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風采電子季刊

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Issue 11 www.yeefungtoy.org/newsletter 2007/07/30

目錄

編者話

修葺荻海名賢余忠襄公祠

風采總分堂報導

都會新聞

風采校園生活

下期預告


編者話

各位讀者,大家好! 歡迎來到第十一期的「風采電子季刊」,這是世界余氏宗親團体的電子訊報。 這期季刊以慶祝二零零七年「丁亥豬年春節聯歡」以及「春季活動」為主題。 各分堂之春宴、春季活動消息由各余氏宗親會報導和供應,給大家分享。

經過將近八個月的努力,南加省余風采堂的新網站終於完成了,現在已開站和正式同大家見面啦! 南加省余風采堂的網站管理人員歡迎各位宗親們蒞臨參觀及指導,希望大家多多支持,多多留言,令此網站更加熱鬧! 這新網站現在已與各世余網站相互鏈接了,網址是
http://www.socalyee.org/

另外,本人期望其它地區的余氏宗親們在不久的將來也可以完成了他們自己地區堂所的網站,然後加入世余網站的大家庭。

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。
  • 加拿大點問頓余風采堂的余英華先生、余偉毅先生。
  • 美國舍路余風采堂的余海量先生。
  • 美國斐匿余風采堂的余文勁先生、美國余長全先生。
  • 美國積彩余風采堂的余次屏先生。
  • 美國紐英崙余風采堂的余厚利先生、余定邦先生、余超群先生。
  • 美國三藩市余風采總堂的余健全先生。
  • 美國二埠余風采堂的余庭穩先生、余李慕蓮女士。
  • 美國紐約余風采堂的余宏基先生。
  • 美國休士頓余風采堂的余頌輝先生。
  • 香港余氏宗親會的余華軸先生。

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


卡城余風采堂 春節聯歡讌

卡加利余風采堂舉辦的年度春節聯歡會於二零零七年,三月三日(星期六)晚六時假富麗宮海鮮大酒家舉行。 四百多名的嘉賓,樂不可支的盡享佳餚美酒與聲色,歡歡喜喜一齊慶祝新年。

來自點問頓和萊斯橋的余氏宗親也與我們歡暢同聚一晚。

宴會在親和歡樂氛圍中圓滿結束。


曼哈頓華埠「五分局」新局長余振源祭祖 鄉親寄厚望

2007deputyinpector

據美國紐約明報報導, 紐約曼哈頓華埠「五分局」新局長華裔副督察余振源於二月十一日連同母親及太太到余風采堂祭祖, 受到鄉親的祝賀。

土生土長的局長表示,少年時皆曾在「一三零小學」及「六十五高中」就讀。

在「六十五高中」畢業後便考入了紐約城市學院 (City College),之後再於 約翰傑學院 (John Jay College) 進修警政科學 (Police Science)

余振源與華埠五分局及七分局都有淵源,並且熟悉華埠事務,今後工作上都有很大的方便。

本身也是台山人的余振源,到達余風采堂後成為了全場最觸目賓客, 在元老的指點下,向祖先上香、敬酒。

2007deputyinpector

余風采堂主席余景新說,華埠很高興又迎來了一個華裔局長,也是余氏子孫的榮耀。 希望余振源就職後,多與社區合作,為維護華埠的治安努力。

另一主席余鋼深期望余振源履任後會為社區帶來新的氣象。

中華公所主席伍銳賢昨表示,其家人與余振源一家人相交已三十多年, 華埠的安危全靠余風采堂出了一個局長, 他希望余振源今後也能與中華公所及社區通力合作,共同把華埠治安搞得更好。

華裔局長余振源在華埠長大,在警隊多個分局及緊急服務小組 (Emergency Service Unit) 服務逾廿七年。 對於市警總局長凱利(Raymond Kelly) 在上周三(七日)的委任,余振源笑稱當時的感覺是「震驚」,市警總局長凱利給予他的寶貴機會,也是一個極富挑戰性的任務, 他會竭盡所能,面對社區的交通及治安等問題,他會更嚴肅處理,做到最好。

年約五十餘歲的余振源笑稱自己不會講中文,也只聽得懂母親的台山話, 從小住在華埠巴士打街, 與一切華裔的第二代移民無異,母親也居於華埠。 加入警隊只是因為通過入讀警校的考試,畢業後加入了七分局,便開始了富挑戰性的警隊生涯。

余振源曾在多個市警分局任職,在警局緊急服務小組工作的十多年間, 參與過警方的武器集團破獲行動、 反恐行動,在「九一一」災難中與同僚一起在雙子大樓廢墟中搶救達九個月之久。

余振源表示,緊急事務組是專門對緊急案件做出最快速反應與及時處理的部隊, 除了工作多之外,面對的事件也非常緊急,非常有挑戰性。 不過,他相信五分局局長一職將會同樣有挑戰性。

出席祭祖僑領及嘉賓包括聯成公所主席于金山、五分局局長助理雷柏銳、 余風采堂元老余維慶、前高雲尼副院長余炎正等。

余柏寧報告

紐約余風采堂代表參加「五分局」輔警新春聯歡

五分局輔警新春聯歡會於二月十五日在華埠金橋酒樓舉行,市警總局局長凱利等警界領導、 駐紐約台北經濟文化辦事處處長夏立言一行、中華公所主席伍銳賢、聯成公所主席于金山等社區人士應邀出席了大會。

當晚近有五百人參加新春聯歡,包括「五分局」十一位歷任局長、高階警官、華埠社團僑領,以及華埠輔警等, 凱利伉儷也與會表達祝賀。凱利表示,華埠自二零零一年迄今犯罪率共降低30%, 他感謝輔警團團長雷柏銳和輔警的服務,並稱許前任局長劉家和表現優異,同時表示新任局長余振源具有豐富警務經驗,將能為華埠 帶來更多貢獻。

凱利對五分局輔警團的工作給予了高度的評價,會上並頒獎多位優秀輔警。

駐紐約台北經濟文化辦事處處長夏立言、紐約中華公所主席伍銳賢也先後上台致詞, 祝大家新春快樂,表揚前局長的貢獻、歡迎新局長余振源 (Gin Yuen Yee) 就任。

Gin & wife
                Miriam with New York YFT group

紐約余風采堂代表包括幹事余儀樂、總顧問余保忠、副主席余鋼深、名譽顧問余廣一、主席余景新、 顧問余珷樂、中文書記余典榮、財政余乾綱、墅長余褔銳、西文書記余美珍和余宏基等都出席這聯歡晚宴。

新局長余振源和夫人(Miriam) 與我們一齊合照。

紐約余風采堂 特訊

休士頓余風采堂舉行第十九屆頒發獎學金暨春宴大會

休士頓余風采堂於三月三日(星期六)晚假百利海鮮酒家隆重舉行第十九屆頒發獎學金暨春宴大會,席開十八桌,場面熱鬧,氣氛温馨。

余風采堂主席余頌輝在宴會中表示,這是休士頓余風采堂春宴歷史上第一次應邀中華人民共和國駐休士頓總領事館的領事出席。 房利副總領事,高麗娟僑務領事和周鼎僑務組長們的蒞臨讓余風采堂增加一個新的光彩。

當晚應邀皆到場祝賀的嘉賓還包括駐休士頓台北經濟文化辦事處葛葆宣副處長,僑教中心閰樹榮副主任等。

余風采堂余頌輝主席於春宴中致詞,並向各位宗親及嘉賓回顧宗親會二零零六年度的活動報告。 在晚宴時刻余頌輝主席偶然地發表了一些評語,來年的秋天他會帶領一個小組去探究青海西藏。房利副總領事致勃勃地清唱起了一首青海民歌: 「在那遥遠的地方,有位好姑娘」。 房利副總領事的即興演出閃耀了在場者,他獨唱的表現是非常傑出, 臨時相配他的合唱團、連同聽眾一起鼓掌是該晚的節目亮點。

Schorship
                receipients

獲得二零零七年獎學金的學生包括范凱靜 (Michael Fan)Abigail Yee、 Christina Yee、Emma Yee、 余健輝 (Kevin Yee)、余誠娟 (Melody Yee)、 余美心 (Michelle Yee)、 余穎欣 (Theresa Yee)、 余凱豪 (Yu Hoi Hao)、 余西好 (Lucinda Yu)、 余建豪 (Michael Yu)、 余建威 (Peter Yu)、 Michael Bruce 以及 Mathew Bruce

遺憾地, 這十四位獲獎學金者,多數係在美國出生第二代華裔的子女,可能講的普通話不是很流利, 當他們接受獎學金時,要請他們用普通話以表達,他們都有點困難溝通。 親見其境後,中華人民共和國總領事館辦公室就馬上捐贈了二百美元紅包給余風采堂作一個「播種」獎學基金(有播種才會有收穫), 以鼓勵我們的年輕人去學會他們的母語。

余頌輝供稿    余柏寧譯


紐約余風采堂舉行聯歡暨敬老 大會

NY YFT 2007 Spring
                Banquet

據美國紐約明報社區新聞報導,紐約余風采堂於三月十日晚假華埠金豐酒樓舉行聯歡暨敬老大會, 余風采堂主席余景新和余鋼深在致詞時齊祝賀大家新春愉快,並承諾將努力發展會務,造福華人社區。

