大華府區北一女校友會于十二月五日, 週六下午二時假台北經文辦事處文化中心, 舉辦健康講座：白內障與黃斑病變，當天下了今年第一場大雪, 仍有許多來賓前來參加。校友會特別請到華府開業眼科專門醫師 Dr. David Yeh 講解白內障與黃斑病變的症狀, 始因, 治療方法, 以及怎樣預防它們的發生。
Dr. Yeh 指出白內障是種眼睛晶狀體發生混濁的疾病, 隨著年齡的增長, 白內障的發病率逐漸增高, 除了年齡因素, 過度紫外線照射, 吸煙與糖尿病亦是造成白內障的誘因, 白內障主要症狀是漸近式的視力減退, 會覺得有一層毛玻璃擋在眼前, 其它症狀包括複視, 畏光, 眩光, 色彩失去鮮明度, 目前手術摘除已經混濁的晶狀體, 並植入人工晶體是唯一的有效治療方式, 佩帶防紫外線光的墨鏡, 戒菸與控制血糖,可減緩白內障的發展。
黃斑病變是一種視網膜退化病變, 黃斑區是視網膜的一個重要區域, 位於眼後極部, 主要與精細視覺與色覺等視功能有關. 一但黃斑區出現病變, 會出現視力下降, 眼前黑影或視物變形. 老化, 高血壓, 心血管疾病, 吸煙與紫外線照射, 皆是黃斑病變的起因, 目前美國有多於一千萬人受到黃斑病變之苦.目前治療黃斑病變的方法有雷射療法. 光動力療法(PDT), 注射類固醇, 或手術治療(如視網膜移植), 多補充含葉黃素(Lutein), 玉米黃素(Zeaxanthin), 深海魚油和抗氧化食品或維生素可預防和延緩黃斑病變。
Dr. Yeh強調如果視力發生問題, 一定要立刻就醫. 以免耽誤治療的先機。Dr. David Yeh于哈佛大學畢業後, 繼續在維吉尼亞大學 深造, 獲得醫科學位, 並曾任杜克大學的住院醫師暨Baylor University 的角膜研究員。
Dr. Yeh帶著豐富的醫藥學識和臨床經驗回到他生長的大華府區, 以先進的醫學方法為本地罹患眼疾的居民診療。
一進會場就聽到久已未聞的老國語歌曲, 又看到悉心製作的投影片, 將校友會一年來的活動展現在銀幕上。報到之後, 年會正式開始。首先由現任會長王時君報告會務, 並介紹現任理事。接下來是選舉新理事, 五位候選理事--凌明尹, 朱崇鶼, 毛素殽, 楊修微 , 宋令儀 , 一一介紹後, 經過熱烈掌聲通過, 當選為新任理事。辦事力強, 有大將之風的劉莉莉, 在理事們一致贊同下, 當選為本屆新會長; 多才多藝的凌明尹當選為副會長。北一女校友會的創辦人及首任會長李鐘渝, 祝福所有與會來賓, 並很高興見到校友會在歷任會長精心栽培下, 不斷的茁長。
豐盛可口的午餐後, 是聯誼時間。先是北一女金氏記錄比賽, 在十餘種風趣的問題中, 選出【校友之最】, 一時競爭之聲此起彼落, 逗得全場捧腹大笑。接下來是校友活動簡介 - 穆如玨介紹【旅遊俱樂部】，新疆深入遊, 足跡踏遍新疆各個名勝古蹟; 沈葆介紹【古籍欣賞座談會】, 將中外古今辭句, 融會貫通引人入勝, 忻映梅介紹【音樂與藝術俱樂部】, 提供校友賞心悅目的音樂或藝術活動。 各式各樣的活動, 為校友們提供了更多聯誼休閑的活動機會, 生活也更加豐富有趣。
接著是餘興節目 【Wild Wild East】, 由 凌明尹, 趙延年, 馮曼群, 張幼蘭及吳淑貞以帥性的造 型, 配合牛仔舞的輕快音樂, 跳出活潑瀟灑的舞姿, 令人激賞。此舞源起于杜秀鶑老師教的一支排舞，再由吳淑貞和溫燕莉編導。
八位熱心的北一女校友及家屬于七月二十五日前往位於馬里蘭州洛克維爾市的 Interfaith Clothing Center (751 Twinbrook Parkway, Rockville, MD20851)，參與一項社區服務。這個中心成立於1972年，是馬州蒙郡內一個自助組織 (Neighbors Helping Neighbors) ，將收集募捐到的衣物、鞋子、家庭用品，經過整理分類後，免費贈予郡內低收入居民。合格居民，每月有一次機會，到中心來挑選當季合適的衣物和用品。據估計，該中心每年可以讓上千個窮苦家庭受恵，
參與的校友及家屬們，都很欣慰可以用自己的微薄之力，為社區儘一份心力。以往，捐贈了過時不用的衣物之後，並不知道它們的去處。這次得以親身經歷Interfaith 衣物中心的操作，讓我們感到社區服務的重要性和自助組織 (Neighbors Helping Neighbors) 的可貴。
在此，特別感謝八位義工: 徐企雋、宋令儀、連錦和、徐禮潔、海路得、吳淑貞、王時君、温燕莉, 參與這項有意義的社區服務。
The 2009 five-school picnic will definitely go down in history as one of the most exciting events, totally exceeding our own expectations. Not only did we have the largest turnout (more than 260 people), but also the most delicious food and enjoyable entertainment programs. After a week of continuous rain, we lucked out with decent weather in the cool, low 70s and