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Kerng Ting Club 墾丁
 

Kerng Ting club (hereafter, KT club) was reestablished on January 24, 2009 after a long forgotten 10 years. During this period, virtually nothing was said or heard of the club thus, you may be surprised to hear of its sudden reappearance. For this, we have Ru-Ying Lee [李儒英] to thank. Ru-Ying was familiar with the old KT club; he enjoyed its various activities. After moving back from Maryland last year, he endeavored to restart the club. With his enthusiasm and hard work, the beloved KT club has been reborn. KT club was organized by a group of families based in Ft. Washington area. The purpose of the organization is to enhance the friendship and enrich the life with joy and knowledge, etc. Dr. Fern-Tu Su, the secretary of the club.

Why Name it Kerng Ting?

After much discussion, the club officially adopted the name Kerng Ting. The name serves as a reminder that we are from Taiwan [台灣], as Kerng Ting is a beautiful park on our motherland.

Club Restart

A brainstorming meeting was held on January 24 at Jinghing Liaos’ [廖進興] home to discuss the re-establishment of the club. Eight families attended the meeting.

During the meeting, Ru-Ying outlined both the purposes and possible activities for the club. Many ideas were discussed and all parties agreed that reinitiating the club was a good idea. However, many issues still need to be resolved.

Purposes
 

The two main purposes for the club are to: (1) provide a place where the members can easily meet; and (2) develop fun activities for members. According to research, people who are outgoing and join group activities are happier and live longer.  By accomplishing these goals, the hope is that members will achieve a happier and healthier lifestyle.

 

Activities are meant to be inclusive and diverse.  Examples include: ping-pong, chess, go (wei-chi), poker, blackjack, bridge, mahjong, tai-chi, chi-kong, dancing, karaoke, painting, choral singing, book club discussion, seminars, hiking, and trips—both domestic and out-of-country.

 

Sound interesting? Come join.

 

Present Situation

For those of you who participated in the original KT club (in Lansdale ), it should be fairly easy to understand what’s going on. The club adopted similar ideals to the original one with slight modifications.  For instance, the new club places special emphasis on uplifting the lives of seniors (50+). Senior individuals with similar goals/interests are especially encouraged to participate.

 

Currently, the club is still in draft stage; it has not yet matured. One significant issue is that we are still trying to locate a common facility for gathering on a regular basis.  We are working hard to resolve this issue.

  

Future Plans

Expectations are high and everybody is enthusiastic. We’re aware that a lot remains to be done, and are continuously working to improve the club. It is just a small group now, in Fort Washington area. In the future, our plan is to expand to cover the entire Philadelphia area.

 

We are a non-profit leisure organization with a very flexible idea; as such, we’ll adjust to the unknown. And here is a list of things to be done in most peoples’ minds:

a.      Elect an executive committee

b.      Set organization rules

c.      Accept new members and collect membership fees

d.      Find a permanent location for meeting/activities

e.      Etc…

 

Looking ahead, we hope all the senior people in the greater Philadelphia area can join the club in the near future.
 



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