該聯歡暨敬老大會筵開逾百席,包括龍圖軒、金豐、余宏基夫婦、余風采堂、白天鵝等嘉賓及機構贊助豐富禮品抽獎。

Banquet guests

Gin Yee
                  receiving award

五分局局長余振源、中華公所主席伍銳賢、台山寧陽會館主席黃英漢、聯成公所主席于金山、駐紐約台北經文處長夏立言等皆到場祝 賀。

Lucky winner

加拿大余風采總堂慶祝成立一百零三週年暨春節聯歡宴會

三月十一日(丁亥年正月廿二日),星期日下午一時,加拿大余風采總堂為慶祝成立一百零三週年紀念, 總堂主席、顧問、理事、風采校友及數十名余氏宗親, 齊集位於温哥華華埠喬治亞東街二二六號的總堂禮堂,舉行隆重祭祖儀式, 並紀念始祖余忠襄公一千零七歲冥誕,會場敬備三牲祭品及金豬等,由主席余根洙帶領出席的理事及會員向始祖行禮如儀。

MC Steven Yee at
                the YFT Hall

雖然當天是美加首次實施提早開始日光節約時間(夏令時間)日, 大家已在凌晨二時起將時鐘往前撥快一小時了,宗親們也很準時到堂所來參加這慶祝典禮。 遠道嘉賓蒞臨助慶者有美西總顧問余樹湛伉儷、美國西雅圖余風采堂主席余國強、 西雅圖余風采堂顧問余士景、西雅圖余風采堂議長余汝深伉儷、 及中文書記余傑鋒、卑詩省省議員李燦明先生、本埠嘉賓有馬氏世表和謝氏世表、典禮儀式由福利組主任余啓康理事主持。

Afternoon guests

祭祖禮成後跟着紀念典禮開始,首先由余風采堂康樂組唱堂歌、總堂副主席余錦文致歡迎詞、 副書記余瑞芝宗長讀祝詞、相繼邀請西雅圖余風采堂主席余國強宗長、 馬氏世表馬清石宗長、謝氏世表謝錫雄宗長先後致詞。 分堂副主席余金星宗長致謝詞,代表風采堂多謝各位的光臨。

紀念典禮成後余風采堂堂所設有豐富美點饗眾、其中部份充滿家鄉風味美點是由謝氏世表婦女們送來、令大家享盡口福。 在此致謝福利組主任啓康叔和義工人員們安排這個活動,特別是要多謝余風采總堂、余風采分堂、余美湛夫婦、 余榮燊夫婦及余瑞芝夫婦各捐贈金豬全蹄共有五頭,給我們大家在下午慶典後和晚宴中分享。

晚宴在下午六時假座華埠富大酒家,有逾五百嘉賓出席,整個宴會場觥籌交錯,充滿新春喜慶、歡樂祥和的氣氛。

Group photo with
                Consul Yang Qiang and Judge William Yee

參加者有中華人民共和國駐温哥華總領事館楊強總領事、僑務領事李少青、 卑詩省亞太事務秘書省議員李燦明、温哥華市議員周炯華、雷建華和黎拔佳。 特別嘉賓總堂名譽顧問余宏榮法官、各僑團首長、僑領嘉賓、美西總顧問余樹湛伉儷、 西雅圖余風采堂主席余國強、顧問余海量伉儷、顧問余士晃伉儷、 西雅圖余風采堂顧問余士景、西雅圖余風采堂議長余汝深伉儷、 中文書記余傑鋒等及馬氏世表和謝氏世表、風采校友會、和法律顧問馬禮遜律師連同本埠男女宗親。

當晚擔任春節聯歡宴會的司儀是大學生陳達勤先生(陳天民先生和余若薇姑的兒子)、 和大學生余慧欣小姐(余柏寧理事和羅秀娟的女兒)分別用中英文主持。 在余風采堂的「金牌司儀」余金星宗長培訓演說技巧後,陳達勤先生和余慧欣小姐只需幾個小時訓練,就可以首次擔任做司儀, 他/她們的聲場和細節表現都非常自然,真是不錯,令人佩服!

晚宴節目包括青年組表演醒獅呈祥迎新年、余風采堂康樂組唱堂歌。 風采校友一起表演的「雨傘舞」,她們亮麗的服飾、 委婉的舞姿及滿場飛舞的傘影,獲得當晚來賓熱烈的掌聲及喝釆。

總堂主席余根洙在宣佈宴會旨趣中表示,余風采堂在世界各地均有會員,會務興隆, 成立百多年來對團結宗親及造福各地社會均有很大貢獻,明年將會在亞省點問頓舉行「全加第十五屆懇親大會」, 散居全球各地同宗會聚首一堂,屆時在溫哥華的宗親亦會組成龐大隊伍前往參加。 他接著倡議修葺荻海名賢余忠襄公祠, 熱烈期待余氏宗親及歡迎社會各界熱心人士慷慨解囊,踴躍捐輸。所有捐款人芳名及捐款金額, 永載捐款紀念册,捐款額較大者、有特殊貢獻者另行表彰。

隨後,司儀們介紹當晚的嘉賓、相繼有楊強總領事、省議員李燦明、温哥華余風采分堂余美湛主席、市議員周炯華、 雷建華和黎拔佳及美西總顧問余樹湛致詞。接著下來是余金星宗長致謝詞。

楊強總領事在致詞時盛讚加拿大余風采總堂成立一百零三週年年來對僑社所作的貢獻, 並為家鄉建設盡心盡力,令人感佩。 也盛讚華埠社區的團結、他祝大家新年快樂。

2007 Scholarship
                receipients

余風采總堂延續其重視教育、會中余耀祥理事和余捷為理事主持頒發二零零六年度温哥華余風采堂獎學金 給該堂堂員就讀於小學至大學的學業成績優良余氏的子女, 學生們一齊上台領獎,共有十四位同學得獎。

該娛樂節目氣氛熱鬧,由交際組主任余耀祥和「最佳拍當」余金星宗長主持、有穿著中式傳統紅襖的婦女組歌詠隊唱出非常之悅耳的歌曲 - 「迎春花」和「大中國」、余風采堂康樂組唱「大家恭喜」、還有謝氏世表謝仕平、余宏榮法官、西雅圖程啟平先生等嘉賓高唱卡拉 OK、給我們欣賞。

這晚大家在豐盛的佳餚、頒發獎學金活動、精彩的演出以及優美的歌聲中,共度過了一個愉快溫馨的周末。余氏宗親們,明年再見!

余柏寧報告

鳳凰城余風采堂緬懷先祖,激勵後人,永懷 "中國心"

三月十一日晚,六福酒家宴開四十席,來自鳳凰城各地的余氏宗親、本地各僑社人士聚集一堂。 整個六福酒家人山人海,水洩不通。處處洋溢著喜慶洋洋氛,大家都熱烈慶祝余風采堂丁亥年春宴盛大舉行。

一副奪目的對聯 "風采揚四海,武溪成一家" 高掛在會場中央,希望與會鄉親緬懷先祖,激勵後人,永懷 "中國心"。

晚會由余振賀和余哲夫用中英文主持,他們首先代表余風采堂全體同仁感激大家的到會。 隨後,余風采堂主席余民立致詞。 他首先給大家拜年,並豪爽的送出幾封大利市給與會的最年長者與年幼者,祝愿長輩們身體健康,後輩們快高長大。

隨後余哲夫介紹遠道而來的余風采堂嘉賓,包括: 余風采堂總堂美西副總長余以信先生夫人、羅省余風采堂顧問余劭郎先生夫人、鹽湖城余風采堂顧問余方禮先生夫人。

余風采堂總堂美西副總長余以信邀講話。 他說; 他是第三次同鳳凰城宗親們歡渡春節,每次都被鳳城的宗親團結、互助的氣氛所感染。 除了是因為鳳城余風采堂有一個良好的領導團隊外,還因為有余文勁元老的鼎力支持。 他盛讚文勁元老大公無私,是風采堂的中流砥 柱。

羅省余風采堂顧問余劭郎說道;文勁元老無愧于"及時雨",特別是在上年的世界懇親會上,事無大小,從中協助, 可以解決無數的困難。 文勁元老的傑出貢獻是每位風采堂成員的楷模。

及後,余以信與余劭郎代表世界余氏宗親會、第三屆懇親大會將刻有"德高望重、中流砥柱、造福族群、嘉惠宗親" 匾牌隆重地贈予余文勁,並拍照留念。

席間,由余詠瑜介紹了蒞臨的各僑領嘉賓、知名人士和二零零七年鳳城余風采堂的職員。 並極力邀請劭郎夫婦和以信夫人高歌一曲為大家助興,三位也毫不吝惜, 相繼登台一展歌喉為大家奉獻了幾首手本粵曲,令全場氣氛達到高潮。

宴會中,由余長全夫人主持抽獎,獎品係由六福酒家、新香港餐館、 太平洋布斐大餐館等部分送出,每席必有一人中獎,皆大歡喜,氣氛熱鬧。 在文勁帶領下,風采堂的主要領導人向大家敬酒祝賀,祝大家財源廣進,身體健康。

