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風采電子季刊

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Issue 20 www.yeefungtoy.org/newsletter 2009/09/20

目錄

編者話

世界余氏宗親總會第四屆(2009 年)懇親大會

全美余風采堂第廿三屆懇親大會

風采總分堂報導

修葺荻海名賢余忠襄公祠

風采月刊

夏季號(第92期)

Summer 2009 FTM Issue Cover  FTM Spring Issue Contents    


開平市風采校園生活


開平市風采華僑中學


台山市白沙鎮武溪中學


香港風采中學快訊

下 期預告


編者話

各位宗親,各位讀者,大家好!

歡迎來到第二十期的「風采電子季刊」,這是世界余氏宗親團体的電子訊報。

這期的「風采電子季刊」以「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,給大家一齊分享。

時光荏苒,三年一度的「全美余風采堂第二十三屆懇親大會」於二零零九年八月八日至八月十二日在紐約市法拉盛喜來登大酒店舉行。

在紐約余風采分堂之余鋼深主席及余宏基主席之領導下,與一群熱心勤奮之義工,共同成功與有效地舉辦該次四天之盛會。

參加這次懇親大會的代表來自全美各地十四個代表團:包括總會(舊金山)、二埠(沙加緬度)、斐匿(鳳凰城)、南加省(洛杉磯)、 市作頓、所叻(鹽湖城)、舍路(西雅圖)、紐英崙(波士頓)、積彩(底特律)、芝加哥、曉市頓(休士頓)、企李崙、加欖巴 士、及紐約。 另外還有加拿大(温哥華)的代表團參加, 代表加拿大出席全美余風采堂第廿三屆懇親大會包括温哥華余風采堂主席余美湛及財政主任余纗蝖A逾三百多人出席盛會。

八月九日在紐約余風采堂舉行傳统祭祖儀式後,下午一時在紐約中華會館禮堂舉行大會之開幕禮。 晚上在金豐大酒樓公宴,有超過九百位人士,包括了各代表及代表各僑社及地方組織之嘉賓參與。

八月十一日晚懇親大會在「東溢豐酒樓」舉行閉幕典禮,新一屆總長領導班子由資深元老余文勁主持監誓,新任美西總長余健全、 美東總長余景新、美西副總長余以信、美東副總長余超群宣誓就職,任期三年。新鮮出爐的元老余臻發、余顯良也榮登上元老寶座。 全美余風采堂第廿三屆懇親大會圓滿結束。大家相約三年後在華盛頓州(舍路)重逢。

鑑於目前甲型(H1N1)流感猖獗,馬來西亞受感染者日益上升,並發現馬來西亞本土感染數宗, 世界余氏宗親總會第四屆懇親大會籌委會貝w將今年十一月六日至八日假馬來西亞吉隆坡舉行之懇親大會 展期 舉行,確定新的舉辦日期將另行通知。活動詳細情況及報名日期稍后公佈!

目前,荻海名賢余忠襄公祠重修竣工慶典活動也 展期 了,確定新的舉辦日期以及更多詳細資訊將陸續公佈於世界余氏宗親總會官方網站上。

為本刊之問世,我很感謝各工作人的努力協助和支持,供給文章、相片、 和社論。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、余金星先生。
    • 加拿大點問頓余風采堂的余英華先生、余國基先生、余偉毅先生。
    • 加拿大卡城余風采堂的余策源先生。
    • 加拿大安省余風采堂的余穎俊先生。
    • 加拿大滿地可余風采堂的余紹然先生。
    • 美國三藩市余風采總堂的余健全先生。
    • 美國斐匿余風采堂的余文澤先生、余文勁先生、余長全先生、余偉虹女士。
    • 美國二埠余風采堂的余李慕蓮女士、余庭穩先生、余汝韶先生。
    • 美國紐約余風采堂的余宏基先生、余昭美女士、余鋼深先生。
    • 美國舍路余風采堂的余海量先生。
    • 美國積彩余風采堂的余次屏先生、余積科先生、余自麟先生、余國倫先生。
    • 美國紐英崙余風采堂的余厚利先生、余超群先生、余定邦先生。
    • 美國休斯敦余風采堂的余頌輝先生。
    • 美國企李崙余風采堂的余顯良先生。
    • 菲律濱余風采堂的余健華先生。
    • 香港余氏宗親會主席余健倫先生、余華軸先生。
    • 馬來西亞懇親大會籌委會秘書長余開雲先生。
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


二埠余風采堂端午節慶會暨頒發敬老金

端午節是紀念中國古代賢臣屈原的節日。 在二千多年前,他為了力諫君主而自溺於汨羅江。 傳說鄉民為了拯救屈原的身體,不斷敲鑼擊鼓嚇走魚群,並且把糭子投進江中,以免魚蝦啄食屈原的身體。 自此以後,賽龍舟成為了端午節的習俗。


二埠余風采堂於五月廿四日舉行每年一度端午節慶會。五月初夏涼快的天氣,使人清新煥發, 一早就有很多昆仲來到堂所大廳。 參加當日慶會的宗親大約有二百二十人以上,合條件領取敬老金的老人家襟上鮮花,顯得額外精神。

