By Ling-Mei Wong
The Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association of New England (CCBA) inaugurated its 2014 officers on Jan. 4 at its 90 Tyler Street headquarters.
The CCBA’s president for 2014 will be Hung Goon. The English secretary is Karen Lee and Chinese secretary is Victor Louie. Philip Huang was named auditor, while Larry Young became treasurer.
Several public officials personally acquainted with Goon spoke at the inauguration.
Chelsea city councilor Calvin Brown said, “Hung Goon is my brother from another mother. … Hung reminded me of a growing Asian community in Chelsea and I’m so honored to be here today.”
Goon is a human resources generalist for the Middlesex County Sherriff and has worked in other state offices. Malden Mayor Gary Christenson, a former colleague at the sheriff’s office, said, “Every time I’m in Malden with Hung, people don’t get excited to see me — they talk to Hung.” He thanked Goon for his ongoing community service with a citation.
Representatives from the Taiwan Economic and Cultural Office expressed their appreciation for the CCBA’s efforts. “We thank former President Rick Wong for helping the image of Chinatown, which is now quite clean,” said Ed Kuo, director of the cultural center.
Other public officials at the inauguration included state Rep. Aaron Michlewitz, state Rep. Donald Wong, Boston city councilor Tito Jackson, Malden city councilor Steven Ultrino and Ed Flynn, son of former Boston Mayor Ray Flynn.
Goon was ill, but expressed his appreciation. “Thank you everyone for supporting the CCBA team,” he said. “Thank you, my friends, for being here and helping me with what I do.”
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