接著由余長全夫人和余哲夫夫人主持本年度的獎學金頒發儀式。十位品學兼優的學子包括:Brenton Dong、 余松亮、余振全、Michael Ong、 余振俊、余健德、余立明、余哲健、余哲陽、余祖揚。

最後由副主席余長全致謝詞,感謝各界人士的駕臨助慶,在一片歡笑聲中,大家互祝新年快樂,相約明年再會。

杰杰   (亞省華人網)

余氏祭祖活動

二零零七年三月十二日下午,七十多余氏後裔在風采堂祭祖。 以下是祭祖的一些場景

Hong Kong Yues





Ancestor Ceremony

二埠余風采堂春節聯歡慶會

二埠余風采堂二零零七年春節聯歡慶會於三月十八日在本堂同申慶祝,是日中午十二時,備有金豬全蹄,在本會議廳拜祭忠襄太祖,禮成。 開始頒發六十六位耆英敬老金,會後拍照留念,除即備有布斐餐響眾。 下午六時,假座麗寶樓海鮮酒家筵席四十五席豐盛的餐供應各宗親昆仲嬸姆及嘉賓。

參加本堂春宴嘉賓,來自三藩市,士作頓的宗親,馬氏世表及本埠各僑團領袖,本埠宗親陸續先後入座,冠蓋雲集聚一堂。 主席台兩邊佈設鮮艷的花籃,采旗繽紛,洋溢着節日的歡樂氣氛。

盛會司儀余金堅宣佈活動開始,主席國良用中英文致歡迎詞,其後本堂元老杰民也上台致詞, 先後致詞的計有余風采總堂主席余樹勳、美西總長余臻發, 他們熱情洋溢,迎豬送犬,祝福新年萬事勝意、身體健康、家庭幸福。最後由副主席余潤洪致答謝詞。

隨着酒菜上席,文娛節目多姿多采,歌聲悠揚,二胡、堅琴和古箏的美妙,琴音更博得一陣陣的掌聲,宴會也進入了高潮。

由本堂正副主席、元老、顧問及總堂領導也一齊向大家獻酒,賓主對飲共慶新春。直至九時,宴會興盡漸散,大家帶着歡樂的笑容而歸。

余庭穩

紐英崙余風采堂歌舞歡聚慶新春

初春的波士頓,天氣乍暖還寒,幾天前才下了一場春雪,但三月廿四日陽光普照,溫暖、舒適。 本堂在帝苑酒樓舉行二零零七年春宴暨敬老晚會。 席開六十五桌,中西嘉賓和宗親共六百多人出席這場盛會。

Line Dancing

宴會由余明茹小姐和余定邦先生分別擔任中英文司儀。 晚上七時十五分宴會正式開始,在一陣爆竹聲後,由本堂職員和婦女部委員組成的合唱團魚貫入場。 在〔全家福〕和〔每一步〕兩首歌曲的歌聲中拉開了晚會的序幕。 緊接著由同班人馬表演了兩隻集體舞,余風采堂人人能歌善舞,優美的演出獲得了在場人士熱烈的掌聲。

「梅花螳螂拳」

接著是功夫表演,今年才三十二歲的余翠梅是本族優秀的人才, 她不但在紅十字會擔任高職, 而且擁有自已開設的武館,教授華林派功夫。 今晚特別為春宴表演了「梅花螳螂」與「拂塵劍」等功夫,武功深厚,技術超凡,博得滿堂喝采。

余積炎主席致歡迎詞,感謝嘉賓和宗親的支持和愛護,並祝大家新年快樂。

Snap short with
                Quincy Mayor 與 Quincy 市長合影

今晚到賀並致詞的中西首長有中華公所主席黃國威,經文處處長楊國楝夫婦,僑教中心主任葛家榮,昆市市長費蘭,麻州州參議員葳克森(Dianne Wilkerson), 巿議員候選人標.林尼肯(Bill Linehan) 等人,語多柷福。

Banquet guests

余厚利副主席致謝詞,感謝各中西首長,僑社領袖, 各位宗親的盛情光臨,並特別祝賀紐約余風采堂婦女部的成立。

New York guests

聯歡敬老宴會中,本堂分別致送紅包給 中華耆英會,廣教學校和僑立學校.並在宴會中由主席,元老, 顧問頒贈獎學金給就讀大學的優秀宗親子弟。

今年獎學金的要求特別高,必須在大學平均成績(GPA)3.8 以上,或在大學已獲得獎學金的學生才有資格獲得本堂的獎學金,故獲獎者均是在著名學府出類拔萃的學生。

今年獲獎共有七人,他們是:余詩敏,余夏瑩,余玳隉A余巧敏,余曼玲,余秀文,吳鵬耀。

余詩敏接受大學獎學金時與全家合影

抽獎和卡拉0K 與舞蹈表演節目穿插進行。 今年由宗親和朋友捐出的實物獎品共有三十多份,加上由本堂捐出的現金獎五份, 頭獎高達現金三百元,中獎者均興奮雀躍,給晚會帶來最高潮。

其中市議員候選人林尼肯唱做俱佳地高歌一曲貓王的經典名曲「心碎酒店」 (Heartbreak Hotel), 引來全場熱烈掌聲。 而余風采堂成員兩段熱鬧的集體舞更將晚會的氣氛炒至最高點。

波士頓余風采堂在波城華埠歌唱界可謂人才濟濟,擁有越南國家級歌唱家余明菇小姐, 有波士頓徐小鳳之稱的余潤冰小姐,又有余積堯先生和余健興先生等歌壇高手。 歌聲繞樑,但見舞池中儷影雙雙翩翩起舞,台下聽眾聽得如痴如醉, 使整個晚會有如一場文藝表演。 直至晚上十時卅分,晚會才在眾人依依不捨中結朿。

余厚利

積彩余風采堂舉行新春聯歡讌會

積彩余風采堂於三月二十五日下午六時,假華倫郡(Warren County), 密西根州的金豐酒樓,舉行丁亥年新春聯歡讌會。

Detroit YFT 2007
                Spring Banquet

我們大約有七十餘人來參加這宴會。 大家歡聚一堂,一齊享受海蜇拼乳鴿, 奶油合桃西蘭花炒蝦球, 清蒸游水海上鮮,薑蔥龍蝦,京都肉排,當紅炸子雞和精美甜品等。

Detroit Spring
                Banquet 2007

Detroit Spring Banquet 2007

晚宴後,我們享受一些卡拉 OK 娛樂節目。

余次屏報告   余柏寧譯

三藩市全美余風采總堂慶春宴 高官捧場

據三藩市明報記者吳卓明報道,全美余風采總堂祭祖儀式及二零零七年春宴於三月廿五日, 在華埠天后廟街該總堂禮堂內及華埠柏思域街七七七號「新亞洲大酒樓」與八三五號「會賓樓」隆重舉行, 筵開一百廿四席,盛況空前。 美西地區元老、總顧問、總長暨南加州、二埠、市作頓等分堂顧問、主席、職員、宗親蒞臨盛會: 出席宴會之貴賓包括中華總會館代總董胡衍富伉儷、三邑總會館主席吳國寶、加州參議院副執行議長余胤良伉儷、州參議員 Carole Migden、 州平稅局委員余淑婷、三藩市教育委員余鼎昂等人。

Spring Banquet
                Toast to the New Year

美西總長余臻發、總堂元老余杰民與參議院副執行議長余胤良先後致詞,余胤良與參議員Carole Migden 向該總堂眾位首長頒發賀狀;該總堂美西副總長余以信向總堂元老余習文致贈獎牌。 宴會中有該總堂文娛組、婦女組表演文娛節目助慶,博得與會者熱烈掌聲。

美西總長余臻發在春宴致詞上表示: 在過去的一年,全美余風采堂十三個分堂除了努力辦好本堂務,還鼓勵青少年勤奮學習,頒發獎、助學金共八萬多元。 並於各僑團緊密合作,互相支援,服務僑社。 寄望在新的一年堙A再接再厲。

該總堂同日中午舉行祭祖典禮,由白鶴醒獅團登樓拜祖獻瑞,祭祖完畢並在總堂門前舞獅助興,燃放萬響炮竹,響徹雲霄, 博得眾多圍觀居民及遊客齊聲喝彩。


滿地可余風采堂春宴晚會記盛

余風采堂全體理、監事、元老、顧問合影 (華僑時報)

據滿地可華僑時報報道,滿地可余風采堂於四月三日假華埠紅寶石大酒樓舉行春宴聯歡晚會,嘉賓滿堂,共慶佳節。

當晚應邀參加及到賀的有中國大使館李桂喜參贊兼總領事、石偉一等秘書兼領事、滿市政府議員馬賽爾•譚布利及夫人、 僑社友好、僑團領袖及由外埠專程到來的嘉賓,濟濟一堂,非常熱鬧。

大會由余美紅擔任司儀主持,進行秩序井然,氣氛熱鬧。 七時許,宴會在美妙的歌聲中拉開帷幕,首先由余風采堂主席余紹然致歡迎詞並作會務報告。 應邀講話的還有中國大使館李桂喜參贊、市議員馬賽爾•譚布利, 跟著由名譽主席余國堯頒發獎學金,顧問余文蔚宣讀賀金名單、副主席余海俊致答謝詞。

