Happy Mother’s Day to all the women in our lives who care

Sidney Lions Club  District 19-I Spring Conference

SOOKE  HARBOURSIDE LION’S CLUB 

hosts of

LION’S SPRING CONFERENCE

Attended by Lioness Irene, Amanda, Judith, Annette and Nelles

ANNUAL MOTHER’S DAY BOXES

for 1 UP,  and Victoria Woman’s Transition House 

Lioness Susanne, Irene, Leslie, Judith and Amanda

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AUTHOR BANQUET

MAY 27 th ,6 p.m.

Golden City Restaurant

with

HONORABLE DR. VIVIENNE POY

Purchase you tickets now for a fascinating, and tastey  evening!

Celebrate Canada 150, with Honourable Dr. Vivienne Poy when she discusses her new book ” Heroes & Gamblers: Tales of Survival and Good Fortune of the Poy Family.”   Enhance your understanding   of the Chinese diaspora and immigration  in Canada .

Vivienne Poy was born into a prominent Hong Kong family in 1941. Her early years were marked by war and displacement. When she was just three months old Hong Kong was invaded by the Japanese, forcing her family to flee to China, where they spent the war years as refugees. Upon returning to Hong Kong after the war, her family resumed a position of influence and service to the community. Vivienne Poy immigrated to Canada in 1959, enrolling at McGill University, where she earned an Honours degree in History.

Years later she received two highly distinguished honours from the University, on the same day. Just minutes prior to her official installation as The University of Toronto’s 315t Chancellor in June 2003, Senator Poy, a Chinese Canadian immigrant woman, walked across the stage at Convocation Hall to receive her Ph.D in History for a dissertation on Chinese Canadian women immigrants.

Her stunning academic achievements – all conducted while simultaneously running a corporation and serving the public as a volunteer and Senator – are most unusual and impressive. Inspired by the desire to understand her family’s past and to preserve the memory of her own people’s struggles, Dr. Poy dedicated herself to the intellectual enterprise of historical research and publication. Her first book, A River Named Lee, published in 1995, is about her family and her ancestors.

In 1998 Dr. Poy was appointed to the Senate of Canada – the first Canadian of Asian descent to be appointed to the Upper Chamber. Senator Poy has focused her attention on gender issues, multiculturalism and human rights. She was a sponsor of the Famous Five Monuments in Calgary and on Parliament Hill, which honour the five Alberta women who fought to have Canadian women recognized constitutionally as “persons” who were eligible to be named to the Senate. And it was Senator Poy who was primarily responsible for having May recognized as Asian Heritage Month across Canada.

NEWS FROM OUR CHINATOWN AND LIONS CLUB  FRIENDS

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VICTORIA CHINESE MESSENGER April

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Leadership, fellowship, growth and community service

VICTORIA CHINATOWN LIONESS COMMITMENT TO

GROWTH IN LEADERSHIP

at the Annual Leadership Forum March 19 th  at  Camp Shawnigan

Lioness Annette , Amanda, Gayle and Irene  attending.

GROWTH IN FELLOWSHIP

 attending the

District Spring Conference April 21-23, 2017

Mary Winspear Centre  Sidney, BC

 

GROWTH IN CULTURAL EDUCATION

Another fabulous and informative

AUTHOR BANQUET 

featuring

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HONORABLE  DR VIVIENNE POY

and her new book

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Heroes & Gamblers: Tales of Survival and Good Fortune of the Poy Family tells the stories of the Chinese diaspora in Australia and North America

from the perspective of the Poy Family.  This book vividly recounts the Poy family’s experience of historical events such as the White Australia policy, the Second World War in Hong Kong, the Chinese civil war and subsequent Cultural Revolution.

Mark your Calendars and secure your tickets :

Saturday, May 27,

6:00 p.m.

Golden City Restaurant

contact any lioness

or

president Annette quana@shaw.ca

or

 VictoriaChinatownLioness@gmail.com

GROWTH IN COMMUNITY SERVICE

GARAGE SALE FUND RAISER

once again Lioness will be part of the

Garagellenium XVIII

Oak Bay Garage Sale – Saturday June 10, 2017

donate your gently used goods to any Lioness

come and discover new treasures from all the Lioness families

once again the sale will be at Lioness Judith’s yard next to Willows Beach

COMMITMENT TO FUN AND SISTERHOOD

ADDED FUN FOR ” BOOKIES”

Please note one of VCL past author’s return to Victoria : Janie Chang   June 27 at Bolyn Books.

 

 

 

NEWS FROM OUR CHINATOWN AND LIONS CLUB  FRIENDS

Apr 2017 SoapBox

THE VICTORIA CHINESE MESSENGER – April

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Marching for CAKES!

