The 60th Annual Merit Scholarship Awards ceremony was held on Thursday, May 12, 2016 at Pier 29 Waterfront Restaurant in Alameda. It was an inspiring and uplifting evening as we presented scholarships to 14 outstanding young people. As we enjoyed our dinner of prime rib, salmon or pasta there was no lack of conversations, smiles and laughter that filled the room as the presenters and their recipients got to know each other.
There were almost 100 people in attendance. They included the scholarship winners, their families, the presenters and their families, scholarship committee members, board members and general membership. All were there to show support of the recipients and also to be proud of Wa Sung’s achievement in giving back to the community through these scholarships.[Read More]
An estimated crowd of 1200 gathered at the Lincoln Square Playground in Chinatown in Easter Sunday morning to join the "Stacks 'N Sausages" extravaganza, an annual Wa Sung tradition that has been going for 60 years and counting. Everyone had a great time.
This year we made profitable changes and recharged our 2016 Directory with a new look! As you glance through the directory instantaneously the feel of the rich glossy pages, professional graphic design layout and the 100% in color directory with continuous emphasis on Wa Sung’s mission and history along with greater attention to the advertisements!
This directory publication brought a new high for Wa Sung’s 64th year in community service in retaining the contents of the informational street directory, community assistance references and City of Oakland’s service resources. We are sharing this successful publication with everyone in the community and get your free copy at the Wa Sung Community Center.
We have just concluded our 9th Annual Charity Golf Tournament on August 18, 2015 at the beautiful Monarch Bay Golf Club in San Leandro. All proceeds will benefit the Wa Sung Charity Fund.
As the newly elected 2016 President along with the Board & Directors we are fortunate to take on the challenge to successfully achieve the new 2015-2020 Five Year Plan – 1) Maintain a Profitable Community Directory, 2) Commit to Financial Stability, 3) Retain and promote Membership growth and 4) Strategize and execute the new Capital Fund. We believe it takes team work within the club membership, the many community organizations and supporters from many areas to have Wa Sung maintain its strong community role beyond the current 64th year!
Community Service is two folded - outwardly in serving the community needs and inwardly to retain sustainability in the core structure of an organization.
Community minded allows us to volunteer for the 2nd year supporting the City of Oakland, in the ‘Turkey Giveaway’ community project during Thanksgiving. So many diverse families will enjoy a healthy and tasteful Turkey meal. In the 1950’s, Wa Sung put together Thanksgiving food baskets to the families in need, so with Wa Sung helping with the ‘Turkey Giveaway’, this is going back in history and tradition!
I am fortunate again to be part of the leadership in collaborating with everyone in seeing Wa Sung’s journey from the history making of yesterdays, marvel at today’s accomplishments and be hopeful with action for the unlimited tomorrows!
Regard fully for Wa Sung,
2016 WS President
The Wa Sung Community Center (WSCC) has always focused on educating our community. For example, we have put on classes and/or events on current safety techniques updates, how to take and edit digital photos, and helping youth to learn life lessons through the game of golf. The WSCC continued their mission in 2014 by concentrating on educating and entertaining the community with their first tee program for youth, 2nd annual bowl-‐a-‐thon fundraiser, and their first social media presentation on Facebook. [More]
The Wa Sung Jr. League (WSJL) started as a pilot program in 2010 as part of the Wa Sung 5 Year Plan (2010-‐2015). Its goal is to encourage community service, promote leadership ambitions, and be an available outreach for youth’s ages 17-‐25 years old, especially when normal difficulties cross their paths as they embark to a new phase of life after high school and during college. Youth is an experience that is extremely important influencing their adult life; and this program is to give them the respect of their choices, encourage successes and acceptance of failures.
Currently we have close to 45 Wa Sung Jr. League members, but a large number in membership does not matter or make this program successful. What is important is the Jr. League committee that is composed of Wa Sung members and Jr League representatives to be willing to understand society’s lifestyles, age-‐range characteristics, health-‐risk behaviors, and constantly working alongside the Jr. Leaguers to learn their needs and wants. [More]
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]