中午祭祖儀式過後,頒發二零零九年敬老金大會開始,由中文書記庭穩主持, 主席汝晃講話,祝賀老人家牛年健康長夀,家庭幸福,萬事如意。

本堂今年有八十五位過七十五歲以上老人家獲得敬老金,其中有五十三位年齡在八十至九十八歲之間。 由主席汝晃、總顧問振權、顧問汝韶等一一頒發粉紅色封包, 內寫有中英文賀詞: 「祝你松柏常青,健康長夀,福夀雙存」。 "Congratulations Senior for receiving the honoring elder award May you live a long life and many Happy Returns." 他(她)們獲頒敬老金,個個歡天喜地,隨後本堂元老、顧問、主席及工作人員一齊合照留念。 跟茼麻袉惜餐布斐饗眾,糭子、及各式點心,體現了端午節的特色。

晚上六時,本堂又在本埠麗寶樓海鮮酒家與老人家及宗親昆仲一齊歡宴。

二埠余風采堂 余庭穩報導

合和總會館主席余習文七月輪值中華總會館總董寶座



鶼鰈情深的余習文伉儷感謝僑界對其的支持。 
 

金山著名僑領、合和總會館主席余習文,下星期將輪值任中華總會館總董。

余習文主席服務僑社,服務鄉梓已達三十多年,由於其工作兢兢業業,為人厚道並助人為樂, 深得僑界敬重,同時,他還是位才華橫溢的領導者,從一九七三年至今已在社區任多個重要職務。

一九七三年及一九七四年,其父余汝和是合和總會館主席,也是余風采總堂主席, 這位熱心公益,愛堂所如家的余氏首長余汝和當年對余習文的影響和薰陶,使余習文加入了余氏團體,在嚴父的淳淳教導下, 在眾多余氏前輩的指導中, 余習文在社區從一位剛出茅蘆的青年到成為現今德高望重的僑領,是余習文學而不倦,勤懇工作,熱心僑務的努力成果。

余習文一九七三年加入余風采總堂,翌年加盟合和總會館, 一九九一年任余風采總堂美西總長,一九九四年晉升為余氏全美元老, 一九九六及一九九七年榮任中華學校校董會主席,二零零零年至二零零二年連續三年任中華中學校校監,成績卓著; 二零零四年更得余氏昆仲擁戴, 榮膺世界余氏宗親會第二屆會長,為余氏昆仲擔綱挑樑,余習文並曾擔任余紹賢堂主席。 現任世界余氏宗親會名譽會長,余風采總堂元老, 余紹賢堂顧問; 今年,他為僑社服務更上層樓,擔任合和總會館主席,並在今年七月二日(按中華總會館輪值制度)將登上中華總會館總董寶座, 繼續為廣大僑胞貢獻力量,造福社區。

雖然余習文主席在社區的聲譽實至名歸,但他卻謙虛地表示,「我是華人、華僑的公僕,不論是總董,主席或職員, 都是為大眾服務,為華人謀福祉,從民眾中來,到社區中去是我的意願,期望廣大僑胞一如既往支持我的工作,給予更多的指導, 我會盡職盡責做好任內工作,不負眾望。在這也衷心感謝內子對我的支持,使我能更全力地為僑胞服務。」

2009-6-27 新聞來源: 星島電子日報僑社記者葉坤玲三藩市報道


堅持自由民主維護僑胞權益 余習文中華接印信做總董


由合和總會館主席余習文接任總董一職的中華總會館交接典禮上,包括州參議員余胤良、州平稅委員余淑婷、三藩市市長紐森、 三藩市市參事會主席邱信福及市參事朱嘉文、馬兆光等官員均有到場致賀,經文處處長陳經銓為總董交接進行監交, 余胤良則為余習文就任總董進行監誓。 新任總董余習文表示中華總會館已經有 150 多年的歷史,在維護僑胞的正當權益,以及幫助新移民解決生活、工作等問題方面都起了很大的作用, 為此他非常榮幸能夠接任總董一職。他還指出雖然時代改變了,社會進步了,但中華總會館的宗旨並沒有改變。

余習文說:「我們將繼續支持中華民國,繼續堅持民主自由的原則,將繼續努 力維護僑胞的權益,努力為廣大僑胞爭取更多的福利, 進一步推動華裔關心國家大事,積極議政參政,鼓勵僑胞努力進入美國主流社會。」卸任總董黃邦麟回顧了過去兩個月來的工作, 他表示中華在過去兩個月內參加和主辦了多個活動,包括與慧妍總會一起表揚典範母親、響應台北提出的造林綠化運動、 參加中華學校畢業禮、 到台灣進行訪問、支持慈善金庫籌款、支持博愛文化中心籌款、舉行雙十國慶籌委會、以及參加歡迎台灣總統馬英九的僑宴等。


市長紐森則稱讚中華總會館對三藩市以至加州及全國的貢獻,同時指出現在及未來幾年可能都面臨很大的挑戰, 為此他感謝眾人在艱難時期積極作出貢獻。市參事會主席邱信福亦稱讚中華在過去百年對華裔社區的貢獻, 同時期待著未來中華能夠繼續帶領社區前進。


