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 makes these scholarships possible every year.
For 2016, over 10 scholarships of $1,000 each will be awarded. Deadline for application is April 1, 2016. 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.
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.
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]
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]