Wa Sung Community Center --
Facing Forward

By Melanie Lew, WSCC Director

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.

Bumfuzzled About Facebook Basics The WSCC conducted a poll with its membership on which social media websites they would like to learn about. The top website was Facebook, followed by Twitter. The WSCC worked together with Junior League and other Wa Sung members to put a wonderful presentation for the community to learn the Facebook basics. With the presentation being held at one of Wa Sung's general meetings, the team had a PowerPoint presentation that explained how to create a Facebook account, discussed privacy settings and the importance of security while online, and the social aspect and benefit of having a profile page for yourself or as an organization. Each guest received an informational packet with step-by-step instructions to take home. Due to its success, the WSCC will continue their social media presentation series covering Twitter in March 2015. Come out and learn about #hashtags!

Tee-ching Values Children and teenagers enjoy being a part of the First Tee of Oakland at Metropolitan Golf Links. This year we had 23 students, which was the most we've had since we've started this program with the WSCC! Each year, our participants learn about the Nine Core Values (Honesty, Integrity, Sportsmanship, Respect, Confidence, Responsibility, Perseverance, Courtesy, and Judgment) and life skills in an 8-week game of golf. Each student uses a golf club that's his or her size. Many of the children involved in this activity have inspired their siblings to join in as soon as they become of age. Currently, the program accepts youth between the ages of 7-17 years old. As this program came to an end, there were 3 students who advanced in the course. All participants received a certificate of completion, a wealth of knowledge about the game of golf and life, and built friendships with each other. Come see what the hype is all about!

2nd Annual Bowl-A-Thon of Fun! The Wa Sung Community Center hosted their 2nd annual Bowl-A-Thon at Earl Anthony's Dublin Bowl on Saturday, July 19, 2014 to fundraise money for future WSCC programs and educational presentations for the community and its youth. Nearly all the participants from the inaugural Bowl-A­Thon came out to bowl and show their support along with some fresh faces! We had participants who traveled from San Francisco, Cupertino, and even Los Angeles to join us for this event! This year we had 5 different categories our bowlers could compete in to receive a bowling trophy and a popular Blu-Ray movie!

Dublin Yogurtland partnered with us for a second year by giving 20% of the proceeds back to the Wa Sung Community Center. All of our participants received a Bowl-A-Thon T-shirt and a large goodie bag filled with delicious treats from Sweet Dees Candies & Cupcakes, a book on general knowledge, a certificate for a free game of bowling, a hand-­‐made bowling luggage tag, a coupon to receive a free cup of frozen yogurt from Yogurtland, and more! The event was a lot of fun. Many of the participants are anxious for our 3rd Annual Bowl-A-Thon which will take place during the summer of 2015!


Bowl-A-Thon group photo