西Gin Sun Hall Benevolent Association, San Francisco ...
is located in one of the most beautiful cities in the world, San Francisco.
A View of the building at 747 Clay Street, San Francisco.
2011-2012 Management Team
Gin Sun Hall Benevolent Association, also referred to as the Gin family Association, was founded by Gins, who emigrated from China to various parts of the world, seeking a better life. The association was named in honor of and to memorize our common ancestor, Gin Sun Hall. Today, there are a number of Gin Sun Hall or fraternal societies all over the world. They are located in Guangdong and Hong Kong People's Republic of China, Singapore, Manila, Philippines, Vancouver, Canada; San Francisco, New York City, Boston and Los Angeles.
The Gin Sun Hall Benevolent Association in San Francisco was established in the 1930s under the Corporate Laws of the State of California for the purposes of mutual assistance and support for new migrants coming and adjusting to the harsh environment in a foreign land. Due to the farsighted efforts of many of our forebears who solicited contributions from Gins all over the United States, the Association was able to purchase the property located at 747 Clay Street in san Francisco for $10,000. During the Depression, top wages for many who had what were considered good jobs working as cooks for wealthy families Ė earned no more than $50 per month. We are eternally grateful for their deeds of self-sacrifice, benevolence, and righteousness. Their accomplishment have benefited many generations and generations to come.
The Association is governed by a Board of Directors which is elected annually. The Board meets quarterly to conduct Association business.
Highlights of recent association activities.
Today, the associationís purpose has changed as new immigrants depend less on the association to make their adjustment as more social services are available to new migrants. However, the association, through the generous support of its members, continues to bridge the generations and serve as a meeting place for its membership. Each year during the Chinese New year, a general membership dinner is held; each Spring, the Association pay its homage and respects to departed ancestors at the Ning Yung Cemetery in Colma. The Association also administers 150 plots at the cemetery.
In 1991, a memorial hall in Gin Sun Hallís honor was dedicated in Sun Cheong City. Members of the association contributed to the building of his memorial centre located on the grounds of Dhat Dock High School. Also located at the High School is a newly completed reception hall and library, constructed in part from support of the association and its membership. The educational achievement of its students is superior and each year provincial representatives from various provinces in China request tours and orientation to the school.
Since the mid 1980s the association has offered $5,000 annually in scholarship for college-bound high school graduates.
Each year, as part of its obligation under chartered as a non-profit California, tax exempt organization, the Association donates several thousand dollars to United Way organizations in San Francisco Chinatown.
President 庭訓 hard at work at the Association
Treasurer 添發;景堯 Selling tickets for the Spring Dinner
Planning the 2007 Spring Dinner