the Nuthatch Pavilion as the perfect setting. Thanks to Ann Kuo Lin and her Chun Shan team for their work in setting up tables and cheerful decorations for creating the ideal ambient. The act remains that the majority of people stayed until the very end, which tells you how much fun we shared during the four plus hours. However, the success of this funfilled event was not just by accident. There were a lot of behind-the-scenes, dedicated people from all five schools, who had demonstrated the true spirit of cooperation and mutual support and were willing to share the workload.
Not surprisingly, the President of each school stepped up their efforts and provided the needed leadership to organize this year’s programs. In particular, Chan Shan’s Ann Kuo Lin, Fu Chung’s Fangmin Sheen and NTUAA’s Charles Young made the difference. In addition, we were very lucky thatso many talented people (Charles Fan, Mei-Ling Liao, Tim Hsu, KK Woo etc.) who had enthusiastically supported this event in the past, once again performed their duties graciously for the benefit and enjoyment of others.
Shortly after 12:30 PM, the smell of delicious foods attracted everybody to quickly form two food lines. Changing to a potluck-style venue was particularly attractive for this year, in which each school would have to prepare two or more dishes. As a result, everybody marveled about how many different kinds of food we were serving including spring rolls, tea eggs, shrimp balls, grilled chicken, pork cake, beef shank, chicken with vegetables, pickled Chinese cabbage, Shanghai cabbage and rice noodles. On top of that, there were plenty of desserts (red bean buns, mini muffins, and watermelons) and specialty drinks (bubble milk tea and green bean soup) available to satisfy everyone’s taste and thirst.
In addition, there were few unsung heroes from Chien Chung (Funglung Chung, Kan Chang, and Wei Liu) who had spent hours to prepare grilled foods for children including mouth-watering hamburgers, jumbo hot dogs, and delicious Italian sausages. Special thanks also goes to Mei-Lin Tseng for her role as the overall Treasurer. We also appreciate Ann Chen for taking photos and numerous volunteers for serving the food and collecting garbage.
