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Timaru Branch Newsletter September 2011

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BRANCH NEWSLETTER

SEPTEMBER 2011

Nihao. Greetings

Our next meeting and the last for 2011 will be held on Wednesday November 9 commencing at 6p.m. at the Red Cross Rooms. Meal with wine $18 meal without wine $16.

Our speaker will be Pat Graham from Dunedin who will speak about her experiences living in Myanmar.

The National Executive has been busy recently with emails around the country discussing the proposal to finance the offer of a commercially made video of the society and in particular its forthcoming tours. The costing is approx. $4000 but this opportunity is an excellent method of publicity. The project begins shortly.

An email from Eric Livingstone, the National President, sets out Key Activities and goals for the next three years, and these are:-

KEY ACTIVITIES GOAL FOR NEXT THREE YEARS [till May 2014]

Education of NZ about China:  Raise the level of education of & awareness of New Zealanders & provide information about China through Branch activities and supporting Sister City Relations.

Aid/Chinese Projects:  Support selected development and aid projects in China with established Chinese partners such as Women’s Federations, Industrial Cooperatives & educational institutions.

Educational Tours to China:  Actively promote current quality and volume of educational tours to China giving preference to visiting partners and remote areas.

Chinese Language:  Give proactive support for Chinese language in NZ.

SUPPORTING ACTIVITIES

Members & Branches: Strengthen membership and branches to create opportunities for all interested New Zealand to learn about China, its culture, its people and the country. Increase membership of members below 40 years of age & of Chinese descent.

Chinese Visitors & Delegations:  Facilitate and warmly host visiting delegations to New Zealand and arrange delegations to visit China to further Society’s goals. Support the health and welfare of students from China.

Youxie Relations:  Develop strategies for Youxie relationships Provincial & City levels to assist the realizing of Society goals.

Promotion:  Increase the public profile of the Society & extend the use of web based information to assist in educating New Zealanders about China & to give opportunities to be involved in achieving our goals.

[Margaret Hunter]

We send our best wishes to Andrew Turnbull our Prominent Person’s delegate on the NZCFS Delegation to China departing October 26. We hope that his trip will increase his knowledge and awareness of China and its people and we look forward to hearing about his travels at a meeting next year.

Also we wish Brian Foley all the very best on the Projects and Tibet Tour departing October 10.