On the Scene: May 7

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There aren’t many organizations that can boast having given student scholarships for over 40 years, but South Bay Chinese Service Club’s 2013 President Steve Cho announced proudly it started in 1970 at this year’s Scholarship Awards Luncheon.  Held at the Hilton Fremont/Newark, the lunch honored 14 students from the Tri-Cities area and awarded scholarship grants from $500-$2500. On the receiving end were happy students Jennifer Au, Sophia Chan, Katherine Chang, Kevin Chen, Rachel Lee, Joie Lin, Josh Lin, Julian She, Margaret Shen, Ivonnie Shih, Catherine Siu, Vivian Tan, John Wong and Shanel Xian. Chairman Joe Woo cited interesting profiles of the 2013 applicants for these grants. Average GPA was 3.9, total AP Honors Classes totaled 283, total volunteer hours were 9,287 hours, and most popular majors were Biological Sciences, Bioengineering, Biochemistry, cell biology and human biology.  SBCSC’s grants were awarded for scholastic merit, as selected by the scholarship committee members Dr. Ben Chew, Chris Chin, Dr Fran Sabado Gin, Gordon Jang, Gerry Low-Sabado, Aaron Wong, Priscilla Woo, Aliene Yee, Eleanor Yee and Willy Yichoy.  Guest speaker of the program was Dr. Vicki Jew, who was once a recipient of the South Bay Club’s scholarship grant herself.


South Bay Chinese Service Club Scholarship winners and parents: front row: Shanel Xian, Vivian Tian, John Wong, Dr. Vicki Jew middle row: Joe Woo, Rachel Lee, Ivonnie Shih, Katherine Chang, Catherine Siu Back Row: Dr. Fran Gin, Kevin Chen, Julian Shen, Huang San-Ying, Christine Lee, Eric Chan, Shen Kun Fuang

South Bay Chinese Service Club Scholarship winners and parents:
front row: Shanel Xian, Vivian Tian, John Wong, Dr. Vicki Jew
middle row: Joe Woo, Rachel Lee, Ivonnie Shih, Katherine Chang, Catherine Siu
Back Row: Dr. Fran Gin, Kevin Chen, Julian Shen, Huang San-Ying, Christine Lee, Eric Chan, Shen Kun Fuang

As Chairman Fran Gin explained, much of the grant monies come from the annual Golf Tournament which benefits the club’s service fund.  The 26th annual SBCSC Golf Benefit will be held May 19, Sunday at the Sunol Valley Golf Club’s Cypress Course with prizes for all at the Awards Buffet Dinner following the tourney at Vince’s Café in Fremont.

The Golf Shop at Rancho Bernardo Inn Manager Mary shows merchandise to Blake Dodson, Dali Jones and Patsy Ja

The Golf Shop at Rancho Bernardo Inn Manager Mary shows merchandise to Blake Dodson, Dali Jones and Patsy Ja

All sponsors of over $250 will get  some free entries to both the golf and dinner .  Chair Victor Gin welcomes all entry questions (510) 651-6141 as well as donation checks to 1099 Sioux Ct., Fremont, CA 94539.  Come on out for a great golf day for a good cause!



Readers are often asking me for vacation ideas since they know through reading my column through lo these past 20 years that Gerrye is a vacation-a-holic determined to see and experience what this wonderful world has to offer. This time let me share a “Girls Getaway” close enough to drive leisurely, without the hassle of busy airports and long security lines.


A wonderful week in Southern California began with four old friends. Patsy Ja, Jeanette Yee and Dali Jones and myself,  driving from Silicon Valley for a relaxing sojourn. We began it with a visit to Rancho Bernardo Inn under sunny blue skies and mild 70s temperatures. Director of golf Blake Dodson had promised me an especially pleasurable golf experience on his course and he was true to his word.  Not only did I find the course exceptionally well maintained in wonderful condition, but my lady companions and I also discovered it to be especially kind to the woman golfer. It’s wide green fairways accented with colorful flowers throughout would make any golfers day a feast for their eyes in addition to a challenge for their golf talent. RBI’s championship resort course and its friendly staff live up to its AAA Four-Diamond rating, we all agreed.
For the woman golfer who is usually ignored in most golf course shops, the RBI shop had a whole floor devoted to clothes and accessories any lady golf resort guest would be opening their wallet willingly.

