Thursday, November 1, 2012

Newsletter - Nov. 2012


Families With Children From China - Delaware Valley
November 2012  
Quick Links
In This Issue
New Book Scholarship
Theatre Workshop -- Saturday mornings
Annual Meeting -- 11/4, 2pm
Penn China Care Club -- 11/17, 1 pm
Somewhere Between Screening -- 11/29, 7:30 pm
Annual Holiday Party -- 12/1, 4 pm
Afternoon at the Zoo -- 12/9, 1 pm
Upcoming Events
About FCC-DV - Join, Renew, Volunteer
MEET NEW FCC-DV PRESIDENT
RUTH HANSON

Dear Members and Friends,

I'm happy to serve as president of our FCC-DV chapter. As I step into this role, I'd like to thank Sarah Davies, who has done a wonderful job of leading our chapter for three years. Among her accomplishments, Sarah started our scholarship program, planned many events, forged new collaborations, and updated our bylaws and use of technology. Sarah, thank you for your years of leadership!

Now a bit about me: My husband Joel and I are the lucky parents of three wonderful kids. Elli and Tori, age 8, were born in Guandong Province. Ryan, 5, was born in Taoyuan, Taiwan. We live in Schwenksville, in northwestern Montgomery County.

In my life before kids, I served in the US Navy, worked in corporate training at Siemens, and then found my true vocation as a high school physics teacher. Someday I may return to teaching, but right now I'm a stay at home mom and grateful for the opportunity to spend this time with my kids.

I've been a member of FCC-DV since 2005. I love our Chinese New Year celebrations and attended my first one as a waiting parent. I truly value the knowledge and resources that our members share with each other. My kids have enjoyed meeting friends through FCC-DV's 6 to 9 Group, which provides fun events without overwhelming our schedule.

Looking ahead, I hope our chapter will continue to adapt to our changing world and the changing needs and wants of our membership. Ultimately, I believe FCC-DV is a resource that helps our children by educating us as parents, and gives our kids the chance to learn about their Chinese heritage and form friendships with others who share a similar background.

I invite each one of you to provide input and help make FCC-DV the organization you'd like it to be. Our activities don't need to be complex --  through our Yahoo Group or Facebook page, feel free to send an informal invite for a meet-up at the park or the mall!  Consider joining our board -- we have openings and we welcome new members. Board membership is a great way to meet parents, and involves just four meetings a year (most are by phone).

In the next month, I hope you'll join us for three FCC-DV events: our annual meeting (11/4), our annual holiday party (12/1), and an afternoon at the Elmwood Park Zoo (12/9). Also, I hope you'll be in touch with with questions about our programs, ideas for the future or ways to help out! To reach me by email, please click here.

My very best,
Ruth Hanson


NICOLE SURMAN RECEIVES FCC-DV'S FIRST ANNUAL SCHOLARSHIP 

Congratulations to Nicole Surman
, who received FCC-DV's firstscholarship for post-secondary education! Nicole is a second year student at the Maryland Institute College of Art, where she is majoring in illustration and preparing for a possible career in graphic or game design. Nicole will use the award to help cover the cost of art supplies this year.

Nicole is multi-talented. She has been on the Philadelphia Dragon Boat team for three years and participated in races from Baltimore to Prague. Her team placed Gold and Silver in World Competitions. Also, Nicole has been a lifeguard and enjoys teaching swimming. At school, she belongs to the Hip Hop Club and Asian Student Alliance. FCC-DV is pleased to have Nicole as our first scholarship winner!

In 2013, FCC-DV hopes to award two $250 scholarships.The purpose is to help students defray the cost of post-secondary books and supplies. The scholarship is open to students:
  • Adopted in China
  • Currently residing in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery or Philadelphia County
  • Planning to attend a two to four-year college, university or technical/vocational school
Nicole encourages high school seniors to apply-- "it's a smooth, easy process and really helps," she says. Please help us spread the word about the scholarships! Applications will be available through FCC-DV early next year. 

THEATRE WORKSHOP FOR KIDS AGE 10 AND UP
What does it mean to be adopted? What's it like to live between cultures? Sarah Mitteldorf, an exciting young theatre artist who was adopted in Jiangsu Province in 1985, has received an Art and Change Grant from the Leeway Foundation to help kids explore these issues. Sarah is assembling a group of children who were adopted in China to share their stories and weave them into a performance at the end of the school year. 

Sarah's goals are to create a fun, supportive atmosphere where kids can examine important  questions, as well as to give their families and peers a chance to hear them tell stories that are often not articulated.

