Brief announcements were made by President Archie McKee:
- DUES ARE DUE! Individual membership - $25; family membership - $40. Get your checks to treasurer Duane.
- Two reporters from the BEIJING REVIEW visited Sarasota last month. They met with Sarasota Sister Cities and then with Jill, Duane, Archie and Grace to discuss USCPFA. We are expecting a great write-up about Sarasota in the BEIJING REVIEW soon.
- February 17 meeting at 2 pm. Tentatively at Carolyn's clubhouse. Confirmation of the location will come in your email. A presentation will be made by a young Sarasota lady whom Archie placed in a teaching position in Anhui Province, PRC.
- March 17 meeting at 2 pm. Location: Jill and Duane's new home or clubhouse. Annual meeting. Election of new officers: Anyone interested in a position for the next two years may contact Archie or Duane. Details to follow.
Thank you to Pat for bringing our lovely Mary with her.
We have one new member who located us on the INTERNET and mailed a check to the national treasurer to join!
We were joined by Jill and Duane's friends, Colette and John Paul from France, Lolly's friend, Pam, and Miriam's husband Stuart. We had two additional guests who were welcomed and invited to come again. They are considering joining.
Everyone truly enjoyed Carolyn and Lolly's slides from their trip to China in 2011: "Flub Dub and Farfetchness: Lolly and Carolyn in China." It brought back fond memories for those of us who have been to China and, as Lois put it, some who have not visited China traveled there vicariously. Alfonz expressed the joy he felt from seeing photos of his wife Hong Ying.
Dinner at the Yummy House was so enjoyable. Thank you to the Drs. Lin who arranged for our group to have reservations even though Yummy House is the latest hotspot in Sarasota. People were lined up at the door before they even opened! Everyone was allowed to elect to order family style or as individuals. Delicious food and so affordable! And a chance for our members to catch up with one another. Lots of talk and laughter were heard.
Many photos were taken. (Anytime your photos turn out better, please feel free to send them to Grace.)
It seems our blog is reaching people. Since it was created two years again, there have been 2,137 pageviews! WOW!
And if you type "China Sarasota" in the search box on www.google.com, our photos show up! Search using "China Sarasota organization" and we are fifth on the list.