| The 23rd US Yee Fung Toy Association
第廿三屆全美余風釆堂懇親大會於二零零九年八月八日至八月十一日在紐約召開。 舍路（西雅圖）余風釆堂也派遣了代表參加是次大會。 所派代表為余海量顧問、 余汝深副主席及余耀東財政主任。 另外有美西總顧問余樹湛博士亦以資深領導代表身份參加。
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。 會議項目非常豐盛。 與會之六十位工作代表每天用上十二小時討論很多面對着余風采堂之重要議題。 参加是大會之人士共約有百多名，與會之非工作代表則可選揀參加紐約市一日遊與大西洋城一天之旅。 加拿大余風采堂也有兩名代表參加會議。
舍路之代表成員活躍地參與了大會之進程。余海量作為舍路代表及世余網站委員會委員副主席， 與來自婓匿余文澤共同在大會報告網站委員會之成就。 再加上余汝深亦在八月十一日擔任一討論項目主席。 余耀東及余海量亦被選入為大會財務及審核委員會委員。
提議獲得與會代表之絕大多數贊成通過。 是以舍路分堂對此予有榮焉。 並對於大會代表及領導團所給與之信任致無任謝意，
全美余風采堂懇親大會每膈三年舉行一次，在美國東岸和美國西岸輪流選擇城市主辦。 本屆的主辦單位是紐約余風采堂。 紐約余風采堂是全美十三個余風采分堂中最大的分堂，無論是人力、物力、財力都非常雄厚，故懇親大會辦得有聲有色。
祭祖大典在八月八日中午十二時在紐約余風采堂禮堂舉行。 十頭金猪排列在祭桌上，全美余風采堂的元老、總顧問、 各埠的主席並排在祭桌前，向余氏先賢余忠襄公遺像行三鞠躬禮。 余志偉武術館舞獅採青祝賀，整條街道由警方封閉不準車輛來往，觀看者人山人海，場面熱鬧壯觀。
公宴在金豐大酒樓舉行，筵開百桌。 紐約州、市政府及兩岸駐紐約辦事處均派代表出席盛會並致贈奨狀及禮物。 大會安排了豐富的娛樂節目，千餘嘉賓輕鬆愉快地享受晚宴。
觀禮的嘉賓除參加開幕典禮和閉幕典禮及各種宴會外，主辦單位還安排了多項的旅遊活動。 紐約市一天遊讓各人大開眼界，領略到號稱大蘋菓的紐約市的各處名勝古 蹟，及其車水馬龍的繁華氣象。 大西洋城賭場一天遊更讓一些人發了橫財。
全體元老、總顧問、總堂和各地分堂選派的代表及加拿大和各埠的列席代表共六十三人則沒有那麽輕鬆， 由早上八時到晚上八時除午餐時間外必須全程參加會議。 而祕書組、提案審查組、修章組、財政稽核組的成員甚至要挑燈夜戰，一直工作到午夜十二時或一時。 兩天正式會議的工作非常繁重。 會議審核總堂提交的財政報告， 議决各地堂所提交的提案，通過修改後的總章，重申懇親大會是全美余風采堂最高的權力機構， 並確立高層會議在懇親大會閉幕後的權力，令今後全美余風采堂的運作有所依循。 會議並選舉余景新為美東總長，余超群為美東副總長，余健全為美西總長，余以信為美西副總長。
懇親大會於八月十二日在東溢豐酒樓舉行閉幕儀式，完滿成功地結朿第二十三屆懇親大會。 各宗親互祝珍重，並相約三年後在第二十四屆懇親大會於西雅圖再見。紐英崙余風采堂 余厚利報告
全美余風采堂第廿三屆懇親大會於八月九日在紐約中華公所的中山禮堂隆重開幕。 來自全美各地十四個代表團的余氏宗親代表歡聚一堂。大家共為余氏今後的發展出謀獻策。 第廿三屆懇親大會揭示出深刻的主題「懇親歡樂聚蘋城 風采名揚留全美」。 大會一連四天舉行， 十一日閉幕。
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， 逾三百多人出席盛會。
八月八日（星期六）是「報到迎賓日」。 晚上六時至七時半，在美國紐約皇后區境內 39th Ave （在 緬街和王子街之間）的法拉盛「喜來登」酒店設有豐富自助餐，提供懇親大會代表及賓客享用。 八時左右，代表們參與全美余風采堂第廿三屆懇親大會的「預備會議」。
八月九日在喜來登酒店用完早餐後，余文勁元老、余習文元老提議開代表會議。 會議後，世界余氏網站事務委員會報告世余網站的進度情況，由世界余氏網站事務委 員會副主席余海量（舍路）及余文澤（斐匿）主持。
