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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, 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.






Sunday, January 12, 2014

2014 - CHINESE CORNER UPDATE


The ladies in attendance at the pot luck

 The Men's table

The International Chinese Corner http://www.meetup.com/intchinesecorner/ wound up the year with an afternoon pot luck November 30th at Jack and Jianying’s house filled with new friends, conversation and lots of homemade food and sweets. There were over forty members in attendance and a good time was had by all.

The year ended by having a luncheon social, 19 attendees, after the Christmas holiday (Dec. 28th) at the Japanese Ginza Buffet in Boynton Beach. An after Christmas window shop at the Boynton Beach Mall was planned by the ladies of the group following the buffet lunch but was cancelled, due to a flat tire on the primary transportation vehicle.

Our next regularly scheduled meeting (4th Sunday of the month) will be on January 26th at 2pm in the West Palm Beach Library. Free parking in the City parking garage.

Meeting Agenda
• Around the room introductions and greetings to new members
• ICC group status
• Open discussion on Chinese Current Events: Hosted by Jack Hanscom
• Chinese Culture: New Year’s celebration. We are trying to firm up someone to present on Chinese Music,
• 30 minutes on the Chinese language –
• Mingling - practice your mandarin and enjoy refreshments – High quality green tea and tasty treats.
• 15 minutes on the English pronunciation on those difficult sounds: hosted by Paul Hill
• Planning for next month's meeting
• Closing

Saturday, November 9, 2013

2013 - USCPFA NATIONAL CONVENTION - RICHMOND


Marty and Nancy Penn attended the 2013 National Convention held in Richmond, Virginia from October 18 - 20, 2013.  The pictures were taken by Kansas City Member Linda Hanley. 



Thursday, October 24, 2013

OCTOBER 19, 2013 - SE FLA CHAPER OF USCPFA SPEAK AT PALM BEACH CHAPTER OF LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS MEETING



The Palm Beach Chapter of the League of Women Voters invited Co-Presidents Marge Ketter and David Pena, Gordon Hu and Monica Shang, all SE FL members, to speak at their annual meeting in October at which their focus was China.  Every year the League picks a country to learn about and invite people from that country to educate its members about their country and people, and invite them to join and become interested in subjects of interest.  This year was China.  The luncheon was attended by about 50 League members who enjoyed our presentations so much they expressed an interest in taking a USCPFA tour.   We are hoping the itinerary and price being worked out by the National Tour office will be attractive and exciting enough to introduce more people to the wonders of China.

Pictures were taken by Carol Porter, member of the Palm Beach Chapter of the League of Women Voters





Sunday, October 13, 2013

OCTOBER 10-11, 2013 - SHANGHAI WOMEN'S FEDERATION VISIT US-CHINA PEOPLE'S FRIENDSHIP ASSOCIATION - SE FLORIDA CHAPTER


USCPFA - SE FLORIDA CHAPTER had the pleasure of hosting the SHANGHAI WOMEN'S FEDERATION DELEGATION on October 10th and 11th, 2013.  The meeting between the two organizations was arranged by the combined efforts of our co-presidents, Marge Ketter and David Pena and Ms. Jin Weiqing, Liaison Dept of the SWF (who could not make the trip) with the purpose of helping SWF learn more about how the USA deals with our aging population in the United States.  Marge Ketter and Joan Gates  met Ms. Jin Weiqing at an invitation from SWF members to a luncheon in Shanghai last October.  She expressed an interest in renewing our member exchange at that time and that is what prompted this reunion with the SWF membership. 
We organized a visit to the Senior Center on Northlake Blvd in West Palm Beach as well as a 3 hour seminar prepared by Dr. David Pena which included several excellent speakers in the various Senior organizations as well as a presentation by our member Marty Penn and was held at Palm Beach State College on its beautiful Palm Beach Garden campus.  They were also given a tour of the China exhibit at the Norton Museum with a private tour by Laurie Barnes, Elizabeth B McGraw Curator of the Chinese Collection and a SE-FLA Chapter member.
Our chapter provided a welcome Dinner at the Singing Bamboo, in West Palm Beach and a Farewell Dinner at the Beach Club on Palm Beach was given by our member Christine Aylward.  Christine Aylward, Gordon Hu and Monica Shang provided their services as translator for the SWF Delegation.  Some could speak limited English, but the assistance of these 3 people helped tremendously in  explaining the different activities.

Transportation was provided for the delegation by USCPFA members Joan Gates, Christine Aylward, and Gordon Hu.  The delegation was very appreciative of everything that was provided and were sorry that their stay had to be so short. 

Delegates included:


 Ms Hui Yanfang, Executive Member of Shanghai Women's Federation, Chair Person, Shanghai Xuhui District Women's Federation
Ms Chen Yue, Vice Chair, Shanghai Jinshan District Women's Federation
Ms Qian Kunyi, Vice Chair, Shanghai Changning District Women's Federation
Mr. Lu Ronggen, Deputy Chief, Rights and Interests Deparment, Shanghai Women's Federation

Photos are provided courtesy of Joan Gates.

PICTURES FROM DAY ONE



PICTURES FROM DAY TWO