It was a very enjoyable evening with over 200 members and guests attending.
Wine Tasting Session
On July 14, 2005, we had another wine-tasting session. The following article is presented by Dr. Anthony Cheng for us to taste South African wines and his comments on the wine on that occasion :
“The Wines of South Africa
To classify South Africa as a New World wine growing region is a misnomer since vines were grown way back in 1655. A commander in the Dutch East India Co. known as Jan van Riebeeck planned the first vine. Wine-making flourished in Stellenbosch and Constantia and the products were sold successfully in Europe especially in Holland and the U.K.
It then suffered a severe setback when U.K. abolished the protective tariffs on French wines in 1860s thereby making them much cheaper than the South Africans. The spread of Phylloxera (a fungus disease of vine) didn’t help and the problem of over-production eventually rendered many South African wines undesirable. In 1957 a giant ruling co-op, the KWV (Ko-operatiewe Wijnbuwers Vereniging), controlled the production, stabilized the sale and set up a quota system which limited the number of new vines planted. Things got rosy for a while before the introduction of international trade sanctions in the 1980s as a protest against the apartheid regime. The situation became very miserable. The wine industry then started to roll again after the end of the apartheid and improved dramatically in the 1990s when the KWV relinquished its regulatory role. South Africa is now the world’s no. 8th wine growing country. More independent quality driven producers and investors are now setting up here to make wines which can compete at the highest level with those made by the “old” world.
About 70% of South African wines are white and the most favorite varietal is Chenin Blanc, followed by Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay.
Red wines are made from Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Pinotage (South African’s own indigenous grape) and Merlot.
The style of South African wines is said to be somewhere in between the new world and the old. It has the fruit intensity of the former and the structure and restraint of the latter.
Dr. Anthony Cheng
A big party on April 23, 2005 – CCA Spring Dinner
CCA’s Spring Dinner was held at The Ballroom at Penthouse, Hotel Miramar, No.118-130 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon on April 23, 2005. It was attended by 230 guests, members and friends, thanks to the hard work of the Organizing Committee. We had a night of fun, games and dance and the good opportunity of mixing with each other.
The following is an excerpt of the speech made by Spencer Lee at the dinner :
“Mr. Campbell, Members, Guests and friends,
This is the 18th Annual Dinner of CCA. 18 is a magic age. A person has come of age at 18 and has the right to vote.
CCA has come of age with its participation in the promotion of Canadian education for the benefit of the community as a whole in the role it played in the establishment of The Canadian International School of Hong Kong.
Tonight, we are lucky to have Mr. Raymond Chan and Mrs. Shirley Chan of IDT with us. They are the ones who donated the first seed money to start CDNIS.
This is also perhaps an opportune time to invite your support for fund-raising events, to be organized by CCA in conjunction with the School and other Canadian organizations in Hong Kong, where possible, to establish scholarships for local and/or overseas students, especially students from China, to attend CDNIS.
I understand that a former Chairman of CCA, Dennis Chan, has made a pledge to kick-off the initiative, and hopefully, there will be more to come.
Have fun and enjoy the rest of the evening
(1) Guests and friends
We wish to thank the following special guests for joining the event :
(i) From the Consulate General of Canada
Mr. & Mrs. Gerry Campbell – Consul General and Patron of CCA; and
Mr. & Mrs. David McNamara – Senior Consul
(ii) From Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the Hong Kong SAR
Mr. Lu Haitian (Henry Lo); and
Mr. Feng Qing Hu.
(iii) Other guests
Mr. & Mrs. Alaudeen Alaskary – Consul General of Saudi Arabia in Hong Kong
Mr. & Mrs. Richard Wong – Honorary Consul of Tunisia in Hong Kong
Mr. & Mrs. Bernard Pouliot – President of Canadian Chamber of Hong Kong
Mr. & Mrs. Mike Verge – Chairman of Canadian International School of Hong Kong
Mr. & Mrs. Raymond Chan – Chairman of IDT
Mr. & Mrs. Albert Wang – Founding Member of CDNIS
Mr. William Tin – Vice President of CGA
Mr. & Mrs. Frederick Kan – Chairman of Climax International Co. Ltd.
Mr. & Mrs. Ng Leung Sing – Former Member of the Legislative Council of HKSAR.
