(1) The Southwest Chapter had its first gathering for 2005-2006 on Oct. 8th, 2005. We had dim sum at Fung’s Kitchen Restaurant. Over twenty people attended. Some were retired librarians and we had a good time visiting with each other. CALA membership renewal forms were passed out to those whose membership was not current. A few have already renewed or joined CALA since then. Our upcoming gathering will be on Feb. 4th, 2006 to celebrate Chinese New Year. It will be a buffet dinner at Lucky Village Restaurant.
(2) The SW Chapter presented its annual program during the Texas Library Association’s annual Convention in Houston, on April 26, 2006. The title of the program was “To Russia with love.” Our speaker was George Teoh, Library Chair of the Northwest College at Houston Community College. George went to Russia in October 2005 with the People to People Ambassador Program and represented Texas academic libraries. He gave a slide presentation of his trip. The program was well attended with over thirty people in the audience. A Q&A session followed the presentation.
A luncheon was held at Hung Kee Restaurant after the program to honor our speaker. George was presented a pennant with CALA logo on it as a token of appreciation.
Siu Min Yu was elected as the Vice-president for next year. The election was done via emails.
I would like to thank all of you for giving me the opportunity to serve CALA as the president of the Southwest Chapter this year. I have made a lot of new friends and it has been a very good learning experience.
Respectfully submitted by Klairon Tang, President, CALA Southwest Chapter, 2005-2006