Victoria Chinatown Lion’s Club 

Spring Lantern Festival

Saturday February 25, 2017

cale-walk-lionessThe Victoria Chinatown Lioness Volunteers and their extraordinary cakes.

( Lioness Judith, Nelles, Annette, Brenda, Gayle, Lily, Amanda)

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Lioness Judith, Gayle and Nelles helping the DimSum Cafe(above)

Lioness Leslie and cupcake boy, Lioness Brenda face paint station and Lioness Nelles calligraphy( below)

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SPRING OUT LOOK:

Mark your Calendars and secure your tickets :

AUTHOR BANQUET

featuring

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HONORABLE  DR VIVIENNE POY

and her new book

amazon-heros

Heroes & Gamblers: Tales of Survival and Good Fortune of the Poy Family tells the stories of the Chinese diaspora in Australia and North America from the perspective of the Poy Family.  This book vividly recounts the Poy family’s experience of historical events such as the White Australia policy, the Second World War in Hong Kong, the Chinese civil war and subsequent Cultural Revolution.

Saturday, May 27, 2017 at 6:00 pm

Golden City Restaurant (721 Fisgard Street)

Cost for traditional 8 course meal and author talk will be $40.00.

 Tables will be banquet rounds of 10.

Tickets only available in advance:

 

Books will available for sale at the event (by cash or cheque only).

FOLLOW US ON FACE BOOK

 

NEWS FROM OUR CHINATOWN AND LIONS CLUB  FRIENDS

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THE VICTORIA CHINESE MESSENGER – March 2017

Zone I -2-3 Informer March

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STELLAR START TO THE NEW YEAR February 2017

 

Inspirational Visit

Inspirational visit by District Governor of Lion’s Club international at the January meeting

where he introduced his pin and challenged  us to think outside the box and get into the limelight.

Just watch us!

 

ANOTHER  SUCCESSFUL

CHINESE NEW YEARS BANQUET FUNDRAISER

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Thank you for your donations, attendance and support of our auction!

CHINESE NEW YEARS LUNCH FOR OUR PLACE 

 

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Supporting our Chinese Community at the Dart Coon Banquet

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Lioness Irene, Amanda, Vicki, PeiMei and Gayle

Republic of China Spring Festival reception

on Feb.4th at Golden City 

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Lioness Amanda and Ida Chong

Join Us at the LION’S CLUB SPRING LANTERN FESTIVAL

February 35

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 Lioness Amanda and Brenda  will be hosts at the morning cake walk.

 

NEWS FROM OUR CHINATOWN AND LIONS CLUB  FRIENDS

Soapbox newsletter’ February 2017

The the-victoria-chinese-messenger February 2017

zone-i-2-3-informer February 2017

Happy New Year , Happy Spring Festival 2017

SANTA’S ANONYMOUS, A FINE FINISH TO 2016

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Victoria Chinatown Lioness annual Donation to Santa’s Anonymous  2016

Donors and supporters in our community, including Victoria Chinatown Lioness, raised  a record sum of $579,370 during the Miracle on Broad Street radiation.

 Tree of Wishes displays have left the malls and  hampers have been delivered, but  donations are accepted  year-round. online via CanadaHelps.

 

VC LIONESS BRING IN 2017 

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Chip-in for the Kids

Victoria Chinatown Lioness at work with the firefighters

helping The Lions Club Chip-in for the kids

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Trees arrived via little red wagon to electric bicycle.

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Victoria Chinatown Lioness  had a very successful tree chipping.  It was cold and wet but Lioness collected  approximately $4450.00 with 467 trees chipped in two days.  We had a total of 28 firefighters over the 2 days from the Yates Street, Bay Street and Michigan Street stations and one of them even bought along his 5 year old daughter who helped us all morning!

Victoria Chinatown Lioness assisted Easter Seals BC/Y’s annual Chip- In for the Kids , celebrating 27 years of chipping Christmas Trees in Greater Victoria, Sooke and Duncan.  On January 7th & 8th, 2017  many residents disposed of their Christmas tree in an environmentally friendly manner at one of  7 locations.  Funds raised at this event benefit Easter Seals services right here on Vancouver Island.

 

CELEBRATE

CHINESE NEW YEAR OF THE ROOSTER

AT THE VICTORIA CHINATOWN LIONESS ANNUAL BANQUET 

AND AUCTION 

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Please join us for our  annual fund raiser

featuring a sumptuous  eight course authentic  Chinese dinner

Soup
Chilli pepper pork chop
Crispy chicken
Prawn w/ sugar pea & deep fry milk. ( steam rice )
Chow mein
Beef and broccoli
Sweet & sour sole filet
Lo Hon Jai
Orange & fortune cookie

tea pairings with specific courses courtesy of Silk Road Tea

served according to the Chinese banquet style seating of 10 people per table

entertainment  by Chinese instrumentalist Jin Peng Zang and dancers from the Chinese Culture Dance Victoria

Raffle and silent auction through out the evening

Golden City Restaurant  
 Saturday, Jan 21, 2017.
6 p.m.
Tickets $48
Available at Gala Fabrics

1483 Douglas Street

or

contact any of the Victoria Chinatown Lioness member

 

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Year of the Rooster 2017 zodiac predictions

How to Bring yourself  Good Luck

 

EXCELLENT TUTORIAL FOR NEW YEARS GREETINGS

Cantonese Chinese New Year Greetings     and  more   ,   highly educational and good!