Mr. & Mrs. Chan Shiu Bill – Member of Chi Tung Association
Mr. & Mrs. Kenny Tam – Past Chairman of CCA
Mr. & Mrs. Dennis Chan – Past Chairman of CCA
Mr. T.T. Yuen – Past Chairman of CCA
Mr. & Mrs. Ng Ching Wo – Founding Member and former Chairman of CDNIS
(iv) Those forming table(s)
CDNIS, Mr. Peter Yu, Mr. Wilson Wong, Mr. Bernard Pouliot, Ms. Anna Shum, Mrs. Gloria Choy, Ms. Janet So, Mr. Chin Chan, Mr. Iggy Chong, Mr. K.K. Wong/Benthony Ip/Simon Ng, Mr. Bill Ling, Ms. Shelley Ki, Mr. Marcus Law, Ms. Sandy Law/ Mr. Barry Chin, Ms. Jamie Sih, Mr. Gregory Choy/Fred Wu and Mr. Roxy Ho.
(2) Organizing Committee
We wish to thank members of the Organizing Committee of the Spring Dinner; in particular, its Chairman, Bill Ling, our MCs Gloria Choy, Anna Shum, the floor managers, Tommy Lam, Roxy Ho and Jimmy Mak, the 5 girls from Gloria Lee’s group of companies and 2 members from Dennis Chan’s company, our Committee Members, Jamila Chan, Winnie Wong, Shelley Ki, Dr. Henry Choy, Brian Lau and many others who helped to make the event a success.
We also wish to thank the following members and friends who arranged/donated prizes for the event :
Donors Name Donation Prizes
Mr. Spencer Lee One “32” LCD TV
Dragonair Two economy class round trip tickets from H.K. to Shanghai
Air Canada One return Economy Class ticket from H.K. to Canada
Sogo Hong Kong Co. Ltd. & Lifestyle Int’l Holdings Ltd./ Mr. Edmond Chan ,000 Gift Certificates 1 can Airwaves per person
Oregon Scientific Global Distribution Ltd./ Mr. & Mrs. Raymond Chan 3 Philippe Starck’s weather station with Time Projection Function
Speaker CollectionLtd./ Mr. Chin-Ho Chan DVD Player with CardReader
Bangkok Golf Travel Ltd./ Mr. Gregory Choy One Package at Bangkok for two rooms
Dr. Annie Wong ,000 Gift voucher
Jebsen Travel Management Ltd./Ms. Winnie Wong 2 bottles of red wine
Climax International Co. Ltd./ Mr. Frederick Kan 24 Book Bound self Adhesive Album
FCM Travel Solution HK Ltd. /Ms. Shelley Ki One round trip limo to & from airport
C. Art Ltd./ Mr. Lionel Chan 20 Bug Eliminators; 1 Popcorn Maker; and2 Power Juicers
Sun Hung Kai Financial Group/ Mr. Joseph Tong 2 Ipods
Asiapac Development Ltd./ Mr. Dennis Chan Purchase coupons for purchase of LCD TV (per person)
Dai Pai Dong/Mr. Simon Wong 200 bottles of Linden Honey roasted rice tea drink (per person)
Mrs. Maria Mui 1 bottle of red wine
Medifast (H.K.) Ltd. &Medibeauty/ Mr. & Mrs. Hongson Lee 250 coupons for facial, spa & medical check-up
Meyer Aluminium Ltd./Ms. Janet So 25 pieces of Circulon 2 Toss and Turn pan; and one set of Anolon Advanced 5-piece cookwares
Dr. Robin Chan/Asia Commercial Bank ,000 Gift voucher
Mr. Kwan Li/ TristateHoldings Ltd. 2 Polo T-shirts
Mr. & Mrs. Albert Wang one Mirror Phone
Miramar Hotel Group/Mr. Peter Yu Dinner coupons (2 per tables); and 1 box of XO Sauce per table
Mr. Richard Wong Ngai Chun Golf bag
Asia CosmeticsEnterprise Co. Ltd./Ms. Sandy Law 50 coupons for facial treatment
Carleton Investment Ltd./ Mr. Peter Wang 7 Nike/Polo shirts
Mr. Francis Lo 20 message coupons
Mr. Paul Law 1 toy set
Ms. Pam Mak 12 bottles of wine
Mr. Roxy Ho 24 bottles of Nescafe
Mr. Carollio Chow 2 Model No.48-1456
Octopus Travel HK Ltd./ Ms. Shelley Ki 2 nights of 5-star hotel in Singapore
Amoy Food Ltd./ Mrs. Janet Wong 24 Amoy premium soy sauce; and24 cook books
Fun and Healthy Family Day on 1/1/05
The badminton friendly-match against LRCBC (a private club led by Dr. Alfred Tam) was held on the first day of the year, well attended by over 60 persons from both sides. A full report is published in the 2/05 issue of our Newsletter. The buffet dinner followed was certainly enjoyed by all, as can be seen in the photos below.
