How time flies,
more than four-thousand years have come and gone, yet we still have a hard
time finding some good men and women to lead the VCCAA.
Ai, Yah! In this
computer age it is a common problem for civic groups to find enough
volunteers. There are only 24
hours in a day. Just not
enough time to go around!
Thank you for
allowing me to be of service to our Association again.
Setting priority seems to work for me!
I invite you to include the VCCAA on your priority list.
We are deeply rooted in Chinese culture and we want to learn more
about it and to share it with those around us.
Association is a natural thing to do!
We truly appreciate the generous donations of your time, talent,
and money. For this year, the
fundraising efforts have been severely limited to private and corporate
donations since street fairs had been deemed non-workable.
The mere existence of the VCCAA for the coming years depends on
function of the Association is to promote culture and to bridge better
understanding in our community. Our
major undertakings are the Chinese Language School, Historical Society,
and seven annual activities: Mid-Autumn Festival, Halloween Party,
Christmas Party, Cultural Night and Chinese New Year, Easter Egg Hunt,
Memorial Day Picnic, Installation and Awards Evening.
I am happy to
announce that while we have had some initial success in soliciting
sponsors for our annual programs, we need more sponsors! I am also in talks with a few local restaurants hoping to
sell tickets to raise funds through organized banquets and gift
certificates. Dinner and
Dance and charity golf tournaments are also being pursued.
a great summer! See you all
at the Mid-Autumn Festival!
We had a
great Memorial Day Picnic that was held on Monday, May 27, at Pleasant
Valley Park, Camarillo. Attendance
was light although some people noticed that once the elections were under
control, the attendance appeared to grow to over 125 people. I am not sure what that means.
The menu was
a little different from the past. I
think it went over well. Many
thanks to Tyrus and Vivian Goo, Eric Plambeck, Sharon Chiang, and Jennie
Hsu for helping with the planning; and Tyrus Goo and Leslie Jue for
handling and overseeing the cooking.
of the day was the happiest of all. VCCAA
elected a new board! Hillary
Ling did something very generous, he agreed to be president.
Tyrus Goo came in a close second by agreeing to be vice president.
Vivian Goo did a great job with the scholarship and service awards.
Memorial Day Picnic Committee
Goo， Vivian Goo, Eric
Plambeck, Sharon Chiang, 和Jennie Hsu 参与
计划， 感谢Tyrus Goo和Leslie Jue
Goo出任副理事长 。Vivian Goo
VCCAA Installation Dinner was held on Sunday evening, June 30, at the
Super Panda Buffet at 355 S. Mills Road, Ventura.
The event started with your choice of a wide variety of delicious
entrees that tantalized and excited the taste buds. About 70 members and guests attended to enjoy an evening
installing the incoming officers and city representatives, the annual
installation dinner recognized and thanked those members, officers, and
board members, who unselfishly donated their time, talent, and effort to
attain the goals and objectives of the VCCAA.
Panda Buffet 举行。
We are elated to have Mrs. Lisa Fu as the Chief
Editor for the 2002‑2003 Directory.
Lisa will introduce some new ideas to our annual directory.
If you have not sent in your membership renewal,
please do so now. Use the
enclosed membership form and write a check for $20.00 payable to the VCCAA.
Please consider becoming a Lifetime Member by writing a check for
$500, you will never have to renew your membership
again! Mail your completed
membership form and payment to: VCCAA, P.O. Box 806, Camarillo, CA
As you know, eggroll sales are no longer a viable
fundraiser activity, so your valuable membership dues are vital in
supporting the activities of the VCCAA.
Tax-deductible donations to the VCCAA are always welcome.
Harry P. Lee
Saturday, September 28, 2002, 6:00 PM
Los Primeros Structure School
Tony Chen, (805) 644-9740 or Alvin Little, (805) 484-5222
PCS International Inc.
On the 15th
day of the 8th month of the lunar calendar, the moon is round and the
Chinese people mark their Moon (or Mid-Autumn) Festival. The round shape to the Chinese means family reunion.
Therefore, the festival is a holiday for members of a family to get
together whenever it is possible.
