Chinese Club

If you like Chinese and want to learn more about it, then you are definitely encouraged to join Chinese Club! Chinese Club allows for interactive ways to learn more about China through events such as the Moon Festival celebration, dumpling making, mask painting, calligraphy writing, trivia games, watching Chinese films and much more. Events are held between once and twice a month after school, meaning there's lots of opportunities to get involved. All levels of Chinese students are welcomed to join in on the fun! We love Chinese culture and hopefully you do too. We hope to see you at our future meetings. (Written by Eric Brown: Chinese Club Communications Coordinator)

Club Officers 

President: Mason Fordyce
Vice-President: Luke Dobson
Communications Coordinator: Eric Brown
Artistic Coordinator: Natalie Tobin 
Technology Coordinator: Andrew Reynolds

Upcoming Events

  • Friday, September 13 - Membership applications due
  • Friday, September 14 - Applications for officer positions due
  • Tuesday, September 12 - Elections of officers
  • Tuesday, September 12 - Mid-Autumn Festival Party (for all members in good standing)
  • Tuesday, October 15 - Chinese Opera Mask Painting
  • Tuesday, November 5 - Guest Speaker: Francis Wilson, Melane Mohler
  • Thursday, December 19 - World Languages Clubs Christmas Party
  • Thursday, January 30 - Chinese New Year Dumpling Party
  • TBD, February - Team Game: Things Chinese
  • TBD, March - President Signature Event
  • Thursday, March 26 - Film Slam & Cleveland Chinese grocery shopping
  • TBD, April - Dinner Movie Night
  • TBD, May - Senior Dinner @ Royal Buffet 

Advisor: Mrs. Tamula Drumm

Meeting Time: See "Upcoming Events" above

Meeting Place: Various


Chinese Club News

China Day

The Chinese 1 Students recently participated in China Day, a program at the University of Akron that has workshops where students get to experience a taste of Chinese Culture. The Chinese 1 students attend this great program every year, this year was no exception. The students had two workshops they attended, Chinese character calligraphy and martial arts. They then met to hear other schools perform songs and skits in Chinese while eating food. We are thankful to The University of Akron for hosting this event, we hope the Chinese 1 students next year will have just as much fun as the students this year.


Guest Speaker - Paul Wilson & Melanie Mohler

During the last Chinese Club event we had two speakers come in. Paul Francis Wilson and Melanie Mohler are STVM alumni and are very accomplished linguists that have traveled to different countries and have interacted with many different people. Paul is a graduate of Western Kentucky University's Chinese Flagship Program and Melanie is a graduate of Kent State University's Library Science program. Paul is the founder of WKU's chapter of "Project Pengyou" which works to advance U.S.-China relations. While a student, he studied in China and Denmark as well as interning at "Next Media" in Taiwan. Melanie, who is fluent in both Chinese and Spanish, studied in China and recently returned from a year working as an English teacher in Spain. Both of them shared some of their experiences and offered some great advice on both studying languages, traveling, and growing as a person to find your passion. It was very informational and we appreciate them stopping in. Make sure to look out for our next event coming soon.  


World Language Christmas Party

The Chinese Club just participated in the STVM annual Foreign Language Clubs' Christmas Party. It was a great time filled with food, foreign snacks, friends, games, and prizes. SInce all foreign language clubs are apart of the party, the turnout is always great, this year was no acception. The Chinese Club hosted games in the Makers Space such as a chopstick race, a form of pin the tail on the donkey using a Chinese map, and more with a ticket booth that featured prizes for the winners. Overall it was a great experience and we hope to see all of you next year.


Chinese Club Christmas Tree Decoration

The Chinese Club decorated their Christmas tree in preparation for the Foreign Language Clubs' Christmas Party. We used many Chinese inspired decorations such as lantern covers for the lights, Chinese character ornaments, and decorative Chinese knots. We love decorating the tree every year, so hopefully you can come and join us next year.


Chinese Opera Mask Painting

For our second event, the Chinese Club painted our own Chinese opera masks. On top of painting them, we also learned a little about the history and meanings behind some of the masks. It was a great time as everyone had very unique designs that really stood out. We hope to see everyone at the next event. (Written by: Eric Brown, Chinese Club Communications Coordinator)

 


Moon Festival Party 

The Chinese Club just hosted its annual first event of the school year, The Moon Festival Party. At this event there were a wide variety of foods to taste, with many varieties of cakes called moon cakes. Flavors ranged from Green Tea to Winter Melon and many others in between. Other activities took place such as solving riddles for prizes and learning more about the tradition of the Moon Festival. It was definitely a great way to kick off this school year and we hope to see you all at the next event! (Written by Eric Brown, Chinese Club Communications Coordinator) 


2018-2019 News

Dinner Movie Night

On Wednesday, May 15th, Chinese Club had a movie night. We watched Ip Man and had Chinese food. Every Chinese Club member that attended had a great time and loved watching the movie. It was a perfect event to end the year on!  


