隨即舉行新、舊任總長交接典禮。

本人很高興能繼續擔任「風采電子季刊」的責任編輯,而「風采電子季刊」第八期亦比預期中是遲了一些完成。 原本預料第八期在「懇親大會」後就出版,但是要遲了兩個月後才完成,主要原因是要給各余氏宗親會些少時間, 投稿及報導懇親大會文章、以及與「世余網站委員會」會議先,討論二零零六年至二零零九年的計劃、選出「網站委員會委員」 和委員職務責、 討論「風采電子季刊」的「出版指南」以及如何鼓勵各個余氏宗親網友的湧躍投稿等等。

事實證明,「風采電子季刊」仍是一股有生力量,儘管現在「風采電子季刊」仍得到各余氏宗親們喜愛和接受。 只要我們不怕艱苦、繼續努力,相信日後「風采電子季刊」定必為余氏宗親們的通訊中心系統。 為此目標,「風采電子季刊」將會繼續發展,因我們目前「世余網站委員會」的內部確實有了不少國際性和豐富經驗的人才, 人才是我們最寶貴的資源。

歡迎宗親們投稿及發表文章,請各位宗親們繼續支持,謝謝。

為本刊之問世,我很感謝各工作人的努力和支持貢獻的文章、相片、 和社論協助。 特別是以下人士的貢獻:

  • 加拿大温哥華余風采堂的余柏寧先生、余榮燊先生。
  • 美國斐匿余風采堂的余文勁先生、余長全先生、余民立先生。
  • 美國舍路余風采堂的余海量先生、余國強先生、余希勤先生。
  • 美國紐英崙余風采堂的余仕昂先生。
  • 南加州的余利達醫生。
  • 美國三藩市余風采總堂的余健全先生。
  • 美國紐約余風采堂的余宏基先生。
  • 美國二埠余風采堂的余庭穩先生。
  • 香港余氏宗親會的余華軸先生。
  • 安省余風采堂的余緣治女士。
  • 菲律濱余風采堂的余衛強先生、余健華先生。
本季刊在這裡向他們致謝。我亦在此期望季刊欣欣向榮。

加拿大温哥華-余美湛


世界余氏懇親 美國羅省開幕

世界余氏宗親總會第三屆懇親代表大會,暨全美余風采堂第二十二屆懇親代表大會於二零零六年八月十三日在美國洛杉磯(羅省) 林肯大酒店二樓聯合舉行隆重雙慶開幕典禮。

十二日全日各地代表在林肯大酒店報到。 十三日上午九時,世余代表與美國代表聯合往南加省余風采堂《祭祖》。

十三日正午十二時,世余代表,暨美國代表假林肯大酒店二樓聯合舉行隆重雙慶《開幕典禮》﹐同日晚上六時在北海漁村大酒樓聯合 《公宴》。 來自美國、香港、加拿大、馬來西亞、菲律賓各地代表,寶眷、暨當地宗親與嘉賓,共八百人,宴開八十席, 特設三獅及歌唱娛樂助興,尤其南加省余風采堂合唱團演出獲得好評。
更榮幸得到兩岸長官蒞臨增光,場面熱鬧溫馨。 正是「兩岸長官臨盛會,統一江山快到來。」 可喜可賀﹗八月十四日上午八時,世余代表,在林肯大酒店二樓舉行《會議》,大會主席由世余當任會長美國余習文主持﹐ 秘書由美國代表余仕昂擔任。 出席代表,香港五名,美國十五名,加拿大九名,馬來西亞五名,菲律賓二名,共三十六名。

此次大會通過多項決議案:

(一) 世余正副會長,在滿任後,自動升為名譽會長。
(二) 大會通過重修余忠襄公祠。
(三) 世余網站經費由世余當任正副會長籌募。(附註﹕兩天後,在全美余風采堂第二十二屆懇親會的會議中,美國代表自動捐助世余網站經費美金四仟多元)。
(四) 世余章程,經討論修改後,獲大會通過。
(五) 大會通過世余各地區代表名額。 香港九名。 美國十五名。 加拿大十二名,馬來西亞五名,泰國九名,菲律賓四名,澳門二名。
(六) 大會選出,馬來西亞余瑞民為第四屆世余會長,副會長香港余健倫、美國余杰民、加拿大余根洙和菲律賓余振榮。
(七) 第四屆世余懇親地區在馬來西亞舉行,日期由主辦單位決定。

八月十四日下午六時,在林肯大酒店舉行世余第三屆懇親《閉幕典禮》,下屆懇親大會在馬來西亞再見。

余仕昂提供

世界余氏宗親總會 會長余習文致詞

Opening ceremony
                speech by Damon Yee



宴會司儀,各位中美長官,僑團首長,社會賢達,馬氏世表,謝氏世表,來自全美以及世界各地代表暨寶眷,各位男女宗親,各位嘉賓:

今天二零零六年,八月十三日,是世界余氏宗親總會懇親大會暨全美余風采堂第二十二屆懇親大會舉行雙慶開幕典禮的大日子, 亦是全美余風采堂成立一百二十年來首次歷史性之雙慶盛會,全體代表為緬懷祖德,慎終追遠,於今日早上八時三十分, 在林肯大酒店門前乘多輛旅遊巴士前往南加省余風采堂,敬備金豬九隻,舉行祭祖典禮,秩序良好,儀式莊嚴肅靜, 中午十二時大會假座林肯大酒店二樓豪華大禮堂隆重舉行雙慶開幕典禮, 荷蒙加州眾議院執行議長余胤良博士在公事繁忙中專程從三藩市前來主持揭幕,使開幕典禮場面增光不少。

懇親大會籌備委員會為慶祝雙慶盛會,以及答謝各界人士對本會之支持與指導,今晚假座北海漁村大酒樓,敬備薄酌,招待各位貴賓, 承蒙蒙特利公園市市長與政府官員,僑團領袖,撥冗駕臨,今晚北海漁村大酒樓,冠蓋雲集,勝友如雲,高朋滿座,筵開八十席, 宴會氣氛非常熱鬧,對於各位隆情高誼,我代表籌備委員會全體同仁向各位致衷心感謝。

世界余氏宗親總會於二零零零年成立,其宗旨是宏揚祖德,敦親睦族,加強世界各地宗親之團結和合作,增加宗親之情誼, 發揚余氏一家親的精神, 以及促進僑社安定與繁榮。本屆大會是由美國主辦,適逢全美余風采堂第廿二屆懇親大會亦定於今年在羅省舉行,機會難逢, 世余懇親大會籌備委員會決定與美國懇親大會合併同同年同月同日同時在羅省舉行雙慶大會,因為羅省乃國際著名大都會, 人傑地靈,交通發達,又是旅遊勝地,此地有世界聞名之迪斯尼樂園,荷里活影城,環球片場,以及許多旅遊景點,大會閉幕之後, 來自全美以及世界各地的代表與宗親,可以趁機會遊覽羅省各處風景,亦是參加此次大會一件快樂之事, 最後恭祝羅省僑社安定繁榮, 大會完滿成功,在座各位身心康樂,家庭幸福,事事從心所欲,謝謝。


