31 May, 2012

Presidents Report May 2012

Since the last newsletter your Association has completed the planned maintenance on the OSCA clubrooms and the new roof on the canopy and the new colour scheme looks really good. There is still a little more maintenance planned to keep the building weather tight as well as work required for earthquake strengthening over the next few years.
OSCA also wrote a brief history of the association for publication in the NZCA History which will go to print soon. Thanks to Janice, David, and Gordon for contributing their time to get this done before the deadline.
As usual our youth group was busy with planning the Otago University Clubs and Societies Day where we try to interest new students in our activities. The youth committee also helped to run the OSCA BBQ, which was held in Dunedin rather than Brighton Domain for the first time in many years. I believe those that attended the BBQ  had a great time.
Basketball practices started at the beginning of term and we had a competitive contingent travelling to Auckland for 
Easter.  The purpose of the Annual NZCA Sports and Cultural Tournament is to foster closer links with other likeminded people through sport. I’m pleased to be able to report that the young people representing Otago and Southland Chinese Association continue to be positive role models of our youth. Basketball practices continue through this term and we will be travelling to Christchurch to compete in basketball in September.
The Lion Dance Group continues to be in demand and they performed at Chinese New Year at the Dunedin Chinese Garden, the Dunedin Public Art Gallery, and the Dunedin Casino. Other performances were held for the Multi Ethnic Council celebration, and bookings continue to flow in for future performances.
The children’s Christmas function was held on Saturday 10th December at St Clair School, and by all accounts the Father Christmas arrived on time and the children had a good day.
The committee has changed a little since the last newsletter, and we have welcomed Lisa Ung, Christine Wong, and Kevin Zhang. Sadly we say farewell to Thomas Ding. Thomas has our vote of thanks for his contribution to our activities.
In an acknowledgement of George Wong’s contribution to OSCA and his upcoming special birthday we celebrated the occasion with George and Noleen with a supper.
I will take this opportunity to welcome any new members, and a special thank you for those who continue to support our goals. Remember there are benefits to membership, so please don’t forget to fill in your subscription forms and join now.
Linus Chin
Otago-Southland Chinese Association