31 July, 2014

Presidents Report July 2014
While we welcomed some new committee members since the last newsletter, there was also a sad farewell to one of our oldest committee members. It was with great sadness that the committee was informed of Mrs. George Wong’s (Noleen) passing recently. Noleen was a great supporter of the association and its activities. She will be missed at our meetings and functions and I am sure that I speak for the entire committee in expressing our sadness at her passing. Our thoughts remain with George and his family. 
I have attended the NZCA AGM and am pleased to report that the NZCA is on a stable financial footing with the building fully tenanted. This is important because the NZCA supports the Otago & Southland branch with funds to help run the Dunedin Chinese School as well as the NZCA Annual Sports and Cultural Tournament.
Dunedin will be hosting the 2015 Tournament and planning is well advanced. As usual we require a lot of volunteers to help run the event and will be calling on our members to help out.
The Lion Dance Team is performing on a regular basis, and are eagerly awaiting new Lion costumes that have been ordered.
Meanwhile the committee has been busy running activities for our members as well. The reports outline some of the things we have been doing.
By now the weather has settled into our winter phase, and while we would like to stay warm inside where we can, those who are interested can go to the weekly basketball practices which continue at the Edgar Centre, and we are looking ahead to a new event we will hold in lieu of the South Island Basketball Tournament. We are also looking forward to the August Camp which will be held at Berwick camp this year, and also the August Moon Festival Dinner is on the horizon as well.
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Linus Chin
President
Otago & Southland Chinese Association