On May 28th Wa Sung proudly presented $19,500 in scholarships to 18 Bay Area high school seniors headed for college. This was our 59th Annual Merit Scholarship Awards Presentation. The event was very uplifting and memorable hearing the achievements of each student, their future endeavors and the acknowledgements to their family. Each presenter enriched the evening by sharing the scholarship they were presenting, whether it was in memory of family or in honor of enriching a student's wish to further their education. [More]
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.
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]