負責監誓的余胤良表示認識兩位總董多年,他知道余習文在許多機構服務多年,現時加州預算正面臨許多問題, 他認為應該借助余習文的豐富經驗,邀請他前往州幫助解決這些問題。陳經銓向兩位總董表示祝賀之餘,亦為台灣總統馬英九帶一句 話, 他說因為當晚座位有限,為能夠邀請到所有的嘉賓,因此馬英九委託他向僑胞問好了,以及感謝僑胞對他的熱情歡迎。

2009-07-04  新聞來源: 星島電子日報僑社記者胡健宏三藩市報道


積彩余風采堂夏季郊游聯歡會


積彩余風采堂於七月十二日(星期日)在雷德福,密西根州的 「Capital」 公園舉辦一年一度 郊遊大會

 







 



 

積彩余風采堂訊


二埠余風采堂夏季郊游聯歡活動


美國二埠余風采堂於七月十二日舉辦每年一度的郊游聯歡活動。 参加今年聯歡的宗親超過二佰多人,打破歷屆参加人數的記錄。 由於該日氣溫九十度左右,是入夏以來較為涼快的一天,宗親昆仲,攜幼扶老,於上午十一時左右開始聚會於本埠威林廉公園, 此處場地林蔭綠草,環境優美,是郊遊活動的好去處。 在得天時,地利,人和的條件下,宗親男女老少大家相見,歡聚一堂,暢敘親情,歡樂融融。

十二時正,午餐開始,這次午餐,改用三文治,薯仔片和香蕉代替往年的炒麵,炸雞及熱狗,另外又供應充足的西瓜,汽水和飲水。 宗親們對這次食品的改變,極表支持,都十分歡迎及滿意。


午餐結束,禮物抽獎節目使聯歡進入高潮,每次開彩都帶來全場歡動,特別最後抽一、二奬時人人屏住呼吸,靜候, 當抽奬結果一出,歡樂爆發全場,為幸運者高興祝福。 今年的郊游聯歡體現了宗親的聯絡感情,增進情誼,同心團結,深受宗親歡迎。 二時左右,郊游結束,人人帶蚥w心的微笑離開待來年再重逢。

二埠余風采堂余庭稳報導


雲埠余馬宗親會首次聯辦夏日威士拿一天遊


温哥華余風采堂余美湛席、馬氏宗親會馬威廉理事長,經過多次友誼暢敘,決定首次聯辦「余馬」夏日威士拿一天遊, 以聯誼交流活動及觀賞風景為主要目點。

七月十九日温哥華的週日陽光明媚,早上約八時半左右,兩架大型旅遊巴士滿載乘客從温哥華唐人街出發。

一輛滿載五十六位馬氏宗親會會員,另一輛載有四十五位温哥華余風采堂耆英組會員、 温哥華余風采堂堂員、堂員之配偶、親屬,朋友及十一位馬氏宗親。

 

離温哥華兩個半小時車程的威士拿是 2010 年冬季奧運年暨殘障奧運會(將於 2010 年 2 月 12 日在温市體育館舉行開幕)之主場地,也是世界著名的冬季滑雪勝地,其威士拿雪山(Whistler Mt.) 和黑梳山(Blackcomb Mt.) 不僅是北美兩大滑雪場,而且是國際頂級的滑雪場地。

旅遊巴士過了獅子橋,沿著海天公路出發,風景迷人,途經馬蹄灣 (Horseshoe Bay),順龍瀑布 (Shannon Falls),史戈米殊開礦小鎮 (Squamish),二小時半後到達了威士拿(Whistler) 有 「小瑞士城」之美譽的威士拿村 (Whistler Village)。




我們先相約在威士拿村集合,集合後大家決定最好就係自由活動。 有部份余馬宗親自費乘坐觀光吊車,轉乘最新紅色雙峰纜車 (Peak 2 Peak),從纜車上欣賞威士拿雪景和山林、溪谷、聚落風光; 有部份余馬宗親乘免費巴士前往「失落之湖」(Lost Lake),欣賞美麗湖光山色; 亦有部份余馬宗親在威士拿村內自由購物活動。


回程途中,不容錯過欣賞優美海灣景色,大家共渡浪漫溫馨一刻!


巴士到達唐人街後,大家就前往玉龍軒酒樓共進晚宴。

這個「余馬」雙方交流聯誼活動與合作不斷深化了「余馬世表」友好關係。

温哥華余風采堂余纗蝟孎i


紐英崙余風采堂 Canobie Lake Park 遊樂場郊遊記


今年的天氣很反常,入夏以來雨就下個不停,真記不起有多少個晴天。 但七月廿五日卻有難得的好天氣,這天陽光普照,氣溫宜人,最適合郊遊活動。 紐英崙余風采堂正好選在這一天前往 New Hampshire Canobie Lake Park 遊樂場舉辦二零零九年暑期郊遊。

目的地離波士頓市區不太遠,雖然兩地分屬不同的省份,但單程車只需四十分鐘的車程。 所以很多人都自己駕車前往遊樂場,坐旅遊巴士的人反而較少。 各人在遊樂場前照相留念後,即分散進入遊樂場活動。

