Lions Club hears about trip to China

Jackie Krawczak, director of the Alpena Chamber of Commerce, spoke to the Alpena Lions Club recently about her recent trip to China. On this trip she was part of a group of other Michigan chamber executives; their trip expenses were paid by the Chinese government in their efforts to promote commercial relationships between the two countries and to promote understanding.

Krawczak’s presentation included the screening of numerous, beautiful scenes from four major cities that the group visited over about a nine-day period. Construction in these cities, Krawczak said, is tremendous. including massive high-rise construction.

Citizens are being urged to move to the cities and into condos. Use of mass transportation is encouraged and the traffic includes lots of motorcycles. The Michigan executives encountered no problems with their speaking English. They were not served rice, much to their surprise.

In addition to the cities, they visited many must-see locations, including the Great Wall of China, the site of the 2008 Olympics, the Forbidden City, a tea plantation, and fresh water pearl farms. They noted in their touring that American businesses were everywhere.

Krawczak said that Starbucks seemed most frequent. She also noted signs of censorship in China, especially on the Internet.

Vice President Tom Woizeschke reported on the annual White Cane fundraiser. So far, $5,055 has been raised. The street sale has been completed; the business donation collections are still in progress.

The top three collectors for the street sale were Al Kirschner, Bernie Lamp III and Bernie Lamp, Jr. Iron Man awards for working two or more shifts on the street sale went to President Ken Dully and Dave Havelock.

On the following Friday, the Lions, spouses and families were hosted by Marc and Mary Kaye Griswold of Lachine for a club picnic. Chicken prepared by the Long Rapids Fire Department was the main dish of the potluck supper. PDG Dave Zeller presided over the awarding of numerous door prizes.