Posted by Mary Liu on Feb 29, 2024
On Tuesday, February 20, 2024, the Rotary Club of San Francisco proudly hosted a vibrant Lunar New Year event at the Hong Kong Lounge, embracing the spirit of renewal, prosperity, and unity that this auspicious occasion represents. Amidst colorful decorations and the aroma of traditional delicacies, our members and guests were treated to an enchanting lion dance performance and a mesmerizing guzheng musical instrument.

The highlight of the evening was undoubtedly the energetic lion dance performance by the San Francisco Jing Mo Athletic Association lion dance troupe, which captivated the audience with their graceful movements, synchronized choreography, and vibrant costumes. The lion, symbolizing good luck and fortune, danced its way through the venue, spreading joy and auspicious blessings to all present. Their lively performance set the tone for a festive atmosphere filled with excitement and anticipation.
Melody YanComplementing the dynamic lion dance performance were soul-stirring musical performances by Melody Yan on the guzheng. Melody is an award-winning guzheng musician and the first guzheng musician to appear on American TV and perform for several prestigious events around the world. She transported our guests on a musical journey through the rich cultural heritage of China. The melodic tunes of the guzheng, a traditional Chinese zither, resonated with elegance and depth, captivating listeners, and evoking a sense of serenity and harmony.
This special evening included a scrumptious 10-course banquet, accompanied with overflowing wine, cultural performances, fellowship, and goodwill. The silent wine auction including six bottles from a private wine collection and the raffle of $100 Amazon gift cards and one-of-a-kind lithographs donated by Vanita Louie were a big hit among the attendees.

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to the Lunar New Year Celebration Committee: Paul Yep, Wendy Shew, Hana Wang, Christopher Wiseman, Paul Vazquez, Bob Hermann, and Mary Liu who served as Chair. A big thank you also to our volunteers: Anita Stangl, Maureen O’Shea, Lauren Neumann, and James Wong. Additional thank you to our table sponsors: District Governor Laine Hendricks, Vanita Louie, Bob Hermann and Dan Joraanstad, Mary Liu, and the members of the Rotary Club of San Francisco Chinatown Club.
Our celebration was enriched by the presence of Miss Chinatown USA 2023 - Ashlyn Tsui, and other esteemed guests including visiting Rotarians, leaders from Rotary District 5150, and community leaders. Together, they joined us in commemorating the traditions and customs of the Lunar New Year. Their participation underscored the importance of cultural diversity and intercultural understanding in fostering a more inclusive and harmonious society.
Thank you to Horatio Jung, Ambassador of Fun and professional photographer, for capturing the memories of the celebration with his keen eye and camera lens. Thank you also to Bob Hermann, Paul Yep, and Todd St. Vrain for sharing their photos. See all the photos from the event by clicking here
We are absolutely thrilled to share the resounding success of our inaugural Lunar New Year Celebration. As we embark on the year ahead, let us carry the spirit of unity, compassion, and generosity that defines the Lunar New Year. Together, we can continue to make a positive impact in our community and beyond. Wishing you all a prosperous and joyous Lunar New Year filled with happiness, good health, and abundant blessings!
Mary Liu, District Governor Laine Hendricks, Miss Chinatown USA 2023, and Bob Hermann
Comments from attendees:
"Wow! This was over the top. The food, the fellowship, and the music. You guys know how to throw an event!" ~ LaCarre Ivy
"This was quite an event. I really enjoyed the great evening of food and company." ~ Jim Boey
"What an event! Rotary knows how to throw a good party!" ~ Peggy Mathers
"I just loved the food and entertainment." ~ Margarita Baxter-Lazaro
"Truly an event well planned with all of the fun, food, fellowship, and entertainment. What more could one ask for . . . well, maybe an Amazon gift card! LOL" ~ Bob Hermann