紐英崙余風采堂在過去幾年都選在 Lake Compounce 遊樂場舉辦郊遊活動,今年特別換換地方。 這個遊樂場建成於 1902 年,已有超過一百年的歷史, 建築物都比較古舊。 但這兒古木參天, 坐椅佈滿行人道旁, 遊人不怕沒有地方休息, 是個老少咸宜的地方。


遊樂場的設備很齊全。小孩子可以玩碰碰車,坐小溪中的獨木小船,或者是騎木馬。 大孩子或年青人可以玩驚險的過山車, 千秋輪, 或是快速升降機。 Custaway Island 更是一處大孩小孩都適宜的玩水好地方。

在這堶憫丹Q車也很夠刺激,坐上吊車後往上爬雖然沒有乘坐 Lake Compounce 登山纜車那種登高山而傲視人間的感覺, 但腳底下人潮往來, 卻別有一番趣味。

在遊樂場的中央有一露天音樂場,濃密的樹陰下排茪Q多行坐椅,三名男歌手 正在舞台上賣力地演唱, 歌聲繚亮,舞姿優美,吸引大批年輕的姑娘聽唱。

MysticQue 是一處可以容納五六百觀衆的魔術表演廳,這一天座無虛席,很多觀衆都要站蚙[看演員的演出。 表演節目很豐富,也很有中國味。演員的技術比起一些中國一流的魔術演員雖較遜色,但技術水平已是很高的了。

乘坐小火車可以繞遊樂場週邊走一趟。 但最高亨受應算乘坐遊船遊覽 Canobie Lake。 此湖面積很大, 比起 Lake Compounce 湖要大好幾倍,遊船沿湖岸走一次要用半小時。但見湖水清澈,海鷗逐浪,雲水相托。遠眺對岸,密林中露出幾間度假小屋, 和風拂面, 令人賞心悅目。

下午六時半,旅遊巴士載蚨刐釵蚋k的宗親返回波士頓,結朿了一天愉快的郊遊。

紐英崙余風采堂余厚利報告


紐約華埠五分局「七新丁」拜訪余風采堂


二零零九年七月廿七日紐約華埠五分局局長助理雷柏銳帶領五分局新晉警員拜訪余風采堂, 受到余風采堂的熱烈歡迎,賓主共聚一堂,享用了中式西餅、茶點,場面温馨融合。

曼哈頓華埠五分局一直因為人手不夠而讓警員們不斷需要加班來維護華埠的治安,近日警局終於又添「新血」。 七名來自布碌崙和皇后區的優秀警員加入到保衛華埠的隊伍中來, 當日六名當值新晉警員隨五分局局長助理雷柏鋭一同拜訪中華公所、余風采堂,了解華埠社區情況。

紐約余風采堂余鋼深報告


鼓勵努力求學將來回饋社會 余風采總堂頒十子弟奬學金


美國余風采總堂於八月二日午在該堂禮堂舉行頒發二零零九年度英文奬學金典禮。 總堂主席余允仁、副主席余振兆、元老余習文(也是中華總會館總董)、元老余祝佑、美西總長余臻發、顧問余煦鴻、余樹勛、 余健全向十名英文成績優異的學生頒發獎狀與獎金,參加典禮的還有總堂職員、受獎學生及家長等。

籲學有所成回饋社會

頒獎儀式由書記余凱熠主持,正午余氏首長率領衆職員、得獎學生虔誠地向先祖拜祭,緬懷先賢之功德。 繼由總堂主席余允仁致詞,鼓勵學生勤奮向學,期望他們戒驕戒躁,繼續努力學好知識為華人爭光, 也寄語他們學有所成後將來回饋社會,回饋余風采總堂。

美西總長余臻發致詞感謝家長對子女的悉心栽培,也感謝余氏先賢及歷任元老、主席、總長、 顧問及職員為扶掖後輩成材而樂善好施,希望今天在座的學生要努力上進,百尺竿頭更進一步,不負前輩重望。

十學子各獲獎學金五百元

受惠的十名得獎者也紛紛致答謝詞,言簡意懇地表示感謝余風采總堂頒發的獎金,要繼續努力學好知識,長大後為社會作更大貢獻。

據書記余凱熠介紹,今年受頒獎的十位成績優異學生每位獲五百元奬學金,其中一項奬學金是余紹金的家屬樂捐出五百元設奬, 以紀念余紹金宗長。同時今年獲獎的同學均是三藩市灣區英文高中應屆畢業生,並考上大學的余氏宗親子弟, 他們申請後經余風采總堂奬學金委員會審核, 成績優秀者才能獲獎。獲獎學金子弟如下:余翠莉、阮國傑、余鋭富、余麗芬、余崇、余家仁、余文見、余偉業、余彩萍、余榮新。 書記余凱熠並表示, 美國余風采總堂頒發中文學校奬學金及余姓學生助學金,將於八月下旬總堂將會與灣區各中文學校聯繫辦理。

