The weekend of the 22nd and 23rd of November 2014 was a very special one for the Taoist Tai Chi Society of Aruba which is celebrating its 15th Anniversary this year. It was the Grand Opening of the new center at Stadionweg 13. A fully renovated center that accommodated its first International Workshop that same weekend.
On Saturday morning a start was made with the International Workshop. Both local members and members from other countries participated in this workshop led by the international Dave Frame and Nicole Morency.
Around noon the official Grand Opening Ceremony took place. As can be seen in the pictures included below, there were the speeches describing the launch and course of the Taoist Tai Chi Society Aruba during the past 15 years, a demo of a Taoist Tai Chi ™ set with an explanation of all its benefits, the blessing of the building with a traditional Chinese Lion Dance and the ribbon cutting at the main entrance symbolizing the Grand Opening of the new center.
While the guests were enjoying a festive drink on the terrace, the practice hall was temporarily converted in a dining room. Everyone enjoyed a delicious meal and after a (coffee!!) break it was back to practicing tai chi. Not easy at first after a full meal on a sunny afternoon, but the pointers and tips given by the international instructors made it worthwhile and everyone was glad to come back the next morning for the second day of the International Workshop.
On Saturday morning September 27th the Taoist Tai Chi Society Aruba celebrated Awareness Day together with quite a lot of visitors, since the public had been invited to join us on this special day, at our completely renovated Center at Stadionweg 13.
It was a non-stop tai chi practice event! Demos were given constantly. Demos by all the members; demos by the instructors; by instructors and set leaders…. a rotation of a variety of demos, including one of Lok Hup. The only interruption was the free introductory class for our visitors. And even this class was concluded with a section of the set being practiced by our visitors joined by our members.
Throughout this Open House information about the physical and mental health benefits of Taoist Tai Chi™ was given. Any other questions were answered by our members and additional information, for example, the class schedule and registration was available at our info booth. It was certainly a successful Open House!
We are hoping that next time you will also join us! Come and visit your home-away-from-home!
Participate in our International Workshop and celebrate our Grand Opening, both happening during the weekend of the 22nd- 23rd of November. That is soon! Visit our website for more information and register now!
On Friday, February 28, 2014, after two and a half years of careful preparations, the Board of the Taoist Tai Chi Society Aruba sealed the deal with the contractors for the renovation of the soon to be Taoist Tai Chi Center and home of the society in Aruba.
Board members, members of the Building Committee and other members of the society were present at the Center to witness the signing of the contracts and to celebrate the next phase in the long-awaited dream coming true.
The property, a family residence at Stadionweg 13 in Oranjestad, was purchased two and a half years ago by the Fung Loy Kok Institute of Taoism Aruba. The renovation will be financed with the funds the Taoist Tai Chi Society Aruba accumulated over the past 15 years with the generous donations of its members.
The President of the Society, on behalf of the Board, thanked everyone involved for their hard work, their dedication and most of all their patience. The Taoist Tai Chi Society Aruba expects that the renovation will be finished by September of this year and looks forward to a Grand Opening to be celebrated with members from abroad and the Aruban community.
Recently Karen Laughlin and Sean Dennison visited the Taoist Tai Chi Society in Aruba in connection with the soon to be reconstructed property, which was purchased by Fung Loy Kok last year. During this visit Karen and Sean gave an intensive to approximately 50 members, including members of the health recovery class. We managed to use the limited space of the Center well and especially for some very new members it was quite an experience.
Many meetings were conducted and much was learned to be able to continue with the reconstruction of the TTC Center in Aruba.
On the last day, early on the Sunday morning, many members came together to practice Taoist Tai Chi outdoors at the nearby Wilhelmina Park and experience doing Don Yus while singing Happy Birthday to Sean. Afterwards we joined for a nice breakfast at the Center. We were able to share some Tai Chi experience in Aruba and very much enjoyed the story telling by Karen and Sean. We ended our gathering with an official part where the Services Agreement between the Fung Loy Kok Institute of Taoism and the Taoist Tai Chi Society Aruba was signed, witnessed by the members present.
The Taoist Tai Chi Society Aruba thanks Karen, Sean and Fung Loy Kok for making this historic moment in the life of the Aruba Society possible.
On July 12, 2011, the deal for the purchase of a property in Aruba was brought to a close after a year of negotiations. Members of the Board of the Taoist Tai Chi Society Aruba and members of the Building Committee were present at the notary’s office at the moment the President signed the deed and received the keys.
The property, a family residence, was purchased by the Fung Loy Kok Institute of Taoism. The address is Stadionweg 13, which is in the eastern part of Oranjestad, the capital of Aruba. The location is ideal as it is close to schools, the main sports stadium with a large parking lot and near a bus stop. The purchase of the property which was funded by the International Building Fund and now requires remodeling which the Society in Aruba will fund. Nevertheless, the Board invited the members to the house to do the first set of many and to toast the reaching of such an important milestone in the history of the Society in Aruba. Although the invitational e-mail was sent out at the last minute, an enthusiastic group of about 40 members turned out to celebrate that a long-awaited dream is coming true. A picture of Master Moy was hung on the wall to oversee the very first set in our newly acquired center. Below is a slide show of a recent cleanup day.
A home in Aruba is a dream the Society members have been working towards for 12 years. The Board and members express their sincere gratitude to the boards of the International Taoist Tai Chi Society and the Fung Loy Kok Institute of Taoism for entrusting the use of this building to the Taoist Tai Chi Society Aruba.