Merit Award Scholarships Available

The Wa Sung Community Service Club began awarding scholarships in 1957 to outstanding students of Asian descent graduating from high schools in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. Since then over 800 scholarships have been awarded. The scholarships are funded from the Perpetual Scholarship Fund, fundraising events, the the generous donations from individuals. The continuing support from the donors, Wa Sung members, and Friends of Wa Sung make these scholarships possible every year.

For 2014, at least 12 scholarships of $1,000 each will be awarded. We are now accepting applications for these scholarships. Deadline for application is April 1, 2014. Application forms can be obtained from the counselor's office in all high schools in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties, or can be downloaded here.


A Chef's Delight Was Fabulous!

"The recent 13th annual 'A Chef’s Delight' was fabulous", exclaimed Tamiko Wong, Executive Director of the Oakland Asian Cultural Center (OACC)!

"I think the atmosphere is better this year; maybe because the crowd is a little bigger thanks to our Groupon promotion", WS photographer Roland Hui expressed as he shared his wonderful pictures of the event.

"The youth volunteer’s eagerness and willingness spread the positive momentum to all the volunteers", optimistic volunteer co-chairs, David Chang and Clayton Yukumoto said smiling. The following outstanding youth volunteer groups gave their best: AYSC, Rotaract, Asian Network Group, UC Berkeley Pills, and AACO. [More]

Wa Sung Awarded 16 Scholarships

The 2013 Merit Awards and May General Meeting was held on Thursday, May 9th at Pier 29 Restaurant in Alameda. 15 high school graduates won $1,000 scholarships, and Vania Lei captured the $2,500 Wa Sung Scholarship. Fiona Ma was the keynote speaker.


 

President Doreen Lew's Message

Welcome to Wa Sung Community Service Club! I’m very honored to be President and have a Board so committed, dedicated, and energetic along with members who are very supportive and wonderful.

My vision is to secure Wa Sung’s future so it is here for generations to come and eventually free from financial burden. I also want to grow, educate and develop our membership. All of these things are crucial to Wa Sung’s survivability!

This is a huge transitional year for this organization. Besides working on securing Wa Sung’s future, our 5-Year Plan (Jr. League, Wa Sung Community Center, Documentation, Visibility, and Procedures and Stability) is ending this year. Many of the event co-chairs are new. We’ve also added many new social events for our members. Therefore, a lot of major decisions are being addressed this year. It is a very challenging but exciting year for me.

Wa Sung is an organization that fosters a sense of community. We’re a non-profit that provides charity grants, educational grants, and community grants along with putting on many events that serve our community, such as our signature Easter Pancake Breakfast, our 58th year.

Please consider joining Wa Sung. Membership helps to fund our activities. I look forward to meeting everyone at our many events.


Wa Sung Community Center

On January 6, 2011, inside the beautiful OACC auditorium, along with the annual Wa Sung Inaugural dinner event, the celebration of the opening of the new Community Center was enjoyed by supportive community organizations, city and state officials, Wa Sung members and guests. The WSCC office was open showcasing the 59 years of history; various memorabilia, photos, past issues of Community Directories, articles written by WS founders, chronicle of newsletters, a TV showing the development and success of the Junk Boat Restoration project, a 1930 WS Baseball Team picture, a 180 degree wall photo of the Easter Pancake Breakfast crowd, a collage exhibiting the many faces of our past & current membership, Merit Award Exhibit and other fundraising events displayed. [More]

Wa Sung Junior League

Established in 2010, Wa Sung's Junior League is a promising and upcoming place for all young adults, ages 18 to 26. Our main purpose of this program is to provide support and resources for the young adults in this age group that is often neglected when it comes to specific age-oriented clubs and organizations within our communities. It is within this age group that many individuals are beginning to embark into the both frightening and exciting path of life and the real world. [More]

 

The 57th Annual Easter Pancake Breakfast



This year was the 57th Annual Wa Sung Easter Pancake Breakfast. It was held inside the Lincoln Recreation Center Gymnasium on 10th and Harrison Street Oakland, CA.

Due to rain forecasts and for stage safety, we made an early decision to have the event inside. Our Wa Sung members and volunteers began to transform the gym at 6:00 am on Easter Sunday....


 
 
junk boat

Wa Sung Junk Boat

at Lincoln Square


The story of our Junk Boat starts with a trans-Pacific voyage made by an oceangoing junk called the "Free China" which sailed from Taiwan to San Francisco in 1960. In 1961, Dr. Joshua Fong wrote to the Chinese Consulate General in San Francisco asking if the consul might know how the Wa Sung Service Club could obtain a junk boat similar to the Free China. The boat would be displayed in a park in Oakland -- perhaps even at a Chinese wharf in Lake Merritt as "a symbol of the determination and spirit of Free China and its people."

This idea evolved, an over the next few years, with the collaboration of the Oakland Parks and Recreation Department, a Junk Boat play structure was designed for Lincoln Park. Wa Sung raised over $15,000 to help guild the boat, and on Sunday, March 23, 1969 at 3:30 p.m., it was dedicated with a ceremony including fireworks and followed by a Chinese gourmet dinner at the Marco Polo Restaurant in Jack London Square. [More]