新聞來源: 星島日報僑社記者葉坤玲三藩市報道 2009 年08 月 06 日


紐約余風采堂 頒獎學金

余風采堂 30
                日頒發一年一度的獎學金。圖為部份得獎者與宗長合影。

紐約余風采堂於八月三十日在會所舉行一年一度的獎學金頒獎典禮,今年共頒發逾萬元給一百一十多名余風采堂的子女們, 這些學生均以優異的成績獲得獎金。獲獎者從小學至大學均有。

紐約余風采堂主席余鋼深勉勵學生繼續努力學習,成為國家棟樑,並參與該堂活動,成為余風采堂未來的接班人。 百餘名獲獎學金者中選出了六名成績優異的學生,分別頒發紀念五位宗親前輩的「五堂獎」以及有數十年歷史的「中文獎」。 畢業於中木高中(Midwood HS) 的余詠欣因各科成績平均達到 95.9 分,一舉成為年度最高獎金獲得者,獎金 1000 元。

余鋼深說,為了鼓勵在美長大的孩子學習中文,凡是參加中文班學習的孩子們,都可以獲得額外的獎學金。 每年通過余風采堂全美基金、紐約分堂的基金以及先人留下的基金(例如曾經資助的健楊宗長、美笑宗長、 以及今年支援的瓞楠宗長和銘禮宗長)共幾萬元,來鼓勵後輩們好好學習。








余鋼深還透露,今年第廿三屆懇親大會上,余景新被評選為余風采堂美東區總長。

紐約余風采堂訊


紐英崙余超群當選余風采堂美東副總長 拜謝祖先


全美余風采堂美東副總長余超群於九月五日中午在紐英崙余風采堂元老、主席陪同下,在會址內拜謝祖先, 也回請刊登廣告祝賀他的僑團首長及宗親。

乞臣街上的余風采堂會所一時擠得水泄不通,熱鬧非常。

波城僑社今年有兩人當選姓氏公所的美東副總長,加上紐英崙至孝篤親公所的陳仕維, 至少共有三名美東副總長同時在位,持續彰顯著大波士頓能人輩出。


當日出席的僑團首長中,包括紐英崙至孝篤親公所元老陳毓璇、李氏公所總顧問李壽泮、黃氏宗親會主席黃國麟, 以及僑務委員陳家驊等人,都在應邀致詞時笑說,與 1963 年來美的余超群相識已逾三、四十年,預祝他三年之後,更上層樓,當全美總長。



紐英崙余風采堂的兩名元老余金爵、余仕昂,以及顧問余文博、余達明、余定邦、余積炎等人, 昨日也都為這宗族喜事,特地趕到會場,為宗親打氣。

紐英崙余風采堂的現任主席余厚利為志記第廿三屆全美懇親大會在紐約召開, 圓滿閉幕所撰寫的稿件,也獲全美余風采堂刊登在公所 網 站 上 。

余風采堂在全美共有十三個分堂。余超群表示,擔任美東副總長,他將參與協調處理美東各堂的事務。

退休以後,開始回公所服務的余超群,除了幾乎每週日都會回公所和宗親聚首,幾年前還協助公所建成網站 http://www.geocities.com/yeefungtoyne/Homepage, 使得紐英崙余風采堂成為大波士頓地區最早上網的其中一個姓氏公所。

註:紐英崙余風采堂新 網址 http://sites.google.com/site/yeefungtoyne/。

當日出席的僑團首長還包括紐英侖中華公所主席何遠光,黃氏宗親會主席黃國威,黃氏前任主席黃仁焯, 紐英崙至孝篤親公所主席陳文浩,紐英崙中華總會會長陳毓禮,僑聲音樂社社長梁永基等人。

在本地有宗親會員逾千人的紐英崙余風采堂將於九月廿日中午十二點,在公所內辦自助午餐, 分享月餅,慶祝中秋節。 查詢余氏公所詳情可洽 617-338-8179。

紐英崙余風采堂訊


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In this Issue:

Message from the Editor

The World Yee Family Association 4th International Convention

Yee Chung-sheung Ancestor Hall Rehabilitation Ceremony

23rd National Yee Fung Toy Family Association Convention

Reports from Yee Fung Toy Chapters

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Message from the Editor

Welcome to the 20th issue of the Yee Fung Toy Global Village Voice, an electronic newsletter for the World Yee community. In this issue we are featuring summer activities from associations of the Yee Fung Toy around the world.

The recent 23rd US Yee Fung Toy Association Convention held in at the Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel in Flushing, New York on August 8 thru August 11, 2009, was a tremendous success, for more details, please click here.

Seattle YFT Family Association will be the next host in 2012.

Congratulations to the newly elected Grand Presidents and Vice Grand Presidents for both East and West coasts.

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

  • David M. Yee, Krystin Yee, Edward Yue and Rudy Yee of Phoenix
  • Edward Yee, Dick Yee, Ron Yee, Ray Yee and Allan Yee of Detroit
  • Frank Yee, Gong Sum Yee and Elaine Yee of New York
  • Frank Yu of Houston
  • Fred Yee, Danny Yu of Seattle
  • Henry Yu and Melinda Yee of Sacramento
  • Ho Lee Yee and Winston Yee of Boston
  • Kai Yon Yee of Malaysia
  • Martin Yee, Shui Chi Yu, James Yu and Wing Yee of Vancouver
  • Richard Yue, Johnson Yee of Hong Kong
  • Ying Hua Yu and Jerome Yu of Edmonton, Canada

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

Jim Yee, Vancouver


Dragon Boat Festival and Senior Citizens Day Celebrations


Over 220 members gathered at the Association office, paid homage to our ancestors and had a buffet lunch on May 24, 2009.