全球余氏宗親歡聚洛城

三年一度的世界余氏宗親總會懇親大會於二零零六年八月十二日,在美國加里福尼亞州洛杉磯市(羅省)盛大開幕。 來自五洲四海共三百餘名代表和眷屬,嘉賓齊聚蒙特利公園市林肯大酒店,一起踏上為期三天的余氏懇親聯誼活動。

LAX airport




八月十二日,南加省余氏宗親會的義工人員很早就前往到機場,全日迎接從各地而來的代表至蒙市林肯酒店。 各地代表簽到後,五時在林肯酒店二樓參加洗塵晚餐。




余氏宗親來自美國、加拿大、馬來西亞、菲律賓、香港等國家和地區。世界余氏宗親懇親大會是一項國際活動; 不管是首次參加的,還是孤身一人與會的;不管是跨國聯繫宗情的,還是拜親訪友的,每一個國內外來的遊子都有一段感人的故事。 而大家都有一個心願,就是希望看見余氏家鄉的明天會更好!


翌日早上八時在林肯酒店樓下集合乘坐巴士到羅省華埠南加州余風采堂祭祖,中午十二時,懇親會的揭幕式在蒙市林肯酒店舉行, 世界余氏宗親總會余習文主席宣佈大會開幕。副主席余健倫首先向余氏宗親代表及來賓致歡迎詞,並衷心祝願大會順利, 在共聚族誼之餘,互相團結,為余氏的興旺及發展努力。 大家暢敘鄉情,聯歡午餐氣氛熱鬧。


之後,各地的宗親們就一起拍團體照留念。






晚上六時,余氏宗親轉至蒙市北海漁村舉行晚宴,共八百多人,羅省謝氏宗親會和馬氏宗親會也到場同歡。 當晚宴會司儀是余露梨女士和余國恩先生。

Banquet Emcees

懇親大會於八月十四日下午圓滿閉幕,選出余瑞民(馬來西亞)為新任世界余氏宗親會第四屆主席,余健倫(香港)、 余杰民(美國)、余根洙(加拿大)、余振榮 (菲律賓)、余聲清(泰國)為副主席。

World Yee Board

下一屆世界余氏宗親會懇親大會將於二零零九年在馬來西亞舉行。

余柏寧報告

八百人歡聚 親熱滿蒙城 - 世界、美國余氏懇親雙慶圓滿成功

世界余氏宗親總會第三屆懇親大會暨全美余風采堂第二十二屆懇親大會,於八月十三日中午在蒙市(羅省)林肯大酒店, 舉行隆重雙慶開幕典禮。 來自香港、加拿大、馬來西亞、菲律賓、新加坡和泰國及全美各地的代表偕眷屬,以及祝賀團等。 踴躍參加,高興彩烈。


晚間在蒙市北海漁村大酒家舉行公宴,參加人數達八百人,其熱烈情況,不僅係余氏百年來懇親盛況空前,而亦是羅省僑社罕見的盛會。

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                banquet

首由世余總會會長余習文致歡迎詞,相繼致賀詞者、有余國傑、余健倫、余纘強、余耿石、余邵郎等。(餘略)

嘉賓演講者、有加省眾議院執行議長余胤良、羅省市長代表、蒙特利公園市市長和市參事,以及羅省中華會館主席張自豪等。 最後由副主席余雪珠答謝。

其他節目有瑞獅表演、長官頒發賀狀、由三尺小童指揮音樂演奏、羅省分堂男女大合唱,非常精彩。

Little Maastro

世余會議,通過由美國余文勁領銜提案:世界余氏宗親總會,應發動各地余氏宗親捐款修祠案。

Ancestor Hall in
                DH

荻海忠襄公祠,被列為省級文化歷史保護建築物,全面維修,修古復古,工程浩大,議決募捐金額人民幣五百萬元。 (會場當時有人响應捐款),同時撿討應興應革事宜。美國地區曾任世余正副會長余習文和余文勁,被升任為: 世界余氏宗親總會名譽會長,以期繼續團結,共同推進會務。

世余第三屆新任正副會長選出如下:正會長: 余瑞民(馬來西亞) 、副會長: 余健倫(香港)、余杰民(美國)、余根洙(加拿大)、余振榮(菲律賓) 。

Sworn in
                Ceremony

閉幕典禮,新任正副會長舉行宣誓就職,由名譽會長余文勁監誓,在嚴肅和諧氣氛中完成。下屆懇親將在馬來西亞舉行。

這次美國懇親大會,聽取總分堂堂務報告,討論了各項提案,修訂章程,維持各分堂應享各項利益。

全美各地有十三個分堂,每年農曆新年由總堂致送賀金每分堂五百元。

另總堂每年津貼每分堂郊遊費一千五百元。為栽培子侄勤奮求學。總堂每年撥出七萬五千元派給各分堂作為獎學金,以資鼓勵。 (斐匿分堂每年獲派六七千元,除作獎學金外,餘作堂所經費)。

最後議程是選舉第二十二屆美東美西區正副總長,結果選出美西總長余臻發(大埠)、副總長余以信(羅省)、美東總長余樹燦 (紐約)、副總長余顯良(企城)。

當晚宴會中,舉行新舊總長交接儀式,由余杰民元老監交。 美國下屆懇親將在紐約舉行。 席間有卡拉 OK 唱歌助興,歌壇高手,紛紛登台,大展歌喉,歡聲滿堂,至此懇親大會閉幕圓滿成功。

註: 斐匿宗親戚友,共有廿六人參加懇親慶會,甚感高興。

斐匿分堂供稿

洛杉磯/世界余氏宗親會懇親大會 憶辛苦移民路

世界余氏宗親會第三屆懇親大會暨全美余風采堂第22屆懇親大會,8月13日中午在洛杉磯蒙特利公園市隆重開幕。 來自加拿大 、香港、印度尼西亞等世界各地余氏宗親代表及其謝氏、馬氏姑表親八百多人,齊聚一堂,共話親情,回憶余氏後裔在美國開拓的辛苦移民路。

特從香港前來參加這次大會的香港余氏宗親會副理事長余華軸介紹說,余氏最早聚居廣東台山,後來許多台山的余氏宗親來到美國謀生。 最早他們是在美國修建鐵路,當時條件艱苦,並且不允許妻兒前來團聚,許多人客死美國。

他說,現在宗親會的作用,由當年困難時期的相互扶助,轉而做一些捐助學校等方面的慈善事業。

隨時代變遷,華裔已不再是昔日“華工” 的形象,許多華裔在美十分成功。 當日的余氏宗親會就有加州參議員余胤良等人參加。 世界余氏宗親會會長、全美余風采總堂元老余習文主持了大會。

