24 November - DUAL Thanksgiving Dinner
The Yale Club of Singapore was glad to be one of the sponsors of another successful DUAL Thanksgiving dinner held at the American Club on 24 November.
11 October - "Beyond the Singapore Sling" Workshop
Another under the Life and Lifestyle series organised by Aun Koh with the national Museum, the Club organised an outing to the Beyond the Singapore Sling: Creating Cocktails with Local Herbs and Spices workshop at the National Museum, The Salon Level 1, on Thursday 11 October, 6:30 – 8pm. Like the chocolate workshop, this was a blast because we got to taste what we learnt. We were taught the basics of how to infuse liqours with Asian herbs and spices, and use them as ingredients in our own concoctions.
29 September - Young Bulldogs Bowling Event
The Young Bulldogs had a little get-together for its members at the American Club. Many thanks to the following for making the event possible: Ping & Liz for hosting the event; Terence for entertaining the kids with balloon twisting and juggling; Terence & Grace and Erina helping look after the kids; and Shawn and Erina for the logistics/support/general organisation. --
About the Young Bulldogs. The Young Bulldogs caters to Yalies with young kids. Its activities are family-centric/family-friendly and serves as a platform for Yalies and their kids to interact with each other. Families take turns to “host” the events, e.g. come up with the concepts/ideas for the events. Administrators (Shawn and Erina) are at hand to help the host families conceptualise and operationalise these ideas. To give the parents some space to chill out, we will also invite a small number of younger Yalies to join in and help look after the kids. Events are planned to be held once a month. The bowling event of 29 September 2007 was our inaugural event, with some 20 adults & children attending. Currently, we have 14 families on board – totaling 25 adults and 25 children. On average, we expect 6-8 families to attend each event.
Privacy. As we’d like to preserve the privacy of our members, we will only put up limited details of Young Bulldog events on the Club website for record and information purposes after the event. The blurb you see above is what you would expect when we share what we do.
Interested Parties. Families not already on the mailing list interested in participating can contact the administrators Erina Lie at firstname.lastname@example.org or Shawn Tan at email@example.com for more information. We are also on the look out for younger Yalies keen to help out in logistics, in areas such as event planning, child care and child entertainment.
26 September - Exco Meeting/Slingers Game
The Club had an Exco meeting on 26 September 2006 over pizza and beer at Brewerkz Indoor Stadium, followed by a Singapore Slingers basketball game at the Brewerkz box seats. Many thanks yet again to Devin & Brewerkz for keeping our stomachs satisfied and bringing us in for the game. The meeting discussed the following:
- Progress of the Club’s house cleaning efforts. Most done save for Ops Manual (to be done by Chi Ho) and change of bank signatories.
- Discussion of future events. We talked about a Christmas event in December & about the Yale SOM trip to Singapore in January, which we will organise something for then.
- Update on Young Bulldogs initiative.
- Proposed Relatively Recent Graduates of the Yale Club of Singapore. Shawn shared with meeting that Erina had proposed this; and that both would be working to organise a more regular meeting to bring recent grads together.
- Funding for Young Bulldogs initiative and Relatively Recent Graduates of the Yale Club of Singapore. Shawn sought funding for the admin costs of running the YB and RRG groups. Estimated about $100 per event. Will provide more detailed proposal to next Exco for approval.
15 September - "Know Your Chocolate" Workshop
Strongly recommended by fellow Yalie & ChubbyHubby Aun Koh, the Club organised an outing to a chocolate tasting/education worksop “Know Your Chocolate” on Saturday 15 September, 3 – 4.30pm, at the National Museum (The Salon, Level 1). The great thing about food workshops is that you get to taste what you learn. The key speaker was a pastry head for Valrhona in SEA (if I recall correctly). He walked us through at least six different types of chocolates and were provided a basic framework to understand the flavours in chocolate. Other stuff covered included the production and manufacture of chocolate, and basics of what makes a good pralineWe all went home with a box of Valrhona chocolates each. Yummy.
Know Your Chocolate write-up
Can you tell the difference between a good chocolate and a great one? Does having a higher percentage f cocoa in a chocolate necessarily mean a superior taste experience? This workshop traces the origins of our favourite deep, dark indulgence and teaches you how to tell the difference between different kinds of chocolates. As part of this sinfully rich course, participants will partake in a chocolate tasting session.
19 July - Farewell Reception for Yale World Fellows
It brought the Club great pleasure to bring fellow Yalies together to bid farwell to Penny Low and Huzir Sulaiman before they head off to Yale under Yale’s World Fellowship programme. We were most honoured to have them with us. The farewell reception was attended by 30 Yalies and kindly sponsored by Club Vice President Devin Kimble at his latest Brewekz outlet at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.
Started five years ago, the World Fellowship programme selects 18 highly accomplished mid-career men and women from government, business, media, and civil society organisations worldwide for a four-month leadership programme. For those not in the know, Penny was Singapore’s youngest female Member of Parliament as well as founder of the Social Innovation Park, which promotes social entrepreneurship in Singapore. She is also the first Singaporean to be selected for the programme. Huzir is joint-artistic director of the Checkpoint Theatre and is well-known for satirical plays that have been staged in many global cities. Both Penny and Huzir have been selected out of a list of 970 applicants.
In addition, the Exco took the opportunity to share with our Members the Club’s state of affairs and vision. The Exco put forth a value proposition for members to support us through voluntary annual dues or a one-time life-time membership donation. See Value Proposition Letter.
Many thanks to those who attended the event. We managed to raise about S$2,187 for the club, which will go to underwrite some of our larger planned events (e.g. Yale Club of HK visit to Singapore for the Standard Chartered run), cover the administrative costs and help support some of the charitable causes we would like to explore in the future.