Dragon Boat Festival was celebrated with about 20 tables at the Rice Bowl Restaurant in Sacramento. There were 85 senior citizens over 75 years old who received a lucky money envelope.

Melinda Yee, Sacramento

Congratulations to Presiding CCBA President Damon Yee!

Damon Yee
                  was sworn in by Assistant President pro Tempore of the
                  California State Senate Leland Yee Ph.D.

Presiding President Damon Yee of the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association (a.k.a. Six Companies) was sworn in on July 2, 2009 by Assistant President pro Tempore of the California State Senate Leland Yee Ph.D. On this auspicious occasion, all of the CCBA presidents were present and Damon Yee has commanded respect not only from community leaders but elected official as well. Attending the inauguration were California Board of Equalization Chairwoman Betty Yee, Mayor Gavin Newsom, Board of Supervisors President David Chiu and Supervisors Carmen Chu, and Eric Mar, representatives from State Senator Mark Leno, Assemblywoman Fiona Ma, Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, and District Attorney Kamala Harris all honored him.

CCBA
                  Inauguration attendees

The CCBA is the granddaddy of family associations in the Chinese community. CCBA started in 1850 and there are now seven associations: 1) Ning Yung Benevolent Association; 2) Sue Hing Benevolent Association; 3) Hop Wo Benevolent Association; 4) Kong Chow Benevolent Association; 5) Yeong Wo Benevolent Association; 6) Sam Yup Benevolent Association; and 7) Yan Wo Benevolent Association. For close to 160 years, CCBA has stood the test of time, serving and helping the Chinese community.

The Yee Fung Toy Family Association elder Damon Yee, current Hop Wo Benevolent Association president is now the Presiding President of CCBA during July and August 2009 and his term as Hop Wo President ends December 31, 2010. Congratulations!

 

Following the inauguration a dinner banquet was held at New Asia with had over 350 community leaders, including our cousins Mas and Tses, the Yees, family and friends. What a great dinner banquet to finish off a spectacular evening that will be remembered for a very long time.

Damon Yee would like to thank everyone for the wonderful flowers and warm wishes. He wishes everyone health, happiness and prosperity.

Thank you!

Larry Yee, San Francisco HQ

In Memory of Grand Elder Kin Hoy Yee

YFT Elder
                  Yee Kin Hoy

Kin Hoy Yee ( November 1, 1924 - July 5, 2009)

Kin Hoy Yee was born in 1924 in Cheung Lung, Taishan in Guangdong province, China. His parents were Chung Hoa Yee and Ham Toy Mah. Chung Hoa Yee immigrated to Detroit and was able to buy the Sam Lee laundry on Gratiot.

Kin attended seven years of school in the village. In 1936 Kin and his mother went to Hong Kong to live with his uncle. By 1937 Canton was occupied by Japan. Kin was able to attend school in Hong Kong and learned some English.

By 1939 Kin's father sent money for Kin to join him in Detroit. Kin traveled from Hong Kong to Seattle on the Princess Margaret. Kin spent 5 ½ months at the immigration detention center in Seattle. Finally, Kin was able to travel by train from Seattle to Detroit to join his father.

In Detroit Kin attended Stephens School for classes for foreign-born students, where one of his teachers recommended that Kin attend Cass Tech High School. Kin then attended classes at Wayne State University while working at the Sam Lee laundry.

Members of
                  Yee Kin Hoy's family

Kin met Jane Fong in 1944 at an all-Chinese Christian youth conference in Lake George, NY. Kin attended as a representative of the Methodist Chinese youth in Detroit. Kin and Jane were married in 1948. Their children are Catherine, Edward, Joanne, Christopher and Brian. Niece Carolynne joined their family in 1963. Their grandchildren are Sharon, Susan, Teresa, Matthew, Megan, Aidan and Isabella. Their great grandchild is Grace.

Kin's career as an electrical engineer included positions with King & Park; H.F.Campbell; Siegel & Sweich; Smith, Hinchman & Grylls; DiClemente & Siegel Engineers and Albert Kahn & Associates.

In 1993 Kin married Yin Kwan Cheung. His stepchildren are Addla, Andrew, Annie and Anthony. Their grandchildren are Justin, Cassandra, Ethan , Grace and Lauren.

Fluent in both Cantonese and English, Kin served in several positions in the Chinese community including:

Honorary Mayor of Chinatown
President of the American Citizens for Justice
On Leong Council
President of the Chinese Welfare Council
Eastern Vice President and then Eastern President of the National Yee Association
He is honored today by the Yee Association as a Grand Elder.

Kin frequently was asked to serve as an emcee at weddings and banquets and would frequently entertain the crowd with Chinese opera.