In June, Sarah held an introductory session for FCC-DV members and others. In September,  the group began meeting on Saturday mornings, from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm, at a church in Norristown. Sarah leads the group in movement, storytelling, creative writing and improvisation. "I've been impressed with the kids' creative writing and ability to be supportive of each other," she says.

New members are welcome -- and no theatre experience is necessary. Even if kids don't feel comfortable acting, they can still be part of the process and performance. FCC-DV is partnering with Sarah on the project. To register or for more information, contact us to be put in touch with Sarah.

Sarah is part of a new theatre company called Kaleid Theatre. She has worked on performances for the Philadelphia Fringe Festival and Lantern Theatre and as an Apprentice with Philadelphia Young Playwrights.

JOIN US FOR FCC-DV ANNUAL MEETING -- SUNDAY, 11/4
Annual meeting photo
Join us to chart FCC-DV's course for the next year.
 Our annual meeting will take place on Sunday, November 4th at 2 pm at the home of board member Susan Morgan, 29 School Street in Ambler. Agenda for the meeting:
  • Elect new board members 
  • Plan 2013 Chinese New Year Celebration as well as other events 
  • Update on membership and leadership
  • Finance report.
All are welcome! Meetings are informal -- a great way to meet others, learn about FCC-DV and  help shape the organization in the directions you'd like to see! Have questions or interested in joining the board? Contact Ruth Hanson, president.

PENN CHINA CARE CLUB, SATURDAY, 11/17   
UPenn's China Care Club event is planned for Saturday, 11/17 from 1 to 3 p.m. Details are forthcoming, but every meeting features fun activities and lots of friends! Each child is matched to a college mentor. If you have questions, or might like to register, please contact Kate and Hayley.

China Care has joined forces with Half the Sky to care for kids in China. As always, China Care clubs at U.S. universities raise funds to help pay for 
medical care for children in orphanages, but now the funds are administered by Half the Sky. Half the Sky provides staff training and program development to improve the quality of care in China's orphanages. 
Half the Sky

SOMEWHERE BETWEEN -- SPECIAL SCREENING -- THURSDAY, 11/29 
You are invited to a special viewing of Somewhere Between, a deeply moving documentary about the experience of children adopted from China. The film follows four teenagers as they explore their emerging sense of identity, meet others who were adopted, and some return to China.

The special screening will take place on Thursday, November 29th at 7:30 pm at the AMC 309, Cinema 9, 1210 Bethlehem Pike, North Wales, PA, 19454.

Click here to purchase tickets ($10). NOTE: The organizers must sell 70 tickets by Thursday, November 22nd in order to show the film, so act now! This is a great chance to get out there and see the movie if you missed it when it was in Philadelphia.

For information about the film, see the Somewhere Between website.

FCC-DV board member Susan Morgan saw the film with her teenage daughters and describes it this way: "a wonderful film, in my opinion, a perfect opportunity for an ongoing discussion with our children of some tough issues that I feel sure most of them think about to varying degrees as they grow and mature."  Read Susan's full write up here.

Also, see coverage by Philadelphia Inquirer reporter and FCC-DV member Jeff Gammage.   

SAVE THE DATE -- FCC-DV WINTER HOLIDAY PARTY - SATURDAY, 12/1

FCC-DV's annual holiday party will take place on Saturday, December 1st from 4 to 7 pm at St. John's Lutheran Church, 1802 Skippack Pike, Center Square (Blue Bell) 19422.

Details are forthcoming!

Contact organizer Kathy Kersul-Wiener if you'd like to attend or help out!

FCC-DV MEET-UP AT THE ELMWOOD PARK ZOO - SUNDAY, 12/9
Calling all parents and kids! Join FCC-DV president Ruth Hanson for an afternoon at the Elmwood Park Zoo, 1661 Harding Boulevard in Norristown on Saturday, December 1st.

Plan to meet Ruth at 1 pm at the Eagle's Nest play area.  RSVP to Ruth so she knows to look for you. 

ick hereUPCOMING EVENTS
November 2012 

Friday, November 2 - Making Waves, Building Dreams, Asian Americans United's 27th Anniversary Fundraiser & Dance Party, 5:30-8 pm. 
Standing Up for Justice Awards honoring: Harry Leong, Center Director of the Chinese Christian Church & President of the Philadelphai Suns, and Tom McNeill, former South Philadelphia High staffer who supported boycotting students. Food, wine, beer and dancing. Philadelphia Center for Architecture, 1218 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107. Tickets $55 in advance, $65 at the door. For details, contact Asian Americans United.