中午十二時，全體代表均在余風采堂禮堂進行祭祖儀式。 參加祭祖的有各位元老，各正副主席，總顧問，各堂所主席，顧問等。 祭祖過程莊嚴肅穆，氣氛熱烈。 一時至四時，在中華公所的中山禮堂內，紐約余風采堂還為各位代表安排豐盛的自助餐及影相留念。
下午四時，在舞龍舞獅、鳴炮等喜慶氣氛中，揭開了隆重開幕典禮的序幕。 嘉賓包括主流政要、僑團首長、社會賢達逾千人到賀。 開幕典禮由美東總長余顯良，美西總長余臻發致詞，大會籌備委員會主任、紐約分堂主席余鋼深致歡迎詞， 衷心感謝嘉賓及宗親前來參加，他並指出紐約余風采堂是第五次主辦這規模大的懇親會， 能為余氏族人歡聚一堂而尤感光榮與開心。
紐約余風采堂主席余鋼深在致歡迎詞時表示，早年余氏宗親來美，生活艱苦，乃組織宗親會，目的是團結一起，尋求發展。 在大家努力之下，總堂之外又成立十三個分堂，各擁自置樓業，各分堂均有很不錯的發展。 余鋼深主席又說，今日余氏精英歡聚紐約華埠，我們要討論會章，與時共進， 為宗親們提供更大的服務。
中華公所主席于金山致詞時，祝願全美余風采堂第廿三屆懇親大會圓滿成功。 據余風采堂總堂主席余允仁介紹，這次懇親會承蒙各地宗親支持，嘉賓及宗親致贈的花 藍賀儀，使慶會更生輝，還有紐約市長彭博的代表于之淇頒發的賀狀，加州參議院副執行主席余胤良博士的代表余健全頒發的賀狀， 及中國國務院僑務辦公室，中國駐紐約總領事館、各僑團發來的賀電、賀詞，中國駐紐約總領事館僑務組長羅剛， 僑務領事陳劭毅，台北駐紐約經文處處長廖港民、僑務組長魏煥忠，華僑文教中心主任呂元榮等出席了懇親會開幕禮。 更有世界馬氏宗親總會元老馬偉能、三藩市馬氏宗親總會主席馬頌明專程從三藩市到紐約市親臨大會祝賀。 謝氏世表也派代表前來道賀，親情難得。
多個僑團領導出席，現場氣氛熱烈。 宴會上還有歌舞團、源自川劇的「變臉」表演及卡拉 OK等 助陣，使會 場生色不少。
八月十一日早餐後，觀禮嘉賓及寶眷們參加大西洋城賭場一日遊。懇親代表們在會議上對風采堂的總章各項條文繼續認真討論， 併進行了局部修改。 各代表也表示， 懇親會閉幕後要切實執行，務使會務更上一層樓，更好地為宗親謀福利。 會議討論完畢後並選出新一屆總長領導班子。 大會並決議二零一二年第廿四屆全美余風采堂懇親大會在華盛頓州西雅圖市（舍路）舉行。
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。
我和温哥華余風采堂主席余美湛在這裡要再次跟紐約余風采堂副主席余宏基說聲多謝，因我們提早一日抵達紐約市， 他主動要親自開車來紐約「甘迺迪國際機場」接我們清晨六時半抵達的班機，體現了紐約余氏宗親的無盡溫暖，對我們加拿大余氏宗親的熱情關照。 他首先帶我們去曼哈頓的唐人街逛一逛及食早餐，然後就載著我 們前往我們住宿的酒店。我們也非常感謝紐約余氏宗親的親切招待，讓我們留下一個美好回憶！謝謝！
The 23rd National United States YFT Association Convention was held in New York from August 8-August 11, 2009. The Seattle YFT Chapter sent three delegates to attend this convention. The delegates were Fred Yee (Chapter Advisor), De Shum Yee (Chapter Vice-President) and Yao Dong Yu (Chapter Treasurer). In addition, Dr. James Yee (Chapter Advisor and US West Grand Advisor) attending as a delegate of senior leadership.
