Redwood Empire Chinese Association www.recacenter.org September, 2022
www.recacenter.org
PO Box 7854 Santa Rosa, CA 95407
President:
Nancy Wang
707-576-0533
Vice President
Ways and Means:
David Chung, 707-340-6045
Treasurer:
Hsiu-Chuan Armstrong
Corresponding Secretary:
Cathy Ringstad, 707-523-2379
Recording Secretary,
Newsletter Editor,
Membership,
Photographer:
Judy Cheung, 707-528-0912
Scholarship:
Mirin Lew, 707-545-6173
Social Director:
Mary Lowe,
707-528-8712 x132
Building Committee:
Joe Wang, 707-576-0533
Youth Group:
Jong & Lorraine Mira
707-364-5327
Sunshine Chair:
Lorrie Abbott
707-795-3457
Webmaster:
Mark Heydon
mheydon@sonic.net
Board Members:
Jean Gee
Azy Heydon
Ruth & Bob Hickman
Henry Huang
Grace Cheung-Schulman
Past Presidents:
Hubert Tsang
Jan Lew
Elee Tsai
MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT NANCY WANG
Greetings RECA members,
Fall is here and everything seems to be falling into place. Covid is still with us, but has
become part of our daily life and routine. We still have to be careful, but we are able to get
together for more social and cultural events. Welcome back!
We hope everyone can join us, with your family and friends, for our Annual Autumn Moon
Potluck Party on September 10 at our RECA Center. This outside event is for all ages. RECA
will provide chicken, watermelon, moon cakes, tea, water and eating utensils. We start dinner at
5:00 p.m. At 6:00, we have Dr. Xiaorong Ou, a guest speaker from the Alzheimer's Association
to talk to us about the latest in Alzheimer's and related healthy living for your brain and body.
We hope everyone can come to hear her speak in English and Mandarin. After, we will be
entertained by our own RECA lions, Adult Cultural Dancers, Chorus, Tai Chi and Wu Academy
Martial Arts. Please remember to bring a jacket for later in the evening.
Also coming up, be sure you have your calendars marked for our RECA Christmas Party on
December 3, 5:00-8:30 pm at the Santa Rosa Vet's Memorial Building Dining Room (east
entrance.) This will be another RECA social event with eating and entertainment. Don't miss it.
If you would like to be part of our entertaining groups, please contact us. Our phone
numbers are in the column to the left. For chorus and dance, please call me, Nancy Wang. For
Youth Group, lion and dragon dance, please call Jong and Lorraine Mira.
I want to thank all of our current performers who have been attending many events during
the end of this summer. RECA has been well represented in our community at schools, the
Sonoma County Fair, the Historical Society's Finding History event, and many more. Also,
thank you to all of our members who come to our events to make them the successful social
activities where we can all be together to get to know each other. It is all of us together that
make RECA an important part of our community, and makes Sonoma County one of the safest
places these days for Asians to live.
I also want to thank the Museum of Sonoma County for its Story Telling Project with Gaye
LeBaron which shows the history of Sonoma County with its many diverse groups of people all
working together to create our Sonoma County. RECA is working closely with them. We
appreciate their efforts to show how all people in our history are of value and are recognized.
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REDWOOD EMPIRE CHINESE ASSOCIATION MEMBERSHIP FORM
Membership dues are $20 per person (adult) or $30 per couple for January to December each year.
Please make your check payable to Redwood Empire Chinese Association
and send it with the information below to: Redwood Empire Chinese Association,
P.O. Box 7854, Santa Rosa, CA 95407.
Name __________________________________Occupation ___________________
Spouse's Name ___________________ Occupation __________________________
E-mail address(es) ____________________________________________________
Address _____________________________________________________________
City __________________________ State ________________ Zip _____________
Preferred phone_______________________
Second Phone ________________________
Children's Names and Ages ___________________________________________
RECA CALENDAR OF EVENTS
September 10, 2022: RECA Autumn Moon Festival outside potluck dinner and entertainment, 5:00 p.m. until dark.
This is a family event. Please bring food for a potluck, a jacket for when the sun goes down, family, and friends.
Everybody is welcome.
September 21, 2022: RECA Board Meeting, 7:00-9:00, RECA Center. All members welcome
September 24, 2022: South Park Day and Night Festival, RECA will have a booth and possibly a lion dance. Plans are
still being made at this time.
October 5-November 5, 2022: Petaluma Art Center, Honoring Life: Love and Remembrance, display at their center.
October 8, 2022: RECA Lions and Cultural Dancers will perform for the Alzheimer's Walk at Sonoma State University.
Everybody is welcome.
December 3, 2022: RECA Christmas Party at the Santa Rosa Vets Memorial Building Dining Room (east side).
This is a family event. Please bring food for a potluck, family and friends. Everybody is welcome.
ONGOING ACTIVITY SCHEDULE
RECA YOUTH GROUP: Each 1
st
Friday, 6:00-8:30 PM, RECA Center. Youth group focuses on Chinese and Asian
culture, issues and situations. We begin with lion or dragon dance rehearsal, have a light meal, then a topic of discussion.
We end the meeting with some fun and games. If you are a teenager and would like to join us, please contact our YG
Leaders, Lorraine and Jong Mira, mirafamily1@yahoo.com
RECA LION & DRAGON DANCERS: practice each 1
st
Friday at 6:00-6:30 plus special rehearsals before performing.
Performances are community wide. Please contact Lorraine and Jong Mira, mirafamily1@yahoo.com
RECA ADULT CULTURAL DANCERS: practice each Wednesday, 3:00-5:30 p.m. At Snoopy's Ice Arena Studio.
Leader is Lisa Gardener, lisawgardner2002@yahoo.com
RECA ADULT CHORUS: Every Tuesday, 7:00-9:00 p.m. RECA Center. Lisa Gardener, lisawgardner2002@yahoo.com
or David Chung dvchung2@yahoo.com
RECA SCHOLARSHIP COMMITTEE: Gave 5 scholarships to 5 students beginning college this fall. Applications
for 2023 will begin in January, 2023. To apply, you must be a high school senior and a member of RECA, or of Asian
descent. We favor those who are well rounded students active in their community.
RECA Scholarships 2022
We are pleased and honored to have granted five scholarships this year. Four RECA members who have performed and
supported RECA since they were very young, and one high school senior who is new to us. Thank you to Mirin Lew for
heading the Scholarship Committee. We congratulate all five scholarship recipients.
Greg Garcia, with RECA for 10 years, coming to summer camp and performing in various places with our dragon.
Feline Howard, with RECA since she was in pre-school. She was one of our star Youth Cultural Dancers.
Yvette Tran came to RECA through Wu Academy. She has thrilled us with martial arts for many of our programs.
Madilyn Walker, was born into RECA as the granddaughter of Nancy and Joe Wang. She has been closely involved all of
her life, being a Youth Cultural Dancer, recruiting “dragon legs” from her school for performance, helping in the
kitchen and so many other jobs that go unnoticed, but are required for the success of any performance or event.
Madaline Chu, new to RECA, but has many credits from her extracurricular and community activities.
Greg Garcia with Judy
Cheung and Nancy Wang
after his scholarship interview.
Before Covid, he was much
shorter!
Yvette Tran thrills the
audience with her sword and
spectacular leaps at the
Museum of Sonoma County
during the 2022 Chinese New
Year Celebration.