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About The Society For Friendship With China, Inc

The Society for Friendship with China, Inc. was formed in 2004 as a 501(c)(3) organization for the purpose of officially conducting friendship activities, trade, tourism, and educational exchanges, and for promoting better understanding between the people of China and the Kansas City Metropolitan area. Our most immediate goal is to provide a better understanding of Chinese culture in Kansas City by holding the Annual Kansas City International Dragon Boat Festival along Brush Creek and by providing a Chinese New Year or Spring Festival Banquet each Lunar New Year. Our long-term goal is to develop a Chinese Garden in Kansas City.

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Board Members:

Teresa Chien - President of the Board, China Commissioner of Ethnic Enrichment

John Phillips - Executive VP, Partner, HuschBlackwell Sanders Peper Martin LLP (Retired)

Joan Pu - Vice President, City of Kansas City

Christopher Graham - Treasurer, CPA, Graham and Associates

Fang Shen - Secretary, Partner, HuschBlackwell Sanders Peper Martin LLP

Jan Armstrong - Chair person, Garden Committee

Ben Williams - Director, Regnier Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Sam Walton Fellow | UMKC Enactus

Bobby Chien - Director, Alliance Insurance Brokerage

Carolyn Kadel - Director, Dragon Boat Grants and Boat teams. Johnson County Community College (Retired)

Cary Clark - Director, Sam Walton Fellow at UMKC Innovation Center (Retired)

David Cheng - Director, Kansas City Chinese Association

Don Breckenridge - Director, CEO, General Manager, InterContinental Hotel and Sheraton Suites on the Plaza

Linda Hanley - Director, Hanley Photography

Mark McHenry - Director, Kansas City Park and Recreation (Retired)

Nancy Hill - Director, Kansas City-Yan’an Sister City Committee




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