The 4-day event was efficiently and successfully organized by the New York YFT Chapter under the leadership of Frank Yee and Gong Yee, along with a large group of hard working and enthusiastic volunteers. The meeting schedules were very full and the 60 delegates spent over 12-hours days to discuss many important issues facing the U.S. YFT Association. A total 0f 200 individuals attended the convention. For those who were not delegates, they had the option of joining a day-long New York city tour and the day trip to Atlantic City.
The opening ceremony was held at the Chinese Community Benevolent Association meeting hall on August 9 at 1:00 pm after the traditional ancestral ceremony held at the New York YFT office. The opening banquet was attended by over 900 representatives and guests representing numerous community organizations.
The Seattle delegates were active in participating in the proceedings of the convention. Fred Yee, representing the Seattle YFT and the World Yee Web committee, made a presentation together with David Yee, delegate from Phoenix YFT Chapter reporting on the accomplishments of the web committee. Additional, De Shum Yee chaired one of the discussion session on August 11. Yao Dong Yu and Fred Yee were also chosen to serve on the Convention Finance and Audit Committee.
The Seattle YFT Chapter presented a proposal to the convention to hold the 2012 U.S. National YFT Convention (24th) in Seattle. Fred Yee presented the proposal on the last day of the conference. The proposal was overwhelmingly approved by the delegates.
The Seattle YFT Chapter is
honored and thankful for the trust and confidence from the
convention leadership and delegates and we will do our
best to make the 24th Convention a successful one in 2012.
Fred Yee, Seattle
The U.S. Yee Fung Toy Family Association conducted their 23rd National Convention from August 8-12, 2009. This four day event was hosted by the New York Chapter at the Sheraton Hotel in Flushing, NY. From across the U.S. and Canada, some 300 people attended this family affair.
The U.S. National Convention is held every three years alternating between a western and eastern city to host the event. The responsibilities for this year went to the east and New York got the honors and they were a great host. Being a highly populated city, they have plenty of members who are talented, capable and all worked extremely hard to make this a very joyous and successful convention.
It started with a very efficient all day check-in and registration process with their members greeting the out-of-towners at the airports and getting them transported to the hotel. A buffet dinner at 6pm followed with the delegates' preparatory meeting at 8pm to conclude the day.
Sunday, 9 August, following breakfast and a short informal meeting, everyone was shuttle bus to the New York Chapter Hall in Manhattan for the Ancestral service at 12 noon. With all the Grand Elders, Grand Advisors, delegates representing chapters in the US, Canada and invited guests crowded into the hall for the service. The service started and concluded with a lion and dragon dance performance by the martial arts school. Presented with ten roasted pigs and other items, everyone paid their respects to our great ancestor with the traditional Chinese 3 bow salute. The lion and dragon dance performance attracted a huge crowd which blocked the street from vehicular traffic.
Everyone then proceeded to the CCBA auditorium for a luncheon and the 23rd National Convention Opening Ceremony. These Chinese Language School Band played the US National Anthem and other selections prior to the start of the proceedings.
The Convention Opening Banquet was held at the Jing Fong Restaurant. Some 900 people enjoyed good entertainment from a performing musical group, NY chapter members, and Kareoke from guests, the evening was truly festive.
At 8am Monday 10 August, the convention meetings with the delegate officially commence. For 2 whole days they would meet in the Sheraton Hotel conference to review various issues. Every delegate was dedicated to their tasks. The committees as secretarial, auditing, proposal review, by-law amendment review all worked diligently into the wee hours.
While delegate attend meetings, NY chapter members served as tour guides as the chartered 2 buses to take family and guest on tour. Day 1 was a Big Apple city tour where they were able to visit and see some of New York's famous site. Though the weather was hot and crowded with people and vehicles, everyone still had a great day. Day 2 was a trip to Atlantic City where the guest can try their luck and make their fortune. They also had a delicious seafood buffet luncheon at the casino.
With all the proposals reviewed and voted upon, by-laws amended, branch chapter reports submitted, etc, the days of meeting is completed with the election of National Grand Presidents and Vice-presidents. The election results were for Eastern US are Grand President-Kenneth Yee (NY); Vice-President Peter Yee (Boston); and for Western US are Grand President-Larry Yee (SF); Vice-President Alan Yee (LA).