On that day
sons and daughters will bring their family members back to their
parents’ house for a reunion. Sometimes
people who have already settled overseas will come back to visit their
parents on that day.
Chinese holiday is accompanied by some sort of special food.
On the Mid-Autumn Festival, people eat moon cake that is a kind of
cookie with fillings of sugar, sesame, walnut, yoke of preserved eggs, ham
or other tasty ingredient.
reminded that for the potluck dinner to bring a dish that will serve at
least 10 people. The
Association will provide the drinks, rice, and moon cakes.
Saturday, October 26, 2002, 5:30 PM
Los Primeros Structure School
Edna Tanita, (805) 482-3356
Dr. & Mrs. Frank Chieu
was first celebrated about 1500 years ago.
It was a festival to celebrate that year’s harvest and the start
of winter. It was believed
that on October 31st the souls of the dead come back to earth.
believed that if the children wear scary costumes and visit their
neighbors’ houses, then evil spirits will be scared and they won’t
come to their houses. As
thanks to the children, the neighbors are supposed to give candy to the
children. If their neighbors
don’t give them any candy, the children will play a trick on them.
food and drink will be served at 5:30 PM, followed by games and costume
contests. Mark your calendar
for this fun-filled event.
County Chinese American
Historical Society held a meeting on July 6, 2002 to discuss the China
Alley Memorial Project. We
were honored by the attendance of Eugene Moy, chairman of the Board of
Directors of the Chinese Historical Society of Southern California (CHSSC)
and his wife Susan as well as Linda Wong Smith who is also on the Board of
Directors of the CHSSC. Gene
presented to our society a copy of the book “Bridging the Centuries:
History of Chinese Americans in Southern California” which was
recently published by the CHSSC. Our
own Linda Bentz wrote a chapter on the Chinese fishing activities in
Southern California in this book. The
noted archaeologist Roberta Greenwood contributed a chapter on the
Chinatown in Ventura. We look forward to future collaboration with the CHSSC
which was founded in 1975 to increase awareness of the Chinese American
We are in
the process of finalizing the design of the China Alley Memorial.
The Ventura City Council authorized the construction of the
memorial along the Figueroa walkway close to the original site of the
China Alley in Ventura. We
are in need of an artist(s) who may be able to help with the design of
this important monument to the Chinese pioneers who lived in Ventura from
the 1860s to 1910s. This will
be the first official recognition of the contribution by the Chinese to
the history of Ventura County. For
a view of the draft of the Memorial, please visit our website at www.vccahs.org. Anyone interested in this project is encouraged to contact
George Yu at (805) 987-8937 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
City Council allocated $8,000 in matching fund for the China Alley
Memorial. Our Historical
Society set a goal to raise an additional $10,000 toward the construction
of the Memorial. We are
asking all the members of the VCCAA to contribute to this fund. Please make your tax-deductible contribution payable to the
VCCAA and identify in the memo section “China Alley Memorial Project.”
Mail your checks to Mr. S. K. Leong, 1110 Avenida Acaso, Camarillo,
Wong Smith， 理事会主席Eugene Moy
S. K. Leong, 1110 Avenida Acaso, Camarillo, CA 93012，抬头请写
Alley Memorial Project.”
As your new
VCAA Youth Group co-president I, Juliet Kong, would like to welcome you
all into the new year! Recently,
I attended a board meeting and met the great board members for this coming
year. Everyone was concerned
about the association and coming up with ideas that will help the VCCAA
and its success for years to come. Knowing
that people out there are volunteering and dedicating their time to this
association make me want to help even more.
This is why I ask you, the youth (those ages 12-18), to please give
your input and spend time to help the association – be it setting up or
attending the annual functions.
upcoming year the Youth Group will be led by both myself and Tiffany Chieu.
We are here to help the association but we cannot handle the
association by ourselves. I
encourage everyone between the ages of 12-18 to actively participate
because many of our association members are either seniors or juniors in
high school and in two years the Youth Group might not exist.
So please call up your Chinese buddies and tell them to join the
If you have
any questions or comments please feel free to contact me or Tiffany.
My number is (805) 988-1140 or (805) 712-2612.