By Joe Terry (Dragon Hill Noncommissioned Officers Association)June 17, 2008
YONGSAN GARRISON, Republic of Korea - Yongsan scored a hole-in-one when it hosted Korean and community children at the second annual orphans' and youth mini-golf tournament May 31.
The Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation Business Operations Division organized the Good Neighbor Program event with help from the Dragon Hill Noncommissioned Officers Association Korea Chapter, Area II Club Beyond Youth Ministries, and the South Post Chapel.
Yongsan's Club Beyond joined children from the Korea Pearl S. Buck Foundation, the Young Nak Children's Home, a local Korean elementary school, and the Viva JH Club.
"It was so wonderful to see these children who are divided by culture, language and other insignificancies come together in the unity of having fun and being shown love," said Willie Williamson, Club Beyond lay leader.
"Their faces beamed," he said, as each of the participants received a T-shirt, lunch and a sports cap. The top scorers also received a glass-encased trophy, a coin of excellence and a sleeve of golf balls.
"You would have thought they were receiving the green jacket at the Masters with the pride and joy they exhibited," Williamson said.
Other organization sponsors were the MacArthur Lodge #183 and the Yongsan Commissary. Individual sponsors included Sam Knight, Kim Sun Yi and Lee Kay Ja.
DFMWR Business Manager Dan Melton led event planning with the NCOA.
"It's all about doing good things for the kids," he said. "Our future rests with them and these positive memories will help strengthen our future relationship."