While we were eating, our overall emcee, Charles Fan, asked each table to take turns tointroduce themselves. Afterwards, the President of each school was introduced (BEINU – Mei-Ling Liao who substituted for Shih-Chun Lien, Chun Shan – Ann Kuo Lin, Chien Chung – Edward Wan, NTUAA – Charles Young, Fu Chung – Fangmin Sheen), and each one gave a brief introduction of their Board members. One surprise was that each school President also received an introduction gift from Charles Young. Jacob Chang, Deputy Director of TECRO, also gave a welcoming remark. Other TECRO representatives at the picnic included Linda Yang, Jeffery Wang, Hsin Hsiung Chang and his wife, and Catherine Cheng.
After the lunch, Charles Fan along with two other emcees (Meng Sheng Cheng from NTUAA and Shiow Tze Lee from Chun Shan) jointly announced the beginning of the exciting entertainment programs. Equipped with a professional sound system and a talented DJ, Chien Chung’s Wayne Chang, the whole place was filled with high-energy and excitement.
Fu Chung’s famous husband (Charlie Pan) and wife (Vicky Huang of BEINU) team then started the entertainment for us. They set the tone by performing a number of classic Chinese songs and dances. Before they could finish their routines, Jason Yuan, Director of TECRO showed up. He was immediately ushered to the microphone to give a speech. Jason said he would not miss this special occasion and in fact had planned to come months ago. He apologized for being late because of other engagements, but was very glad to come. In his youth, Jason attended both Chien Chung and Fu Chung, thus becoming a bonafide alumnus for both schools. He later participated in the singing of both schools’ songs.
Next came the NTUAA’s music competition and Chinese Opera singing demonstration. Chin Sung Chen, the talented Director of NTUAA’s Chorus, invited a group of competitors representing all five schools to sing along a simple Chinese children song.The competitions started with a regular melody and verses and later on with different variations. If the contestant missed a sound bite or forgot the specific act, he or she would be eliminated. At the end of several rounds of competition, five contestants still remained. It was really a fun game and frankly we could go on and on forever, but wehad to cut it short after 10 minutes. The second part of NTUAA’s program was the Chinese Opera singing demonstration. Samson Luk introduced the cast and Po-Chin Yang demonstrated the special singing techniques. A group of 10 volunteers were then invited to participate in the singing of Chinese Opera. Towards the end, the biggest surprise was an impromptu demonstration by the multi-talented NTUAA and Fu Chung alumna, Jacob Chang of TECRO. The whole singing demonstration was hilarious and lots of fun. .NTUAA’s program finally ended withsinging of the school song by a group of 40 alumni. NTUAA also presented several gifts to the winners of music competition.
To take the advantage of Jason Yuan’s presence, Charles Fan switched the program by asking Chien Chung alumni to sing their school’s song first. Chien Chung’s alumni, 30people strong, performed a marvelous singing. I must confess that Wayne Chang’s music was so energized that this was the first time I truly enjoyed singing my school song.
The next came the Chun Shan’s Hoopla competitions. Minwen Chia explained the game rules for competition, in which four participants from each school would compete for two minutes each. Based on the speed and the style of movement, each team of contestants was scored. Ann Kuo Lin and L J Kao were terrific. Not surprising, the final winner was Chun Shan’s team (320 score), followed by BEINU, NTUAA, and Chien Chung was the last (180 score).
The excitement reached a fever pitch when BEINU conducted their competitions on a game called “You Think You Know How to Dance”. Four contestants representing each school were allowed to follow and mimic the dancer before. Believe me, at the end of the last round of competition, no one seemed to know what the original dance was like. A panel of judges (Mei-Ling Liao – BEINU, Meng-Sheng Cheng– NTUAA, Chien Chung –Joseph Sun) presided over the competition. There were some disagreements among the judges, but as usual, the male judge had to yield to the other two female judges. Surprisingly, a male dancer from NTUAA took thetop honor, followed by BEINU and Chun Shan’s team. Chien Chung received the most creative award even though their performance was ranked the last. Thirty BEINU alumni sang the school song to end their program.