Kin's family would like to thank everyone for their kind expressions of sympathy and for sharing their memories of Kin.

Kin Hoy Family Members


The Yee Fung Toy Association of Sacramento 2009 Annual Picnic


Our annual picnic was held on July 12th 2009 at William Land Park.

A record breaking 200 guests attended. This year, instead of serving traditional Chinese food at the picnic, we served roast beef and turkey sandwiches.

There were 30 raffle prize drawings. One lucky winner won both first and second prizes valued at $450.

As with every year, there was good food, games and fun in the sun!

Thank you to all who participated in making the picnic a success.

Later, The Association hosted a Volunteer Appreciation Dinner to thank all those who worked at the picnic.

Melinda Yee, Sacramento


NY YFT 2009 Annual Summer Picnic - Bear Mountain


The New York Yee Fong Toy Association's annual picnic was held on Saturday, July 11, 2009.

We had four chartered buses to bring 220 people to Bear Mountain State Park in Harriman, NY. We gathered in front of American Legion on Canal Street at around 8:30 a.m. The buses left Chinatown at around 9:15 a.m.

As usual, everything went according to plan. Then I saw one girl who came late chasing after our buses. Luckily, the bus driver was good natured enough to let her on at the traffic light. We made it to Bear Mountain in good time before noon. We distributed lunches and took some pictures.


Then everyone scattered to find a picnic area for lunch. After lunch, the older folks just hanged around shooting the breeze. The younger groups ventured off fishing, paddling boats, swimming and to the zoo. I decided to take my nieces and nephews to the zoo. In there, they have bears, bald eagle, owls, snakes, lizards, otter, beaver, fox, coyote, etc. It was a pretty neat zoo. I am sure the kids enjoyed it a lot.


After the zoo, we played a game of volleyball. It drew a lot of participants. Even people, whom we were not familiar with, decided to join in. In the afternoon, there were clouds moved in, but it did not rain. Ah Gung must be smiling down on us and gave us his blessings. It was a perfect day for a family outing. Hope to see everyone again next year!

Elaine Yee, New York


Vancouver's Yees and Mahs - A Day Trip to Whistler


Around 8:30 am on a fine sunny Sunday morning on July 19th, 45 of us boarded the "Happy Times Travel" bus that would take us from the Yee Fung Toy Society House in Chinatown, to the Mah Society of Vancouver on Hastings Street, picked up 11 Mah Society members to fill the 56-seats bus. Our Mah cousins had already filled their other bus.

We then, were on our way to Whistler, the site of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, via the Sea to Sky Highway for a one day outing together.

 

This year, our Mah cousins co-hosted with us for a "one day" getaway to Whistler. Thanks to Chairman Jim Yee of the Yee Fung Toy Society of Vancouver, and William Ma, Chairman of the Mah Society of Vancouver for arranging this joint program.

Our buses drove by Horseshoe Bay, Britannia Beach, Stawamus Chief Provincial Park, and Squamish. We had a rest stop at Squamish's Tim Hortons for some cool drinks and donuts. We arrived at Whistler Village just before noon and spent the next three hours exploring the place under the hot sun.

 

Some of us took a 15-minute shuttle ride from Whistler to beautiful "Lost Lake". It is a gorgeous, small mountain lake surrounded by lush greenery and flowers. With the colorful scenery, it's so unbelievable that seems like we walked into a lovely postcard. A few of us took the Whistler-Blackcomb Peak to Peak Gondola ride for a sight seeing adventure, and some stayed in the Whistler Village to do some shopping around.


After an enjoyable outing, our buses drove us back to Vancouver's Chinatown, where we dined at The Jade Dynasty Restaurant. Both appetizer and entree dishes came out quickly and all were very delicious.

The Yee-Mah friendship relationship in Vancouver is just keeps on getting stronger, deeper  and better than ever!

Cheers to the Yees and Mahs! More adventures and outings together in the future!

Martin Yee, Vancouver


Annual Outing at Canobie Lake Park


This summer's weather has been somewhat abnormal and unpredictable. There were many cool, cloudy, damp, and rainy days with few warm sunny days. However, on July 25th a summer day finally arrived. We had a great day for our annual summer outing to Canobie Lake Amusement Park in New Hampshire.


Although the park in located in another state to the north, it was fairly close to Boston. Driving time is approximately 40 minutes from Chinatown. Thus, many people chose to drive their family auto rather than take our bus.


Over the past few years, we had attended Lake Compounce Them Park in Connecticut. This year it was decided for a change and went to Canobie Lake Amusement Park which was first opened in 1902. Both parks are very similar. They both provide rides and games for all ages. The standard cars, trains, coaster, and carousel. A kiddies section with the smaller version, and regular size rides spread throughout the park for teens and adults. Also, a cable car ride across the park gives a bird's-eye view of the people below. It's like the cable car in Lake Compounce that goes up to the mountain top.


Castaway is their water park where families and others of all ages gather to enjoy swimming, slides, and other water games.

Mystique, a mystical & magic show is offered in the main hall. Also, theatre like stages and bench were setup in a couple locations for rest and enjoyment of musical song & dance shows.

