Monday, January 28, 2013

January 27, 2013 Chapter Meeting

The January meeting of the Sarasota chapter of USCPFA was a great success!

Brief announcements were made by President Archie McKee:
  1. DUES ARE DUE!  Individual membership - $25; family membership - $40.  Get your checks to treasurer Duane.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
Colette requested that our meeting day (third Sunday of each month) be reconsidered.  That will be discussed at the annual meeting once the new officers are in place.

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, our photos show up!  Search using "China Sarasota organization" and we are fifth on the list. 

December 2012 Chapter Meeting

USCPFA Dec. 23, 2012 Meeting by Colette Penn

Our December meeting and holiday party beganon Dec. 23, 2012 at 2:30 P.M. in the Alinari condominium gathering room with a feast of specialdishes brought by members.

Our hosts, Jill Dye and Duane Finger, introducedeach of us to our special guest: Mr. Jiang Yingshan, who asked to be called "AJ Rivers" for simplicity. AJ is a representative of The Chinese Peoples Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries ("YOUXIE"). In 2005 he was that association's National Tour Guide for our USCPFA Sarasota Tour to China.

AJ then gave two presentations:

First, he described the structure and purposes of YOUXIE, a vast Chinese non-governmentalassociation affiliated in 115 countries with 364 organizations, including our USCPFA.  One of YOUXIE's many tasks is to coordinate and establish a Sister Cities relationship between Chinese cities and others worldwide.  In his capacity as YOUXIE representative to the U.S., AJ assisted Sarasota in establishing its current Sister City relationship with Xiamen.

Next, as a special treat, AJ showed a film made by YOUXIE to record the gratitude of the Chinese people to the amazing American Volunteer Group(honorifically called "The Flying Tigers") for their service during World War II in training the Chinese Air Force and in fighting with them to destroy invadingJapanese air forces in China.  We who watched the film were deeply moved; and some of us went to the Tigers' official website to learn more about these remarkable men.

We would like to express our thanks to Mr. Jiang Yingshan ("AJ Rivers") for visiting us and for his highly informative and fascinating presentations.

Our meeting concluded in the Alinari theatre with a return gesture to AJ: A screening of "It's a Wonderful Life", the perennially favorite American Christmas film.

Those who stayed to the 9:00 P.M. end of thismarathon meeting left smiling and content.

Thanks to Jill and Duane for your efforts in bringing this event to us.