Sunday, November 4 - FCC-DV Annual Meeting, 2 pm - Join us to chart FCC-DV's course for the next year. Our annual meeting will take place on Sunday, November 4th at the home of board member Susan Morgan, 29 School Street in Ambler. Agenda for the meeting:

  • Elect new board members 
  • Plan 2013 Chinese New Year Celebration as well as other events 
  • Update on membership and leadership
  • Finance report.
All are welcome! Meetings are informal -- a great way to meet others, learn about FCC-DV and  help shape the organization in the directions you'd like to see! Have questions or interested in joining the board? Contact Ruth Hanson, president.


Friday, November 10 - FCC/WWAC Screening of Dr. Changfu Chang Films in Princeton.
FCCNY Central NJ Bucks Chapter and the West Windsor Arts Council are screening Long Wait for Home and Daughter's Return. The event is taking place at 7 pm at WWAC, 952 Alexander Road, Princeton Junction, NJ. Tickets are $7 per person; film recommended for children over age 12. For tickets, click here.
Sunday, November 11 - Adolescent Brain Development, 1:30 pm - The science of brain development is transforming our understanding of adolescence. In this presentation, Dr. Laurence Steinberg, one of the world's leading authorities on adolescence, will discuss what the latest research is telling us about the adolescent brain, how this helps us better understand adolescent behavior, and what the implications are for how we raise and teach our teenagers. Presented by the Interschool Council and Education Foundation of Lower Merion.

Thursday, November 15 - Facing Race National Conference, Baltimore Maryland - 
Facing Race is the largest national, multi-racial gathering of leaders, educators, journalists, artists and activists on racial justice. This year's keynote speaker is Pulitzer Prize winner Juno Diaz. For information, visit Facing Race.

Saturday, November 17 - Family Event at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia International Adoption Health Program, King of Prussia - 
9 am to 8 pm (free event). The events focus on relating to your child and considering the impact of adoption across the years. In the bustle of life, re-connecting with our children each day can be challenging. When they are acting out or having a serious behavior problem, we feel even more disconnected. The goal of this program is to build your "pocket of strategies" to improve your communication and relationship with your child. Space is limited, so please register today! We welcome both pre-adoption and post-adoption families.

Thursday, November 29 - Special Screening: Somewhere Between, 7:30 pm - 
The film will be shown on on Thursday, November 29th at the AMC 309, Cinema 9, 1210 Bethlehem Pike, North Wales, PA, 19454. Click here to purchase tickets ($10). NOTE: The organizers must sell 70 tickets by Thursday, November 22nd in order to show the film, so act now!

December 2012

Saturday, December 1 - FCC-DV Annual Holiday Party, 4-7 pm. 
FCC-DV's annual holiday party will take place at St. John's Lutheran Church, 1802 Skippack Pike, Center Square (Blue Bell) 19422. Details are forthcoming. Contact organizer Kathy Kersul-Wiener if you'd like to attend or help out!


Sunday, December 9 -- FCC-DV Meet-Up at the Elmwood Park Zoo, 1 pm.
Join FCC-DV president Ruth Hanson and family for an afternoon at the Elmwood Park Zoo, 1661 Harding Boulevard in Norristown. Plan to meet at the Eagle's Nest play area. If you'd like to come, email Ruth so she knows to look for you.

December 23, 2012-January 2, 2013 - China Center for Children's Welfare and Adoption (CCWA) and Chinese Children Adoption International (CCAI) are partnering to offer a heritage tour of China. This cultural experience is open to children who were adopted from China, adoptive parents, and siblings. For information, click 
here.


HOW TO JOIN OR RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP TO FCC-DV 

Join UsThis year it's easier than ever for your family to become part of FCC-DV, or to renew your membership for 2012. We've lowered this year's dues to $15 and we'll offer more events, more fun and greater value than ever before.

You can send your $15 tax-deductible membership donation to FCC-DV via PayPal.

FCC-DV is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, nonsectarian, nonpolitical organization and is not affiliated with any adoption agency.  Our mission is to provide a network of support for families who have adopted children from China, offer information to prospective parents, promote awareness of Chinese and Chinese-American tradition and culture, and to support related charitable initiatives.

For more information, or to volunteer, contact Ruth Hanson, FCC-DV president. We look forward to seeing you and your children! 

Like us on Facebook  

Thank you for reading our November 2012 newsletter.  We'd love to get your input!  Have an idea for an article that you or your child would like to write, or that you'd like to see us cover?  Send your suggestions and community event listings to Abby Spector, Newsletter Editor.