Since Canobie Lake is a much larger lake than Lake Compounce, it offered a longer boat ride. The 30 minute ride around the lake was very enjoyable and relaxing.

At 6:30pm we concluded our day at the park and boarded our bus for the ride back to Boston Chinatown. Another year, another fun day enjoyed by all.

Winston Yee, Boston


2009 Seattle Yee Fung Toy Family Association 55th Annual Picnic


The 2009 Seattle Yee Fung Toy Family Association annual picnic was held on July 26 at the Woodland Park Zoo Picnic Area #3. On this beautiful Summer day, preparation for the setting up of the picnic began at 11:30 am when association advisor Suey Yee and wife Linda brought in a truck load of picnic essentials with boxes of paper plates and napkins, chips, sodas and bottled water, water melons and gifts for door prizes. Soon after, Vice-President De Shum Yee and wife arrived with a van full of hot food that include a whole roast pig, barbeque pork, chow mein, fried chicken pieces and Chinese style finger food and dessert items. Before long, enough association members arrived to help with the table set and arrangement of the food serving table.


By 12:30 pm, over a 100 association members and families had gathered together around the picnic area. With the arrival of the Yee Fung Toy Society of Vancouver Chairman Jim Yee and his wife Betty, the picnic began with the traditional brief remarks and thank you messages. Food was then served and the annual scholarship awards presentation began.


This year, over 30 students from Grade 1 - College Seniors received scholarships. Association Senior Advisor, Uncle James Yee gave an overview of the scholarships program and application requirements. Door prizes began after the scholarship awards were completed. The door prize drawing has been the highlight of each annual picnic for many years and this year was no exception. By 2:30 pm, the picnic ended with an atmosphere of great fellowships and enjoyment.

In the evening, the Association held the traditional dinner at Renton Seafood Restaurant of which Association Shek Jing is one of the owners. All then look forward to the 2010 annual picnic with great memories of another successful picnic for our association for 2009.

Fred Yee, Seattle


Yee Chung-sheung Ancestor Hall Rehabilitation Ceremony Is Postponed to Early Next Year

Hi everyone,

After our meetings in Hong Kong and Kai Ping last week, and on behalf of both Hong Kong and Kai Ping Restoration Committee, I hereby announce that the Yee Ancestor Hall Opening Ceremony will be postponed to early next year. Further information regarding this event will be sent to all of you in the near future.

Regards

Johnson Yee Kin Lun
Hong Kong and Kai Ping Restoration Committee
Monday, July 27, 2009


The 23rd US Yee Fung Toy Association Convention in pictures


























New York YFT 2009 Scholarship Event


This year, because of the countless hours spent in preparation for the 23rd National Convention, New York Yee Fong Toy Association decided not to hold its 2009 scholarship awards ceremony.

Instead, we requested all our scholarship recipients to appear in person at our association's hall to pick up their scholarships. The idea is to get them acquainted with our association and to understand where their scholarships come from. In hope that one day they too can be contributors to our association.

In spite of time constraint, our scholarship committee worked tirelessly to review all scholarship applications and produced this year's scholarship winners. This year, 113 scholarship recipients qualified for awards. Graduating high school seniors tend to benefit the most from our awards program.

Our big winner for this year is Vivian Yu who received scholarship awards from a special Five Tong Association scholarship program and Dit Nam Yu memorial scholarship fund. Also receiving awards from Five Tong Association's program are Allison Yu and Diane Yee. Dennis Yu and Kimberly Yee received awards from Dit Nam Yu's scholarship fund. Stephanie Yee and Jessica Lauren Yee both got awards from the late Ming Lai Yee Memorial Scholarship Fund. This year, of the top six college students with a 3.5 or better average for 30-credit school year, three already received our one-time special Five Tong awards. The three recipients are Sammy Yu, Jia Xin Yu and Shasha Yu. Education provided upward mobility to all our future generations.

Our forefathers had a vision. They saw the important of education so they set up scholarship to motivate our youngsters to do well in school. Nowadays, the new generations of Yees are mainly middle-class professionals, who are living the American dreams. America gave us equal opportunities in this society. However, it takes a leader, one who has a passion and is willing to make a difference in life, to step up and be able to give back to the community.

Today, we recognized your achievements, but it is up to you to show us your true colors. Congratulations to all our scholarship winners!

Elaine Yee, New York


Congratulation to new Eastern U.S. Grand President Kenneth Yee


On August 30, 2009 about 100 members, family and friends came out to celebrate the newly elected Yee Fung Toy Family Association's Eastern U.S. Grand President Kenneth Yee at Delight Restaurant in New York Chinatown. Congratulations to a person well deserving of the position. We consider Kenneth not only a good family member to our association but great good will ambassador to our Chinatown community. We are appreciative of his dedication and commitment in leading our family association to new heights locally and now on a national level.


A week later, September 6, Kenneth wanted to show his appreciation by treating our members to a buffet luncheon. In keeping with tradition, he also wanted to pay respects to our ancestor by bring a roast pig. Our Ma and Tse cousins also came to wish Kenneth success in his new position. We all had a great time. Thank you, Kenneth for making this all possible.

Frank Yee, New York


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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