The Wa Sung Community Service Club had their 57th annual Merit Scholarship Award ceremony on May 8 at the Legendary Palace Restaurant. There were 16 students who each received a certificate and $1,000 scholarship award.
The funds to support the scholarships came from generous donations from Wa Sung members, Friends of Wa Sung, fundraisers, and Wa Sung Scholarship Endowment funds. Each student was required to submit their high school transcript, SAT scores, letter of recommendation, the application detailing their academic achievements, extracurricular activitie and community service particpation, and a 500-word essay on the topic of 'Who has been a role model in your life and how has that person have an impact in your life?' The Scholarship Committee reviewed over 40 applications from students who attend schools in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. We had 90 people attend last night's ceremony. Our guest speaker was Drew Sanders who is the founder of Banyan Tree Strategies and the California Season of Life Foundation, and the author of three books. He encouraged the students to think how they can give back to the community.
The winners are: Katie Chang, Cheyenne Chen, Tamilyn Chen, Simran Disabar, Emily Hong Bin He, Amy Huang, Nora Jang, James Nguyen, Jarren Suzuki, Terence Tang, Stephanie Thai, Susan Wang, Kelsey Wong, Veronica Wu, Sonia Xu, and Christina Yee.
Wa Sung's Educational Grants committee awarded a $1,000 check to Lincoln Elementary School in Oakland contributing to the overnight 5th grade science camp in Yosemite. Educational Grants Co-Chairs, Alex Lock and Doreen Lew, presented the check to 5th-grade teacher Rob Fong and Principal Ivanna Huthman during Santa's visit on December 19.
The science camp introduces the 5th graders to life and earth sciences, California history, teamwork, and more in a beautiful natural setting. This Yosemite learning experience will be coordinated with their Lincoln School curriculum that includes journal writing, social studies, and science experiments. [More]
In our annual budget, we have funds set aside specifically to help other non-profit organizations in projects that meet our eligibility requirements. Wa Sung is dedicated to fostering better understanding and communication amongst the diverse ethnic and cultural groups in our community. We support projects focused on promoting Asian culture and community relations
In 2013, we worked with the East Bay Children's Theatre in their production of "Cinderella- It's a Dog's Life" We provided part of the funding for their production of 6 live performances at Lincoln Elementary, Franklin Elementary, and Cleveland Elementary schools. These shows were both entertaining and educational and gave children a chance to experience the excitement of live theatre.
Wa Sung had a successful "A Chef’s Delight" food and wine event in October, 2013, which raised funds for the Wa Sung Community Center and the Oakland Asian Cultural Center, both non-profit organizations devoted to the cultural and educational enrichment of the community. At our Inaugural in 2014, we presented a check for $10,000 to Tomiko Wong, Executive Director of OACC.
Since its initial chartered as Wa Sung Service Club back in 1952, it converted into the present non-profit entity Wa Sung Community Service Club in 1960. It is a non-profit corporation. The club truly is non-profit. Our members are of different age groups. They come from different walks of life. They could be students, everyday working people or self- employed, retirees. We do not receive any financial compensations for the time and efforts that we or donate to the club. It comes from the willingness of our hearts. Our volunteerism is for the good of the community.
From the first president Joseph Lee installed in 1953 to the 2014 president Doreen Lew, the torch was passed from year to year, from one decade to another. The club is vibrant the club has taken steps to further its growth with the 5-year long range plan and the establishment of the Junior League. To assure the growth and continuation of the club, the establishment of the Junior League is very vital to our future. We continue to serve our community by participation with various community based events with other non-profit organizations. Through the donations that we received from both present and past members and our fund raising events, we will provide our annual Merit Scholarship awards, charity and education grants to help the community.
If you are interested in joining us as a member or inquire any of our upcoming events, you are welcome to contact us. We can be reached either by emails or phone.
2013 was another fun-filled year for the Wa Sung Community Center (WSCC). We continued to focus on educating the community on how to edit digital photos, exposed the community on the importance of Hep B awareness in collaboration with the American Liver Foundation, and participated in the Oakland Chinatown Street Festival!
For a second year in a row, we were fortunate to have Carson Woo, the instructor and President of the Chinatown Photographic Society of San Francisco, return to teach over 30 students how to use the free photo editing program, Fast Stone Photo Viewer. Students brought their own laptops where they were able to tweak their photos and add their own flair to their photos using some fun tools. Our students felt a sense of relief knowing there was a free software program they could use without having to spend hundreds of dollars to do the similar editing techniques using more expensive programs. Stay tuned for future digital editing classes![More]
What a year it has been for the Wa Sung Junior League! Looking back at 2013 and reflecting upon all of our accomplishments this past year, I am absolutely amazed of how far we have come in three short years.
In 2013, the Junior League (JL) gained 10 new members, including recent high school graduates, college students, and young adults already working in the "real-world". The year started off with a bang, as one of our own Junior League members, Denise Gee, had the honor to be the Mistress of Ceremonies along with well-known ABC Channel 7 news anchor, Alan Wang, at Wa Sung's 60th Inaugural. Not only was she charismatic on stage, but she also represented the JL flawlessly!
On behalf of the 31 members of the Junior League, I would love to invite you to become a part of our exceptional community by becoming a Junior League member yourself. As a member, you will have access to many prospects such as community service events, networking opportunities, and job shadowing possibilities to name a few. [More]
It's here! The 2014 Oakland East Bay Community Directory is now out! This annual Wa Sung publication contains tons of info about the Club; it also has a "reverse directory" of the merchants and businesseses in the core area of Oakland Chinatown, as well as listings of area organizations, clubs, churches, and social agencies. The public is welcome to pick up a FREE copy at the Wa Sung Community Center (inside the lobby of the Oakland Asian Cultural Center.
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]