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世余網站委員會會議

在八月十三日在中午之前世余網站委員會召開了委員會議,出席者包括: 斐匿代表余自任、余民立、余文澤,香港代表余健倫、余華軸, 紐英崙代表余超群、余定邦,紐約代表余宏基,休斯敦代表余頌輝,舍路代表余樹湛、余海量,温哥華代表余漢銳、余金星、 余柏寧、余美湛、和余榮燊。 (余健倫提議讓我們的「風采電子季刊」按在中國的「風采月刊」出版社列印和分佈)。我們並且在午餐後有一個簡短的會議, 出席者包括: 加省眾議院執行議長余胤良,余健全,和一些從上午會議的出席成員。余胤良要求我們伸出溫援之手來歡迎各位余氏宗親, 不管他們是余風采堂的成員否。 我們有一個大委員會,委員會會員大家是很熱心和忠誠的,而且他們還貢獻了很多建設性的建議。

在八月十四日的世界余氏代表委員會會議,世界余氏網站委員會情況報告及要求世界余氏宗親總會持續提供資助每年二千美元。 世界余氏宗親總會第三屆懇親大會會議代表們接受了世界余氏網站委員會的報告和預算,但沒有提供一個資助的來源。

會議後,美國總堂元老余文勁在會議室開始了籌款活動,他從美國的代表們籌了五千美元。

余美湛報告

舍路余風采堂代表參加世余暨全美余氏懇親大會

自北宋名臣忠襄公開族以來,擁有一千零六年。而且閃耀光輝史跡的余族,令余氏族人感到自豪。

二零零六年八月十二日至十六日在羅省舉辦了第三屆世界余氏懇親大會暨第二十二屆全美余風采堂懇親大會。 這是余族光輝歷史的象徵。來自世界各地的余氏宗親,馬、謝氏世表及朋友們八百多人歡聚一堂,共同慶賀。

舍路風采堂美西總顧問樹湛與夫人,海量顧問與夫人,代表傑鋒,國強列席參加這次懇親大會。 大會堅持敦親睦族,團結族人,發展族務的宗旨,也洋溢歡樂、和諧、溫馨、團結、親善,互敬互愛的精神。

大會期間選出第四屆世界余氏宗親會在馬來西亞舉辦和第二十三屆全美余風采堂懇親大會在紐約舉辦。

余國強報告

加拿大余風采堂代表參加世余暨全美余氏懇親大會





世界余氏宗親總會第三屆懇親大會暨全美余風采堂第二十二屆懇親大會,於八月十三日中午在蒙特利公園市林肯大酒店, 舉行隆重雙慶開幕典禮。 來自香港、全美各地、菲律賓和馬來西亞及加拿大的代表偕眷屬,以及祝賀團等三百餘人踴躍參加。




參加世余暨全美余氏懇親大會的加拿大余風采堂代表共有十四位,分配如下:

加拿大余風采總堂代表包括主席余根洙、副主席余詠本、顧問余錫儒和書記余榮燊。

温哥華余風采分堂代表包括主席余美湛、副主席余金星、副主席余耀祥、財政主任余柏寧和青年組主任余漢銳(特別代表)。

點問頓(點城)余風采分堂代表包括副理事長余璟秋。

安省余風采分堂代表包括主席余穎俊、副主席余國銘、和理事余錦津。

滿地可余風采分堂代表包括中文書記余快。

觀禮員有十九位,合共卅三位參加。

Harvey Yee with
                Vancouver Group


這次世余暨全美余氏懇親大會雙慶從開幕典禮之日到閉幕典禮之日是非常圓滿和順利成功。

Mr. Dick Yee and
                Mrs. Georgina Yee


非常感謝南加省余氏宗親會對我們的熱情款待。讓我們留下了一個深刻的印象和一齊度過了一個非常輕鬆愉快的懇親大會。

余柏寧報告

加拿大余風采總堂慎終追遠

加拿大余風采總堂為慎終追遠於六月十一日(星期日)舉行慶祝「始祖余靖忠襄公」寶誕儀式活動, 上午十一時半左右開始在堂所禮堂虔備金豬、三牲酒醴拜祭太祖。 書記余榮燊擔任司儀,顧問余鳳和、余錫儒,主席余根洙,副主席余詠本、余美湛、余錦文領導全體在場的職員, 理事余啓康、余健民、余碧瑜、余惠芳、余耀祥、余錫强等和宗親們一齊上香獻金豬,三牲祭品,行獻禮、讀祭文、三鞠躬等程序, 氣氛莊嚴肅穆。

主席余根洙在簡短的致詞中歡迎各位余氏宗親的蒞臨。他跟著說, 今年的慶祝活動不但是為了紀念余靖一千零六週年誕辰,且具有深刻一年一度的「慎終追遠」之意義。

始祖余靖本名希古,字安道,號武溪,終謚「襄」,尊稱忠襄公,簡稱余相,故居地稱余相巷,韶州曲江縣人(今廣東韶關市)。 余靖是一位中國宋代名臣,他於宋真宗咸平三年(公元一零零零年)三月初一出生在廣東韶關市區,頗具文才武略,官拜工部尚書, 在北宋年間對國家的安定和繁榮作出了杰出貢獻,是中國歷史上正直的政治家、著名的外交家、卓越的軍事家, 也是有一定成就與影響的學者、詩人。 宋仁宗曾御筆贊語「風採第一」。 始祖余靖是在治平元年六月三十日(一零六四年)病逝,享年六十五歲。

儀式完後,全體職員與眾宗親們一道享用自助午膳。

余柏寧報告

加拿大平反人頭稅

加拿大總理斯蒂芬•哈珀於二零零六年六月廿二日(周四)在渥太華國會眾議院為超過一百二十年前向華人徵收人頭稅的做法正式道歉, 並對直接導致上世紀早期華裔移民夫妻、父子長期分離的排華法,表示「深切哀痛」。 道歉儀式以五種語言同時翻譯現場直播。他最後更以廣東話說出: 「加拿大道歉」,贏得院內如雷掌聲。他同時宣佈,會對仍在世的人頭稅苦主及遺孀進行補償。

Wing, his mom and
                wife

超過一百多名來自加拿大各地的人頭稅苦主和他們的家屬以及華人代表參加了當天的會議。 加拿大余風采總堂書記余榮燊先生與他的妻子陪同他母親, 一齊出席了加拿大政府總理及各反對黨領袖在下議院當眾向全國華人正式道歉的儀式。 余榮燊先生的一百零三歲高齡的母親雖然使用「助行架」步行,但她堅持前往参加,長途跋踄, 從溫哥華乘飛機到渥太華出席見証這個歷史的場合。 會議後他們會見總理哈珀先生和他一齊拍攝相片,留作紀念。

遲來的道歉,終於都來了 。 百年屈辱,終獲平反,當年人頭稅苦主和家屬,想起昔日的辛酸,真是感慨萬千,今天總算討回個公道。

三百多名華人在國會公眾席聆聽哈珀發言,見證歷史一刻。經過幾十年的艱辛抗爭,終於得到官方的一句「對不起」, 席上不少人都哭起來。 當哈珀正式道歉時,在坐的華人紛紛起立拍掌,場內的掌聲持續近一分鐘。

