Sharon Hu from Taiwan served authentic cuisine at From China with Love event
The Rotary International motto of “World Peace through understanding” came to life last week at the Kenai River Rotary Club’s “From China with Love” event. Last year the Club presented From Russia with Love and this year they decided to show the community a snap shot experience of China, “We chose China this year because of its ancient and interesting history, we decided to present some of those rich aspects and art including demonstrations of martial arts and a Chinese auction and Trivia with special children’s dancing to make a fun family event for everyone,” said Sharon Hu, of the Kenai River Rotary Club.
Soldotna School of Martial Arts students demonstrate their form at From China with Love event.
Over 200 turned out for the event at the Soldotna Sports Center that featured Chinese cuisine created by Rotarians under the direction of Chef James Fan of the Golden International Restaurant in Sterling, “The meal was just wonderful, I was learning how to use these elegant enamel chopsticks and when I looked up there was Dr. Hoebelheinrich serving me soup, and in the kitchen laboring over a hot stove was my KPC professor Diane Taylor. I learned a lot about the Chinese people too, I mean how can you not love the people who gave us Catsup!” commented a guest. According to the Club president Sandra Ghormley the event started with a small idea, “It’s wonderful to see how this event has grown. The whole purpose is to buy books for Rotary’s first time readers program that puts books into the hands of moms with newborns so they can start early reading to their children. Rotary does this around the world to encourage literacy in 165 different countries and the idea of learning about another culture while having fun and doing good in the world is why we’re Rotarians,” Ghormley told the Dispatch.
Bud Draper of Soldotna School of Martial Arts puts on a demonstration as part of the entertainment at From China with Love.
“Not only was this fun and educational, learning about Tai Chi, the martial arts demonstration and the dragon fable and dance that the children participated in, but this is my heritage and my family culture and seeing the community interest here tonight, for me, there is just no greater gift than to feel this way,” commented Rotarian Dr. Jerry Hu. Hu is a Soldotna High School graduate who now practices dentistry in the local community. According to Hu the Chinese auction format actually did originate in China, “The idea is to give everyone a chance to get a wonderful prize and not have to spend a lot of money while having fun knowing that every dollar you put up is going for a good cause,” said Hu.
SoHi grad Dr. Jerry Hu helps children understand and perform the traditional dragon dance at From China with Love.
The theme for next year’s event is still under discussion but according to Ghormley Africa, India, and Latin American countries have been suggested. The Kenai River Rotary Club, now in its second year, is still recruiting members who want to practice Service Above Self while having fun. For more information about the Kenai River Rotary Club and the Literacy program, contact Shandra Ghormley at H.E.A. by calling 283-2374. The Kenai River Rotary Club of Soldotna meets Tuesday evenings at Nikko Garden Japanese restaurant on the Spur Highway in Ridgeway.
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