The event was well attended by about 190 members and their families, representatives from the Consulate, the Chamber, CGA, CMA and CUA including Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Burger, Mr. David McNamara, Mr. and Mrs. Patrice Cousineau. Seven boats were engaged, all loaded. The party took up the whole of the restaurant in Lamma for an enjoyable seafood lunch.
Spring Dinner 2004 held on Mar 13 Sat well attended!
The Can-Do Spirit of CCA”
As a direct result of CCA’s efforts in founding the Canadian International School (“the School”) and its active participation of the affairs of the Canadian community in Hong Kong, Mr. John Higginbotham, the Commissioner for Canada in Hong Kong, accepted to become CCA’s first Patron back in 1993. That was the year under the chairmanship of Kenny Tam. Mr. Higginbotham wrote in 1992 about the Hong Kong “can-do” spirit when he talked about the creation of the School “in record time” of nine months.
The same spirit has demonstrated in our Spring Dinner held on March 13, 2004. When CCA was starting to prepare the Spring Dinner around two months ago, it was learned that the date would clash with the Ball organized by AmCham. Upon hearing of the news, we had to ponder whether it would be wise to face the challenge or to dodge by changing to another date. We did not budge. With a firm belief in the “can-do” spirit of CCA, we accepted the challenge and proceeded as planned.
At the dinner, we witnessed a turnout of over 220 members, guests and friends – notwithstanding the tough competitions from other quarters.
I wish to thank the many distinguished guests, members and friends who attended the Dinner, Mr. David McNamara of the Consulate and many others, especially the organizing Committee under the Chairmanship of Bill Ling, our Vice-chairman for Functions, and old member, Tommy Lam, our floor manager and Jimmy Mak, a new member, the assistant floor manager and other new members, Gloria and Henry Choy, Anna Shum, Shelley Ki, April Yang, Peter Yu, Jamila Chan, Benthony and Brian Lau who manned the PA system.
Last but not least, I wish to thank every one of those who attended and/or supported the Spring Dinner, in particular, CUA/Jenny Ho, President, CMA/Joseph Yau, President, CGA/Charles Lau, President, CDNIS/David Kong, Chairman of the Board, Allan McLeod, Head of School; Dave McMaster, Principal Middle School, Sunlife/Daniel Tang and Air Canada/Joe Ng, Dragonair/Titus Diu and many others who have donated prizes for the event.
July 1st of each year is a special day for Canada. It is also a day that marks the return of H.K. to PRC.
On July 1st this year, CCA organized a regatta to celebrate both events. We had over 130 participants wearing red or white polo shirts and 6 boats participating. It was attended by our Patron, Mr. Anthony Burger, the Consul General of Canada in Hong Kong, Bruce Gillies and David McNamara, senior officials of the Consulate, and their respective spouses. Janet De Silva, President of the Canadian Chamber, gave her support and organized a junk and a junk-load of Canadians to join the event.
We also had 2 reporters from China Radio International to observe first hand how East meets West and work together toward a worthwhile project and a common goal.
On June 30, 2003, we replaced our regular Monday lunch for an informal dinner at Tsui Hang Village Restaurant in Central.
Attending parties included Spencer Lee & Alice, Fred Kan & wife, Wilson Wong, Rudy Io, Francis Chan, Fred Wu & wife, Iggy Chong & wife, Tony Lit, Pam Mak, Sandy Law, Paul Chong, T.T. Yuen, John Chan & wife, Ho- Kin Li. We had a late dinner. Thereafter, some of us went on to attend the celebration organized by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. We met Cindy Leung, Kwan Li and wife and Benthony but left shortly thereafter to get ready for our regatta the next day.
