On the Scene: The Year Off to a Good Start

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Self Help For the Elderly kicked off the Year of the Dragon with the South Bay Dinner Fundraiser on January 8 at the Dynasty Restaurant Ballroom in Cupertino. Honored that evening for their volunteerism to the Kwok Yuen Assisted Living Center in San Jose were Ken and Mabel Lai and Frances Quon, a very surprised MC for the evening.

Grant Ave Follies entertain Self Help for the Elderly South Bay audience.

The 160 guests were given a “wish list” of needs for the home and the M.T. Liang Senior Center, who share the building.  Rising to the challenge, the audience came through reaching the goal of $80,000. The Grant Avenue Follies performed for the philanthropic audience who had opened their hearts and wallets for this very worthwhile senior cause.

Magician Cynthia Yee captivated the audience, as did singers Emily Chin and Doris Grover, and graceful feathered fan dancer Ivy Tam.  Kudos to the committee who pulled this mini fundraiser to start the year funding needs of the Kwok Yuen Living Center.

Surprised Frances Quon is heralded with an award for volunteerism from Anni Chung and Rosalyn Koo

Showing their generosity as always were the Norman Tu Family, Eva Jones, Andrew and Flora Zee, Don and Rose Tang, Roger and Sylvia Eng, Russell and Linette Leong, Larry and Loretta Louie, Tenny Tsai and Eric Chin. Kudos to committee members Virginia Bakken, Evelyn Gate, Philippa Leung, May Lum, Nancy Mar, Linda Shum, Rose Tokugawa,Barbara Why, Danielle Xu and Dorothy Yeung.

Chi Am Circle’s annual Installation Luncheon, held at Ming’s Seafood Restaurant in Palo Alto, is always a happy occasion where members and guests get to rekindle old and new friendships, and an eager new Board comes in to take over with everyone’s blessings.  As explained by Brenda Wong, who oversaw the installation procedures, every year Chi Am is fortunate that a new group of eager members take the helm of Chi Am Circle to continue the fine work and camaraderie the club exudes of its 100 members strong.  Installed to serve in 2012 are Presidents Rose Tokugawa and Helen Yamauchi, Vice presidents Paulette Young Curby, Zeny Seid and Cleo Jong, Treasurers Monica Eng and Shelley Cen; Secretary Dr. Clara Lee, Program Chairperson Linda Toda, Newsletter editor Mabel Thong, Website Chair Jenny Leung, Historian Marichu Scanlon, Hospitality Liza Wong and Parliamentarian Beverly Harada.

Ken and Mabel Lai receive ribbons of appreciation at Self help for elderly South Bay event from Rosalyn Koo.

Installation Lunch chairs Carol Fong, Gloria Hom and Pauline Fong and their committee had prizes and gifts for practically everyone of the over 60 guests at the luncheon. Line dancing entertainment following the serious part of the day was led by energetic members Diana Chan and Zeny Seid.

Ship Captains Benson and Helen Kwan’s celebration party invitation read, “Your Passport to Sail into 2012 on The Good Ship Bountiful” with the embarkation port their Saratoga home. Guests wore apparel from their favorite destinations, with the hosts adorned in attire from a recent Mexico cruise.  Others dressing in the spirit of the party were Muriel Kao in a Burmese outfit, while husband John’s white long skirt was from his Sri Lanka trip. Dressed in favorite Hawaiian shirt and dress were the Wilson Fongs,  Paul Chars, and Tom Tanabes. Husband Calvin wore his white/black hooded scarf held by the traditional stiff black round crown from Syria while Lovelle Shak and Patsy Wong directed these holiday land cruisers where to dock.


Senora Helen Kwan and Senor Benson Kwan welcome friends to their world travels party.

