Southwest Chinese Journal (Houston, Tex.), Vol. 3, No. 5, Ed. 1 Monday, May 1, 1978 Page: 14 of 20
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The Lees All For One And One For All
To be a Lee in Houston and in Texas...is to be a very
special person...whether one is born a Lee or marries into
the family of Lee.
Lee is a surname as prevalent as Jones or Smith...but it
assumes VIP connotation when one is Chinese...for it opens
the magical doors of entrance into the Texas Lee Federal
president of the
Lee Family Asso-
ciation is none
other than our
Board of Direc-
tors member Gene
L. Lee of Lee
Printing & Sta-
tionery Co. His
lovely Hedy is
First Vice Presi-
dent of the Chi-
ance Women's Aux-
In celebration of
Chinese New Year,
the Lee Family
observed the occa-
sion with a ban-
quet at Pacific Ten Fathoms Restaurant on April 9th with
family members and their friends.
Master of Ceremonies for this joyful event was Johnnie Lee
who introduced President Gene L. Lee. Good natured joshing
was the order of the day. President Lee brought to the fore
the Year of the Horse and the myth surrounding the 1000
miles legendary horse...the speculation of what kind of
horse would support the rider into the Year ^6?6. A buck-
ing bronco would no doubt necessitate cutting a piece of
synthetic rubber from a tire for use as an improvised thong
...to hike rather than ride...related President Lee jovially.
Gene L. Lee predicted...that if we can bring to the human
race...peace, happiness, health, prosperity...for society
has the capacity to nurture this kind of a world...then it
will be a good, peaceful, precious horse...to bring a good
life to all human kind...to ride into the new year.
President Lee welcomed one and all who joined in the cele-
bration of the Chinese New Year...he asked that everyone
feel at home...extended his wishes for good health, good
spirit, peace of mind, and the accomplishment of goals set.
The surname Lee translated means...plum tree...which sym-
bolizes immortality. A beautiful family name. Sharing
and caring souls...all for one...and one for all...fidelity
in the truest sense of the word.
In 196?, the Lees of Texas decided to consult the unofficial
Chinese Mayor, the late Albert Gee, who recommended the late
Attorney Bill Scott to formulate a union. Today Lawyer Bill
Scott, Jr. carrys "on in his father's footsteps. Loans at a
low rate of interest has enabled family members to become
independent business people with very little risk to them-
selves. Because it is non-profit, proceeds from loans are
returned to members in the form of dividends. Due to a
volunteer staff, operating expenses are low.
Robert Foo Lee and Richard Lee are now President and Vice
President of the credit union (as well as founders). Mamie
Lee Chu, another founder, serves as treasurer. Other
founders, besides President Gene L. Lee, of the parent
organization...the Lee Family Association...include Jim Soon
Lee, Tom Lee, Henry Lee, Philip Lee, and Edward Lee.
For many years Jim Soon Lee provided office space...his own
restaurant...without charge. In 1972, when the restaurant
was sold, property for headquarters was purchased on East
Mount Houston Road for both the family organization and
the credit union.
The Lee Family can be proud of an amazing, unblemished
record...for in the history of its existence... it has
never had a bad loan! The local association is affiliated
with the national association of Lee ancestry numbering
35,000 members in the United States.
Distinguished speakers during the banquet featured Consul
General. Shan-chung Lee, Pastor Lok-Tin Cheung, and Lee
1! ' ' ' by June Dove Leong Jgjgd
The Association of Concerned
American Chinese Professionals
The Association of Concerned American-Chinese
Professiona1s is Houston's most recently organized
Chinese group. Its specific and primary purpose is
to promote professional, educational, social, eco-
nomic, and cultural links between the people of the
United States and the people of the Republic of China.
The Association was organized by those people who
previously attended the Construction seminar in the
Republic of China. However, the association is ex-
tending membership to every concerned Chinese-Ameri-
Officers of the Association are: President, Mo-
Shing Chen, Vice President, Yhi-Min Ho, Secretary,
Richard Chu, Science and Engineering Chairperson,
James K. Chang, Culture and Finance Chairperson,
Charles D. Kuo.
The annual convention is scheduled for May 28th,
1978 in New Orleans. For more information please call
James Chang at ^93*3683.
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