Finally, at the audience’s request, K.K. Woo came up to conduct a “Guess It When the Music Stops” game. Surprisingly, most people seemed to know all the right answers. The final act was that we all sang a familiar popular song “When We Were Together, Together”.
The last but not the least excitement was the conductance of gift lottery by Charles Fan. Each school had provided several gifts and Charles Young of NTUAA generously brought additional small gifts. Lucky me, I was one of the winners of the lottery.
The entertainment programs finally ended at half past four, 30 minutes loner than we had planned. Once again, we want to thank Charles Fan and others for doing a superb job as the emcees. Thanks also to Wayne Chang for providing the most exciting tones and wonderful music. The superb sound quality had made all the difference. Overall, we had a great time together to rekindle friendship and enjoy each other’s company. It brought all five-school alumni much closer together and felt like we were part of a large family.
I want to take this opportunity to thank all those people who had contributed to the success of this wonderful experience. In particular, I owe my gratitude to the following individuals: Shih-Chun Lien, Julia Lee, Yen-Li Chan, Mei-Ling Liao, Mei-Lin Tseng, Shu-Chen Wu, Vicky Huang, Chin Sung Chen, Meng Sheng Cheng, Charles Young, Samson Luk, Po-Chin Yang, Joann Lin, Ann Kuo Lin, Minwen Chia, Shiow Tze Lee, L J Kao, Fangmin Sheen and his wife, Tim Hsu, Winnie Hsu, Zhi Chong Pan, Vicky Huang, Funglung Chung, Judy Chung, Pan Chia, Kan Chang, Wei Liu, Wah-Wei Chang, K.K. Woo, Joan Woo, Joseph Sun, Robert W. Chen, Robert T. Chen, Ann Chen, Paul Teng, Rita Teng, Davidson Chen, Charles Fan, Wayne Chang and my wife, Ping Wan. Without their dedication and help, the success of this picnic would not have been possible. I look forward to another exciting five-school picnic next year.
Edward Wan, Picnic Lead Coodinator, CCAA President
