Chapter Activities and Highlights for 2015

OCA-DC 2015 Highlights!

  • OCA-DC Treasurer, Annette Cheng, attended the President’s Lunar New Year reception event on February 10 at the University of Maryland, College Park. This year’s reception was held in the Art-Sociology Building and was co-hosted by the Art Gallery and the Confucius Institute at University of Maryland. Featured at this event were the Chinese ink painting collection called “Reshuffling the Past: 2015 Contemporary Chinese Ink Art”. 40 paintings were showcased in ink and on rice paper by eight invited Chinese artists. As UMD President Wallace Loh stated “It’s a very special exhibition, made possible by the sponsorship of Hanban, the Office of Chinese Language Council International and the Confucius Institute at Maryland”. He thanked them for their support in making this event possible. After its opening at University of Maryland, the exhibition will travel to the Roberson Museum and Science Center in Binghamton, New York and the Museum of Art and Design at Miami Dade College

  • The Third Annual Asian Career Fair and Job Skills Seminar was held on Feb. 15, 2015 at the hosting facility of Chinese Culture and Community Service Center (CCACC)in Gaithersburg, MD.  Even with the extremely cold winter temps of that day, 250 job seekers and job exhibitors from 23 companies and federal government agencies participated in this very successful FREE event sponsored by OCA-DC, CAPA, Monte Jade-DC, TCCGW, NTUAA-DC, and CCACC! The job seekers included college students, recent graduates, young adult professionals, and seasoned job seekers. Check out the Epoch Times article on this very successful event! 

    Mary Tom, OCA-DC President, moderated the Job Skills Seminar, as she’s done in the past years of this outstanding free Seminar offering. For the first time, Darryl Tom, OCA-DC VP of Economic Development, offered one-on-one resume critique and analysis for job seekers at the event.  It should be noted that there was an enormous sign-up of 40+ individuals seeking Darryl’s FREE resume assessment services and, seeing that time was limited, Darryl graciously offered to serve the remaining individuals and at a later date.  While in graduate school at the Wharton School of Business, Darryl was a member of the MBA Admission Committee and had reviewed hundreds of applications and resumes.  Darryl has over a decade of experience in IT and other fields.  OCA-DC is blessed to have Darryl on the OCA-DC Board!  Although Mary Tom and Darryl aren’t related, Mary proudly calls him her cousin Darryl.
    This year’s event was a great success with several offers of employment extended to job seekers!  OCA-DC has been honored to be actively involved in this much-needed community service for job seekers and companies/federal government agencies seeking new hires!

  • On February 23rd, 2015, the OCA-Greater Washington DC Chapter (OCA-DC), Asian Pacific American Advocates, provided their annual Lunar New Year dinner celebration to the Shepherd’s Table, a nonprofit organization that has faithfully served the homeless community in the Silver Spring area for over 30 years. This community service event was co-sponsored by Seven Seas Chinese Restaurant, which provided a delicious multi-course dinner for Shepherd's Table guests. It was OCA-DC’s honor to greet our guests and share with them this year’s Lunar New Year celebration of the Goat and extend our hearts of warmth to them during these frigid winter days. 

    Various volunteer organizations served with us this year, and they included the following: (OCA-DC) Stan Tsai, Wilbur Friedman, Deanna Cho and Mary Tom; (Chinese Bible Church of MD) Susan Lu, Bettie Toy and Nancy Toy; other volunteers – Songwei Li, Daniel Chang, Maggie Zhu, and Sunny Han.  We were also delighted to have Councilman Craig Rice, District 2 and Councilman Marc Elrich, at large, join us in service to our homeless community.

  • On March 29, Mary Tom spoke at the meeting of the Chinese American Heart Association in Washington, D.C!



Highlights from previous years