2016 has been an exhilarating year for the Chinese Women’s Association as we embarked on the 101st year of our existence.
The CWA has always made service to the community as our hallmark in whatever we endeavor and I am pleased that this tradition has continued.
I am deeply honoured to be elected as the President of CWA and wish to thank Mrs Betty Chen, who has been guiding us all these years.
Indeed, it is CWA’s honour to be able to host Mrs Betty Chen’s 90th birthday party in November with our members and friends to celebrate the life of our immediate past president and patron. We are very pleased that to mark this special occasion Richard Eu Jr of Eu Yan Sang has donated $105,000 over three years to the Social Service Leaders Exchange Programme in the name of CWA as a birthday present to Mrs Betty Chen and also in remembrance of his late mother, Mrs Diana Eu, who was a former CWA President (1970-72).
I first met Mrs Betty Chen in the 1980s and I have come to know her as one of the most dynamic women who were among the first to be actively involved in community work way back in the 1960s and 1970s.
Her connections to CWA started since she was a child as her mother May Wong who had served CWA as President for nearly 30 years was actively involved in CWA. Betty joined CWA in 1970 as a member of the Executive Committee member and later became the editor of CWA Journal in 1986 and has continued to play this role for many years. She was vice president and when her mother passed away in 1989, Betty took over the work as chairman of Henderson Home and President of CWA.
We are very proud that under her leadership, CWA continued to run the Henderson Home and for 32 years, it was fully funded by CWA activities, the only club to have managed this feat that was unrivalled in Singapore.
Betty loves travelling and using her connections and contacts with many people, Betty loved to plan tours to exotic places which she introduced to CWA members, many years before these places become popular tourist destinations.
For many of us at CWA, Betty has been our role model. For her tireless effort, we salute her.
I know that her shoes are too big for anyone to fit but I hope that with your support, I will be able to continue to do the good work.
With best wishes
Mrs Joan Yim