On June 14, 2003, the Board of Governors, led by David Kong, its Chairman, together with Allan McLeod, Head of School, hosted a BBQ for the Members of the Foundation. Members attending the party included Spencer Lee (and wife), Felix Fong, Kenny Tam (and wife), Dennis Chan (and wife), (all past chairmen), Vincent Lee, Richard Wong, Maria Mui (and husband, David), Mary-Jean Wong (and husband Daniel) and Art McInnis (all members of the Foundation).
The attending school administrators included Allan McLeod (and wife), Sharon Carew (and husband), Dave McMaster (and wife) and Monica Vallor (and husband).
The attending governors were David Kong (Chairman), Michael Ma (and wife), Wilson Wong (and wife), Dr. Anthony Cheng (and wife), Don Roberts (and wife), Michael Verge (and wife), Andy Hung, Li Ho Kin, Spencer Lee, Bruce Gillies (and wife), Robert Lew, Terese Au Yeung (and husband), and Fred Lochovsky (and wife).
The parties had a free exchange of conversations and Al conducted a tour of the School for those who did not have the chance to appreciate the excellent facilities of the School.
We wish to thank the Board of Governors and CDNIS for organizing the event to bring the attending parties closer together for the benefit of the School.
We held our Spring Dinner at the Bankers Club on March 1, 2003. The pre-dinner pragrams included fortune telling conducted by Mak So; investment advice hosted by Jamie Sih and the sale of flowers and badges for fund-raising purposes.
Tony Lit and Pam Mak hosted wine tasting, sponsored by Sinolink Fine Wine Ltd.
Our Chairman, T.T. Yuen, gave his welcome speech followed by Mr. David McNamara, Senior Trade Commissioner and Mr. Gao Wei Dong, Division Chief of the Liaison Office of the PRC in Hong Kong.
The event co-ordinate, Francis Chan, also gave his speech.
That night, we had raffles and karaoke competition to raise funds for CCA. Bill Ling dressed up as our God of Fortune to dish out Lai Sees which each contained a Mark-6 ticket.
Hoi Kwan and Linda Lee were the 2 masters of ceremony and they did a good job.
Notwithstanding the short preparation time, we were able to sell 15 tables and around 180 members and guests attended the night. It was a fun-filled evening and was, in the main, a success.
It was a meaningful event in that many past chairmen of CCA did attend and show their support of CCA.
These included Spencer Lee, Felix Fong, Kenny Tam, Tony Tsoi, Dennis Chan and Laurent Lam. Kwan Li originally had indicated his participation but was unable to attend due to urgent engagement. He nevertheless paid for his ticket and donated prizes for the lucky draw. We are all very grateful to their support.
Albert Yeung, Sandy Law, Bill Ling, Tony Lit, Jamie Sih and many others played an active role and participated in the Organizing Committee. Hoi Kwan and Linda Lee renewed their teamwork as MCs of the evening.
The Karaoke competition at the Spring Dinner brought the night to its climax. This was both for fun and fund-raising. The idea was to allow those who attended the Dinner to pay for a friend or him or her to sing. There were eight candidates who were Albert Yeung, Linda Lee, Spencer Lee, Tony Lit, Tommy Lam, Rudy Io, Bill Ling and Janet de Silva, the President of CanCham and one of our guests.
Albert Yeung was the one who raised the biggest amount. According to the panel of judges, which consisted of David McNamara, John Oaten and David Amitage, all guests of honor, Linda Lee was the best performer.
Although Janet had the support of our executives, she just missed the top five by a thin margin but her “Puppy Love” was one of the favorites of the audience.
Linda Lee won the first prize in the lucky draw, and was gracious enough to donate her prize, an air ticket to Canada donated by Air Canada, for auction and our immediate Past Chairman, Laurent Lam, succeeded in his bid for the air ticket. Thank you to both Linda and Laurent for their support of CCA. Dragon Air donated the second price one return ticket to Kota Kinabalu which was won by Bill Ling.