在上菜期間,卡拉 OK 陸續登場,歌聲不斷,樂調悠揚。 接著是幸運抽獎,獎品豐富,得獎者笑逐顏開,一片熱鬧,宴會直至十時許才盡興而散。


開 平市風采中學 2006-2007 學年第二學期開學典禮暨頒獎大會

二零零七年三月七日下午,天氣雖然有點冷,但在開平市風采中學的校園裡卻是掌聲陣陣,喜氣洋洋。 在這裡正舉行隆重而熱烈的開學典禮暨頒獎大會。

大會由周珠花副校長主持。 會上梁盛浓校長作了講話,總結了全校師生在上學期取得的優異成績, 並對新學期提出新的希望,同時向全校師生致以新年的問候和祝福。 黄文超副校長宣佈各個獎項以及獲獎名單。

其中包括余劭郎、黄娱鳳助學金 (共9700元); 香港余氏五堂會獎學金和解困助學金(共 9840 元); 美國余風采堂獎學金(共 1500 元);朱春林余月英伉儷獎教獎學金 (共 3420 元)。

接着一批又一批同學上台領獎,台下同學們的掌聲也是一浪接一浪。 大會激起了廣大學生積極向上、專心學習的進取心,在學生中形成了良好的反響。

以下是大會剪影:

香港余氏五堂会奖学金和解困助学金

美国余风采堂奖学金


賀!余健全證實出任中華通事

總堂已原則上決定由顧問余健全出任中華總會館通事。

據三藩市星島電子日報記者劉藝霖報道,關於余風采總堂選派合和總會館出任中華總會館通事的人選據悉已有共識, 因輪值之敦睦房無合適人選,總堂已原則上決定由顧問余健全出任﹔ 余健全本人也證實了這個消息。

據幾位不願透露姓名的余風采總堂敦睦房中人反映,該房兄弟已經商談過,認為沒有合適的人可代表合和總會館出任中華總會館下 一任通事, 已於四月九日向總堂作了回覆,希望由總堂另行選派。 他們並指總堂也已了合適的人選,就是本報在五日的獨家報道中曾提及的主位候選人之第一人:總堂顧問余健全。

四月八日,一位余風采總堂光大房中人也對本報提到,已決定由該房的余健全任中華通事,只是暫不對外公開。 昨天下午,合和總會館主席胡衍富表示未收到余風采總堂的信函﹔ 余風采總堂的幾位主要負責人也指未有最後決定。

當事人余健全則證實了有這一回事,他表示,總堂元老、總長、 主席已就此事證求過他的意見,問他「若果敦睦房派不出人,你願不願意做中華通事?」

余健全說,如果總堂決定派他做,他「可以做」。 余健全在AT&T有一份全職工作,又擔任民主黨西區的黨務工作,若要出任中華通事,要「問過好幾處」才行。

但他認為「做中華通事是服務僑社,公司應該會同意」,但要作出合理的安排,在不影響公司工作的前提下,做好通事這份工。 他估計本周內會有結果。

余健全是土生華裔,英文純正,對處理英文來函、與主流溝通非常勝任; 而他的中文方面只可認一些漢字,講一口流利台山話、不大流利的廣東話, 中華總會館大部分商董都識講識聽台山話,彼此之間的溝通也應該沒有困難,只是無法起草中文書信文件。 此外,余健全除擔任過余風采總堂主席、顧問外,未擔任過合和總會館董事和中華總會館商董。


香港余氏宗親會慶祝成立七十周年,第二十一屆理監事就職暨會員春節聯歡大會

四月十五日香港余氏宗親會慶祝成立七十周年,第二十一屆理監事就職暨會員春節聯歡大會,在香港金鐘「名都酒樓」舉行,筵開九十二席。

各首長與應邀嘉賓中聯處九龍辦事處副部長余汝文,台山市副會長黃淑質及各友好社團首長合照

圖一: 各首長與應邀嘉賓中聯辦九龍工作部副部長余汝文,台山市副會長黃淑質及各友好社團首長合照

各首長與獲獎勵之學生合照留念

圖二: 各首長與獲獎勵之學生合照留念。

各首長與台山市領導武溪中學校長老師合照

圖三: 各首長與台山市領導武溪中學校長老師合照。


圖四: 各首長與香港風采中學校長、『風采之星』學生歌唱組合照。

余華軸

斐匿余風采堂成立十八週年 百餘宗親齊集會所聚餐共慶

斐匿余风采堂成立十八周年

四月廿一日,一個喜慶而又吉祥的日子,百餘名余氏宗親齊集斐匿余風采堂會所,共慶斐匿余風采堂成立十八週年。

未到晌午,已有幾十名宗親到達會所。 會所內被重新佈置一番,充滿喜興氣氛。 正中的余忠襄公畫像前陳列著六隻大金豬,會所牆上醒目地處張貼著今年社團春宴的盛大場面報道。 大家喜氣洋洋,談笑風生,話題自然都離不開斐匿余風采堂週年誌慶及盛稱文勁元老喜獲美西總長褒揚。

佳時一到,由文勁元老帶領下,眾位宗親及職員在余忠襄公畫像前排開,肅立。 由余金堂宣讀斐匿余風采堂週年慶文及慶典程序。 大家首先向余忠襄公畫像虔誠三鞠躬,然後由本屆主席余民立敬酒三杯及上香,最後燃點香燭。 以感激先祖的光輝業績庇佑,祈求先祖保佑眾親平安無事、生產豐收、生括幸福。

禮成後,眾人將早已準備好的美味飯菜放上桌面,加上切件的金豬供大家享用。 一時間,會所內人頭攢動,十分熱鬧。

最後,文勁元老等人金豬分成勻稱的等份,讓宗親們帶回家,領到了代表身體安康、豐衣足食、 諸事順利金豬的宗親都笑逐顏開,心滿意足地回家去了。

圖與文:杰杰 (亞省華人網)

點城余風采堂春宴暨體育會成立三周年聯歡盛會

北國之春,雪消初暖,到處是梢吐嫩芽、枝葉青青,地面早己草綠如茵。春風拂面,給人一种嚴冬后的特別舒适的感覺。 是日零七年五月十二日,加拿大點問頓余風采堂舉行祭太祖、春宴暨風采體育會成立三周年紀念聯歡盛會。

中午祭忠襄公儀式在會所大廳舉行。 大廳正中高挂著太祖忠襄公遺像,一副對聯忖托在遺像兩側「名賢世澤,風采家聲」。 靈檯上擺著六頭金豬,還有珍果、香燭、鮮花、糕點等祭品。 拜祭儀式由自嚴元老主持,本佑監事長致祭詞,洪門醒獅隊兩頭瑞獅領拜,由加拿大余風采總堂根洙主席、錫儒顧問、 卡加利余風采堂策源主席、 温哥華余風采堂美湛主席以及點問頓余風采堂本佑監事長為主祭,率領二百多來賓及宗親虔誠參拜,整個儀式隆重、嚴肅、虔誠。 最後齊向太祖忠襄公三鞠躬叩首,禮成。

Edmonton YFT
                Spring Banquet Toast

下午六時假座本埠龍廷大酒樓舉行宴會延開三十六席。 出席宴會的嘉賓有中國駐卡加利領事程洪先生、卡加利余風采堂策源主席及慕慈副主席率領四十位宗親,他們都是不怕路遙辛苦, 從卡加利開車三百 多公里欣然前來參興盛會的。 還有全加拿大余風采總堂根洙主席伉儷、錫儒顧問伉儷、温哥華余風采堂美湛主席伉儷、金星副主席、柏寧財政主任伉儷及漢銳青年組主任伉儷, 他們從温哥華自費乘飛機專程前來參加我們的盛會。 另外還有本埠華人三十多個社團主席代表、馬氏謝氏世表和本會宗親朋友共三百六十 多人歡聚一堂。

Canada and
                Vancouver YFT guests

七時宴會開始,由本會英文書記偉毅先生任司儀,主持宴會秩序。 開始由洪門醒獅隊三條瑞獅表演,林晃主席向嘉賓致歡迎詞,總堂根洙主席講話,他言多吉祥,贊揚各分堂堂務發展迅速良好, 宗親情誼深厚,還宣布二零零八 年八月在點問頓舉行全加拿大第十五屆懇親會。 領事程洪先生致詞,他熱情給大會嘉賓美好祝福。 體育會主席廣爵先生致詞,感謝成立體育會得到各屆大力支持,如今開展各項有益活動,可喜可嘉。 宴會期間,卡加利金紫曲藝社與點問頓粵韻曲藝社攜手進行精彩的演唱演奏。 點城余風采堂及風采體育會理監事仝仁上臺給全體嘉賓敬酒。 跟著由英華副主席致謝詞,衷心感謝領事、外地嘉賓、本埠社團首長代表、世表、宗親和朋友,在百忙中抽空賁臨這盛會, 宗親朋友情誼可貴。 大會由自嚴先生主持頒發二零零六 年獎學金,自嚴叔的孫女美蘭、 John Yee 的公子浩文、偉毅書記的公子耀琠M沃旋叔的千金慧珊等四位子侄獲得獎學金。 最後由立榮理事主持抽獎活動,此次宴一共送出八十六 份禮物,得獎者錦上添花,皆大歡喜。 時至晚上十五 分,宴會在愉快歡樂的氣氛中宣告圓滿結束,大家盡興而歸。

