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Board of Directors
董事會成員

History list is available upon request.

(Current)

Catherine You

Arthur Chang

Sarah Reddekopp

Hannah Horrowitz

 

History of The Chinese Club of Greater Kansas City
堪城中華協會簡史

The Chinese Club of Greater Kansas City started in the early 70’s as a way for the few members of the Chinese community of Kansas City to gather and talk about politics and celebrate cultural traditions.

Currently, The Chinese Club of Greater Kansas City has grown to include individuals and families from all walks of life who are interested in joining a celebration of the Chinese and South East Asian Cultures.

A Short History of The Chinese Club of Greater Kansas City
by Chien Liu

Mr. Don Toy has described the activities of the Chinese Community in the Greater Kansas City area adequately up to the period of the end of the Second World War. My family and I moved to Kansas City in 1958. At that time, there were about 20 Chinese families here. Within the past decade, due to many Chinese students attending colleges for under graduate as well as post graduate studies in the Midwest area and many professional people moved with their families to the Greater Kansas City area, the Chinese population has increased greatly leading to the formation of the Chinese Club of Greater Kansas City in 1972.

Dr. William Wu and his family are probably among the early settlers of the Chinese population in the Greater Kansas City area after the Second World War. In 1961, Dr. & Mrs. Wu and Mr. & Mrs. Toy invited all the Chinese people in this area to a dinner party at Dr. Wu’s house to celebrate the Chinese New Year. With many students from surrounding areas as well as people from the Kansas City area, more than 300 people attended. We had a wonderful time together, sharing fellowship and the delicious Chinese food they provided us. We also had a special permission from the police department to burn a long string of fire crackers for celebration.

Although there was no formal organization of a Chinese Club prior to 1972, there were frequent social gathering among various Chinese families. Each year around the Chinese New Year’s time, student clubs from UMKC and KU in Lawrence often put up festive dinner parties. One of the more recent ones was held at the China International Restaurant in 1971 and another one was held at the Meyer Blvd. United Methodist Church in 1972. Each time there were more than 150 people attended the Chinese New Year banquets.

On February 13, 1972, with more than 100 Chinese adults attending a banquet at the Lee-Chee Tree Restaurant, a formal organization meeting to establish a Chinese Club was held. A Committee was elected with Dr. Sidney Wang as President, Dr. Kenneth Yue at Vice-President, and Dr. Richard Yeh as Treasurer. Among several names proposed, the name of CHINESE CLUB OF GREATER KANSAS CITY was adopted.

The organizing Committee called a second meeting on February 27, 1972 at Kenneth Yue’s house. Sidney Wang, Kenneth Yue, Richard Yeh, James Yu, David Yang, Stanley Niu, Luke Chu, King Lee, K.Y. Zee-Cheng and Mrs. Helen Lin were present. Further details to form the Chinese Club was discussed and a sub-committee was created to draft a set of Constitution and By-Laws was adopted. Another meeting was held on March 10, 1972 at James Wu’s house to write the Constitution and By-Laws for the Club. Members attended were James Wu, Edward Hsu, Luke Chu, Richard Yeh, David Yang, Sidney Wang, K. Y. Zee-Cheng, Kenneth Yue and C.C. Cheng. The Constitution and By-Laws were drafted and later were printed to be distributed to all future members for suggestions and corrections.

On October 29, 1972, a Nominating Committee was formed and met at Kenneth Yue’s house. The Committee consisted of Kenneth Yue, Luke Chu, C. K. Cheng and K. Y. Zee-Cheng. A slate of names was nominated for the officers of President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer and four Board of Directors was prepared to be presented to the members for election during the forthcoming meeting.

On December 16, 1972, combining the Christmas Party and Organization Meeting, the Chinese Club’s Constitution and By-Laws were presented to the membership and were passed and adopted. Election of officers was done with C. C. Cheng as President, Chien Liu as Vice-President, James Wu as Treasurer and Ben Lin as Secretary. Four Board of Directors were also elected. They were David Yang, James Cheng, Mrs. Katherine Wang and John Chu. The Chinese Club of Greater Kansas City was born.

 

堪城中華協會簡史
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迄二次大戰終止時,堪城華社之各項活動已由蔡翊吾先生擇要暢述,於一九五八年本人與家屬遷至堪城定居時,本地華胞一共僅二十家左右,在過去的十多年內,由於中西部地區之中國同學,或入大學肄業,或進研究所深造,加以職業人員攜眷陸續移入,致本市華胞人數大為增加,導成組合「堪城中華協會」之需要。

在二次大戰後華胞居留民中,伍國幹醫師及其家人可算是最早的家庭之一,伍醫師愛顧同胞不餘遺力。故於一九六一年,伍國幹夫婦暨蔡翊吾先生夫人曾邀請本地區之全體華胞於伍所聚宴共慶中國新年,大家除了暢享美餐,領受盛意招待外,更深切體會到海外同胞愛之感情。那次還蒙市警察局特准,燃點了一長串鞭炮以除舊迎新。蒙請的人除了堪城同胞外,還有附近地區之同學,出席者共有三百人之眾。

雖然到一九七二年止,本市尚無正式之華人團體,然華胞家庭間均經常有社交聚會之活動。每年於農曆年節前後,堪城之密大及堪大之中國同學會均舉辦新年聚餐同樂會。最近的幾次,例如:一九七一年在國際飯店,一九七二年在美益大道聯合衛理會教堂。每次聚會均有一百五十人以上。

在一九七二年二月十三日,約有百餘位本地之成年僑胞出席於荔枝樹飯店,召開之會議,正式進行籌組「中華協會」。會中設立籌備委員會,推選王文璇醫師為主席,余曾年博士為副主席,葉繩醫師為財務,從六個提名之名稱正式採用今名「堪城中華協會」。

同年二月二十七日,籌備委員會在余曾年府召開第二次會議,出席者有王文璇、余曾年、葉繩、伍德泉、楊寧忠、鈕先炳、朱樂華、李京、徐陳光淵等諸位先生及凌徐雷女士。商計組會程序並成立會章起草委員會。後該委員會於三月十日在伍德泉府寓逐條宣讀並討論由伍主席初擬之會章及規程。出席者有委員王文璇、許駿發、朱樂華、楊寧忠、徐陳光淵、鄭家駿、及余曾年等諸位。經眾人熱烈辯論修正,終於子夜以後才大功告成。當時各人樂捐經費,印發由會章起草委員會提出之會憲及規程,分寄給本市之僑胞請提供意見及建議。

一九七二年十月二十九日提名委員會成立,于余曾年府集會。該委員會余曾年、許駿發、朱樂華、鄭志剛及徐陳光淵五位鄭重考慮行業、機關、地區、性別及現有團體之代表性,重複多次投票推出職員及董事候選人名單,提至全體成立大會選舉。終於在一九七二年十二月十六日堪城華協成立大會及聖誕同樂會中,籌備會主席王文璇提出會章及候選人名單交大會通過採納,並投選。選舉結果鄭家駿當選會長,劉鈐為副會長,劉本傑為秘書,伍德泉為財務,楊寧忠、鄭志剛、朱章和王嘉英為董事。堪城中華協會在和平熱烈的氣氛中正式誕生。