Wednesday, July 29, 2009

"Just have fun following our passion" VVA Picnic on July 26 at Burke Lake Park


On Sunday July 26th, Voice of Vietnamese Americans had a picnic at Burke Lake Park, Fairfax, to share our passion of civic engagement among members, friends, and interns. The picnic also was to say farewell to Cindy Dinh and the interns, after all the good works they put in during the summer 09 in the DC Metropolitan area. Cindy is the Liaison for Voice of Vietnamese Americans at Rice University in Texas, and we wish her every success in promoting VVA mission.

There were about 35 attendees, mostly around early 20s, with the support of some parents and older generation in their 60s. We were honored to have the presence of Mr. Duc Dinh and Mrs. Khanh Dinh, who are parents of Cindy. Mr and Mrs. Dinh came from Texas and were very kind to attend the picnic. Mr. Thuan Nguyen and Mrs. Tuyet Ngoc from the Vietnamese Community of Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia also came with special "Xoi" to support the group. Thank you Mr. and Mrs. Thuan Nguyen.

There were interns from Seattle, Texas, Massachusetts, California, Michigan, Boston, ... There were friends from MAUVSA, MVMA, CAMSA, Ket Doan, AA-Success.

We had lots of fun and good exchanges with a very diverse group. Yen Nhi just graduated from UVA and is taking a year off to study MCAT while working with VVA. Phuong Mai (founding president of MAUVSA) joined VVA. Cindy is VVA liaison at Rice and in Texas. Hoan Dang, Long Nguyen, Nam Phuong, will be coming to the nNAVSA in Georgia this coming weekend. Many Asian American Interns from OCA joined VVA Picnic, and we are talking about forming Voice of Asian Americans in the future, especially to promote Census 2010.

The special cake had picture of a football to kick-off this new spirit of engagement.

After cutting the cake, a group (Danh, Cindy, Van Anh, Yen Nhi, Vel, Minh) took off to join the special training by Trinh Nguyen from Georgetown University to lobby for "Internet Freedom for Vietnam" on the Hill. Good news received today that the lobbying efforts have brought about the sponsorship of Rep. Wolf and Rep. Connolly. Our sincere thanks to all who have worked hard in this ".INTERNET FREEDOM for Vietnam" Movement.

This coming Sunday August 2nd, Voice of Vietnamese Americans is collaborating with the Vietnamese Medical Society of Northeast America and many Vietnamese American Organizations to serve the community in a "Health and Community Resource Fair", at Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale Campus. We will be doing Voter Registration, promoting Census Awareness, helping with Financial Literacy, Foreclosure Preventions, together with free health care services. Please circulate this news widely to all friends and our community members.

Summer Health Fair 2009 - Free Community Medical & Welfare Services


So much inspiration.

Thank you all!

Stay cool and be in touch!


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