余柏寧報告

加拿大安省余風采堂頒發助學金

六月卄四日(星期六)舉行的安省余風采堂晚宴,筵開卄五桌,衣香鬢影。 参加者有中華人民共和國駐多倫多的副總領事李正明,社團副領事許華坤外,還有馬氏世表共卅六人,謝氏世表共卄人。 他們對余氏的活動,必踴躍参加,其熱心使我們感動不已。加上余氏的親朋戚友,濟濟一堂,十分熱閙。

宴會在七時多開始。有两条活躍的獅子由飯廳的後面直舞抵台上,歴時約五分鐘。同時這期間,鼓樂喧天,更燃放鞭炮助慶。

司儀綺華宣佈第卅五屆晚宴正式開始。 先由本屆余風采堂主席穎俊致詞,繼由副總領事李正明講話。他一改往年慣常作風,先用普通話演講,再以英文輔之。 這樣下一代比較容易了解云,演講內容短小精簡,多是鼓勵祝福之詞。節目繼續進行着, 酒過一半又是各理事在台上向嘉賓敬酒的時候了。

鳳儀律師頒發助學金與余姓子弟,繼有耀祺宗長將一年一度的紅包逐席分送給七十五歲或以上的堂員。 最後且有炳華宗長及澄邦宗長分別宣讀社團参加者芳名,致送的禮物,賀儀與致謝辭等。

卡拉OK 時間交由英姐主持。 身穿一身白窄上衣的司儀和身穿迷理裙的馬小姐,聞歌起舞,两人東擺西彎,舞姿美妙,嬴得與會者的熱烈鼓掌,均慶能大飽眼福。

晚會至十時左右,司儀宣佈散會,抽到獎品與否的人都興盡而歸。

余緣治供稿

温哥華余風采堂年度夏日郊遊聯歡

在『加拿大國慶日』的週末,年度的温哥華余風采堂夏日郊遊活動於二零零六年七月二日(星期日) 中午十二時在域多利街夾二十街的鱒魚湖公園舉行。

Vancouver picnic

當日天高氣爽、風和日麗、環境優美、宗親堂員連家屬、歡聚一起、談天說地、食物豐富、除抽獎外,還有兒童趣味遊戲、其樂無窮。

清風吹紼、閒適舒暢,在公園散散步或是坐一下,真是「我愛夏日長」,同時滿足「你的郊遊願望」。 享受夏日郊遊的樂趣,一起擁抱大自然,呼吸新鮮的空氣!

温哥華余風采堂福利組主任余啓康擔當義工負責主辦這個郊遊聯歡活動,活動重點在於促進各余氏宗親的家庭、帶著深厚濃情的祝福之意、 回到家,以及結合理念相同的宗親支持溫哥華余風采堂。參加者有近百餘人,其中有四十多位風采校友、 馬氏世表和謝氏世表等一齊與我們歡渡。

Children claiming
                prizes

抽獎完畢後,余愛鳳女士和余漢山先生精心地擔任兒童趣味的遊戲,參加遊戲的兒童是非常靈活,她們在遊戲中玩得開開心心。 玩完遊戲後,温哥華余風采堂青年組主任余漢銳先生送給各小朋友一份豐富的獎勵禮品。

這次郊遊活動的反應不如去年踴躍,可因這個郊遊活動是在『加拿大國慶日』的週末舉行,有些宗親可能是有其它節目, 所以不能前來參加。 但是到場來參加的宗親和世表們,都能與我們一齊共渡一個愉快夏日的時光,郊遊活動在下午兩點半左右完滿結束。

余柏寧報告

二埠(沙加緬度)余風采堂的夏季郊遊活動

七月九日星期天,二埠余風采堂於本埠「威林廉公園」舉辦零六年夏季郊遊活動。 盡管當日氣温高達華氏一百多度,但人們仍然不減積極參加活動的熱情,出席人數多達二百五十以上,比往年為多。 從上午十一時至下午二時,參加的昆仲,叔伯不分男女,大人,小孩,人人投入,使這次活動順利進行,個個開心而為。

首先,各人享受免費的午餐,供應有炒麵、炸雞、熱狗、糕點、配合適時的西瓜、果汁、蘇打和涼水等。

跟著開始抽獎遊戲活動,這次有豐富多采的獎品。計有頭獎數碼相機、二獎 DVD 錄放影光碟機、 三獎彩色電視機等各種各類共計四十五項。獲獎者高興,得不到者也落力助興,人人歡樂融融。

兒童的遊藝節目也十分精采,有唱歌、跳舞及各種玩耍遊戲,他們玩得開心樂而忘返。

總之,這次郊遊成功進行,也達到了預期的目標。 通過活動加強了互相聯絡感情,增進友情。 另外也体現了事情做好組織工作的重要;現了很多青年新才義工,為以後堂所的活動準備了人才。

余庭穩供稿

紐約余風采堂夏日樂於到肯斯堡水上樂園一天遊

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紐約余風采堂於二零零六年七月廿二日(星期六)在新澤西「肯斯堡遊樂園」 的水上樂園舉辦年度郊遊活動。


大約一百五十多位余風采堂的親朋戚友乘坐三架豪華的旅遊巴士前往一個樂趣無窮的地方, 水上樂園的設施包括緊張刺激的高速滑水道和豐富多彩旋轉的滑水道, 水上樂園最適合全家大小,在這裡一齊度過愉快的享樂時光,及留下一個快樂的童年回憶!

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活動詳情 請觀看紐約余風采堂西文書記余宏基的報告


安省余風釆堂夏日遊蹤

Ontario Picnic
                2006

七月三十日雖風暖溫高,約攝氏三十多度,安省余風釆堂的會員們久己期盼的郊遊仍定在名譽會長銳坤的農場舉行。

上午十一時多早到的會員先抵達農場附近一個長方型有蓋無門的倉庫,倉庫內左側己擺了七、八張圓檯椅,檯上更鋪上白膠檯布, 在倉庫中間的長檯上擺設了金豬一隻, 由國銘嫂揮動大刀,為大家將金豬切成可入口的大小豬肉塊供會員享用; 在倉庫右側另一張長而大桌子擺有紙碟、刀、飲料和沙律等等,與它遙遙相對的檯上擺滿了各種不同的糕點, 那媯Y瑯滿目的都是甜食,甜甜的大車喱及西瓜,紅艷艷的士多啤喱,各類水果多不勝數。

在大倉庫附近的草地上,今日來了一群年青人及小朋友。年青人由卓文訓練舞獅,雖是初學仍舞得中規中矩,實屬難得; 小朋友則圍著炳華宗長討取氫氣球。 小小眼晴一直追隨著不小心升空的氫氣球不捨。

十二時多大家便開動吃喝,因為在郊野及農場剛施了肥,蒼蠅與我們爭相分吃食物,大家忙於吃喝及拍打蒼蠅不休,吃喝笑鬧不停, 好不開心。 午飯後人們分成幾組:有說笑話者、有打球者,有談天說地者、和有攻四方城者。 小朋友則排隊蒙上眼晴像獅子採青一樣,拍打頭頂的包裹, 拍打不中只好讓孩子睜開眼晴拍打,原來孩子等待藏於包裹內的各種糖果,人人有份,他們玩得開心,皆大歡喜。