11 July - Exco Meeting
The Club Exco held its regular meeting at Brewerkz, Singapore Indoor Stadium, on 11 July 2007, from 8 – 10pm. The meeting was also attended by representative of the Association of Asian American Yale Alumni (AAAYA) and Association of Yale Alumni (AYA) Woo Pei Wei.
During the meeting, the Exco discussed the following:
- Encourage members to take part in future Exco meeting. For the next Exco meeting, Club will target Wed 26 Sep 07. Devin will bring attendees to the Brewerkz corporate box for the Slingers Game that night. Corporate box limited to eight persons.
- Discussed with Pei Wei ways in which the Singapore Club could work with AAAYA and AYA.
- Discussed the possibility of organising a finance roundtable in April 2008.
22 June - Dinner Reception for Jim Rogers & Paige Parker
The Yale Club of Singapore organised a cosy dinner reception on 22 June 2007 to welcome Jim Rogers and Paige Parker to Singapore.
The reception was hosted by Hogi & Claudia Hyun at their residence from 7 – 10pm. We were well fed with delectables from Penang Place (well-known for their authentic and absolutely sinful Penang fare) – including classics like Penang Char Kway Teow, Lobak, Enche Kebin, Kerabu Mango and Bubur Chacha – and well watered with wine, champagne and whisky. A tasting of four single malts was conducted at the sidelines of dinner. The dinner reception was also an opportunity for the Club to touch base with a new member of the Yale family – Penny Low - who will be attending Yale as a World Fellow from August – December 2007.
Many thanks go to our generous hosts, Hogi & Claudia Hyun, for opening up their home to the Club yet again, picking the tab for dinner and watering our throats with copious amounts of wine and champagne. Special thanks also go to Ping Tan & Liz Yong for playing chauffeur to Jim & Paige; Shelagh Mahbubani and Sarah Ong for handling the reception; Sandi for helping out with the photography; as well as the Hyun’s helpers for helping with the logistics. Thanks also go to Chris Cho, brand ambassador for single malts at Diageo, who supplied the whiskies and conducted the whisky-tasting sessions. Special mention goes to Loc, from the Vietnam Club, who made this event possible by putting the Club in touch with Jim. Last, but not least, many thanks for those who were able to take time out of their busy schedule to join us at the reception.
6 June - Yale Club AGM
The Yale Club held its Annual General Meeting at Brewerkz on Wednesday 6 June 07 from 7:30 – 9:00 pm. Thanks to Devin, who sponsored the food and drinks, our stomachs were happily filled and throats watered by the time the meeting proper started – a good meeting by any measure. The feasting aside, we did some serious work. Aside from the usual administrative items (e.g. approval of past year AGM minutes and finances), the meeting approved changes to the Club Constitution to:
- clarify some of the language of the old constitution;
- decrease the number of Exco members to facilitate operations (the constitution now provides for 10 Exco members; we moved to cut it down to a core team consisting a President, VP, Secretary, Treasurer and Officer at Large;
- allow annual membership fees to be set at the AGM to allow greater operational flexibility;
- allow Exco-appointed accountants (not necessarily Yalies) to audit our accounts (prior to this, the auditors had to be Yalies as well); and
- clarify the roles and responsibilities of the Exco members.
26 May - DUAL Trivia Challenge
The Club fielded a team to participate in the DUAL (Trivia Challenge Event, on Saturday 26 May 2007 at the American Club (Colonial Room) from 7 – 11pm. One of the highlights of the event was a quiz session on Nutrition, which mainly involved participants tasting V Tee Room cookies and trying to guess what ingredients were involved in making them.
14 April - Annual Yield Reception
The Yale Club of Singapore held its Annual Yield Reception on 14 April 2007 to welcome new students for the year.
This year, Yale received a total of 19,323 freshman applications. 1,860 students were admitted. From schools in Singapore, a total of 179 students applied and 14 were admitted. We were happy that 9 of those students and their families were able to attend the reception. In total, we had about 70 Yalies, their families and guests attending. We were also happy to have Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions Peter Chemery join us at the reception.
Special thanks go to Hogi and Claudia Hyun for being such gracious and generous hosts, in sharing their home with us as well as the champagne we had enjoyed that night. Thanks also to Club President Henry Eng and Vice President Devin Kimble for sponsoring the F&B (Henry and Devin were unable to attend – Henry was not feeling well and Devin was in Australia participating in a beer brewing competition); Sibyl Eng and her team of interviewers for working behind the scenes; Brewerkz staff (Yen Leng, Sharon, Matthew and Jacob) and Nora (Hogi and Claudia’s helper) for managing the F&B logistics; Elizabeth Tan for helping out at the reception; and Ping Tan for leading the round of “Bright College Years”. Last but not least, many thanks for those who were able to take time out of their busy schedule to join us at the reception.
24 February - Post CNY Get-Together
The Club organised a little post-Chinese New Year get-together on 24 February 2007 by the Singapore River at Brewerkz. In total, we had about 30 Yalies, their family and friends attending. It was also a good opportunity for a visiting Yalie and an early admissions student to meet with alumni. SPECIAL MENTION
We were happy to have amongst us Denise Joselson from New York. Denise, who graduated with a masters in social work from Yale in 1946 (back in the days when women were not allowed admission into undergraduate studies). Denise was in Singapore visiting her son over the Christmas break. Denise is an active member of the Yale community. She continues to interview students for admissions to Yale and serves on the board of the Yale Westchester Alumni Association. She indeed gave Club President Henry Eng a run for his money on being the oldest Yalie in Singapore. (NB: Henry graduated in 1950, but is older than Denise as he had enlisted in the army prior to joining Yale.) Also accompanying her were Denise’s husband, Morton ,and her son Tedd.