WDCSA Newsletter – June 2023

Events Calendar

  • Jul 9 – Washington DC Book Club Discussion
  • Jul 25 – An Evening with Congressman Ted Lieu
  • Jul 29 – Aug 8 – Citi Open Tennis Tournament
  • Jul 31 – Baltimore Book Club Discussion
  • Sep 10 – Sixth Annual Pac-12 Day with the Nationals

Upcoming Events

An Evening with Congressman Ted Lieu

Tuesday, July 25, 7 – 8:30 pm
St. Albans School, Trophy Room
3001 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC

Join us as we welcome Congressman Ted W. Lieu, B.A., B.S., ’91, J.D., Georgetown University ’94, to learn about his experiences as the representative of California’s 36th Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives. Ted is serving in his fifth Congressional term and sits on the House Judiciary, Foreign Affairs, and Science, Space, and Technology Committees. His colleagues elected him to serve as Vice Chair of the Democratic Caucus, making him the highest-ranking Asian American to have ever served in House Leadership. Prior to becoming Vice Chair, Ted served as Co-Chair of the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee in the 116th and 117th Congresses. In that role, Ted helped to shape messaging around key Democratic priorities including the American Rescue Plan, the Inflation Reduction Act, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, the Chips and Science Act, among other initiatives. In his first term in Congress, Ted was elected freshman representative by his colleagues. Congressman Lieu is a military veteran who served on active duty and in the Reserve for the Air Force before retiring with the rank of Colonel.

This event represents a partnership between the Stanford Asian American Pacific Alumni Club (SAAPAC), Washington DC Stanford Association, and Stanford Law School Washington, DC, Regional Chapter.

Directions to St. Albans: see the St. Albans website http://https/www.stalbansschool.org/about/contact-us for directions and parking information. 38°55′43″N 77°4′17″W

Price: $20 for current members of the Washington DC Stanford Association and/or Stanford Asian Pacific American Alumni Club.

Register here: https://groups.stanford.edu/networks/events/46877.

For more information, contact Risa Shimoda – shimoda.risa@gmail.com (301) 502-6548, or co-coordinators Vianna Vo – Viannavo@stanford.edu, Ashwin Ramaswami – aramaswamis@gmail.com, or James Barton – jamesbarton09@gmail.com.

Citi Open Tennis Tournament

Saturday, July 29 – Sunday, August 8
William H.G. FitzGerald Tennis Center, Rock Creek Park, Washington, DC

The Citi Open is an Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) World Tour 500 tournament, making it one of the top 20 men’s tournaments in the world. The women’s tournament is a Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) 250 tournament.

WDCSA has the same six platinum box seats to all sessions that we have had since 2004 (Aisle 36, Section 3). The seats are at the end of the court and very close to the court (in the third and fourth row) and provide access to the air-conditioned restaurant. We also have eight upper-level seats (Section 6, Row N) near the top of the stadium in the corner.

The featured matches are held on the stadium court where seating is reserved, with the remainder on the outside courts where seating is open.

Our current availability and further information can be found at www.wdcsa.org/tennis.

Please email bill@billpegram.com indicating the number and type of tickets desired, the session, and parking passes desired. Bill will confirm availability by return email and provide instructions for payment.

Sixth Annual Pac-12 Day with the Nationals

Sunday, September 10, 1:15 – 4:15 pm
Nationals Park
1500 S Capitol St SE, Washington, DC

Join your fellow PAC-12 DC Alumni, family & friends for our 6th annual PAC-12 Day with the Washington Nationals! This year, the Nationals will be facing off against the Los Angeles Dodgers at 1:35pm on Sunday, September 10th.

As in previous years, we will arrange for a pregame social hour and brunch at a nearby venue (hopefully Walters again) to get to know each other before the game starts – details will be added to this page when they are nailed down. We may also try to do some sort of social gathering at the ballpark itself, depending on ticket sales.

We have arranged for special discounted tickets. Seats are reserved in Outfield Reserved in section 142. We generally sell out our allotment, so if you want to sit with us, be sure to get your tickets early!

Buy your tickets here: https://fevogm.com/event/Pac124.

September 8th is the deadline to purchase tickets. Please join us!

If you have questions, email PAC12DC@gmail.com.

See the event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/188438097469104.

Connect with other Pac-12 DC Alumni on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/14099509.

WDCSA Book Club Corner

Washington DC Book Club Discussion

Sunday, July 9, 5 – 7:30 pm
Meeting at a private home in Tyson’s Corner, Virginia.
Exact location information will be sent one week prior to the event.

The July book is The Lincoln Highway: A Novel, by Amor Towles; Viking, 2021, 588 pages. Available as an audiobook or Kindle electronic book, as well as in paper and hardback editions.

In June 1954, 18-year-old Emmett Watson had just served fifteen months for his part in the unintentional death of a local bully. Emmett’s intention was to pick up his 8-year-old brother, Billy, and head to California along the Lincoln Highway, which ran from Times Square in New York City to Lincoln Park in San Francisco. But two friends from the juvenile facility have a different plan for Emmett’s future, one that will take them all to New York City, where one of them can access $150,000 in cash. If Emmett would drive them, they would split the cash three ways. The book follows three young ex-convicts for ten days as they encounter myriad challenges on their cross-country journey.

For further information, contact Don Bieniewicz, MS ’75, at donbien@erols.com.

Baltimore Book Club Discussion

Monday, July 31st 7:30pm
Google Meet: Registrants will be emailed a link to join the meeting a few minutes before.

We are reading The Long Haul: Solving the Puzzle of the Pandemic’s Long Haulers and How They are Changing Healthcare Forever by Ryan Prior, who will be joining us at the meeting! He is currently a fellow/journalist-in-residence at The Century Foundation, a progressive think tank in Washington, DC.

He was a CNN science and health features writer during the pandemic. His articles appeared in The Guardian, Daily Beast, USA Today, STAT News, and Business Insiders. Prior sits on the board of directors for the Myalgic Encephalomyelitis Action Network, a patient advocacy group. He is a five-time Stanford Medicine X ePatient Scholar, “individuals who are equipped, enabled, empowered and engaged in their health and health care decisions.” (From Stanford Medicine website). With this book, Prior is “thrilled to be able to apply everything (he’s) learned as a patient, advocate, and storyteller into this story of tragedy, innovation, and ultimate hope.” (From Ryan Prior website)

Our September 18th book is The Precious Jules by Shawn Nocher.

Questions: Helene Myers, Ph.D., P’14, at cedarhouse@comcast.net