分手前,大家圍成一圈,每人手執氫氣球,領隊一聲號令下,七彩繽紛的氫氣球飛往雲深不知處,天空一片亮麗。 雖然部份氣球仍不慎飛往屋頂。 氣球升空的剎那美得使人眼目連忙追趕著它而難分難捨。

無門有蓋的建築物檔去熾熱的陽光,因而在三十多度的高温下我們仍有喘息的機會。 至四時多大家在依依不捨下分手。

余緣治供稿

舍路余風采堂第五十二屆夏日野餐郊遊

八月六日(星期日),高温和晴朗的夏天,舍路余風采堂在這日舉行了年度的野餐郊遊會。

Uncle Hing
                delivering Speech

因今年的「活崙公園」登記部鬧出了烏龍,我們以往用的郊遊「火爐一號」野餐區就出現了雙重訂地點問題。 以是,為了互相了解和溝通,免傷和諧、我們就和另外的郊遊團體解決了這個問題。 因我們有彈性,我們就使用隔鄰的地區舉行我們的郊遊會。

Lunch is ready!

到上午十一點半之前,所有舍路余風采堂所不分年齡的義工團已經會集在野餐站點,繁忙地幫助準備好桌子, 安排食物盤子和安排所有抽獎禮物。 今年的野餐郊遊會有四位從温哥華的余風采堂宗親參加助慶,温哥華余風采堂主席余美湛伉儷, 青年組主任余漢銳和財政主任余柏寧。 他們從溫哥華早上起程, 搭乘一架私家汽車在下午十二點左右到達了「活崙公園」。

Lunch Time!

舍路余風采堂主席余家樂歡迎超過一百個出席的宗親和朋友。 他感謝我們加拿大宗親的蒞臨,做這次旅程和參加舍路余風采堂的野餐郊遊會。 然後温哥華余風采堂余美湛主席,美西總顧問余樹湛和顧問余海量隨後致詞。 午餐是中國式美味可口的膳食。 舍路的中文書記余傑鋒先生是今年的野餐郊遊會司儀和獎學金宣佈者,野餐後最精彩的節目是我們每年分配優秀學生獎學金的時刻。 有二十九名學生,從第一年級起到大學高年级學生是獎學金接收者。 野餐以刺激的抽獎回合而結束了。 在這裡要特別多謝那些慷慨的食物和獎品捐贈者,能幫助今年的野餐郊遊,再一次成功舉行。

Who got ticket
                number...?

黃昏後,在華埠「新九龍海鮮大酒家」安排了一個特別的晚宴來招待我們的溫哥華宗親客人和義工團,一共有廿四個人出席這晚宴。 令人快意的是大家再次有機會共同聯接和分享美妙的友好。

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In this Issue:

Message from the Editor

Yee Family Association Conventions

Reports from Yee Fung Toy Chapters

What is in the Next Issue?


Message from the Editor

Welcome to the 8th issue of the Yee Fung Toy Global Village Voice, an electronic newsletter for the World Yee community. As promised, in this issue we are featuring stories and images of the World and National Yee Conventions held in Monterey Park, California as well as summer activities from associations of the Yee Fung Toy around the world.

This issue marks the second time we have covered a World Yee Family Convention. We reported the 2nd World Yee Convention in our second issue (Spring 2005). So much has happened in two short years! The Conventions in Southern California has turned out to be a great opportunity for the World Yee Website Committee to regroup and formulate plans for the next 3 years, and to attract recognition from the Convention delegates who demonstrated their support for the web project with over $5,000 from their own pockets. The Yee Family Association is fortunate to have created a world wide project that can spark so much energy and focus. This is an unprecedented opportunity to make the Family Association more relevant to our youth and other Family members. Let us make the most of this opportunity and showcase our progress at the next World Yee Convention in 2009.

We thank all those who have made contributions to this issue, including:

  • Ah Wei Kane of Philippines
  • John M. Yee, Benny Yee and Rudy Yee of Phoenix
  • Eugenia Khouw of Ontario, Canada
  • Frank Yee of New York
  • Frank Yu of Houston
  • Fred Yee and Michael Kwok Keung Yee of Seattle
  • Henry Yee of Boston
  • Dr. David Yee of Irvine, CA
  • Martin Yee and Wing Yee of Vancouver
  • Won Tin Yee of Sacramento

We look forward to our third year of publication, and many more years to come!

Jim Yee, Vancouver


The 3rd World Yee Family Association Convention

The 3rd World Yee Family Association Convention was held successfully at the Lincoln Plaza Hotel at Monterey Park in Los Angeles, California from August 12 to 14, 2006.



Volunteers from the Southern California Yee Fung Toy Chapter were at the airports all day welcoming guests and delegates from the World, awaiting buses transported their guests to the Monterey Park Lincoln Plaza Hotel where registrations and check-ins followed, a welcoming dinner was held at the Lincoln Plaza Hotel Grand Ballroom in the evening.




On Sunday August 13th, three buses picked up the guests and delegates from the Lincoln Plaza Hotel and the Best Western Markland Hotel and drove them to LA Chinatown's Southern California Chapter's Hall for Ancestral rituals.

At the
                  California YFT Hall






Inside the Lincoln Plaza Hotel Grand Ballroom, the audience listened as the World Yee Chairman Mr. Damon Yee declared the third Convention opened at the noon ceremony, various distinguished guests made congratulatory speeches, followed by a delicious lunch.

Group photos which would capture these historic moments were taken by professional photographers right after lunch.

Guest and delegates were later picked up by buses in the evening and transferred to the Ocean Star Seafood Restaurant for an incredible meal and entertainment. The emcees were Ms. Lo Lee Yu and Mr. Kenny Yee.

World Yee
                  Conference

On the following day, the World Yee Convention Committee delegates held their meeting at the California Conference Room in the Hotel while the guests enjoyed a one day tour to the Hsi Lai Temple, Richard Nixon Library and Whittier College.

YFT Group
                  Visits Hsi Lai Temple


In the evening World Yee Family Convention closing ceremony was held at the Lincoln Plaza Hotel Grand Ballroom.

California YFT
                  Choir










The World Yee Family Association committee passed the following resolutions during the convention:

(1) The Chairman or the Vice-chairman at the expiration of his term shall automatically become a Honorary Chairman of The World Yee Family Association Board.

(2) Committee unanimously resolved in support of renovating our Yee Chung-sheung ancestral hall.

(3) Budget for the World Yee Family Association web project was approved and the US delegates contributed over $4000 two days later at the Yee Fung Toy Family Association 22nd National Convention.

(4) The World Yee Executive committee approved amendments to the Constitution following discussions pertaining to the objectives of the organization.

(5) Allocations of Regional Representatives as follows: 9 from Hong Kong, 15 from the United States, 12 from Canada﹐5 from Malaysia, 9 from Thailand, 4 from the Philippines, and 2 from Macau.