Everyone knows that golf is one of the loves of my life, so I must report on my golf group’s end of the year dinner.  We call ourselves “Foon Hay Seniors Golf Club” which means we are happy golfers even if we aren’t invited to the Pro Circuit.  Installed as the new leaders of the club for 2012 that night were President Don Wong, Tournament chairmen Damon Kong and Robert Cheung, Webmaster Clarence Bakken and fellow Board members Carol Fong, Helen Hubbs, Tom Tanabe and Jane Chan.  Of course, 2011 champs were announced, and they included Robert Cheung, Richard Lim, and myself. Most Improved Player Awards went to Mary Ann Jones and Cecil Chang. Enjoying the camaraderie of this 80 group of golfers and their friends that evening were members the Ed Jangs, Werner Yees, Larry Louies, Diane Lee, Chris and Mike Houlihan, Richard Woos, Harvey Toms, George Lees and Howard Lums.

Foon Hay Golf Club of Silicon Valley installs 2012 officers: l to r: Damon Kong, Robert Cheung, Jane Chan, Helen Hubbs, Don Wong, Tom Tanabe, Carol Fong, Clarence Bakken

Foon Hay Club Men's A Flight Champion Robert Cheung receives award from President Arthur Tom.

Chinese Hospital Auxiliary and Friends of On Lok combined memberships enjoyed a holiday luncheon at the famed Tommy Toy’s to celebrate a good year of positive accomplishments towards the organizations they support.  Seen in the group were such stalwart members as Anna Quock, Eileen Tong, Jayne Yee, Bea Wong, Cynthia Yee and her Follies dancers, Ella Chan, Dorothy Low, and May Jew.

Chinese Hospital Auxiliary guests at holiday lunch were Gerrye Wong, Sharon Seto, Dorothy Low and Marilyn Warden

When Silicon Valley-ites Amy Boyce and Kenneth Kwong want to celebrate New Years Eve, they welcome any and all to join them, and over 380 eager dancing celebrants joined together at the Dynasty Restaurant’s Grand Ballroom in Cupertino.  Seen dancing to the very lively, albeit a bit too loud for ye columnist’s senior ears, band of Alice and the Wave, were Steve and Diana Chans, Floyd and Janet Okada, Kuey and Susan Fong, Valerie Jeung, Harvey and Ginger Yee, Robert and Klara Cheung,  Active line dancers captured the floor too.


Happy New Years Eve celebrants in Silicon Valley dance were seated: Ben and Joyce Tom; Standing: Muriel and John Kao, Wilson and Pauline Fong, Calvin and Gerrye Wong

Coming up  ……..

“VOICES IN THE WOODEN HOUSE” : Angel Island Inscriptions and Immigrant Poetry, 1910-1940 will be the topic of a lecture by  Charles Egan on January 21 from 1-3pm at the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California. He will read new poems written by the Chinese, Japanese, and Korean immigrants about their journeys to America and their stays at Angel Island. Egan is a professor Chinese at San Francisco State University and has researched the wall inscriptions at the Angel Island Immigration Station. He has identified up to 60 new Chinese poetic inscriptions at present unknown to the public. Free admission. Info: 415 262 4429; 1840 Sutter St., San Francisco.  The program is co-sponsored by the Asia Society, JCCNC, Korean Center, Inc. and National Japanese American Historical Society.

Palo Alto Players continues their 2011-2012 season with Bay Area Premiere of “GIVE ‘EM HELL, HARRY”, playing for only seven performances January 27- February 5, 2012 at the Lucie Stern Theater, 1305 Middlefield Road in Palo Alto. www.paplayers.org. If you are having a hard time remembering when politicians took responsibility for their actions, meet Harry S. Truman, the 33rd President of the United States who steered this nation from wartime to peace and prosperity. This one-man show reveals the President’s down-to-earth character and head-on approach to tough issues. In our era of focus groups, sound bites and special interests, an evening spent with Truman will be utterly refreshing—and with folksy humor from the heartland and common sense insight into the Man from Missouri, this is a “helluva” play you won’t want to end.


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