The 23rd Convention Closing Banquet was at Dong Yi Feng (Tung Yi Fung) Restaurant in Flushing where the new Grand Officers officially takes office to conclude this very successful event. In 3 years, we'll all meet for the 24th National Convention in Seattle.
Winston Yee, Boston
The 23rd National Yee Fung Toy Family Association Convention was held at the Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel in Flushing, New York on August 8 thru August 11, 2009. Although the task of hosting this conference was overwhelming, making a difference was more important. During the 4 day event, 61 delegates from across the United States scheduled meetings to discuss important family issues and the future of our family associations nationwide. For our chapter, the delegates were President Gong Sum (余鋼深), Vice President Frank (余宏基), Advisor Andy Yu (余應昌), Advisor Kenneth (余景新), Chinese Secretary Dian Rong Yu (余典榮) and Women's League President Kennie (余錦娉). Also attending as Upper Level delegates were Grand Elders Wai Hing (余維慶 元老), Peter (余耿石 元老) and Grand Advisor John B.J. Yee (余保忠 總顧問). Over 150 attendees from San Francisco Headquarters, U.S. local chapters and Vancouver, B.C. came to New York to reunite as a family and to carry out various noble family traditions. Most of the Yee “cousins” can trace the family tree back to the same Chinese Province of Canton and a common great ancestor Yee Chung-Sheng, who was knighted by the emperor of the North Sung Dynasty in the 11th century.
We want to thank all those who contributed to making this event successful. The last time our New York chapter hosted this event was 18 years ago. We greatly appreciate the help from all the volunteers, our Women's League group, the Sheraton Hotel as well as outgoing Eastern Grand President Henry, Grand Elder John M. and HQ President Gene for their invaluable inputs. We also appreciate all the monetary gifts, donations and members' contributions to help defray the enormous cost involved in hosting this event in New York City. Finally, if we overlooked anything or made errors in judgments, please accept our deepest apologies.
Sunday, August 9, was a day
full of ceremonies. At 10:00AM, chartered buses began
transporting the guests and delegates to the New York Yee
Fong Toy hall for the noontime traditional Ancestral
Services. Ten golden roast pigs were donated and used to
pay homage to ancestor Yee Chung-Sheng.
In keeping with traditions,
lion and dragon dances were provided by Yee's Hung-Ga
International Kung Fu Association along with simulated
exploding fireworks. We also want to thank Sifu Pedro C.
Yee and his group for the great performance. Pedro is the
adopted son of Master Frank Yee (Yee Chi Wai) and one of
the 1st Americans to be accepted into the Yee's Family
Lineage in our chapter. Huge crowds quickly gathered as
the streets were temporary closed to allow for our
Following the service, the
YFT leaders, delegates and attendees were then led by the
lion, dragon team and a flag bearer holding the New York
YFT chapter flag for a block and half to the Chinese
Consolidated Benevolent Association's auditorium for a
At 4:00PM the lion and dragon
team then led the Upper Level leaders into the CCBA's
auditorium for the official opening ceremonies. Joining
the groups were the New York Chinese School Crimson Kings,
a drum, fife and bugle corps band.
Marking the occasion was the
unveiling of a portrait of ancestor Yee Chung-Sheng. Also,
among some of our special guests were Ms. Pauline Yu
(于之淇), representative from Mayor Bloomberg's office,
Director General Kenneth Liao (廖港民大使) of TECO, Grand Elder
William Mah (馬偉能元老) and President Song M. Ma (馬頌明主席) of
the Mar's Family Association U.S. HQ in San Francisco.
After some greetings and
opening speeches, the opening ceremony banquet resumed at
6:00PM in Jing Fong Restaurant. Besides the 900 guests
from our Yee/Yu family, we were honored to have the
presence of Chinatown's community leaders, public
officials and friends. We are fortunate that despite the
H1N1 concerns and economic worries, family loyalties
prevail. The evening was made memorable by the
entertainment provided by our New York Women's League
under the direction of its President Kennie.
