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Welcome to the Southeast Florida Chapter of the US-China Peoples Friendship Association

The National USCPFA organization is a not for profit California Corporation. We welcome as new members anyone who is interested in our goal of promoting friendship and understanding between the peoples of China and the United States and agree with our Statement of Principles. Membership includes the quarterly US-CHINA REVIEW. Copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the Division of Consumer Services by calling toll-free (800-435-7352) within the state. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval, or recommendations by the State. Registration #CH22688.
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USCPFA - SOUTHEAST FLORIDA CHAPTER - (formerly PALM BEACH COUNTY CHAPTER)

USCPFA - SOUTHEAST FLORIDA CHAPTER - (formerly PALM BEACH COUNTY CHAPTER)

Our name was changed at our April 30, 2011 meeting from "Palm Beach County, Florida Chapter" to "Southeast Florida Chapter" because we now have members in several Southeast Florida counties and we wanted to better reflect our membership with a more encompassing name.

We have at least 3 luncheon meetings a year to discuss projects and business activities. Our luncheons usually feature a presentation by various Chinese interests. We sponsor students with scholarships and recently contributed to our chapter member Marylou Brunetta's participation in the World Championship triathlon in Beijing, China being held in September, 2011. For several years we have sponsored a Chinese New Year GALA with performances by very talented local Chinese Artists which is directed by our chapter member, Monica Shang who is also one of the contributing artists.

HOW TO JOIN SE FLA CHAPTER USCPFA

HOW TO JOIN SE FLA CHAPTER USCPFA
HOW TO JOIN SE FLA CHAPTER - download this form, print it and mail to the address specified along with your membership dues to become a member of the Southeast Florida Chapter of the USCPFA

Saturday, July 26, 2014

July 26, 2014 - RESULTS OF MEMBERSHIP SURVEY TAKEN DURING MAY LUNCHEON


Co-President, David Pena provided a list of question in a survey that he distributed to our attending membership at the USCPFA-SE FLA CHAPTER last meeting of the season in May. We normally do not conduct meetings during the summer months since many members travel to other parts of the country during that time, so attendance would be too light. We will return to normal meetings in the Fall and Winter. We wanted to get a better idea of how our membership felt about our meetings and to see what programs our members are interested in having in the future. These results will be discussed at our next meeting when we return in the Fall.

To see the complete results from this survey, please click on the link below. The figures on the survey shown in red indicate the number of votes for each category. These figures appears to show considerable support for cultural events and movie screenings. Also, a majority of those in attendance did not vote for monthly meetings -- even though they seemed willing to come out for them, if last year's attendance is any indication. We probably need further clarification from the membership on some of the questions and further discussions will be conducted to get a better understanding at future meetings. Thanks to all that participated in the survey. This will help us provide programs that you find interesting and help us grow our organization.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

2104 - "Salute To Friendship" PHOTO EXHIBIT - May 19, 2014



Jerry Cooke with Madam Li Xiaolin and Jerry Cooke with his wife

On May 19, 2014, the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries ("CPAFFC ")("Youxie") held a reception at the Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, D.C., for a Photo Exhibition entitled "Salute to Friendship - Images Narrate China-U.S. Collaboration During World War II".

The invitation to attend the reception was issued by CPAFFC in the name of the President of that organization, Madam Li Xiaolin.

To view Jerry's report on his impressions of the exhibit, please click on the following link:


Friday, May 23, 2014

2014 - WASHINGTON SEMINAR - APRIL 24-35

REPORT FROM FIRST-TIME ATTENDEE JERRY COOKE ON HIS IMPRESSIONS

 Jerry Cooke (new USCPFA/SE Florida member) attended his first Washington Seminar which was held this year on April 24 - 25th.  He submitted a report to our membership of his impressions as a "new member".  He has some very interesting observations and comments.  Below click on the link to see his report.

 Pictures taken by Linda Hanley, USCPFA Kansas City Chapter

Saturday, May 17, 2014

2014 BUSINESS MEETING / LUNCHEON MAY 17,2014




We had our final meeting of the season at the Singing Bamboo Restaurant. This was also our annual business meeting with a report on our financials and a review of new member Jerry Cooke's observations as a first time attendee to the USCPFA National Seminar held in Washington, DC. We also had special guests, member Christine Aylward's parents, Jin Fa Yuan and Famei Fan who are visiting from China, and who delivered an invitation from the president of the Nantong Returned Overseas Chinese Federation to the USCPFA SE Florida chapter to establish friendly cooperation between the two groups to enhance the understanding and friendship of US-Sino people and to promote development of Sino-US relations. Co-President, David Pena distributed a survey to see what activities the members would like to add to our next season.


Saturday, February 8, 2014

FEBRUARY 8, 2014 - NEW YEAR OF THE HORSE LUNCHEON CELEBRATION

USCPFA SE-FLA Chapter held their annual Chinese New Year Luncheon on February 8, 2014 to celebrate this year's Year of the Horse.  We all enjoyed the meal which had many wonderful dishes including traditional good luck Crispy Fish, longevity noodles and concluded with more good luck sesame balls.  We had a short quiz to give our members a few brain teasers and had a small door prize raffle.  We wish you all a Happy New Year of the Horse.



Wednesday, January 15, 2014

JANUARY 11, 2014 LUNCHEON MEETING


We held our January 11, 2014 Luncheon meeting and our co-president, Dr. David Pena spoke on the topic of "China and the Global Environmental Crisis: Is China polluting the World?". 

The presentation gave an overview of the environmental problems facing China, including air and water pollution, soil erosion, water shortages and desertification. David also discussed the questions of whether China is "polluting the world" and whether it is responsible for climate change. These questions must be considered in the context of a globalized economy. Given that much of China's pollution is the result of the developed countries off-shoring their dirty industries to China and other developing countries, it was concluded that China is not entirely to blame for the pollution that it produces. Some responsibility must be borne by the developed countries that use China as a manufacturing base to supply goods for their own consumption. Regarding climate change, historical data on greenhouse gas emissions from 1750 to the present were used to show that China's per capita greenhouse gas emissions and total historical emissions are small compared with the developed countries, particularly the United States. Therefore, China is not to blame for the climate crisis; nevertheless, this does not excuse it from taking responsibility for lowering its emissions in the future. The presentation concluded with a discussion of what China is doing to mitigate its environmental problems

 



DECEMBER 7, 2013 LUNCHEON MEETING


At our December 7, 2013 Luncheon Meeting we had a program which included a summary of our visit of the Shanghai Women's Federation during October as well as a summary by Marty Penn describing his and Nancy's attendance at the USCPFA National Convention held in Richmond, VA in October. Member, Gordon Hu, PhD also provided a PowerPoint presentation describing his observations while visiting China between October, 2012 - May, 2013.