IE Chapter Celebrates Chinese New Year

Mar 18th, 2017 | By | Category: Chapters, Inland Empire
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Robert Orozco


—On January 28, the Inland Empire Chapter hosted its Chinese New Year Celebration Gathering, which involved multiple interactions with dozens of TESOL students and teachers from the Inland Empire and beyond. As the guests entered the room, with its ambience of Chinese New Year decorations such as paper lanterns, traditional Chinese New Year music played in the background.  They were then welcomed and introduced to an array of themed activities such as the chopsticks challenge and decorating a rooster (this year, January 28 marked the beginning of the year of the rooster).

The Inland Empire Chapter celebrates the Year of the Rooster at its Chinese New Year party.

The Inland Empire Chapter celebrates the Year of the Rooster.

The evening continued in an appropriate fashion as authentic traditional Chinese food was presented to the delight of the guests. Over Mongolian beef and lo mein, more sparked conversation about TESOL and the theme ensued. Toward the end, further games and traditions followed, such as Chinese New Year favor envelopes. In keeping with the tradition, every guest received a small monetary gift in his or her envelope. However, some gained more favor and won high-stakes prizes such as gift cards or higher denominations of money.

To cap off the evening, specially designed fortune cookies that announced the Inland Empire Chapter’s upcoming Spring Conference were bestowed to guests. The fortune cookies displayed Inland Empire’s mascot, Spottie the Owl, along with the date, May 20. The specially designed fortune cookies garnered interest and enthusiastic anticipation from all. The conference will feature award-winning tech coach Ari Flewelling. Check out our website for further updates on the annual CATESOL Inland Empire Conference,, or contact us at

Robert Orozco is the Inland Empire Chapter’s publicity co-coordinator.


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