Senior Dinner 

On Wednesday, May 8th, Chinese Club had dinner at the Royal Buffet to say farewell to our graduating seniors. All members were welcome to come, talk, and eat with the seniors. Everyone who came had a great time! All our senior Chinese Club members will be greatly missed especially our senior officers, Morgan Pulling and Maria VanDevere. We wish them all the best for the next chapter of their life.


Ping-Pong Tournament

Chinese club had a ping pong tournament on Tuesday, April 30th in the Cosgrove Center. All club members that came had a fantastic time, especially our winner Tommy Gupta. A special thanks goes out to Jimmy Thomas, Club President, for making the bracket and organizing the event, as well as Natalie Toban, Artistic Coordinator, for designing the certificates. It was such a fun event and hope to see all members again at our last few events.


Club T-shirt

Club shirts are in! Students are now represented the Chinese Club around school with their new shirts made by Artistic Coordinator, Natalie Tobin. All club members were able to purchase the long sleeves and are able to wear them on school dress down days and at after-school activities. Be Chinese Club proud and wear your club shirt!


Film Slam

On Thursday, March 28th Chinese 2 classes, Honors Chinese classes, and Chinese club members attended the Film Festival up in Cleveland. They watched five short films all made in China. After watching the films, everyone was able to get food and walk around the mall. While on this field trip, they also stopped at the Chinese grocery store. Students were able to shop and look at all the little Chinese shops. Some fan favorites are the Chinese candies, dessert treats, and pops. All the students had a great time and learned more about Chinese Culture.


Calligrapgy Event

Chinese club hosted the annual calligraphy session on Monday, March 18th. The event consisted of learning and practicing character with ink and brushes on calligraphy paper. First, we wrote using water on the brushes to learn how the brushes wrote. Once ready, members were able to write using ink and see how beautiful their characters were. All members were able to keep their great work and show family and friends how talented they are. Everyone that attended the event had a lot of fun and can't wait to learn more Chinese characters.


China Day - University of Akron

On Wednesday, February 20, freshman Chinese classes went on a field trip for China Day at the University of Akron. Students from all different schools around Akron were invited to also participate in this event. The day consisted of classes that each did different activities to teach about Chinese culture. The students got to dance, eat food, make crafts, and learn about the history of China throughout the day.


Chinese Club Dumpling Party - Happy Chinese New Year

Chinese club had their annual Dumpling Party on Friday, February 8 in the Student Center. The ladies from the Chinese church came in and taught us how to roll the dough, place a spoon full of vegetables and meat in, and then pinch the edges close. After they were boiled, every Chinese Club member that came and helped make the dumplings enjoyed eating them with soy sauce. Everyone had a great time and thought the dumplings were delicious!


World Language Christmas Party

The Annual World Language Christmas Party was on December 13 in the LRC. The Chinese, French, Spanish, and Russian Club brought food to share with everyone. Chinese Club provided fortune cookies and Chinese candy for everyone to enjoy. Chinese Club also led different games such as chopstick races, pin Beijing, and peanut pickup for everyone to play.  Everyone participated in the prize raffle too. All members that came had a great time playing games and eating food with the different clubs. It was a great way to share the Christmas spirit as break was just around the corner.


Christmas Tree Decorating

Chinese club had their annual tree decorating event on Wednesday, November 28. Our tree is in the LRC along with the other World Language Club’s trees. It is decorated with chinese flags, dolls, colors, pandas, and ornaments. Everyone who participated had a fun time decorating the tree and seeing all the different ornaments. Along with decorating the tree, we learned a little bit more of the chinese culture and christmas traditions.


Chinese Cultural Kahoot

Chinese Club had a Kahoot event on November 13. This event included snacks and juice boxes and also a game of Kahoot. The Kahoot game had a wide variety of questions about Chinese characters, meanings of words, chinese sports and foods. The top five winners of the game got Chinese prizes and also certificates made my Artistic Coordinator, Natalie Toban. All Chinese Club members that attended had a great time and learned some new facts about China. (Written by the Communications Coordinator, Maria VanDevere)


David Badagnani - Cleveland Chinese Music Ensemble

On Tuesday, October 30th STVM welcomed David Badagnani, the director of the Cleveland Chinese Music Ensemble. Mr. Badagnani plays music from hundreds of years ago, dating back to the Qing Dynasty. He demonstrated how to play different woodwind and percussion Chinese traditional instruments then allowed students to interact with him and try out his instruments. This event was open to everyone; the band, twirlers, and dance class all came down during 8th period to learn about and listen to his music. Everyone had a great time with Mr. Badagnani and was inspired by his music. We hope you all enjoyed learning more about ancient Chinese music and we look forward to seeing you at the next event!