(6) The World Yee Executive committee unanimously chose Mr. Yee Si Meng from Malaysia for its Fourth World Yee Family Association Chairman, Vice-chairmen as follow: Mr. Johnson Yee (Hong Kong), Dr. Herbert Yee (US), Mr. Kan Yu (Canada), Mr. Antonio A. Yee (Philippines) and Mr. Seng Ching Yu (Thailand).

(7) The next World Yee Convention will take place in Malaysia in 2009.

Martin Yee


800 Delegates Meet in LA for 2006 3rd Worldwide and 22nd National YFT Convention

Phoenix Group
                  at Banquet

The Third World Wide and 22nd National Yee Convention met in Monterey Park, California for 2006. Grand Elder John M. Yee was presented an award for his dedicated community service to the Yee Family organization. 800 members and friends attended the Yee banquet at the Ocean Seafood Restaurant in Monterey Park.

The 3rd World Wide and 22nd National Yee Fung Toy Family Convention were held at the Lincoln Plaza Hotel in Monterey Park, Los Angeles, California August 12-16. Grand Elder John M. Yee led Phoenix convention delegates, family, friends and guests to the opening ceremonies in the Grand Ballroom of the Lincoln Plaza Hotel.

The second day of the Convention gave delegates the opportunity to attend the ancestral ritual events at the Los Angeles Yee Fung Toy Building in Chinatown. Nine roast pigs were provided to pay homage and honor ancestor Founding Grandfather Chung-sheung. The festivities also included a traditional Lion Dance and exploding fireworks.

The Opening ceremony banquet was held at the Ocean Star Restaurant. Close to 800 Yee Family, friends, delegates and guests enjoyed an exciting evening of entertainment. Lion Dances by the San Gabriel Chinese Club, the talented Chinese Opera singers, musicians, and a Chinese orchestra conducted by a six year old provided outstanding performances throughout the evening.

Phoenix Yee family members and friends that attended the convention included Willie & Jean Yee, Carl & Gayle Yee, Wanda Tang, Doon & Mee Yee, Wing Tam, Bow Tam, Jack & Betty Yee, David Kwan, Kim Ho Yee Family, Phoenix Yee Advisor Eddie Yue, Phoenix Webmaster David Yee, Phoenix Chinese United Treasurer Angie Yu, Phoenix Chinese United Advisor John H. Tang, and Phoenix guests Roosevelt and Lem Tang.

The election of new officers and the selection of Malaysia for the 4th Worldwide Conference in 2009 were approved by the Yee delegates during the Monday morning 3rd Worldwide Yee Family conference. Phoenix delegates to the 22nd National Yee Convention included Advisor Willie Yee, Phoenix President Benny Yee, and Phoenix Vice President Rudy Yee. At this time the delegates were involved in discussions of various proposals and issues.

The delegates approved the proposal for national conventions to be held every three years and the host city will be responsible for the transportation needed by the convention delegates. The national convention was attended by delegates from fourteen cities across the United States. Reports from each city’s Yee Fung Toy were presented to the convention.

The last day of the convention included the review of Bylaws for additional clarification and update. The election of new national officers and the selection of New York City as the site of the 2009 Yee National Convention concluded the meeting sessions.

“It is time for the next generation to become more involved and participate in various activities of the Yee Fung Toy Organization.” said Grand Elder John M. Yee. “ As an example, The Yee Fung Toy Global Village website provides an opportunity for young members to communicate and share ideas with each other”.

The Phoenix Yee Family expresses its appreciation to all the hard working members of the Los Angeles Yee Fung Toy Family Association. The World and National Convention was a very fruitful event that provided an enjoyable and memorable experience for all who attended. We look forward to seeing our brothers and sisters at the 2009 Yee National Convention.

Rudy Yee

Report on the Conventions from New York


The World Yee Family Association held its 3rd International Convention in conjunction with the Yee Fung Toy Family Association’s 22nd National Convention in the Lincoln Plaza Hotel in Monterey Park, LA on August 12 thru 16th 2006. Twenty-two of us from New York joined about 200 others from the U.S. and the world for this event.

With Leland
                  Yee

This was the first time I had the opportunity to join one of these conventions. I was so grateful I did. I got a chance to meet so many great people from across the nation. As a newcomer, I want to thank all those who made me feel welcomed. I gained invaluable insight and learned so much in such a short time. This will surely come in handy in 2009 when the next Yee Family convention will be held in New York City.

With members of
                  the Web Committee

I also had an opportunity to attend all of the open meetings. This was a great learning experience. Like in life, there are the good, the bad and the ugly. I hope that together we can make the worse matters better for the future. Change is not necessarily a bad thing, but unless we get involved things will never change. One of the meetings I got involved with was the world website committee. I was very impressed and honored to get to interact with Jim from Vancouver, Richard from Hong Kong and the many others face to face. The group was younger, more progressive and more open-minded. Before this meeting, we did a great deal of emailing which is just not the same. The group was surprised by the overwhelming support when it asked for donations to continue the Web project. The committee raised over $5000.00 by the end of the convention.

Again, change is not necessarily a bad thing.

Closing
                  Ceremony Banquet

I, as well as all those attending this convention, want to thank the Southern California local chapter for doing such a great job hosting this event. Many do not realize what it takes to accomplish this. For the organizers, it was sleepless in LA those days. Faith always puts me in the smack of things. I got hands-on involvement with how things needed to be done. Peter, Alan, Robert and others were all so busy but still needed to attend to so many little matters. I felt a need to help. One person that really impressed me was Edith (Ling). She had so many hats to wear. Edith made sure everyone got pickup from the airport, got their rooms, got to the restaurant, got on the tours, etc. Lucky she had a great group of volunteers to help along with Beverly and Kenny. Edith was also the photographer, hostess and convention manager. What a life Edith has? Thank you so much, Edith and the LA group.

Last but not least, we need to congratulate the newly elected Eastern U.S. Grand President Shu Chan Yu from New York, Eastern U.S. Grand Vice President Hin Leung Yee from Cleveland, Western U.S. Grand President Joseph Yu from San Francisco and Western U.S. Grand Vice President Alan Yee from LA. Also, congratulations to Mr. Si Meng Yee of Malaysia who is the newly elected World Yee Chairman. Malaysia will also be the host country for the 4th World Yee Convention in 2009.

Finally, the Yee Family has a rich long history worldwide. We need to learn from the elders the past, but we also need to evolve into the future. Take the time to know the association, so we can change for a better future. It is our responsibility to continue this noble association.

Frank Yee, NY


More World Yee Convention Photos

Photos from the Convention opening ceremony Banquet, compliments of Dr. David Yee of Irvine, California.

Lion dancing at
                  opening ceremony dinner
Lion dancing at the World Yee opening Ceremony Banquet (held at the Ocean Star Restaurant)

US Marine Corps
                  Color Guard
US Marine Corps Color Guard

Dr Herbert Yee
                  flanked by US Marine Corps Color Guard
Dr. Herbert Yee  - flanked by US Marine Corps Color Guard


New England Yee Family

Dr. Herbert
                    Yee, Monterey Park City Council Member Mike Eng,
                    Dad, and Dave
Dr. Herbert Yee, Monterey Park City Council Member Mike Eng, Dr. David's Dad, and Dave (3 generations of Dr. Herbert Yee's family together here at the Banquet)





Sacramento Yee Advisor Sherman Yee and wife
                    at opening ceremony dinner
Sacramento Yee Advisor Sherman Yee and wife at opening ceremony dinner.

