You Parker Gee, born in Canton, China, went to be with the Lord January 11, 2015, in Houston, Texas. Parker was not only a charter member of the Houston Lodge, but wrote the theme song for our lodge.
Mr. Gee is survived by his wife, Nora, and five children, Mamie Lew and her husband Ronald Lew; Evelyn Gor and her husband Henry Gor; Steven Gee and his wife Suzanne; Alvin Gee and his wife Janice; Wesley Gee and his wife Helen; 14 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.
Annual Christmas Karaoke Party held at Spotlight Karaoke
The Lodge celebrated the Christmas holidays by having a karaoke, potluck, and white elephant gift giving party at the Spotlight Karaoke Club. Everyone had a good time eating, socializing, passing out gifts....and of course singing.
Gifts were also collected by the Lodge to give to the Toys for Tots program for underprivileged children.
We would like to thank the owner, Cindy Lee, whose father, Hank, is a charter member of our lodge, for letting us use her place for this event.
National President Edmond Gor and several Houston Lodge members help celebrate newly formed Boston Lodge
On December 13, 2014, the National C.A.C.A. had the pleasure of charting a new lodge in Boston. In attendance from our Lodge were our National President Edmond Gor, our National Representative Jack Joe, and our National Compliance Officer William Mei.
Our Lodge would like to welcome our new lodge and wish them many years of success.
Houston Lodge celebrates its 60th Anniversary
The Chinese American Citizens Alliance - Houston Lodge celebrated its 60th Anniversary on November 2, 2014. A 1950's "Still Rockin 'n Rollin" theme was held to mark the founding of the chapter in 1954. Guests were encouraged to dress up in 50's attire. Everyone seemed to have a great time eating a 10-course dinner and being entertained by Henry Newinn and his son Elvis John. DJ "Wolfman" John Chen provided karaoke and dancing music for the crowd. A fundraising raffle and a Youth Club bake sale was also held.
The highlight of the event, however, was the honoring of several of the original men and women who formed the Lodge and the Women's Auxiliary. Many of them are now in their 80's and 90's, and this opportunity was greatly appreciated by all the current members, friends, and family.
A great big thanks to Faye Chin, Activities Chairperson, Grace Lynn, Annual Dinner Chairperson, and everyone else who worked on making this event a success.
C.A.C.A.-Houston/Gee Family Association Annual Picnic
In conjunction with the Gee Family Association, the Chinese American Citizens Alliance - Houston Lodge held its annual BBQ picnic on September 14, 2014.
We had a beautiful day for this picnic, and it was well attended. Besides BBQ, this event included bingo, games, a cake walk, and raffles.
Rose Li (Li Siajia) wins Miss Chinatown Houston 2014
The Chinese American Citizens Alliance held its 44th Annual Miss Chinatown Houston Pageant on July 26, 2014 at the J.W. Marriott Hotel in the Galleria. There were 10 contestants who entered this year's event with Miss Rose Li (Li Siajia) winning the title of Miss Chinatown Houston 2014. Miss Li is 18 years old and she plans to attend New York University in the fall. We wish her and all of the other contestants success in their careers and life. (July 27, 2014 - Photographs by Li Jia
Chinese American Citizens Alliance Youth Club helps United Way
The CACA Youth Club recently volunteered at The Center on July 1, 2014, a United Way agency for helping individuals with developmental disabilities and needs. The YC packaged, labeled and sealed Gingersnap cookies into tins for their annual fundraiser (July 1, 2014 - photographs by Betty Gee)
Immigrants Building America Exhibit
In participation with the American Institute of Taiwan and the Oversees Community Affairs Council, the Chinese American Citizens Alliance - Houston Lodge was able to bring this traveling exhibit to Houston, Texas. This exhibit is not only being shown for the first time in Houston, but in the entire Southwest.
The exhibit provides the viewer a pictorial history about the Chinese who migrated to the United States and their story of becoming American citizens. In addition, several prominent Chinese are displayed, including one of own local celebrities, Dr. Paul Chu.
We wish to thank Shelley Ding, Vice-President of our local lodge, who spearheaded this project and made it possible for bringing this exhibit here. The opening ceremony was held on June 1, 2014 and the exhibit will be available June 3, 2014 to June 12, 2014 for public viewing everyday (except Monday) from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm at the Taiwan Economic and Culture Office (TECO) located at 10303 WestOffice (Ranchester) Drive (June, 2014 - photographs by Alicia Liu)
Federation of Chinese American Organizations
The Chinese American Citizens Alliance - Houston Lodge participated with other organizations in Houston at the biennial convention of the Federation of Chinese American Organization which was hosted in Houston, Texas from May 30, 2014 to June 1, 2014. Organizations from other cities and countries from North America and South America were present. We wish to welcome all the attendees to our city.
William Der Bing, Sr. (09/29/22 - 05/8/14)
William Der Bing, Sr.
It is with great regret that Brother William Der Bing, Sr. passed away on May 8, 2014 at Clear Lake Hospital, Webster, Harris County, Texas, while holding the hand of his beloved wife, Eleanor, of 67 years.
Bill, Sr, served as a Public Affairs Officer with NASA for 25 years. He traveled the U.S. as a NASA spokesman and later was assigned to recovery ships on splashdowns in the Pacific Ocean. Notably, he was assigned as Deputy Chief of Special Events for Apollo 11 and Apollo 12 Presidential goodwill tours.
He served as the President of the Chinese American Citizens Alliance - Houston Lodge in 1973.
He is survived by his wife, 3 children, an expectant granddaughter-in-law (Debbie's son), 4 grandsons, his sister and brother.
We will miss him greatly.
Chinese Texans and Civil Rights marker dedication
Although Chinese arrived in Texas in the 1870's and 1880's to help build the railroads, many, restricted by the law at that time from becoming American citizens, were discriminated against. The Chinese American Citizens Alliance has played a vital role in trying to protect the civil rights of those of Chinese ancestry. Among its members were Dr. Edward K.T. Chen, Rose Wu. and Albert Gee, who played key roles in challenging and changing the laws. To recognize their efforts and the other Chinese Texans, through the efforts of Dr. Ed Chen and the Harris County Historical Commission, an official State of Texas marker was dedicated on April 5, 2014 at the Bayland Park Community Center located at 6400 Bissonnet. Along with relatives of these families, several important dignitaries or their representatives were present to help celebrate the occasion. (April, 2014 - photographs by Jack Joe)
Miss Chinatown Houston Karen Li wins Miss 2014 Miss Chinatown USA and Miss Talent
The Chinese American Citizens Alliance - Houston Lodge congratulates its own Karen Li on being crowned the 2014 Miss Chinatown USA at the Palace of Fine Arts on Saturday, February 8. A 17 year old senior at Houston's Cypress Falls High School and the youngest of the contestants, Karen was not only named Miss Chinatown USA but also won the title of Miss Talent with a masterful violin performance in a competitive field of 12 contestants from across the country (February, 2014)