202205 2 01By Greg Hugh

The Minnesota Chapter of the US China Peoples Friendship Association recently combined its annual meeting with a special nine-course banquet at Peking Garden in St. Paul.


Members and guests were checked in during the social hour by USCPFA-MN Chapter Board Member Margaret Wong.  At the end of the social hour, Ralph Beha, president, announced that, after a two-year hiatus, he was glad to welcome every one at a live, in-person meeting to vote on board members and share ideas on the organization’s future.

Beha then introduced another board member, Ken Lau, to review other items on the agenda and the election process for board of directors’ positions. The following slate was unanimously elected: Ralph Beha, Karlynn Fronek, Walter Graff, Brian Hammer, Ken Lau, Kent Lee, Susan Weerts and Margaret Wong.

The following board members are continuing the second year of their two-year terms (no voting required: Danling Cai, Barbara Harrison, Glynis Hinschberger, Justin Lipsky, Melinda Wellvang and Melody Zhou.  

Ralph Beha was also unanimously re-elected president.

Unfortunately, the sound system was acting up, but Beha said that he would send out a recap about the survey that was completed by members as to the type of activities the organization should consider in the future, etc. The evening ended on a positive note with a drawing for a number of dinners donated by Peking Garden.

For more about US China Peoples Friendship Association-MN Chapter, visit https://uscpfa-mn.org/.


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