Wa Sung’s 61st Annual Merit Scholarship Awards

Sixty-one years of providing scholarships to help further the education of our future leaders! This feat has been one of Wa Sung Community Service Club’s primary endeavors.

This year, we gave out sixteen $1000.00 scholarships and one $2500.00 scholarship. We had 100 people in attendance at our awards dinner held at Pier 29 in Alameda on May 11, 2017. We were honored to have Justice Ming W. Chin deliver the keynote speech. He emphasized how the gift of education should not be taken for granted, especially since our forefathers had to overcome so much to allow us to get to where we are today.[more]


Easter Sunday Celebration


An estimated crowd of 1200 gathered at the Lincoln Square Playground in Chinatown in Easter Sunday morning to join the "Stacks 'N Sausages" extravaganza, an annual Wa Sung tradition that has been going for 60 years and counting. Everyone had a great time.

Wa Sung Junior League Thrives!

The Wa Sung Jr. League (WSJL) started as a pilot program in 2010 as part of the Wa Sung 5 Year Plan (2010-­‐2015). Its goal is to encourage community service, promote leadership ambitions, and be an available outreach for youth’s ages 17-­‐25 years old, especially when normal difficulties cross their paths as they embark to a new phase of life after high school and during college. Youth is an experience that is extremely important influencing their adult life; and this program is to give them the respect of their choices, encourage successes and acceptance of failures. [More]

President Richard Fong's Message

Active “Volunteering” in our community makes a large impact on our members and everyone in the community! The experience is especially significant for our younger members as they learn the skill sets applicable to their adult lives. Wa Sung helps them gain knowledge about how to create a network of reliable resources, self-confidence, self-esteem, leadership, professionalism, reliability, trust and teamwork. For sixty-six years the Wa Sung Community Service Club has fostered community understanding, encouraged all to reach their highest potential, and to work cooperatively in a safe environment.

Just to mention a few of our events and accomplishments: We publish our Community Directory, (our newest edition will preview at Easter Pancake 2019). We will continue providing Merit Awards Scholarships to deserving high school seniors; (last year, giving over $23,500.00 in awards). Yes, we continue programs in educational and charity grants, Santa’s Visits at Lincoln Elementary Yuk Yau Nursery and Cleveland Elementary Schools, our famous “Easter Pancake Breakfast”, at Lincoln Recreation Center, Crab and Lobster feeds, Annual Golf tournament, Annual Community and Founders Picnic, Random Acts Toy Wrap, Annual Christmas Party, continued support our fellow non-profits and community organizations. Please visit the many sections of the “WaSung.org”, website and our Wa Sung office at the Pacific Renaissance Center.

This will be my third term as president. I am very proud to be a part of this energetic and vibrant community service organization. We provide many, many hours of volunteering to help with the understanding of community togetherness and serving humanity.

Obviously, it takes many people to make this club successful. I would like to thank Past President Karen Dea, the Board of Officers and Directors, our Junior League Members, Honorary Members, Life Members and Members for their active participation and devotion to this great organization. You “ALL” deserve the recognition and appreciation for your efforts. Please join me in embracing our 2019 challenges and opportunities. Together we will adapt and overcome the tasks and create another successful year of accomplishments.

We have a roster of over one hundred and eight four members. In 2018 Wa Sung, inducted six new members in 2018. Jerry Deng, Cynthia Guevara, Anna Lee, Andrew Ling, Paul Wong and Junior League member Limsokpov Sung. Thank you, Committee Membership Chair Adrienne Fong and our Wa Sung Board of Officers and Directors for continuing to seek out new members to increase our roster. Joining Wa Sung allows you to experience many rewards. I would like to relate just one experience. In past years, I have served as a Wa Sung Santa for Santa’s and the Elves Visits. This is one of the most rewarding events, our club sponsors. We visit almost 750 children in Oakland and provide gifts to remind them of sharing and gift giving during the holiday season. They respond by providing Christmas songs, thanks and smiles of appreciation. Believe me, words can not describe the wonderful emotions of tenderness in seeing the smiles, hearing the singing and the caring thank you to Wa Sung.

Please come see for yourself and join me in the “ Service to Community”. I look forward to working with you in 2019.

Richard Fong


Wa Sung Community Center -- Facing Forward

The Wa Sung Community Center (WSCC) has always focused on educating our community. For example, we have put on classes and/or events on current safety techniques updates, how to take and edit digital photos, and helping youth to learn life lessons through the game of golf. The WSCC continued their mission in 2014 by concentrating on educating and entertaining the community with their first tee program for youth, 2nd annual bowl-­‐a-­‐thon fundraiser, and their first social media presentation on Facebook. [More]


 

 
 
junk boat

Wa Sung Junk Boat

at Lincoln Square


The story of our Junk Boat starts with a trans-Pacific voyage made by an oceangoing junk called the "Free China" which sailed from Taiwan to San Francisco in 1960. In 1961, Dr. Joshua Fong wrote to the Chinese Consulate General in San Francisco asking if the consul might know how the Wa Sung Service Club could obtain a junk boat similar to the Free China. The boat would be displayed in a park in Oakland -- perhaps even at a Chinese wharf in Lake Merritt as "a symbol of the determination and spirit of Free China and its people."

This idea evolved, an over the next few years, with the collaboration of the Oakland Parks and Recreation Department, a Junk Boat play structure was designed for Lincoln Park. Wa Sung raised over $15,000 to help guild the boat, and on Sunday, March 23, 1969 at 3:30 p.m., it was dedicated with a ceremony including fireworks and followed by a Chinese gourmet dinner at the Marco Polo Restaurant in Jack London Square. [More]