Sunday, January 4, 2015

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year Everyone! We hope your New Year is off to a great start. We look forward to spending time with all of you in the new year.

KOREAN NEW YEAR: February 7th Our Korean New Year celebration is upon us. Our 2015 celebration will be held on February 7, 2015 from 4-6:30 at St. Andrews Church, Middleton, WI. Please click on the link below to RSVP today. To RSVP, go to:  

FTKA ANNUAL DUES: are now due Our 2015 dues are now due. Please send in your payment or pay online. FTKA can now accept dues payments via Paypal! Here's the information you need to know email address to enter, under the "send money" tab: please mark, "I am sending money to family and friends" so there are no fees assessed. If you have questions about submitting your payment via paypal please contact Michelle at the following email address: Annual Dues Form:

Lucas M. earns his white belt.
 KOREAN CULTURE DAY: Saturday, March 21 Korean Culture day will be held March 21, 2015 in the morning. We will have details to follow in upcoming newsletters.  

FAMILY PHOTO SUBMISSIONS: Calling for Family Photo submissions. Please submit a snap shot or two to the FTKA newsletter of your family. Photos can be of anything; a family activity, an adoption related event or a cultural related event. Many of our members are not in the facebook group and this is a nice way for us to stay connected. Submissions can be made to Lisa Hausbeck at Lisa puts out the newsletter on around the first and fifteenth of every month. We look forward to your submissions! This months submission is from Kami M. Keep the happy family pics coming. We love to see what your children are up to. Here is a photo of Lucas M. earning his white belt. Congratulations Lucas!                

KOREAN LANGUAGE: Are you interested in learning to speak or read Korean? Is your schedule such that the Korean Language School of Madison doesn’t work out for your family? If this is your family and you are still wanting to learn the Korean language check out the below website.  

CAMP CHOSON! ! You may have heard about Camp Choson, a Korean culture camp for Korean-
American youth held annually in Camp Lakamaga, a Girl Scout Camp near Forest Lake Minnesota. My 14-year old daughter, Katie, and I have attended this very safe, delightful camp for two years, and it will continue to be one of the highlights of our summer. Camp Choson started out as a culture camp for Korean adoptees, and quickly grew to include Korean-American families from a variety of backgrounds. There is an enormous amount of volunteer energy creating a safe, happy, fully engaged environment, with something for almost everyone. Resident camp (grades 7-11) which my daughter has twice attended, is a fabulously fun bonding experience for adolescents and teens. Friendships are quickly made with the support and enthusiastic encouragement of the counseling staff, mostly made up of deeply committed camp alumnae. While my daughter never experienced day camp (K-6), I spent time as a volunteer immersed in an engaging variety of safe, fun activities that quickly bonded children and created a happy, accessible environment. What impressed me most about Choson is the large number of adult volunteers in the kitchen, gathering spaces, and even overseeing the trails connecting activities like swimming, Taekwondo, dance and drum. They have a fantastic social / emotional programming that creates a setting that is open, encouraging, accepting, and inspires children to wholeheartedly engage. Oh yes, and the food is homemade, authentic, and fabulous. There’s a large variety of ways for parents to get involved, including the fantastic kitchen operation where you’ll learn a lot about Korean cooking. Both Katie and I have made wonderful friendships, and look forward to our return next summer, July 5 - 10, 2015. Please feel free to connect if you have questions, or would just like to chat about Camp Choson. Check out the website:

Katherine Peterson