Redwood Empire Chinese Association February, 2018
Nancy Wang
Vice President
Ways and Means:
David Chung, 707-340-6045
Hsiu-Chuan Armstrong
Recording Secretary:
Cathy Ringstad, 707-523-2379
Corresponding Secretary,
Newsletter Editor,
Photographer, Membership:
Judy Cheung, 707-528-0912
Mirin Lew, 707-545-6173
Social Director:
Mary Lowe,
707-528-8712 x132
Building Committee:
Joe Wang
Youth Group:
Ruth & Bob Hickman
Cultural Dance Director:
Judy Elliott, 707-477-0329
Sunshine Chair, Mah Jong
Lorrie Abbott
Board Members:
Jean Gee
Azy Heydon
Mark Heydon
Past Presidents:
Hubert Tsang
Jan Lew
Elee Tsai
Message from President Nancy Wang
Greetings RECA members,
Xīn nián kuài lè Chinese New Year is here again. May we all have a very happy
and prosperous Year of the Dog. In Chinese mythology, the Year of the Dog is one for
brave warriors, strong allegiances, faithfulness, and loving protection. This all seems to be a
perfect combination to fight our battles with cooperation rather than force or disagreement.
This Year of the Dog opens with the world teetering between snarling cur and loving
companion. Let us choose our words and actions well to bring about the year that we most
want to experience. Happy New Year to everyone.
As we look forward to the new year, many of us are faced with the prospect of ongoing red
tape and construction plans for rebuilding a life style that burned in the October fires.
Our good wishes continue to go out to all who are faced with this tedious, difficult process.
Please remember your RECA family and call an RECA friend if you need someone to talk
to if you need to keep in touch with the brighter side of life.
Our own RECA Chinese New Year Celebration and Fundraiser is well on its way to being,
as usual, the best celebration ever. Our Adult Chorus is working on a beautiful medley of
songs in Chinese and English. The Adult Cultural Dancers have some wonderful surprises
for us. The RECA Intermediate Cultural Dancers have a new number and new costumes to
show off their talents. Our kids from school have a delightful number that they are bursting
to show us, thanks to teacher Cathy Ringstad. Many additional acts are waiting to show us
many additional aspects of Chinese culture including lots of lions and dragons and fun.
Be sure to come and join us for our only formal fundraiser of the year. Income from this
event is what pays the bills for lights, cleaning, maintenance, and all of the other hidden
necessities of owning our own building. It also helps pay for our scholarship program.
Tickets may be purchased from board members or from Asia Mart on Guerneville Road,
Santa Rosa
It takes over 100 people to bring you this incredible celebration. A few years ago, the
representative of the Chinese Embassy attended and said that ours was the best event
celebrating Chinese New Years north of San Francisco. I want to thank in advance everyone
who is donating their dollars and valuable time to make this event its usual success in
bringing a wonderful, beautiful, prosperous and exciting new RECA year. Thank you.
February 18: Chinese New Year Celebration and Fundraiser. Please note this is on a Sunday.
5:00-9:00 p.m., Santa Rosa Vets Memorial Building. Everyone welcome. Tickets may be bought
from board members or Asia Mart on Guerneville Road, Santa Rosa.
March 28: RECA Board meeting, 7:00-9:00 p.m., at our Center. All interested members invited.
April 25: RECA Board meeting, 7:00-9:00 p.m., at our Center. All interested members invited.
May 23: RECA Board meeting, 7:00-9:00 p.m., at our Center. All interested members invited.