余英華供稿

祝賀!余麗珊任紐約副州務卿助理

Lai Sun's guests with YFT officers

余麗珊任紐約副州務卿刑事司法助理余風采堂熱烈祝賀,余麗珊五月廿日到余風采堂上香祭祖, 受過良好教育及曾在當地政府多個部門任職的余麗珊希望在本職工作中協助管理監督全州刑事司法部門的事務外, 在今後能多為華人出力,服務鄉親。

中華公所主席伍銳賢、聯成公所主席于金山、五分局局長余振源及各大僑團領袖出席祭祖活動。

據美國《明報》記者黃維義報導,余麗珊(Lai Sun Yee) 在三月廿二日由紐約州長思必策(New York State Governor Eliot Spitzer)及副州長派特生(Lieutenant Governor David Paterson) 聯合任命為副州務卿刑事司法助理。余麗珊表示,難得見到眾多的鄉親父老,她父母是廣東台山人, 她早在五歲時從香港移民到美國,是第一代移民, 今後希望能替華人多做點事,服務社區。 她並借此機會鼓勵亞裔青年投身公共服務,在從國家到地方的大政方針的制訂中傳達社區的聲音。

余風采堂主席余景新及余綱深歡迎余麗珊到來,讚揚余麗珊自小受到良好教育,承襲中國傳統美德,為祖宗及僑胞爭光, 並念宗念祖,祝願其工作順利,更上層樓,未來在主流社會爭取更高席位。

中華公所主席伍銳賢表示,今次是三個月內第二次前去余風采堂祝賀,上次是五分局華裔新局長余振源, 今次又有余麗珊代表州政府,他更希望將來余氏青年才俊能夠在聯邦政府中也嶄露頭角。 余風采堂婦女部副主席余慧儀送贈紀念品祝賀余麗珊﹐而余麗珊的大嫂余逸春送上鮮花﹐場面溫馨。

余麗珊在康乃爾大學取得學士和法理學博士學位,並獲美國海軍研究院碩士學位,曾分別在區、市、州等各級部門擔任要職。

一九九二年至二零零一年間,余麗珊曾在紐約市消防局服務,擔任調查和審訊處副主任、平等就業辦公室副主任和法律事務處律師等職。

二零零一年至二零零四年,余麗珊擔任紐約市長緊急事務處副主任,其後擔任紐約州緊急事務管理辦公室首席法律顧問。 此外,余麗珊還是余風採堂的法律顧問。

從二零零六年起,余麗珊正式擔任布朗士區長卡里昂 (Adolfo Carrion, Jr.) 的法律總顧問,代表卡里昂出席眾多亞裔社區活動。 因余麗珊表現出色, 她備受市政府員工組成的DC37工 會褒揚。

除擔任公職外,余麗珊還是剛卸任的紐約亞裔律師公會會長,致力擴大亞裔和女性在司法系統的影響力。


温哥華余風采堂耆英一日遊


二零零七年六月廿四日温哥華余風采堂舉辦了耆英一日遊,目的地是「哈里遜溫泉」, 是日早上約八時半齊集在華埠堂所,以總堂主席余根洙夫婦、 分堂主席余美湛夫婦、顧問余鍚儒夫婦及各理事、耆英會員、嘉賓等共四十八人。 當旅遊巴士到達後,由耆英組余瑞芝安排上車。

約九時當開車離開華埠時,剛下著大雨,行車經過素里(Surrey),蘭里(Langley) 及阿波斯福(Abbotsford)等。 約一小時半後便到達哈里遜溫泉時,雨勢已停止了,大家下車自由遊覽,下雨過後,享受湖邊吹來陣陣涼風,使人頓覺心曠神怡。

Vancouver YFT
                  Seniors Day Trip 01

約經過了四小時,在臨上車前,全體齊集在溫泉大廈前門石級鏡頭柏照,然後開車回程。 並順道訪問了芝士廠、蜜糖廠及酒廠等。 各人都買了些心愛的食品,至六時左右回到華埠百樂酒家共進晚餐洗滌一日疲累。 餐後有人並順便參觀了華埠夜市,盡情一日歡樂。



耆英組余瑞芝供稿

下期預告

下一期的風采電子季刊將在二零零七年九月中出版。 歡迎大家投稿。 稿件需在二零零七年八月十五日前經電郵 (editor @ yeefungtoy.org) 或郵寄 (風采電子季刊,226 East Georgia Street, Vancouver, B.C. Canada V6A 1Z7) 到 本刊編輯收。




In this Issue:

Message from the Editor

Reports from Yee Fung Toy Chapters

What is in the Next Issue?


Message from the Editor

Welcome to the 11th issue of the Yee Fung Toy Global Village Voice, an electronic newsletter for the World Yee community. In this issue we are featuring celebrations of the annual Spring Banquets from associations around the world. Of special interest is the addition of new Southern California YFT web site to our World Yee Yee web family.

Thanks to everyone for contributing advice, articles, photos, and editorial assistance, including:

  • Eric Yu and Ying Hua Yu of Edmonton
  • Fred Yee of Seattle
  • John M. Yee, Edward Yue and Rudy Yee of Phoenix
  • Henry Yu and Melinda Yee of Sacramento
  • Larry Yee of San Francisco
  • Edward Yee of Detroit
  • Frank Yu of Houston
  • Frank Yee of New York
  • Martin Yee and Wing Yee of Vancouver
  • Peter Yee, Winston Yee and Ho Lee Yee of Boston
  • Richard Yue of Hong Kong
Jim Yee, Vancouver

Deputy Inspector Gin Yuen Yee pays homage to Ah Goong

Deputy
                    Inspector Gin Yuen Yee

It's no secret that there are many talented individuals in the New York Yee Fong Toy Association. Quite often these individuals shy away from publicity but sometimes it's unavoidable. On February 11, 2007 we had the honor of having Deputy Inspector Gin Yuen Yee and his family come up to our hall to pay homage to Ah Goong. They also had a roast pig delivered. To his surprise, Deputy Inspector Yee was greeted by over 100 well wishers. Gin Yuen will be the new police commander of the Fifth precinct in Chinatown on February 15th. His NYPD career started in 1980. Gin advanced to be Sergeant, then Lieutenant and finally Deputy Inspector for the Emergency Service Unit. With his 27 years of service, we are confident that he can lead the precinct and deal with the various Chinatown issues. Deputy Inspector Yee succeeds Deputy Inspector Michael Lau who retired at end of January.

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Many community leaders, cousins from the Mah and Tse associations joined members and family for this ceremony. Not often do we have so many fill our hall to standing room. After the customary rituals, President Kenneth Yee spoke briefly to introduce Deputy Inspector Gin Yuen Yee. Gin Yuen also spoke briefly to thank everyone for coming and for their well wishes. CCBA President Eric Ng, Grand Elder Wai Hing Yu and Lin Sing Association President Justin Yu then gave congratulatory speeches. Vice President Gong Sum then delivered a few words of thanks for the guest.

2007deputyinpector

Deputy Inspector Yee handled the limelight as expected. Dealing with all the reporters' questions and photo opportunities can be daunting. Finally Gin and his wife Miriam had some time to enjoy the buffet luncheon given in their honor. Due to short notice, many missed this event. Congratulate Deputy Inspector Yee at our Spring Banquet on March 10th.

Frank Yee

New York YFT Attended the 5th Precinct Annual Chinese New Year Party

SShuck,Kenneth,Gin

On February 15, 2007, the 5th Precinct Annual Chinese New Year Party was held in Golden Bridge Restaurant. A group of us from the New York Yee Fong Toy Association had the pleasure of attending this event. Unlike past events, this year the 5th Precinct has a new Commanding Officer, Deputy Inspector Gin Yuen Yee. As an attendee, it was truly an honor to have the surname Yee. President Kenneth and I also had an opportunity to meet NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly. It was Gin Yee who made this possible. We also want to thank our host, 5th Precinct Auxiliary Police Unit under the leadership of Auxiliary Deputy Chief Shuck Seid, for making our group feel so welcomed at this event.

Commissioner
                    Kelly,Kenneth, Gin Yee

Shuck kicked off the celebrations by welcoming and wishing everyone a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year. There were many community leaders, dignitaries, past Commanding Officers of 5th Precinct and VIPs in attendance. Noticeable ones were Commissioner Raymond Kelly, Ambassador Andrew Hsia of the Chinese Culture Center of T.E.C.O. in NY, and CCBA President Eric Ng. They all gave congratulatory speeches. Afterwards, Shuck proceeded to award Certificate of Appreciations to a group of organizations for their continued support. President Kenneth graciously accepted this unexpected honor for our association. Monetary support is very important for the operation of this Auxiliary Unit. During this event, raffle tickets were sold to raise funds. Many prizes were given to the raffle winners. I for one was lucky enough to hold the ticket for an IPOD shuffle. After all, this was one very memorable evening with good food, entertainment and company.