 

 

NEWS FROM OUR CHINA TOWN AND LIONS CLUB  FRIENDS

 Soapbox newsletter January 2017

The Victoria Chinese Messenger  January 2017

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Lions Club International Multiple District  19-I 2017 Spring Conference in Sidney

April 21 -23

REGISTRATION LINK:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/md-19-i-spring-conference-tickets-28986805315

 

Christmas Tree Delight 2016

 

 

CCFA dinner.

 

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 Attended by Lioness Annette, Kefen and Amanda

Guest speaker Dr. Zhonging Chen, Professor of History at University of  Victoria.   spoke on Victoria’s role  as a destination of Chinese migrants. Evidence of coins on Nootka Sound , Vancouver Island and other evidences in BC. show Chinese contact  before Columbus’ landing in 1492.

Later  Victoria Chinese immigrants  played a key role   in raising funds for the  Republic of China by the  Chinese Empire Reform Association in 1899 encouraged by  visits from   Dr. Sun Yat-sen.

The evening was enhanced with  another  excellent dinner  by Lioness Vicky at Golden City.

 

Our Festival of Trees Entry

B.C. Children’s Hospital Foundation

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The construction party

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Decorating at the Bay Center

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Please

  VOTE and DONATE 

NEWS FROM OUR CHINA TOWN AND LIONS CLUB  FRIENDS

 Soapbox newsletter’ December 2016

the Victoria Chinese Messenger-December 2016

Zone-i-2-Informer December  2016

 

Celebration : Women and Social Change

CELEBRATION

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Lioness members proudly celebrated their 25th year a club  focused on helping women and children need.

Lioness Annette hosted a BBQ at her lovely home. Lioness Brenda organized memorabilia and prepared an anniversary time line packed with the events and organization to which VCL has contributed . Partners and children and friends shared a wonderful afternoon and evening.

 

“It was so wonderful to see all the pictures, albums, CDs and acknowledging how much time and energy that has gone into our Victoria Chinatown Lioness Club.    I feel so blessed to be part of this incredible club…and I look forward to serving with all of you in continuing our passion to promote community service, racial harmony and “welcoming women, regardless of class, race, and profession, who are interested in our club and its activities…” with the focus on Chinese culture and heritage.”

President Annette

 

AUTHOR BANQUET VERY SOON

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This month we are hosting  local Nanaimo author Diane Bestwick who will read from  her fictional account of a young woman’s agonizing choice  for a second child under the one child policy. Diane will share her personal perspective based on her experiences in China  which have shaped her commitment to Swallows Nest , foster care for special needs children in Henan province. Set in the geopolitical  context  of women’s reproductive rights, and social policy, this topic invites conversation and action about women and children.

 

Stimulation for the mind

and a bird sang

 

Lioness  Vicki, owner of Golden City restaurant ,

will provide a sumptuous feast

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 Stimulation for the appetite: the evening’s menu

Deep fried shrimp ball

Crispy whole chicken

Chili pepper pork chop

Sole Fillet with sweet and sour sauce

Stir fry beef with ginger and mushrooms

Stir fry prawn with deep fired milk

Shredded pork pan fried noodles

Fried rice with sunflower seeds

dessert

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Extra fun will be had with  a special  dumpling raffle.

Bring your toonies!

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MORE TO EXPLORE 

For Dumpling and Chinese cooking  lessons and inspiration :

The Dumpling Sisters ( Utube )

My Grandmother’s Hands   by   Katherine Du PRI.org, Huffinton Post

 

For background information  on One Child Policy 

China’s Hidden Children: Abandonment, Adoption, and the Human Costs of the One-Child Policy  Mar 21 2016
by Kay Ann Johnson

My Daughter is my Daughter  by Kay Ann Johnson

One Child: The Story of China’s Most Radical Experiment  – Jan 5 2016  by Mei Fong

Forced Reproductive choice    Mei Fong Video

China’s One Child Daughters   June 2 , 2015 by Melissa Ludtke

Born Chinese Raised American  Feb 11 2016 by Maya Ludtke

Globe and Mail   The Tragic Tale of China’s Orphanages

The New Republic   China’s Missing Daughters

 

 

NEWS FROM OUR CHINA TOWN AND LIONS CLUB  FRIENDS

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