Moon Festival - October 1, 2018

Chinese Club hosted their first event of the year, The Moon Festival Party, on Monday October 1. Activities such as trying different mooncakes, solving riddles, and winning prizes were the highlights of this event. Different types of cakes like the Green Tea, Winter Melon, Pineapple, and All Grains were displayed and tasted. Different Chinese decorated boxes were awarded to those who solved the complex riddles made by Natalie Tobin, the Chinese Club Artistic Coordinator. Overall it was a great start to our year and everyone had a blast so be sure to stay tuned for our next event!   (Written by the Communications Coordinator, Maria VanDevere)


2017-2018 News Posts

Senior Farewell

Last Thursday, May 17, Chinese Club had dinner at the Royal Buffet to say farewell to our graduating seniors. All members were welcome to come, talk, and eat with the seniors. Everyone who came had a great time! All our senior Chinese Club members will be greatly missed, and we wish them the best for the next chapter of their life.

Club Officer Leadership Award

Then on Friday, May 4th, our Chinese Club officers received awards for their hard work and commitment throughout the year. Jimmy Thomas received an award for being out club President Leadership; Morgan Pulling received a leadership award for being Vice President; Natalie Tobin received the Artistic Coordinator leadership award; Emma Lubes received the Technology Coordinator leadership award; and Maria VanDevere received the Communication Coordinator leadership award. All of our officers did an amazing job leading the Chinese Club this year.


Movie Night

On Wednesday, May 2, Chinese Club had a movie night. We watched Ip Man and had drinks and popcorn. Every Chinese Club member that attended had a great time and loved watching the movie!


Film Slam - Cleveland International Film Festival

On Monday, April 9, all Chinese classes along with all Chinese club members attended the Film Festival up in Cleveland. We watched five short films and then got to speak and ask questions to one of the directors of a short film. After watching the films, everyone was able to get food and walk around the mall. While on this field trip, we also stopped at the Chinese grocery store on the way back to school. Students were able to shop and look at all the little Chinese shops. All the students had a great time and learned more about the Chinese Culture.


President Signature Event: Badminton Tournament 

Chinese Club hosted a President Signature event --- the badminton tournament organized by the Chinese Club President, Jimmy Thomas on Thursday, March 22. There was singles and doubles playing each other. The winners of each game received Chinese prices and a certificate made my out Artistic Coordinator, Natalie Tobin. All Chinese Club members that came had a fun time playing against each other and trying to win.


Dumpling Party

Chinese club had their annual Dumpling Party on March 7 in the Student Center. The ladies from the Chinese church came in and taught us how to roll the dough, place a spoon full of vegetables and meat in, and then pinch the edges close. After they were boiled, every Chinese Club member that came and helped make the dumplings enjoyed eating them with soy sauce. Everyone had a great time and thought the dumplings were delicious.


Kahoot Cultural Game Night

Chinese Club had a Kahoot night on January 30. This event included snacks and juice boxes and also a game of Kahoot. The Kahoot game had a wide variety of questions about Chinese characters, meanings of words, and Chinese history and culture. The top five winners of the game got Chinese prizes. All Chinese Club members that attended had a great time and learned some new facts about China. (Written by Maria VanDevere, Communication Coordinator)


Guest Speaker 

Chinese club had a guest speaker, Jessica Kiehnau, come in and speak to the class about her experience with Flagship on December 19. Members listened to her awesome stories and helpful college tips, as they ate lo mein, which was provided for the members to eat during the event. Jessica showed us her Chinese schedules and books from the course she is taking at Western Kentucky University. She also provided other examples of colleges with Chinese courses and other programs we can become involved in to help us learn more Chinese. It was a great event and all the members that attended had a great time. (Written by Maria VanDevere, Communications Coordinator)


Christmas Tree Decorating

Chinese club had their tree decorating event on Wednesday, November 29. Our tree is in the LRC with the other club trees and is decorated with Chinese flags, dolls, colors, pandas, and ornaments. Everyone who participated had a fun time decorating the tree and seeing all the different ornaments. Along with decorating the tree, we learned a little bit more of the Chinese culture and Christmas traditions. (Written by Maria VanDevere, Communications Coordinator)


Calligraphy Session

Chinese club hosted the annual calligraphy night on Monday, November 20th. The night consisted of learning new characters and practicing characters with ink and brushes on calligraphy paper. First we wrote using water on the brushes to learn how the brushes wrote. Once ready, members were able to write using ink and see how beautiful their characters were. All members were able to keep their great work and show family and friends how talented they are. Everyone that attended the event had a lot of fun and can't wait to learn more chinese characters. (Written by Maria VanDevere, Communications Coordinator)


Moon Festival Party

In Chinese club, on Thursday October 12, we had our first event of the year. We had the annual Moon Festival party. During this event all members got to try different Chinese moon cakes with flavors from lotus seed, pineapple, green pearl, red bean, and many more. We also had the opportunity to listen to some of Chinese foreign exchange students tell us stories, memories, and traditions of when they celebrated The Moon Festival in China. All the members who came to the Moon Festival part had a fun time playing games, trying different cakes, and listening and sharing stories. (Written by Maria VanDevere, Communications Coordinator)