Recipients of
                    Certificate of Appreciation awards

Recognition for supporters as well as the organization receiving support is very important. We wish continued success for the 5th Precinct Auxiliary Police Unit and Deputy Inspector Gin Yee. We all need a little "CPR", courtesy, professionalism and respect - the motto of NYPD. By working together, we can build a better, brighter tomorrow for all.

Frank Yee

Seattle Yee Fung Toy Family Association Annual Dinner

President
                    Michael giving welcoming speech

The 2007 annual dinner was held at the New Kowloon Seafood Restaurant on March 1. This year's dinner was enthusiastically attended by over 80 individuals including members of the Seattle Chapter and ten guests from Canada's (Vancouver) Yee Fung Toy Association. Kit Fung Yue, Seattle Chapter Secretary was the master of ceremony, following by greetings from Michael Kwok Keung Yee, President of the Seattle Chapter and Kim Gee Yee, President of the Canada Yee Fung Toy Association. U.S. West Coast Grand Advisor Uncle James Yee gave the "Thank you" speech.

Vancouver
                    guests

Seattle member Gordon and Joyce Yee generously donated a coupe dozens of tennis tee shirts as gifts for the attendees. Fred Yee, Advisor for the Seattle Chapter, distributed copies of the Spring Edition of the Yee Fung Toy e-Newsletter. Credits are due to Jim and Martin Yee of Canada for helping with the production of the newsletter. Jim Yee gave a brief review of the progress of the World Yee Website project.

Among the attendees were a number of first-time participants. Many younger members of the association also took time to attend. With good food, great spirits and wonderful company, the evening was an enjoyable evening for all. We all look forward to next year's dinner.

Fred Yee

Houston Yee Fung Toy Association New Year Banquet

Houston Yee Fung Toy Association held its 19th Scholarship and New Year banquet at the Aloha Diner (百利海鮮酒家)on Saturday, March 3, 2007. Eighteen tables were reserved for the occasion.

In attendance were People's Republic of China Houston Consulate General office Deputy Consulate General Fang Li (中國駐休斯敦副總領事房利), Consul Gao Lijuan(僑務組高麗娟領事)and Consul Zhou Ding (僑務組長周鼎領事). Also present were Michael Ger(台北經文處副處長葛葆萱)from Taipei Economic and Cultural Office and Yan Shi Wing (僑教中心副主任閰樹榮)of the Chinese Cultural Center.

Chairman Frank Yu (余頌輝)made the State of the Association report. The tri-annual Yee National Conference (余氏懇親大會) was held in Monterey Park, California (羅省蒙特利公園市)last August and that the next national conference will be in New York in August 2009. The World Yee Conference will be held in Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia (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吉隆坡舉行), most likely in November, the same year. Any Yee members and friends are welcome to attend.

The local website: www.yeehouston.org is linked to the World Yee website and the World Yee Global Report. Readers are encouraged to click the links in blue to find out the instant news of Yee chapters around the world.

The presence of the People's Republic of China Houston Consulate General office representatives adds a new dimension to our annual gathering of the Yee clans and friends. We received multiple congratulations to having them attend dinner for the first time in our history.

Chorous with
                    Consul Fang

During dinner Chairman Yu casually made the remark that he would be leading a group to explore Qinghai-Tibet this fall. Whereupon Deputy Consul General Fang said he would be delighted to sing a Qinghai folk song: The Little Lady from Far, Far Away(在那遥遠的地方, 有位好姑娘). Fang's solo performance was stellar; but the makeshift chorus to complement him, with the audience clapping hands in unison, was a sight to behold. It conveyed unity and harmony. This impromptu performance sparkled the attendees, ranging from 6-month to 94-year olds. It was, without doubt, the highlight of the evening.

Recipients of 2007 scholarships were Michael Fan(范凱靜), Abigail Yee, Christina Yee, Emma Yee, Kevin Yee (余健輝), Melody Yee(余誠娟), Michelle Yee(余美心), Theresa Yee(余穎欣), Yu Hoi Hao(余凱豪), Lucinda Yu(余西好), Michael Yu(余建豪), Peter Yu(余建威), Michael Bruce, and Mathew Bruce.

It was noted that none of the 14 recipients, typically second generation American born Chinese, could speak a word of Putonghua(普通話), when asked to say a few words in Chinese. To that, the People's Republic of China Consular General Office immediately donated a $200 red packet to the Yee Scholarship Foundation as seed money toward encouraging our youngsters to learn their mother tongue.

Frank Yu

Computers For Phoenix Yees

The Phoenix Yee Fung Toy Family Association has provided Computer Classes for all YEES. A staff of high school student volunteers led by Emily and Megan Yee, daughters of Mr.& Mrs. David M. Yee, accepted the challenge of teaching adult YEES about using the Computer and Microsoft Windows & Office software.

Phoenix YFT
                    Learning Center

A group of enthusiastic adults have participated in completing Computer Basics, Document Generation, File Management and Spreadsheet Organization. All have become comfortable with the new technology and its capabilities and functions.

Computer Systems Hardware were donated by General Dynamics C4 Systems. We had eight (8) computer stations installed with on-line internet connection. The YEES were provided with a real hands-on experience as part of the learning process. A total six (6) computer classes were completed during the holidays in December and January. Computer Classes have been scheduled on one (1) Saturday each month beginning February 2007.

Computers for YEES has been a successful program and will be continued as more YEES GO FOR COMPUTERS!

Rudy Yee
Photo provided by Edward Yue

NY YFT 3/8 Women's Day celebration on March 4

2007 Women's
                    Day Celebration

On March 4, 2007 the New York Yee Fong Toy Association Women's League celebrated its first 3/8 Women's Day.

To commemorate this event, Grand Elder Peter, Grand Advisor John B., Advisor Hem Fook, Advisor Andy, President Kenneth, Vice President Gong Sum, Building President Frank, as well as other staff members joined this gathering.

All women and members were invited to attend. President Kenneth kicked off the event by welcoming all the guests. Our Women's League President Kennie then took over.

Riddle Time


We began with a brief ancestor worship ceremony then followed by a questions and answers session and riddles for Chinese characters. People who gave a correct answer got a small prize as an incentive. We got overwhelming responses.

Some women even brought their toddler along. All were excited to receive prizes. Afterwards, we had a buffet luncheon for all attendees.

Women's
                    League Staff

Kennie then introduced the Women's League staff to everyone and thanked everyone for coming to show their support. Kennie did a remarkable job. I was really impressed with her performance.

During the riddles session, she had subtly announced that she would be a grandmother soon. Congratulations, Kennie! With you as a role model, it will be like another "star is born".

Elaine Yee

New York YFT Association 2007 Lunar New Year Celebrations

Gung Hay Fat Choy. Happy, Healthy, and Prosperous Chinese New Year to all as we welcome the Year of the Golden Pig, 4705. The New York Yee Fong Toy Association held its Chinese Lunar New Year celebration on Saturday, March 10, 2007. Shortly after noon, our cousins from the Boston Chapter, Ma and Tse Associations arrived at our hall and we began our celebrations. We started with the traditional ancestor worship ceremony, followed by greetings from our President Kenneth.

Ceremony at our
                    Hall

After the usual formalities, we all enjoyed some time together and a buffet luncheon. We then could not wait for the evening Spring Banquet to start at Jing Fong Restaurant.

group at
                    luncheon

Our Master of Ceremony was again Kennie, who is also our newly installed Women's League President. Kennie welcomed everyone and introduced our President Kenneth. President Kenneth then welcomed all the attendees and introduced our VIP guests. He also announced that our newly formed Women's League is seeking more members to join and that we will be giving out prizes during a free raffle drawing. Congratulatory speeches were then given by Ambassador Andrew Hsi of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York and President of Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association Eric Ng. We were also honored to have representatives of some public officials whom could not attend. Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion, Jr. had his General Counsel, Ms. Lai Sun Yee, presented our Association with a Proclamation acknowledging that we "Promote the Righteousness of our Past Generations and Nurture the Integrity of Our Future Generation". New York City Comptroller William C. Thompson, Jr. had Legislative Assistant Ms. Sandra Ung presented us with a Commendation for bringing together families, neighbors and communities. Assemblywoman Ms. Ellen Young, the first Asian woman elected to NYS Assembly, sent Community Representative Gilbert Hoe to present us a Citation for our dedication to the community. We were also grateful for City Councilman John Liu taking time from his busy schedule to extend his good wishes to all.

top:Gong
                    Sum,John Liu,Henry,Kenneth,Gilbert Hoe
top: Gong Sum, John Liu, Henry, Kenneth, Gilbert Hoe

bottom: Judge Irizarry, Sandra Ung, Lai Sun, Chung Seto, Frances Wong

Likewise was Federal Judge of Eastern District of New York, the Honorable Dora Irizarry, who extended her best wishes for the New Year. This was truly remarkable that we had so many dignitaries who could attend our New Year celebration. Deputy Inspector Gin Yuen Yee, the new 5th Precinct Commander, also made time to attend. In recognition of his achievements, our Association honored him with a special award.