大華府區北一女校友會于四月二十六日, 週日下午二時假台北經文辦事處文化中心, 舉辦健康講座：[中風的真相]，約有百餘位來賓前來參加。校友會特別請到華府著名的脈管神經科專門醫師夏雯綺女士（Dr. Amie Hsia）講解中風的始因, 如何辨認它的徵兆, 治療中風的方法, 以及怎樣預防它的發生。
夏醫師指出高血壓, 糖尿病 或高膽固醇均是可能造成中風的原因之一。中風的徵兆有時候很難辨認, 中風患者常因旁人或家人沒有即時發現徵兆, 延誤救治而致患者腦部受損, 造成無法挽回的後果。夏醫師列出中風的典型徵狀, 其中包括：嘴部歪斜, 半側身體無力或發麻, 說話口齒不清或不能言語, 頭暈, 走路不穩, 視覺有礙, 劇烈頭疼等等現象。
她告訴大家三種快速辨認中風的方法:（一）要求患者微笑以測嘴部是否歪斜（二）要求患者將雙手水平舉起以測身體是否無力或痲痹（三）要求患者說一句話以測言語的能力。如有任何可疑之處, 立即打911叫救護車, 並須告知救護人員這是中風的徵兆。夏醫師特別強調如果中風病患能在徵兆發生後三小時之內接受醫療, 患者的病情就有可能扭轉過來或不再加重。
來賓聽完了演講都覺得獲益不淺, 對中風有了新的認識, 特別是夏醫師強調的三種快速辨認中風的方法及如有可疑立即打911叫救護車, 並須告知救護人員這是中風的徵兆。大家都深深了解快速辨認及診斷出中風, 並讓患者在三小時之內接受醫療的重要性。
夏醫師于哈佛大學畢業後, 繼續在杜克大學深造, 獲得醫科學位, 並曾任史丹福大學的總住院醫師。夏醫師目前不僅是一位vascular neurologist, 她還是Washington Hospital Center Stroke Center 的 medical director, NIH Stroke Program at Washington Hospital Center 的 program manager 以及喬治城大學的助理教授。
夏醫師 帶著豐富的醫藥學識和臨床經驗回到她生長的大華府區, 以先進的醫學方法為本地罹患中風的居民診療。 此外, 她還致力研究如何用 advanced neuroimaging 來發展急性中風的治療方法。
北一女 中山 建中 三校新春聯歡晚會
北一女, 中山 及建中三校 一年一度的新春聯歡晚會, 于三月二十一日假馬州新財神飯店隆重揭幕。今年空前盛況, 約有三百餘位校友, 家屬, 和朋友們前來參加。
現場燈光輝煌明亮, 舞台中間由建中校友饒世永繪製的一幅紅底金牛畫幛, 將整個會場襯托得喜氣洋洋。首先由三校主持人溫燕莉(北一女), 劉秀芸(中山), 饒世永(建中) 向來賓祝賀問好,並希望今年能「牛轉乾坤」。接著由各校會長 – 王時君(北一女)、沈玲津(中山)及萬宜生(建中)向來賓致詞, 並介紹各校理事及晚會貴賓, 駐美國台北經濟文化代表處副代表張大同先生, 祝來賓牛年興隆如意。然後由建中的代表盧瑞平, 吳國港, 陳華威和陳其欣合力舞出一場精彩的「祥獅獻瑞」。建中校友孫善久扮成「黃牛」－條, 周旋賓客之間逗人發笑。
進餐時, 沈葆(北一女), 孫善久(建中)及李秀子(中山), 先後以悅耳歌聲娛客。孫善久並哼了幾段五○年代的台語歌曲讓來賓續曲, 其中一首被一位老歌迷續中,得了獎金一份。享用豐盛晚餐後, 展開多采多姿的晚會節目。先是沈葆主持的「猜字詞謎競賽」, 接著是中山由沈玲津, 郭安及黃珍珍編導的歌舞劇「歡樂年華」,十位校友們以歌曲佐以旁白, 用活潑輕盈的舞蹈, 配合著自製的佈景, 演出大家耳熟能詳的「捉泥鰍」,「外婆的澎湖灣」,「童年」,「西風的話」等懷舊兒歌, 那份活潑與童趣,引起觀眾廣泛共鳴, 歡聲笑語不絶於耳。附中校友姚詩斌, 夏緒安和薛正初組成的新 Doowah 合唱團, 帶來五○年代的西洋歌曲, 讓大家在動人的歌聲中懷古思舊, 回味無窮。
北一女十位校友黃秀媚, 馬永燕, 李皎皎, 吳淑貞, 楊寶琴, 廖美琳, 葉貴蓮, 李立禾, 蔡英英, 王時君, 表演由吳淑貞, 王時君和溫燕莉編導的「綠園驚艷」, 採用三支風格完全不同的舞蹈組成：「不讓鬚眉」,「蝶影柔心」和「天之驕女」。這支美麗動人的組舞, 贏得來賓熱烈的掌聲, 它充份展現了北一女的堅強, 溫柔及活潑俏麗的一面。壓軸的是由杜秀鶯編導的精彩舞蹈「三校同心」, 由三校的代表沈玲津, 周幼珍, 林若琤,張光霽, 張勘和徐漢興攜手演出, 舞曲活潑動聽, 舞步婀娜多姿, 加上６人默契十足, 充分表現出三校的合作無間。
節目之後, 進行抽獎和舞會。首先由鍾修文（中山）帶領來賓跳排舞, 簡進興負責音樂, 各校紛紛派出卡拉OK唱將精英, 個個歌藝精湛, 而校友們也是舞技超群, 再加上摸彩獎品豐富, 中獎歡聲頻傳, 晚會氣氛熱鬧非凡, 在近午夜時分圓滿結束, 大家相約明年再見!