達福臺灣商會2019年年會剛於Crowne Plaza Addison 旅館舉行。
例如以往年會蒞臨致詞的政商嘉賓有: 聯邦眾議員 Eddie Johnson 及 Lance Gooden、德州州議員Angie Chen Buttons、Addison 市長Joe Chow、Richardson 市長、Dallas 市議員 Tennell Atkins and Lee Kleinman以及兩位剛上任的Plano市議員 Maria Tu 及 Lily Bao。
今年年會有兩位特別講員: Dr. Andrew Lee/ Dean of UT Southwestern Medical School 來分享日前最前衛的手臂及其器官移植技術如何幫助受傷軍人 及另一位特別來自DC的前美國副總統的國家安全顧問 Steve Yates,葉望輝 來分享居美台灣人如何在現今中美關係中扮演的微妙的腳色。這次年會也特別紀念三位已逝世的前會長為此商會及達福社區的付出: 前會長Mao Chang, 前會長Charles Chen, 及前會長朱勵。
Dallas Taiwanese Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet was held today 6/23/19 at Crowne Plaza Addison Hotel. Banquet started with warm greetings from our VIPs: US Congresswomen Eddie Bernice Johnson, US Congressman Lance Gooden, TX State Representative Angie Chen Buttons, Town of Addison Mayor Joe Chow, City of Richardson - Mayor Pro Tem Mark Solomon, City of Dallas - Council Member Tennell Atkins, City of Dallas - Council Member Lee Kleinman, and our very own two new Plano City Council Maria Tu and Lily Bao.
Two Keynote speakers for banquet this year: Dr. Andrew Lee, Dean of UT Southwestern Medical School sharing with us his passion in world renowned hand transplant case studies as well as his Taiwanese upbringing which most of us can relate to.
Second keynote speaker is Mr. Steve Yates from DC. He was Deputy National Security Adviser to the Vice President to Dick Cheney from 2001 to 2005 and a past Idaho Republican Party Chair from 2014 to 2017. He is the CEO of consulting firm DC International Advisory, in that role since 2006. He shared with us how Taiwanese American business men and women should utilize the unique relation we share between US and China to act as individual promoter of our own Taiwan identity.
Our Chamber had the privilege of having Dallas Chinese Philharmonic Choir perform three Taiwanese traditional folk songs with us to end our annual banquet on a high note.
Greater Dallas Taiwanese Chamber of Commerce (GDTCC)
達福臺灣商會2019年豬年達福地區全僑新春聯歡晚會於上週末一月26日〈週六〉晚上在 Renaissance Dallas Addison旅館舉行。晚會上也同時舉行國際願景傑出獎頒發儀式。特邀達拉斯市市長 Mike Rawlings 為晚宴主講人。晚會蒞臨貴賓有聯邦眾議員 Eddie Johnson、Van Taylor、Colin Allred、Michael Burgess，以及德州州議員、地區各城市市長、市議員等政界領袖，席開百桌、千位地區政商嘉賓出席，冠蓋雲集、場面盛大。
晚會主席谷祖光和達福臺商會會長陳文珊致詞歡迎大家參加晚會，代表商會向大家拜賀新年。感謝商會全體理事幹部和各界人士長期以來的奉獻及支持。當天晚會上並舉行國際願景傑出獎的頒發儀式，今年獲獎人為北德州地區聯邦法官 Judge Karen Gren Scholer、德州大學阿靈頓分校校長 Dr. Vistasp Karbhair、達福國際機場董事會主席 William Meadows、以及豐田汽車北美洲執行副縱總裁 Christopher P. Reynolds 等四人。
當天晚會的節目表演由石家萍舞蹈學校、聲樂家蔡維恕蔡孟融演唱以及LA Show Girls-LD Dances 擔綱演出。今年晚會鑽石贊助為美國聯信銀行〈Comerica Bank〉、達福國際機場、達拉斯捷運局和豐田汽車。晚會主持人葛懷中。
Over 1000 guests from all over DFW area celebrated Chinese Near Year with us at 2019 Greater Dallas Taiwanese Chamber of Commerce Chinese New Year Charity Gala in Renaissance Dallas Addison Hotel on 1/26/2019. This annual event has again lived up to its reputation of meeting DFW elite businessmen, business women, and elected officials with outstanding performances.
Also for the first time, GDTCC hosted a Business and Education Conference in the afternoon on the same date with four different topics ranging from "Challenges & Opportunities from China's One Belt One Road Initiative (BRI) and US-China Trade Conflicts" by UTD Professor Karl Ho, panel speaker on "Entrepreneurship and Merger & Acquisition" by Dr. Rita Ne and Dr. Chad Park, "GlobiTech Inc. - ASAS/GlobalWafers Success Story" by CFO Terry Kluesner and "Harvard Dad's Education Philosophy" by Author Xiaodi Zhu. This afternoon conference was a well received kick-off to a successful evening event.
The evening started with remarks from Event Chair Dr. Charles Ku, remarks from President Suzanne Chen, and remarks from President and CEO of World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth Jim Falk. GDTCC awarded outstanding youth leaders with partnership program, International Leadership Foundation. Keynote speaker of the night was the Honorable Michael S. Rawlings, the longest-serving Mayor of City of Dallas. This year, we also gave Global Vision Awards to Chief Administrative Officer of Toyota Motor North America Christopher Reynolds, United Stated Northern District of Texas Judge Honorable Karen Gren Scholer, UT Arlington President Dr. Vistasp Karbhair, DFW Board of Directors Chair William Meadows.
Performances of the night consisted of traditional Chinese Thousand Hands Buddha Dance by JPS Dance school, Opera song performance by Dr. Bruce and Dr. Meg Tsai, and Vegas style Brazilian Samba dance by LD Dance Company.
Another highlight GDTCC was known for is the extensive list of over 300 raffle prizes of total value over $200,000. Grand prize of $2,019 from GDTCC and Second price of $1,000 were both donated by GDTCC President Suzanne Chen and other honorable prizes include Houston-Taipei round trip Premium economy ticket by EVA Air, LA-Taipei round trip economy ticket by China Airline, and Two of 500,000 mileage award from American Airlines. Here are some of the picture highlights.