Rancho Bernardo inn is a hidden gem not just for the golfer, but for anyone wanting a great vacation destination. . The popular Veranda restaurant is enjoyed by guests and members alike, and has special music groups performing on the weekends to many a diner’s dancing pleasure.
On the premises was a great spa facility opened to all guests and visitors. To relax my body after golfing, massage therapist Myra treated me to a stimulating butter scrub followed by the spa’s popular Holistic Massage. As Myra explained the holistic massage treats each client’s particular trouble spots, as discovered and diagnosed by the therapist. She found tightly wound shoulder muscles typical of a computer driven writer, and treated them with wonderfully relaxing hot stone massaging.  The spa has a private Jacuzzi tub which patrons can enjoy throughout their spa day and the quiet essence of the building was an added bonus to any of the many treatments available.   Blake said there are many Stay and Play packages including a round of golf or a spa treatment as well as accommodations in one of the 287 spacious guestrooms. So for a nice get away to San Diego area., look up Rancho Bernardo  Inn website for its packages and information about joining its membership. Contact 866 854 2994.


Just over the hill is the well-run Lawrence Welk Resort.which welcomes time share patrons as well as vacation guests to its spacious property which has its own golf courses, multiple area swimming pools, and many hiking trails. A special plus for localites and travelers is The Welk Theatre, which produces shows year round.  We caught talented Producer

Joshua Carr’s latest production of CHICAGO directed and choreographed by Ray Limon, and it had a stage full of top-notch talented singers and dancers.  Their stage is small compared to Broadway, but the musical prowess of performers Natalie Mucci and Adrienne Storrs as Velma and Roxie, and handsome Casey Marshall as Billy Flynn was better than many stars on Broadway. Upcoming is JoAnne Worley in Keep Laughing June 26-30 andHairspray September 27-November 24. If you’re in the area, schedule time to come over to the Welk Resort and catch a golf game and a show to round out a nice visit.


Visiting friends is always a pleasureable part of travel, and we visited with the San Diego Chinese Golf Clubmembers who meet weekly to enjoy the game of golf together.  Small but mighty, this group goes to multiple courses in San Diego County, and we enjoyed playing withJohn and Neta Howo, Herbert and Deanna Hom, Kim and Carol Lee, Maejean Chan, Russ Chan and Murray Lee at Arrowwood Golf Club. We like their spirit of striving to not only hit the ball, but have a ball doing it!




Palo Alto Players production of Miss Saigon is a real winner for peninsula theater fans who can see a very professional performance at the Lucie Stern Theater in Palo Alto for the next few weeks.  It was interesting to note that all of the very talented performers work day jobs in addition to performing in this very entertaining production because in my opinion, their talent really warrants being a full time entertainer on stage.  Kudos to Palo Alto Players for a great production of this old favorite.


Save the date May 18, 10-4pm to join Kristi Yamaguchi’s Reading Adventures  at San Jose’s  Happy Hollow Park & Zoo. Sponsored by Fremont Bank, Kristi says to bring the entire family out for live entertainment, featuring story reading by Kristi herself, and other celebrities reading their favorite stories in a variety of fun settings. There will be adventures throughout the park at several art project stations and free visits to not-to-be-missed neighboring Happy Hollow Park for rides, puppet shows and Animal Meet & Greet in an enclosed area for all animal lovers. Ticket info:www.alwaysdream.org.


On May 23, The Sea Alexanders Steakhouse of Palo Alto will be the site of Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation’s  annual Silicon Valley lunch. Director Michael McKechnie tells us this year it will introduce the campaign to enlist founding members of the newly established Pacific Passages Circle.  The PPC will join together individuals who believe in the importance of maintaining and researching Chinese American immigration history from the early 1900s to the present. The emphasis up to now has been to tell of the experiences Chinese immigrants faced while being mistreated during 1910-1940 period of Angel Island Immigration Station. Future plans are to highlight immigration stories beyond the Angel Island Immigration Station years of 1910-1940. All interested individuals wishing to learn about the group and support its mission are welcomed to attend.  Contact Grant Din atgdin@aiisf.orgn to reserve your seat. Lunch admission is free with a personal donation after hearing speakers Larry Chang, Victor Chinn and Catherine Eusebio tell of their family’s immigration stories and how AIISF wants to chronicle and preserve and share with the public news on their upcoming blogs and exhibits with everyone’s much needed support dollars.  If you’re interested, join me May 23 for lunch. RSVP gerryewong@comcast.net.


Join the Aloha Spirit at Self Help for the Elderly’s 2013 Longevity Gala Dinner June 1 at the Hyatt Regency BurlingameChairwomen Diane Lee and Joan Wilson welcome all to this event which will present the RECIPIENTS OF FRIEND OF THE ELDERLY AWARD 2013 to Virginia Bakken, Stan Chew, Sergio Chung, David Lee and Russell Leong.  Hula entertainment by Bumble Bee/Nicole Bay Area Hula and Self Help for the Elderly’s Senior Hula Dancers will round out an evening supporting a good cause for seniors.

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