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斐匿余風采堂 2017 年活動及文章


鳳凰城余風采堂春宴 筵開46席 盛况空前

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

二○一七年三月四日,鳳凰城余風采堂在六福酒家舉行春宴,筵開四十六席,高朋满座、 冠蓋雲集。本地社會賢達,僑團首長悉數出席參會,更有遠道而來的余氏嘉賓余以信元老、 余超群元老、余宏基總長、余文博副總長、余國恩顧問、余經漢副主席、 余靄瑜主任暨夫人等與本地余氏宗親歡聚一堂,其樂融融。

宴會由余哲夫主持,主席余自重致歡迎詞拉開宴會序幕。 亞利桑那州參議員余豔芬和總堂列位首長相繼致詞,祝福全體宗親家族新年快樂、萬事如意。 隨後,亞利桑那州長辦公室平權委員會主任黃仕鈞代表州長道格•杜西(Doug Ducey)致送賀 狀,由主席余自重接收。

席間,西文書記余美蓮介紹出席嘉賓和職員,各宗親會及僑團主席均有到場同賀。 余慶節目,邀來美國女孩維多利亞獻唱中粵語歌助興,將氣氛推向高潮,掌聲不斷。

余文勁元老偕各位首長上臺敬酒,滿堂吉慶。依歷年慣例,余風采堂為鼓勵後代子女勤奮好學, 特設有獎學金環節。由鄧淑珍女士主持頒獎,今年獲得獎學金的學生有: 泰勒 Yee、 Karson Yee、余詩寧、余詩敏、余趙傑。

尾聲, 余國仁主持抽獎。獎品由六福酒家、China Chili、陶苑 餐館、 欣欣超市和亞省中餐館協會慷概贊助,金龍金鋪帶來的金雞,更成為當天抽獎高潮。 春宴全程喜氣洋洋、賓主盡歡,直至晚上九時半才興盡而散。

美國鳳凰城亞省時報 報導

Photos courtesy of Kenny Yee and Arizona Chinese News 亚省时报


Phoenix Yees At Spring Festival Honored By Distinguished Guests

          

Annually at the Lunisolar New Year, the Yees in Phoenix area gather for the festive full-house banquet to honor the prospects for another chance at prosperity, good health, family harmony, and general happiness in the cycle we ascribe to the eponymous ancestor of our “race,” the Yellow Ruler (Huang Ti*) of the Hua people, roughly accounted to have begun in hoary antiquity, and reaching now to us as the Year 4715**..

As usual, the occasion on March 5th was one of careful preparation, assiduous implementation, and accordingly signals success; indeed, the number of tables reserved exceeded the capacity of the Great Wall Hong Kong Cuisine site. Three of the kindred graciously volunteered to enjoy their banquets on the night following.

Considerably more unusual were the number and provenance of our distinguished guests. As the Great Sage, the Master K’ung is recorded to have emphatically declared in the Analects 倫語 – “Is it not pleasant when friends from afar arrive?” For the Year of the Southern, Fiery, Red ,
the Yees in the greater Phoenix area were able to welcome –

Mr. & Mrs. Alan Yi-shun Yu – Grand Elder & past Western Region Grand President
Mr. & Mrs. Peter Yee – Grand Elder and past Eastern Region Grand President
Mr. & Mrs. Frank Yee – Eastern Region Grand President
Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth Yee – Eastern Region Grand Vice President
Mr. & Mrs. Kenny Yee – Chapter Adviser & past President Southern California
Mr. Jing Han Yu – Chapter Vice President Southern California
Ms. Jackie Yu – New York Chapter

Guests arrived from both of the coasts into our little corner of Flyover USA, and several were able to stay longer to enjoy our mild winter and scenic sites – thereby prolonging the great pleasure of those of us able to play hosts and hostesses.

Chapter President Joe Yue and Western Region Grand Vice President David M. Yee were the formal heads of our hosting this year, although of course Grand Elder John M. Yee strove to be sure that every detail was properly attended to from beginning to end.

Yees from around the Nation, from our great northern neighbor of Canada, and indeed from anywhere in the world, are always welcome to observe Spring Festival with us here in the Valley of the Sun on the first weekend in March. The date is already set, just book your tickets, let us know, and increase our happiness in welcoming not just friends, but indeed, family.

In the meantime, may your upcoming 12 moons be filled with concord and success, with every wish entirely fulfilled.

Note *: this is the 黃帝, but is not the 皇帝. The latter title, usually translated as Emperor, was devised at the time of the initial establishment of an imperial state when the Kingdom of Ch’in completed the conquest of the last of the Warring States after 5 centuries of disunity and epic battling in 221 B.C.E. and its ruler became the Ch’in First Emperor 秦始皇.

Note I **: There had never been any sort of linear chronology during the ancient times anywhere: and instead, everywhere, the years were accounted according to the local ruler or the reigning dynasty. And, while this generally became more and more “accurate” by modern understandings, and while the birth of one accounted by Christians as a long-promised Messiah of Israel began what is now a nigh-universal adoption of a nearly single thread for counting time – there are various hiccups.

One of these affects the designation of A.D. 2017 as 4715. In the last iteration of the Chinese custom, on the overthrow of the Qing Dynasty officially as of January 1, 1912, the Provisional President of the new Republic of China (first in Asia), Dr. Sun Yat-sen (or by his best known Chinese courtesy name, 孫中山 Sun Chung-shan, or his preferred name in signing documents, Sun Wen), decreed an Inaugural Year, and he specified 1912 was equivalent to 4609 as Huang Ti’s Year 1 on the assumption that would have been 2698 B.C.E. Since then, archaeological evidences have mooted the traditional calculated dates for the earliest rulers/dynasties in Chinese history.

M. Cheak Yee 余文焯



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