Sacramento Yee Family Grand Advisor Hsui
                    Young and Vivien Yee
Sacramento Yee Family Grand Advisor Hsui Young and Vivien Yee

Canada Yee Chairman Kan Yu and wife
Canada YFT Chairman Kan Yu and wife

Youngest traditional Chinese music symphony
                    conductor
Youngest traditional Chinese music symphony conductor

Los Angeles Yee Family choir
Los Angeles Yee Family choir


The US Yee Family 22nd National Convention


The Yee Fung Toy Family Association 22nd National Convention was also held successfully at the Lincoln Plaza Hotel in Monterey Park in LA from August 12 to August 16, 2006.

US degates at
                  meeting

From August 15 to August 16, all American Fung Toy Conference continued. The closing ceremony was held at the AAA Seafood Restaurant.

Joseph Yu from San Francisco was elected as the new Western US National Grand President and Alan Yee from LA was elected as the new Western US National Grand Vice President.

US Convention
                  Closing Ceremony

Shu Chan Yu from New York was elected as the new Eastern US National Grand President and Hin Leung Yee from Cleveland was elected as the new Eastern US National Grand Vice President.

The next US Yee Fung Toy Family Association's National Convention will take place in New York in 2009.

The members of the Southern California YFT Chapter did a fantastic job in organizing and hosting these two great events, lets all give them a big round of applause! Thanks you very much!

Martin Yee


Web Committee Report to World Yee Family Association delegates meeting

Committee formed in 2004 at WYC2 (second World Yee Convention) in Hong Kong. Thanks to the website sponsor (WYFA founding Chairman Mr. Johnson Yee) the Committee has made some progress.

Accomplished between 2004 and 2006:

  1. Added World Yee website
  2. Added 3 websites for WYFA members: US HQ, Canada HQ, Philippines
  3. Added 3 websites for chapters: Vancouver, Edmonton, Montreal
  4. Enhanced Seattle website and the Global Village website
  5. Started Special Interest webpages such as Travel Tales, Healthy Living, Our Chinatowns, and Youth Forum
  6. Started YFT Global Village Voice newsletter, and have published 7 quarterly issues since December 2004, both on-line and printed
  7. Printed 200 copies of a WYC3 edition and distributed about 170 copies on the first 2 days of the Convention
The World Yee Web Committee (WYWC) convened a meeting of  webmasters and others interested in helping set up websites on August 13 before noon, attended by: Edward Yue, Benny Yee, David Yee, Richard Yue, Peter Yee, Frank Yu, Fred Yee, Winston Yee, David H. Yee, James Yu, Martin Yee, Jim Yee, James Yee, Wing Yee, Frank Yee, and Johnson Yee (who would like to see our Quarterly Newsletter printed and distributed by the Fung Toy Monthly publisher in China). There was also a brief meeting after lunch attended by Assemblyman Leyland Yee, Larry Yee, and some of the members from the morning session. Leyland asked we reach out to Yee Family members whether they are YFT members or not. We have a large committee, and everyone is enthusiastic and committed, and contributed many constructive suggestions, such as:
  • Ensure Committee is adequately funded.
  • Change Committee Name to the World Yee Global Communications Committee to reflect an expanded mandate to use web as well as other technologies to achieve our goals
  • How best to contribute to the Committee:
    1. Help individual chapter to establish or improve website
    2. Submit articles to your chapter website or to the Newsletter, e.g., photos and stories from the WYC3 (or encourage others to do so)
    3. Submit timely feedback on what you see on the Yee websites or newsletters (errors, suggestions for improvements)

Financial Report

Committee received $2,000 US in 2005. Approx. $1,000 spent so far on:
  1. Website hosting
  2. Printing and mailing quarterly newsletters (7 issues)
Requested continued funding of $2,000 per year.

The WYC3 Delegates meeting accepted the Committee report and budget but did not provide a funding source.

After the meeting, Grand Elder John M. Yee started fundraising from the US delegates and raised $5,000 by the end of the US Yee Convention on August 16. The Committee gratefully acknowledges the donors, whose names on the Chinese version of this report (on the column on the left).

To enable better communication among Committee members, David Yee of Phoenix volunteered to set up regular conference calls.

Jim Yee


Vancouver celebrates life and times of ancestor

The Yee Fung Toy Society of Canada celebrated the life and times of ancestor Yee Jing on June 11 (Sunday), the ceremony began around noon. Food offerings included a roast pig, chicken and wine was placed in front of the ancestor Yee Jing Altar. Secretary Wing Yee emceed the ceremony. This roast pig was donated by Mr. and Mrs. Dick Yee.

Advisors Jim Yu, Dick Yee, Chairman Kan Yu, Vice-Chairmen Wayne Yee, Jim Yee, Gary Yee, directors Phillip Yu, Steven Yee, Kin Man Yee, Benita Lee, Wai Fong Yee, George Yee, members David Yee, Martin Yee, Mrs. Sui Chi Yu, Mrs. Wing Yee and other relatives were present at the ceremony. We all paid our respect to our ancestor with the offerings and bowed three times. The atmosphere was solemn and respectful.

Chairman Kan delivered a brief speech, welcoming all the members and relatives who attended. He said, “We not only celebrate the 1006th anniversary birthday of Revered Yee Jing today. We also wanted to feel thankfulness for our ancestor; we are here to celebrate and to reflect on the life and times of our ancestor on the anniversary of his death on June 30, 1064".

Yee Jing (1000—1064), a native of the Shao Zhou Qu Jiang Xian (in present day Guangdong Province), lived in the North Sung Dynasty. His other names are Xi-Gu, On-Dao and Moh-kai. When he was young, he was taught to read by his maternal uncle, Wong Jing, an imperial advanced scholar. Clever and with an extraordinary memory, he achieved great academic progress later when he followed Teacher Lam Wo-Jing. At age of twenty-five, Revered Yee-Jing passed an imperial examination and became an imperial advanced scholar. He was then commissioned to a number of important civil and military positions in the government, with the last position as high-ranking official in the imperial court, where he received decorations bestowed by the Emperor, in the first year of the Peaceful Reign period of the Ying Chung Emperor of the North Sung Dynasty, Revered Yee Jing went up to the Capital City for consultations by way of Nanjing. He became seriously ill after catching a cold; he later died at the age of 65. Ying Chung Emperor grieved on hearing the sad news, discontinued court attendance one day, honored him with a high-ranking posthumous title, and gave him a posthumous name “Sheung” -respectfully referred to as Chung-Sheung (meaning faithfully assisting) by later generations. Revered Yee Jing’s spouse, Mrs. Yee Nee Lam, gave birth to three sons (Bok-jong, Jung-suen, and Sook-ying) and six daughters.