Dance
                      performers

Our new format this year made our Spring Banquet that much more memorable. Besides the Women's League debut, we added a new level of excitement with 28 prizes from our free raffle. Although most of the gifts were from our Association, some were private donations. We want to thank Kathy Design, Ltd., Dragon Palace Restaurant, Jing Fong Restaurant, Helen Yee, Mr. & Mrs. Frank Yee, Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth Yee, Mr. & Mrs. Gong Sum Yee, Mega/Merica School and White Swan Bakery for their generous gifts.

Raffle
                      Draw

The Women's League did a great job conducting the free raffle drawing and providing each attendee an info handout with a $30 discount to a spa salon to attract new members. We also had performers doing their dance routines and a DJ who sang and performed in a unique style.

Guests
                      dancing

We even had a small dance floor available for guests to do their fancy footwork. A small group of women representing the Women's League also performed some Chinese Cultural dances. This was a thumb up evening and the food was great too. It was encouraging to see that most of the over 800 attendees stayed until 11pm. For those who miss this event, we urge you get your tickets earlier next year. We want to again thank Kennie and her Women's League for their support. They took charge of the raffle, keeping track of the prizes, wrapping, decorating, and distributing all the tickets. Often many of these little details go unnoticed. They also helped as greeters. We also want to give credit and thanks to Jim Yee and Martin Yee from Vancouver for helping with the production of a Special Issue of the Yee Family Global Village Voice e-newsletter for the New York's Spring Banquet, distributed at each table. Printing and collating were courtesy of Andy Yu and me. Once again thank you all for making this year another joyous event and hope to see everyone next year.

For more Spring Banquet pictures, please visit our site.

Frank Yee

Yee Fung Toy Association Celebrate the 2007 New Year of the Golden Boar

2007
                      Banquet Photos from Edward Yue
top: Sr. Advisor Robert S. Yee, National Grand Elder John M. Yee, Western Region National Grand Vice President Alan Yee, Jack Nam Yee

bottom: Willie Yee, Edward Yue, Benny Yee, Rudy Yee

The Phoenix Yee Fung Toy Family Association hosted its 2007 Spring Banquet at the Great Wall Restaurant. Over 400 guests, family and friends enjoyed an evening of fun, food and entertainment. This is the largest spring banquet event in the Phoenix Chinese community.

Scholarship awards were presented to outstanding students of Chinese school, elementary, junior high and high school. Chinese School tuition scholarship awards went to Derek Yu, George Yu, John Yu, and Matthew Yee. Jr. High scholarships were awarded to Colin Albert Yee and Nathan Yee.

High School graduate scholarships winners were Brenton Dong, son of Michelle Yue Dong and Reicher Dong,; Eric Yee, son of Garle and Jolene Yee; Michael L. Ong, son of Mary Yee Ong and Victor Ong; and Darrin M. Yee, son of Larry and Joanie Yee.

All Scholarship awards were judged on academic achievements, community service, citizenship, and extra curricular activities. Each high school graduate shared their plans for the future. They expressed their sincere gratitude and appreciation for the support of their proud parents and the Phoenix Yee Fung Toy Association.

Mr. Alan Yee, Western Region National Grand Vice President, and L.A. Yee Fung Toy Senior Advisor Mr. Robert Yee presented a special award. This award was presented to Worldwide and National Grand Elder John M. Yee for his dedicated effort in the planning and organization of the World and National Yee 2006 Conventions held in Monterey Park, California.

Entertainment highlight of the evening included a special performance of songs from classical Chinese Operas sung by Mr. and Mrs. Alan Yee and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Yee of the L.A. Yee Fung Toy Association. Their singing was enjoyed by all who attended the event.

The 2007 Yee Fung Toy Association officers are President Benny Yee, Vice President Rudy Yee, Treasurer Doon Yee, English Secretary Jack Yee, and Chinese Secretary Kim Hong Yee.

Rudy Yee
Photo provided by Edward Yue

Sacramento Spring Festival Celebration and Banquet

A banquet was held at Rice Bowl Restaurant, 2378, Florin Road on Sun, March 18 at 6pm.

2007 Spring
                      Banquet

Over 400 people attended and enjoyed another wonderful multi-course dinner.

Members from the Yee Fung Toy Regional Headquarters in San Francisco, Yee family members from Stockton, and members from the Ma Family Association also attended.

Earlier in the day, the association paid respect to the ancestors. Lucky money was presented to the association's elders.

Melinda Yee

New England YFT Spring Banquet

NE 2007
                      Spring Banquet

Yee Fung Toy Association of New England celebrates their Spring Festival as a dinner/dance and musical extravaganza. Although there was a spring storm that yielded three inches of snow only three days earlier, on Saturday March 24, 2007 was a nice relatively warm, sunny day. On this evening, the Association reserved the Empire Garden Restaurant for sixty-five Tables and over 600 people attended the 2007 Festival & Senior Appreciation banquet.

Melinda Du, speaking Chinese, and Winston Yee, speaking English, served as bilingual co-emcees for the event. At 7:15 pm, the function officially commence with our Women's Group, accompanied by a few men members, sang two songs expressing New Year's greetings and well wishes to everyone. The Songs were followed by another group of members performing two line dances for everyone's entertainment.

We were next honored to have one of our own member, Mai Du, perform two Wah Lum Praying Mantis Martial Art Forms. Mai is a very talented individual who was a past receipient of our scholarship program, works with the American Red Cross, and, as a certified instructor, operates her own Wah Lum Martial Arts Academy in Malden, Massachusetts.

With Guests

Yim Yu, our president made his welcoming remarks and well wishes to all our family, friends and guests who attended the banquet to have a healthy and successful New Year.

Our many special guests included CCBA President Michael Wong; TECO Director General and Mrs. K. T. Yang, Chinese Cultural Center Director Kelvin Ko, MA State Senator Dianne Wilkerson, Quincy Mayor William Phalen, and Boston City Council candidate Bill Linehan, who also participated in karaoke and sang "Heartbreak Hotel".

Ho Lee Yee, our vice president then gave the thanks and appreciation remarks to all our guests and community leaders for attending this banquet and their continual support of our family association. He also congratulated the New York Association on their successful formation of their Women's League.

As part of the evenings activity was the monetary donation in support of the Golden Age Center, Kwong Kow Chinese School, and Chung Wah Chinese Academy. Scholarship money to help encourage the youth of Yee families to study Chinese was also awarded to the two schools.

Our presidents, grand elders, and advisors participated in awarding scholarships to college students who have attained a GPA of 3.8 or higher. This year we are happy to award 7 students in recognition of their excellent achievement. These seven students are:

Catherine Yee. Xia Ying Yu, Tiffany Yu, Jeannie Yu, Lisa Yue, Adriana S. Yu and Peng Yao Wu.

Our association, along with donations from friends, was able to give out almost 40 lucky drawing prizes this year that included gift items, gift certificates and 5 cash prizes with the top prize of $300.00.

The Boston Branch of the Yee Fung Toy Association has proven to be a very talented group. Our recreation director Yuen Bing and her husband Jack Yu, who also MC the entertainment portion of the event, set up great program with a variety of music for many, many of our members to participate in singing karaoke, and ballroom dancing.

The evening was so entertaining and fun filled that the guests didn't want it to end.

However. all good events must come to a close and at 10:30 peopple started to leave and the song, the Last Waltz, was played and danced at about 10:45.

大學獎學金受獎者與兩位元老,顧問合影

For more Spring Banquet pictures, check out Peter Yee's Picture Gallery.

Winston Yee


Detroit YFT Spring Banquet

The Detroit Yee Fung Toy Association Spring Banquet was held on Sunday, March 25th at the Golden Harvest Seafood Restaurant in Warren, Michigan at 6 PM.

The early hour was chosen to allow those of us who had to work or go to school the next day to attend. We had a small gathering of about 70 association members and friends. Everyone enjoyed a banquet which included entrees of squab and jellyfish, shrimp, steamed tilapia, lobster, pork, and roasted chicken. Afterwards, we enjoyed some karaoke entertainment.

Below are some pictures from our Spring Banquet. Photos courtesy of Cathie Agacinski and Tom Lee.

Detroit
                      Spring Banquet 2007

Detroit
                      Spring Banquet

Spring
                      Banquet 2007

Detroit
                      Spring Banquet

Spring
                      Banquet 2007

Detroit
                      Spring Banquet 2007

For more Spring Banquet pictures, please visit our site.

Edward Yee

2007 San Francisco's Yee Fung Toy Spring Banquet Celebration

2007 SF YFT
                      Spring Banquet group

The San Francisco Yee Fung Toy Family Association celebrated 2007 annual spring banquet on Sunday, March 25th at New Asia restaurant and Y' Ben House. WOW! 1,250 community leaders, family and friends joined the Yee's in celebrating our dinner. President Phillip Yee thanked everyone for coming to our annual Yee's banquet and wished everyone a great year. Western Grand President Joseph Yu thanked all the community leaders and wished everyone a healthy and peaceful year and may everyone continue to be successful.

Special guest speakers included State Senator Leland Yee Ph.D., the first Chinese American ever elected to the California State Senate and to serve as California State Senate Assistant President pro Tempore. Our state senator thanked everyone for their support and help in getting him elected and wished everyone continue health, prosperity and world peace. Also in the house was our newly elected California Board of Equalization member, Betty Yee who also thanked everyone for supporting her and wishing everyone a happy new year. San Francisco school board member Norman Yee was very happy to join the Yee's banquet this year due to the fact that in December 2006 he was hit by an car and is recovering nicely.