The group debuted by singing
a song called New York New York, kicked off some fancy
foot works and ended by holding up cards to spell
W-E-L-C-O-M-E. Joining the group were Advisor Kenneth,
President Gong Sum and Vice President Frank singing
together a parody of a Toisonese well wishing song. We do
this only in New York to make our guests feel welcome.
Lucky for us we also had helps from fellow cousins, uncles
and aunts willing to sing and dance the night away.
The DJ 李國帡 and his performers
along with a Sichuan Opera, like face changing or “bian
lian” (變臉) performer, continued with the evenings
Our Women's group capped off
the night with a Congo line dance, getting everyone to
join them, going through the restaurant. We want to also
acknowledge all the flower baskets, congratulatory well
wishes and presentations given during this opening
One notable proclamation was
from California State Senator Leland Yee. Due to
scheduling conflicts, Senator Yee had Larry Yee present us
his proclamations. What a night this turn out to be.
For the delegates, 8:00AM,
Monday August 10 was the official start of the 23rd
National Convention conference.
For the others, it was the
start of a day of touring the city sites aboard 2
For the evening, it was party time again as our cousins from the Mar's Family Association of San Francisco U.S. Headquarter hosted a dinner in celebration of our event at nearby Dong Yi Feng Seafood Restaurant. On behalf of the Yee family, thank you, cousin Ma, for your continued support and thoughtfulness.
8:00AM, Tuesday August 11 was
the start of another very important day for the delegates.
Decisions needed to be made on various proposals, changes
to the Bylaws and the election of new Grand President and
Vice Grand President for both East and West coasts. For
the rest of the guests, it was a day of fun in Atlantic
City in New Jersey. Shopping, casino or boardwalks were
just some things to do for the day. The evening was the
mark of the closing ceremony for our 23rd National
Convention at Dong Yi Feng Restaurant.
It was also a time for everyone to meet the newly elected Grand Presidents and Vice Grand Presidents. Congratulations to the new Western U.S. Grand President Larry Yee (余健全 美西總長) from San Francisco, Western U.S. Vice Grand President Alan Yee (余以信 美西副總長) from Los Angeles, Eastern U.S. Grand President Kenneth Yee (余景新 美東總長) from New York and Eastern U.S. Vice Grand President Peter Yee (余超群 美東副總長) from Boston. With all the formalities done, it was time to party. Karaoke and dancing by the guests made the evening so much more memorable. Special thanks to Vivien for entertaining us throughout the night.
My hopes are that everyone
had an enjoyable time in New York and went back home with
fond memories. This convention gave me the opportunity to
form so many new friendships. I also had the opportunity
to speak with Dr. Herbert Yee (余杰民 元老) and the late Grand
Elder Kin Hoy (余乾海 元老). I found both to be enlightening
people. It was unfortunate that I did not get to meet them
at this convention.
Due to a scheduling conflict, Dr. Herbert could not attend this conference. I look forward to meeting all of you once again in 3 years in Seattle, our next host city.
Frank Yee, New York
Ladies and Gentlemen, my name is Jim Yee. I am from Vancouver, BC, less than 5 hours from New York on a non-stop flight. Today I also represent the Chairman of the Yee Fung Toy Society of Canada to bring greetings from Vancouver and Canada.
I have a special message to all the delegates and guests who are attending for the first time and who are more comfortable with English than with Cantonese.
This is the 3rd US Yee Family Convention I have attended since 2000. This one is especially meaningful for me, for the following reasons:
1. New York is a special city. I arrived here two days ago and I have enjoyed every minute since I landed.
2. The New York Yee Fong Toy Association has really worked hard to put together a great Convention. Thank you Gong and Frank!
3. At the first two business meetings in the last 24 hours, delegates heard about the success of the Web Committee in getting 10 of the 14 US Yee Fung Toy Associations on the internet with their individual chapter websites within the last 12 years.
4. The meetings will now be bilingual in Chinese and in English, thanks to the support of the Grand Presidents and the Grand Elders who listened to the needs of the English speaking delegates.
The effort you put into attending this Convention, and the effort you put into running your chapters and maintaining your websites will pay off with attracting more members, especially members of the younger generation.
Jim Yee, Vancouver
More pictures from the 23rd
US Yee Fung Toy Family Association Convention below are
courtesy of Dr. David Yee, Kenny Yee, Edward Yue, Frank
Yee, Master Chian Chip Ma and Martin Yee.