30 September, 2012

Presidents Report September 2012

I’ll begin my report by welcoming Colin Chin to the Youth Committee. Colin has been involved in many OSCA basketball tournaments and social events that OSCA have held in the last couple of years and will contribute that experience to the association.

A Post Easter Party was held in OSCA rooms on Sat 28th of April with about 20 people attending from the OSCA Auckland Easter Contingent. Awards were conferred for MVP, MIP and various other categories to those who deserved recognition.
On Sunday 20th May we held a lunch at the Kwangchow Restaurant for 40 of our more elderly members with members over 70’s dining for free and a subsidised price for those under 70. We had a good turnout and everyone had a good time catching up with old friends and acquaintances.
Kristel Yee and I attended the NZCA AGM and Conference in Wellington over 15th, 16th, and 17th June, where we represented OSCA at national level. Melissa Yee and a representative from both the Chinese Embassy and the Taiwanese Economic and Cultural Office attended the conference.
OSCA has purchased a book about social Chinese history titled, “China in Those Days “, by   Thomas Brandt. Please note that this book is available to borrow from Michael Young at 858 George St Motels who will be keeping a register.
Nicolle Wong (Otago) and Xing Dong (Southland) were successful in their application to the Dragons 100 Conference. This conference is limited to 100 attendees with an allocation of 40 from Hong Kong and China. To have 2 people attending from OSCA is a great result and OSCA provided some financial aid to our successful applicants because while the costs of attending the Conference in China was provided for, the applicants had to pay for return airfares to the venue.
I am also pleased to report that our Social Grade mixed Basketball team achieved a 3rd placing in their competition and the 3rd Division Men’s team came 1st in their division.
Basketball practice continues and we will be taking 2 vans of competitors to Christchurch for the South Island Basketball Tournament to be held on 28th, 29th and 30th September 2012.
After a performance at Teacher’s College on 22nd July, the Lion Dance Team is entering a quieter phase at the moment but it’s a good opportunity to work on new techniques with new music. The Lion Dance Team had a dinner as a reward for the effort they have put into their performances and also to farewell Ryan Young. 
We have also approved the display of a Lion Dance Head at Unicol.
Teresa Chan and Adrian Thein were part of a group who are working with the Otago Settlers Museum on the “Our Voices” project. The Otago Settlers Museum requested stories from local Chinese on early life in the Otago region in particular, Laundry Businesses, Market Gardening, Restaurants, Takeaways, and Fruiterers. OSCA was tasked with helping locate people who were willing to contribute.
OSCA also contributed financially towards funding the publication of a book on the History of Market Gardeners in New Zealand and a history of the Dominion Growers Federation. We will also be sponsoring a book launch in Dunedin after Labour weekend.
The OSCA August Camp was held over 31st August, 1st & 2nd September at Tirohanga Camp just outside Mosgiel. We were very lucky with the weather and the Camp was deemed a success by those who attended.  For families who were invited to camp, entertainment was provided by a magic show and dinner, followed by a lip sync show put on by the campers. I would like to take this opportunity to thank those families who attended and those who helped out in the kitchen, as well as our local magician, John Barton.
OSCA has established a new award, the OSCA Youth Contribution Award which will recognise the youth leadership skills and outstanding contribution of individual young members to OSCA. In due time the conditions and criteria for winning this award will be posted on the Association website.
Thanks to all who have contributed to the work we do for our community. While we cannot promise to pursue every opportunity presented to us, please contact our committee if you have an initiative that you think has merit.
Linus Chin
Otago-Southland Chinese Association