Marc
                      Hershman, Senator Leland Yee, Gina Papan, Wayne
                      Lee

Marc Hershman, Senator Leland Yee, Gina Papan, Wayne Lee

VP Wesley
                        Yee, Senator Migden, BOE Betty Yee, Pres.
                        Phillip Yee

VP Wesley Yee, Senator Migden, BOE Betty Yee, Pres. Phillip Yee

Special quests included our good friend, California State Senator Carol Migden who represents the eastern half of the San Francisco and the Marin County area. She appointed Betty Yee as acting California Board of Equalization member in December 2004. Other special guests included former Assemblyman Lou Papan, his daughter Gina Papan, Millbrae Councilwoman, Millbrae Planning Commissioner Wayne Lee and Millbrae Mayor Marc Hershman.

The Yee Fung Toy musical group led by Gene Yee sang and danced the night away. Yes, there was even line dance from our musical group, first time that I can remember it ever happening. Closing out the entertainment was Vice Grand President Allen Yu from LA singing his heart out and rocking the house.

Calendar Event for 2007

June 3rd - Dragon Boat Festival Celebration
June - Scholarship application for graduating high school senior with G.P.A. of 3.5 average
July 15th - Annual Picnic

Larry Yee

Phoenix Yee Family 18th Anniversary Celebration

斐匿余风采堂成立十八周年

On April 21, 2007 all area Yee's gathered at the Phoenix Yee Fung Toy Association Building to celebrate the 18th Anniversary of the completion of the Yee Fung Toy Association building.


A ceremonial service of thanks giving in memory of our virtuous ancestors began promptly at high noon. Over 100 fathers, mothers, sisters, brothers, aunties, and uncles rose in reverent memory to pay homage to our supreme ancestor Yee Chung Sheung. The service was traditional and dignified.

百余宗亲齐集会所聚餐共庆

After the service, the Yee members enjoyed a delicious buffet lunch prepared by the Phoenix Yee Family Woman's Department. These hard working ladies presented a delicious assortment of entrees, dim sum, "Hom/Hem" Chinese and American pastries and yummy desserts.

斐匿余风采堂成立十八周年

In accordance with the custom of the Home Village, Heung Ha, each Yee celebrant received a portion of roast pig...for a "little piece of home". A total of six roast pigs were provided by the Association and individual Yee members.


Hong Kong Yue's Clansman Association 70th Anniversary and Spring Banquet

The Hong Kong Yue's Clansman Association held their Spring Banquet at the Metropol Restaurant on Sunday, April 15, when they celebrated their 70th anniversary, announcement and inauguration of their 21st Yue's Clansman Association Board of Directors and Officers, and presented scholarship awards.

For a detail report from the Fung Toy Monthly, Summer issue #84, please click here.

Richard Yue

Edmonton Yee Fung Toy Society and the Fung Toy Athletic Club Host their 3rd Year Anniversary Spring Banquet

Edmonton Yee Fung Toy Society and the Fung Toy Athletic Club held their 3rd year anniversary spring banquet on May 12th at Century Palace Restaurant.

Friends and many people attended, filling 38 tables. The Master of Ceremony, Eric Yu, hosted this momentous event.

Noteworthy speakers included the Edmonton Chairman Frank Yee and Athletic club president. Calgary's Chinese Ambassador Cheng Hong and Canada Chairman Kan Yu were also guest speakers. With ten people from Vancouver, and another forty from Calgary, this event was much more than a city event.

Though this event celebrates the Yee Fung Toy Society, the banquet was graced by the presence of the Mah旧 Society. Above delicious food, performance included an entertaining lion dance, and a fantastic collaboration by Edmonton and Calgary's Chinese opera.

Within the banquet, Edmonton's Yee Fung Toy society also awarded scholarships to four gifted recipients. The vice president Ying Hua delivered the final address and thank-you's. This very successful banquet concluded with a prize draw with more than 50 gifts.

Eric Yu

NY YFT Celebration luncheon for Lai Sun Yee

Lai Sun Yee Poster

On May 20, 2007 the New York Yee Fong Toy Association hosted a luncheon for a very special cousin, Lai Sun Yee. Over 100 attendees came out to congratulate Lai Sun for her recent appointment, by New York State Governor Eliot Spitzer, as Assistant Deputy Secretary for Criminal Justice. Our Yee family association was honored to have so many join Lai Sun as she pays homage to our Yee ancestors. Among the guests were our cousins from the Mah and Tse Associations, CCBA President Eric Ng, Ling Sing Association President Justin Yu, Deputy Inspector Gin Yee as well as many others.

Our association is very fortunate to have Lai Sun join our family circle. As an attorney, Lai Sun is a very competent, educated and unique individual. She could easily excel in the private sector but chose to serve in the public sector. In doing so, she never lost sight of where she came from. Besides working a regular job, Lai Sun is also very involved in the Asian American Bar Association of New York. As a past president of AABANY, she hopes her colleagues would join her in the belief that one should give back to the community whenever possible. She also hopes that other Asians would follow her example and take position in the public sector so they can make a difference. It is important that Asians have a voice in matters affecting Asians. We are also grateful that for the past few years, Lai Sun has been very generous providing us her valuable time in order to promote our Yee family association. I am certain this publicity will lead to good things for our association.

Lai Sun, best wishes on your new endeavor. We also want to thank Justice Doris Ling-Cohan of Supreme Court of the State of New York, Sandra Ung from NYC Comptroller Thompson's office and June Jee, Director of Community Affairs, Verizon Foundation, for stopping by our association to join us to congratulate Lai Sun.

Click here for more info on Lai Sun Yee. For a video news report by Sinovision please click here.

Lai Sun
                        leading homage to Yee ancestor

Lai Sun leading homage to Yee ancestor

Lai Sun Yee
                        with guests

1st row: Suk Wah, Lai Sun, Betty, Gin

Lai Sun
                        addressing guest

Lai Sun addressing guests


left: Dian Rong, Eugene, Gong, Sandra Ung, Lai Sun, Justice Ling-Cohan

from right: Frank, Andy, Peter, Kenneth, June Jee

Frank Yee

Vancouver YFT Seniors' Day Trip to Harrison Hot Springs

At 9:00 on a rainy Sunday morning on June 24, 48 of us boarded a Global Coach Line bus for a sightseeing tour that would take us from the Yee Fung Toy Building in Chinatown, traveling east of Vancouver along the Trans-Canada Highway (Hwy 1), to one of Vancouver's great escapes, Harrison Hot Springs.

Harrison
                        Hot Spring Map

Harrison Hot Springs is just an hour and a half nonstop drive from Vancouver.

Our chartered bus driver drove along the south side of the Fraser River, heading toward the Agassiz-Harrison turnoff (exit 135 - the Bridal Falls exit) east of Chilliwack and follow highway #9 north to Harrison Hot Springs.

Harrison
                        Hot Springs 02

Most of us were seniors including some members of the Fung Toy Alumni Association. As we were on our way to the Harrison Hot Springs, we drove by the cities and townships of Burnaby, Coquitlam, Surrey, Langley, Abbotsford, and Chilliwack.

Our friendly bus driver also doubled as our tour guide, giving us details of each city as we passed through them. We arrived at our destination around 10:30am and we spent the next three and half hours exploring the Harrison Hot Springs area under a cloudy sky with scattered sunny intervals and showers.

Harrison
                        Hot Springs 01

Harrison Hot Springs is on the edge of southwestern British Columbia's largest lake, with sandy beaches, mountain scenery, and natural mineral hot springs. Harrison Lake also features a big swimming beach a short walk from the resort. In September, Harrison Hot Springs is hosting its popular annual event featuring the World Championship Sand Sculpture Competition on the beach.

According to history, the hot springs were discovered in 1859 when paddlers capsized in winter and realized that the lake water was warm. There are two hot springs on the shores of Harrison Lake making it a very popular resort and health spa for the tourists. Long before miners "discovered" the hot springs during the gold rush of 1858, native Coast Salish peoples traveled by canoe to experience the healing benefits of the water.

The Harrison Hot Springs area is known as the home of the legendary Bigfoot, also known as the "Sasquatch", a very elusive, giant apelike creature. Sasquatch has been quietly living and subsisting in the forests and mountain of the Pacific Northwest region of North America. However, most experts on the matter consider the Bigfoot legend to be a combination of folklore and hoaxes.

Visiting
                        Honeyview Farm

We left Harrison Hot Springs at 4:00 PM; while we were on our way home our bus driver stopped by The Farm House Natural Cheeses, The Honeyview Farm and The Fort Wine Company for a brief Circle Farm Tour.

We arrived back to Chinatown in time for dinner at the Park Lock Restaurant. Everyone enjoyed their day trip. Thanks to the Seniors Committee's Mr. and Mrs. Shui Chi Yu for organizing this event.

Martin Yee

What is in the Next Issue?

The next issue of the Yee Fung Toy Global Village Voice will be published in mid September of 2007, featuring summer picnics and other activities 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 August 15, 2007.


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