2013 Event Logs
The Seattle Yee's celebrated
the Year of the Snake in style with a delicious dinner at
the Renton Seafood Restaurant Thursday, January 31, 2013.
About 60 members, family, and guest were in attendance.
Seattle YFT president De Shum Yee welcomed everyone to the
annual spring banquet. President De Shum relayed to all
attendees the positive feedback he received from various
chapters regarding Seattle YFT hosting the 24th US
National YFT convention, he mentioned that the YFT elders
were extremely happy with the success of the 24th US
National YFT convention and several members commented on
how well organized the convention was run. President De
Shum also gave us an update on resolution proposed by Fred
Yee to purchase our own building. The resolution was
unanimously approved by the convention body, and a pledge
drive was held on the spot spearheaded by uncle John M Yee
of Arizona, and raised over $51,000 for the building fund
in just twenty minutes. The momentum from the convention
continued with the most generous gift of $20,000 by Uncle
Hing Ng (Yee Ga Lock). John Yii Seattle YFT Chinese
secretary gave an English translation.
Fred Yee, the Seattle YFT
Building Fund Chair, gave us an update on the building
search and the fund raising efforts. Fred is the Western
Section Vice-President of YFT HQ, mentioned that YFT HQ is
very supportive of our efforts to purchase our own
building, and will assist financially in the purchase of
our new building. Fred gave a brief accounting of the fund
raising efforts, and wanted to let all members know that
no donation is too small, and that each donation would be
greatly appreciated. The realization of our dream to own
our own building will be more meaningful with the support
of all members.
We like to thank Shek Jing
Yee and his staff at the Renton Seafood Restaurant for
serving a delicious eight course dinner to help us usher
in a happy, healthy, and prosperous year of the Snake.
Kevin Lee 余紹江, Seattle
Chapter English Secretary, has been elected to the Seattle
Chong Wa Benevolent Association (西雅圖中華會館) Board of
Trustees (董事) and Secretary for the 2013 term.
Fred Yee 余海量, West Grand
Vice President and Seattle Chapter Advisor, was appointed
in June 2012 to a two-year term 2012-2013 as Honorary
Community Advisor (咨議委員) of the Seattle Chong Wa
Western Grand Vice President
Fred Yee and Grand Advisor James Yee attended the 2013
Spring Banquet in San Francisco on March 24. This is the
annual major for the US Yee Fung Toy Family Association.
The festivities began in the
morning with a buffet lunch followed by the ancestral
worship ceremony. In attendance were US YFT Grand Elders,
Grand Presidents, Grand Vice Presidents, Grand Advisors,
President and Vice President of the YFT Head Quarters,
representatives from various US YFT Chapters, Advisors and
officers of YFT Headquarters, the Chinese Community media,
members and guests.
Following the ceremony, lion
dancing and martial arts demonstrations were performed in
front of the Head Quarters building. The street was closed
to enable the performance and spectators to enjoy the
joyous event. The lightning of fire was held in two
separate restaurants, the New Asia Chinese Restaurant and
the Peninsula Seafood Restaurant in San Franciscoís
Chinatown. Firecrackers helped created a wondrous ending
of the performance.
This year, the spring
banquet was held in two separate restaurants, the New Asia
Chinese Restaurant and the Peninsula Seafood Restaurant in
San Franciscoís Chinatown. Over a thousand honor guests,
government dignitaries, community representatives, YFT
members and guests filled 120 tables. In presence were San
Francisco Mayor Edmond Lee, State legislator Leland Yee
and many elected officials, government and communities
leaders. Greetings were extended by US YFT Grand
Presidents and Head Quarters President and others. Karaoke
entertainments added much enjoyment to the delicious food
US YFT senior leaders also
conducted their business meeting on March 23, a day before
the banquet. This annual event ended on March 25 with the
out of town attendees departing for their home cities.
Cemetery)、湖景墓園 (Lake View Cemetery)、萬年青
- 華秀麗墓園 (
Evergreen-Washelli Cemetery) 及 萬柏墓園 (Mt. Pleasant)
In observation of the Ching
Ming festival, members of the Seattle Yee Fung Toy
Association visited area cemeteries on Easter Sunday March
A total of 4 cemeteries were
visited by the Seattle Yee group, led by President De Shum
Yee. The weather was excellent and it was a perfect day to
be outdoors while paying respect to our ancestors.
Historic Day for Seattle Yee
Fung Toy, Purchases building to serve as Association's New
Home with the aid of YFT HQ and all our US and Canadian
De Sum Yee, President, Fred
Yee, Chapter Advisor/Western Vice Grand President and
Kevin Lee, English Secretary of the Seattle Yee Fung Toy
Family Association signed final closing documents on May
24, 2013 to acquire real property in Seattle's Beacon Hill
neighborhood for the Chapter's permanent home. The
purchase was made possible with generous donations from
Yee Fung Toy Family Association Chapters in the United
States and Canada, loan support from the U.S. Yee Fung Toy
Association Headquarters in San Francisco, together with
the similar level of donations from members of the Seattle
The purchase makes owning a
permanent home for the Seattle Chapter a reality, after
itís over half century presence in Seattle. The signing
signifies a historical moment for the Seattle Chapter.
Western Grand President Alan Yi Shun Yee and William Yu of
San Francisco Headquarters flew up to Seattle to witness
and participate in the signing formality at First American
Title Insurance Company in Bellevue, Washington.
The Seattle Chapter has
formed a 9-member Building Committee to manage the
purchasing process and a 5-member subcommittee was formed
to operate and manage the property after the purchase. The
Chapter will spend the next several months to repair and
update the property with a grand opening aimed sometime in
Seattle Yee Fung Toy Family Association held its 59th
Annual Picnic on July 28, 2013 at the Seattle Woodland
Park Picnic Area - Shelter #3.
weather was cooler than the usual Seattle summer days
but was still nice enough to offer relatively
comfortable outdoor activities enjoyment.
Martin and Rosa Yee, Ping Sheung Yu and Mary Wong from
the YFT Society of Vancouver drove down to join us for
the picnic. Mr. Yee Kai Yon, secretary of the Persatuan Keturunan Yee Malaysia
was in town and also attended the picnic.
usual, there were great food (Chow Mein, BBQ Pork,
Fried Chicken and Roast Pig), many door prizes
including cash prizes and scholarship awards to over
30 Seattle YFT student members.
After the picnic, some visited the new acquired
property of the Seattle YFT Association on Beacon
Hill. The property is currently under repair and the
work is expected to be completed within a couple of
Dinner was at Renton Seafood Restaurant and was
attended by over 20 individuals. As before, the food
was excellent with great thanks to Shek Jing Yee,
owner of the restaurant.
Photos Courtesy of Kai Yon Yee, Martin Yee and Fred
The Seattle Yee Fung Toy
Family Association celebrated the moving in of their
chapter office to their newly purchased property on Beacon
Hill, Seattle, WA. at noon on Sunday, October 13th.
About 30 plus Seattle
chapter members attended the celebration.
A buffet lunch (roasted pig, chicken, chow fun, chow mein, fried rice, dim sum...etc) was served right after the Ceremony at our New Association Home.
While the remodeling and
repair work are still ongoing, the moving in celebration
signifies a main phase of the Chapter's history.
A formal public open house
event is planned for 2014. Please stay tuned for
information about this event.
For more photos of this
event, please click here.
Photos courtesy of Steven D.
Yee and Fred Yee.