New members giving their self-introduction
ICA new president Willow Chen (in black hat) with senior members
Director of the Boise Traditional Chinese Dance Group
The Idaho Chinese Association (ICA) held its Chinese New Year gathering at the Grand Buffet in Boise, Idaho on February 10, 2024, the very first day of the Year of the Dragon. From nonagenarian to five months old, from decades-long Boiseans to new comers, and from professors to engineers, nearly 80 people attended the event, greeting each other with auspicious words in Mandarin.
The young lady who shouldered the responsibility of organizing this CNY gathering is Willow Chen, a research associate at the Biological Science Lab of the Boise State University. She announced her bid to be the new ICA president a month ago. If elected, she said, she would like to organize more gatherings and sports events, so that members of the community can explore Idaho and have fun together, instead of feeling lonely or bored. Since there were no other nominations for candidates, Willow announced her presidency at the lunch event, which was immediately approved by members with a big round of applause.
The new president came fully prepared and started to preside over the games section of the gathering. She had riddle sheets handed out and presented red envelopes with lottery tickets as prizes to the winners. Also, those who volunteered to do self-introduction on stage got to take home a bag of freshly made Taiwan pastry.
All in all, everybody had loads of fun and made new friends, knowing that our community is full of amazing individuals who are extremely capable and so willing to share. There is simply no better way to celebrate the Year of the Dragon with family away from family!
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