After the ceremony, everyone enjoyed a buffet lunch.

Martin Yee


Canada apologizes for Head Tax

Wing Yee with
                  Mom

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper offered on Thursday [June 22, 2006] a long-awaited formal apology to the Chinese community for the racist head tax levied more than 120 years ago, states one media report. Mr. Wing Yee, Secretary General for the YFT of Canada was present with his wife and mother at the Canadian House of Commons when the Prime Minister made the official apology. They later met with Mr. Harper (flanked by the two Mrs. Yee's in the photo). The senior Mrs. Yee, one of the surviving Head Tax payers and their widows who took the "Redress Express" train or otherwise made their way to the nation's capital, is 103 years old, and moves around with the aid of a walker. Nevertheless, she insisted on taking the long flight from Vancouver to Ottawa to be present at this historic occasion.

Jim Yee


Vancouver celebrates Summer with Picnic

This year the Vancouver YFT Society Annual Summer Picnic was held at the Trout Lake Park on July 2nd (Sunday) at noon.

Vancouver YFT
                  Family Picnic

It was a glorious day at the park; the weather was warm, cheerful and sunny. The Vancouver YFT members, their families, and relatives spent an enjoyable afternoon together, chatting, enjoying their delicious lunch, waiting eagerly to see if their tickets are drawn for the prizes, and watching their children and grandchildren participating in the children’s picnic games. Over hundred people participated in this year’s event.

The Fung Toy Alumni, our Mah cousins, our Tse cousins also joined us at the picnic. We thank them for coming.

Special thanks go to our YFT Society Welfare Director Mr. Steven Yee who organized this year’s event, Ms. Mavis Yee and Mr. Stan Yee who organized the games for the children, we thank them all for jobs well done. Mr. David Yee, Our Youth Committee Director, presented prizes to all the children who participated.

Martin Yee


Sacramento 2006 Annual Picnic

Sacramento annual picnic was held at William Land Park on July 9, 2006, between 11 PM - 2 PM. Over 250 people came to enjoy a free buffet lunch, raffle prizes and fun in the sun!

Everyone enjoyed the buffet lunch which include chow mein, fried chicken, hot dogs, pastries, watermelon, soda and soft drinks.

Activities include singing, dancing and other goodies for children. It was so much fun as they say; the children did not want to go home!

We also had a raffle drawing for prizes. Raffle tickets were available at the picnic for $1 each. Prizes include: a digital camera, a DVD/CD/VCR recorder, a 20 inch color TV, folding table/chairs and more.

Won Tin Yee

Ontario Yee Fung Toy’s Summer Escape

Although the weather was warm with sunshine on July 30, the surface temperature had already risen to approximately 30 plus degrees Celsius. Members of the Toronto YFT Association held their long awaited picnic at the farm of YFT Honorary Association Chairman, Yue Kun.

By 11 AM, many of our members had arrived at the farm’s nearby prefabricated rectangular storage warehouse. Seven or eight round tables were already set up on the inside left area, covered with white plastic tablecloths. At the center of the warehouse a golden roasted suckling whole pig was displayed on a long table. At that moment auntie Guo Ming began wielding her large meat cleaver. She started chopping the roasted pig into smaller portions, so every member could enjoy it later. Another big long table on the right was set up with paper plates, forks, knives, assorted drinks, salads and so on; a similar table was set up across the warehouse adorned with desserts and fruits. Among the desserts were different varieties of cakes and pastries, lots of fresh tasty fruits such as sweet large cherries, juicy watermelon, and brilliant red strawberries.

Quite a few youths and children came and joined us today. On the green field nearby, they went on to practice lion dancing with Tony (Zhuo Wen) Yee; we thought the dancing team performed fairly well even though they did not have much prior experience. The children gathered around Uncle Ron (Bing Hua) Yee and asked him for helium balloons. Some of the younger children were chasing their balloons that had slipped away.

We started to have our lunch at noon. After lunch the picnic crowd then divided into several groups: some of them were telling jokes, some of them were playing ball games and some of them were just chatting about anything in general, while others were playing  Chinese mahjonggs. The children were happily blindfolded, striking at a pinata in hopes of successfully getting the candy within.

Before our "Summer Escape" came to an end, we all grouped together and formed a circle, holding a balloon each, awaiting for the signal to let go, then,  we all watched with amusement as these colourful balloons floated towards the sky. What a pretty sight it was!

We all relaxed inside the open warehouse for a while, its roof provided the shade for us. At 4 PM, we reluctantly left for home.

Eugenia Khouw

Translated by Martin Yee


2006 Houston Yee's Family Summer Party

The Houston Yee's Family Association Summer Party Pizza & Indoor Games for the Houston Yees was held at the INCREDIBLE PIZZA COMPANY at 3412 State Hwy 6 South / Williamson on July 30th (Sunday) between 12:30-3:00PM.

The members enjoyed a Pizza Buffet, Putt-Putt Golf, Go kart, Video Games, Bowling, and Bumper cars.

Frank Yu

Seattle Yee Fung Toy Association Annual Picnic

This year’s Seattle Yee picnic was held on August 6 at the Seattle Woodland park picnic area #1. The picnic was the 52nd picnic held consecutively for the Seattle Chapter. As in previous years, over 100 members attended with enthusiasm.

Vancouver
                  guests

The participation of our Vancouver Yee cousins made it an even more joyful occasion. There were a total of 29 scholarship awards presented this year.

Thanks to the generosity of President Hing Yu and chapter members, we had plentiful of delicious food and great gifts for all of the participants. Kit Fung Yu did a great job as master of ceremony.

A dinner was held at the New Kowloon Restaurant in Chinatown, attended by 20 Chapter members and four of our Canadian guests. Overall, we enjoyed another great picnic and dinner and are looking forward to next year’s event.

Fred Yee


Wayne Yee of Vancouver, BC visits Phoenix

Wayne Yee
                  Visits Phoenix

Grand Elder John M. Yee hosted Wayne Yee and his wife to a Luncheon in Phoenix, Arizona. This past June 2006, Benny Yee (right in photo), president of the Phoenix Yee Fung Toy Family Association, had visited the Yee Fung Toy Society of Canada in Vancouver, BC. Along with his wife Helen and children, it was their first trip to Vancouver and just happened to drop by and visit Wayne Yee (front left in photo) and David Yee at their headquarters in Chinatown Vancouver.

Later, Wayne repaid the visit by coming to Arizona to see his daughter off at the University of Arizona Tucson Medical School and stopping in Phoenix on their way back to Vancouver in August.

Benny Yee

What is in the Next Issue?

Now that summer is over, it is Back to School for most students. The next issue of the Yee Fung Toy Global Village Voice will be published in mid December, featuring reports of scholarship awards and celebrations of the Moon (mid Autumn) festivals at Yee Fung Toy associations around the world. Please submit your articles to the Editor via email (editor @ yeefungtoy.org) or postal mail (The Editor, 226 East Georgia Street, Vancouver, B.C., Canada V6A 1Z7) by November 15.


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