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長青會慶祝20週年 (1999 - 2019)

向二十岁的《長青会》祝福

 劉   實 


岁月匆匆,長青会成立已经二十个年头了。

在筹建这个华裔老人社团时,鲍世莹和刘 实曾经跑过好几个地点。都因为许多老人中心都是当地纳税人的福利设施而没有交涉成功。由于TDYCC是联邦资助建立的。所以同意接纳我们。但因它位于绿堡市(GREENBURG),对于非绿堡居民,仍然有不同的待遇。

在开办时,TDYCC曾经提出了一个条件:我们这个华人团体必须有一个对中心开放的活动计划。我们就开了《太极和气功班》,最初由刘 实担任老师,为时五年,其后由别人接任,持续至今。

第一天成立时,只有AB 室供我们使用。到场的有二十来个人。首先我们要决定的是这个聚会的名称。《長青会》(Evergreen)这个名字,是刘 实提议的,鲍世莹、陈 珠和高为量表示同意,这就是我们会名的由来。以上这四位,是本会的创始人。他们对本会的成立功不可没。《世界日报》对这件事曾有报道。

成立之后的第三年,我们获得联邦补助经费。TDYCC也为我们增加了一个活动房间。会员为了看病和购物的需要,都希望能够经常到法拉盛或中国城去。当时每次本会都需要向TDYCC填表申请巴斯服务。TDYCC为此曾经发生过一次严重的人事纠纷。负责老人活动计划的乔治先生因为这件事一度被停职。本会为此曾与TDYCC的领导据理力争,终于恢复了乔治先生的职务。在已去世的怀特先生(MR。WHITE)主持TDYCC期间,本会向他以书面说明前往法拉盛或中国城的需要,他批准每月的第一个星期二去法拉盛,冬天除外。今天的法拉盛之行,已成惯例,但却来之不易。

鉴于一个健全的社团组织,必须有良好的财务管理制度。为此,本会在四年以前,制定并通过了财务独立的《章程》。其中规定,财务独立,会长不管钱,财务接受监督。这就是本会现行有效的《章程》的财务管理规定。

本会是在美国纽约威郡成立并开展活动的华裔居民团体。因此我们必须遵守当地的法律和规章。我们的《章程》中也规定,我们的活动中不能有任何政治和宗教色彩。我们的会员来自两岸三地,远在海外,大家都做到了和睦相处。我们不仅要以身作则,促进两岸关系,而且要以身示范,加深中美两国人民之间的认识和了解。

長青会二十岁了,二十年来在各届会长领导下,逐渐发挥了社团影响力。让我们大家共同努力,使它今后的成长更加充实和有力。

Evergreen is 20 years old

Richard  Liu  


Time goes fast, Evergreen Club is twenty years old now.

For a meeting place, Brenda Sun and Richard Liu together had visited several places with no result because all the Senior Centers are for the local tax payers. In August 1999, we were accepted by TDYCC because it is Federal aided community Center.

But we were required to set up a senior program in order to get a meeting place. So we started with a Taiji and Qigong class taught by Richard Liu for the next five years.

The name of the Club Evergreen was suggested by Richard Liu and accepted by Brenda Sun, Joan Chen and Jenny Kao Chase who are the founding members of the Club. The event was reported by World Journal.

At the very beginning we can only use the AB room every Thursday. Three years later we got CD room for Tuesday also. For the trip to Flushing or Chinatown, we had to file application form before making each trip until about seven years ago. The late Mr. White approved an arrangement for our Club. The first Tuesday of every month would be the Flushing trip day, except winter months.

About six years ago, the Club adopted a new version of our Charter which stipulates the financial sector of our Club will be independent and under audition. The President is no longer the manager of our funds. We have a finance officer and a cashier who are under regular audition.

The Club is composed by senior members from mainland China, Taiwan as well as Hong Kong, plus overseas Chinese in America. We get along in a very harmonious way so far. The Club is free from political and religious differences and confrontation. We all try to promote the Sino-America relationship and understanding.

The Club has made its impact on our community. Credit has to be given to all the Officers of the Club as well as all the members. We wish the Club will be stronger and better each year from now on. We like to say Happy Anniversary to Evergreen.