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Rcbks bulletin vol 18 no 32


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Rcbks bulletin vol 18 no 32

  1. 1. Vol 18 Number 33 SELAMAT PAGI 10 April 2010 Rotary Information Member's Contribution The Benefits of Community Service Youth Exchange is one of the most (Reported from Scienceblog by PE Poay Lim) popular programs to promote interna- Here is something to think about: When we volunteer our time to do tional understand- something for others, such as helping out an elderly neighbour or taking part ing and develop in a local community project, it can be good news for our health, our lifelong friendship. children’s education and even reduce the local crime rate too. It began in 1927 with the Rotary Club Recent research funded by the Economic & Social Research Council of Nice, France Exchanges in Europe continued until World War II and (ESRC) has revealed that people who live in areas that record high levels of resumed after the war in 1946. In informal voluntary activity in their neighbourhood, also enjoy better health, 1939, an extensive Youth Exchange students achieve higher GCSE grades and their communities suffer fewer was created between California and burglaries. Latin America. Since then, the program has expanded around the world. In Professor Paul Whiteley, Programme Director of the ESRC Democracy & recent years, more than 7,000 young Participation Research Programme that produced the findings explains, people have participated annually in ‘’The research has revealed an interesting link between helping others and Rotary club and district - sponsored enjoying a good quality of life. It seems that when we focus on the needs of exchange programs. others, we may also reap benefits ourselves. It means that voluntary activity in the community is associated with better health, lower crime, improved The values of Youth Exchange are educational performance and greater life satisfaction. Communities with lots experienced not only by the high - of civic and community engagement are also communities that have school age students involved but also environments that foster favourable outcomes such as these’’. by the host families, sponsoring clubs, receiving high schools and the entire Volunteering has a positive influence, irrespective of a community’s social community. Youth Exchange partici- class or wealth. ‘’A relatively poor community with lots of voluntary activity pants usually provide their fellow can do better in relation to health, crime and education than a relatively students in their host schools with affluent community which lacks such activity’’ explains Whiteley. The excellent opportunities to learn about research also tested for links between voluntary activity and overall life customs, languages, traditions and satisfaction or happiness. Again there is a strong link between communities family tife in another country. with lots of volunteering and those where people are very satisfied with their lives. Youth Exchange offers young people interesting opportunities and rich The British Home Secretary, David Blunkett, comments ‘’Volunteering is a experiences to see another part of the world. Students usually spend a full growing activity. Government figures show that in 2003, 51 per cent of people academic year abroad, although some in England participated in their community — around 20.3 million people. clubs and districts sponsor short-term The equivalent contribution to the economy made by people volunteering exchanges of several weeks or formally and informally in their community was around 42.6 billion pounds in months. 2003. Volunteering clearly has benefits for citizens, families and communities. That is why the Government is developing and strengthening Youth Exchange is a highly recom- our partnership with the voluntary sector, especially in order to reach out to mended program for all Rotary clubs our most deprived communities’’. as a practical activity for the enhance- ment of international understanding The research sample was based on 101 district authorities selected at and goodwill. random.
  2. 2. ATTENDANCE LAST WEEK'S SPEAKERS Visitng Rotarian: AG Veiven, RC Gombak Mohan & Gina - Living in Saudi Arabia Guests: Abdul Ghafoor,guest of James Cheong Richard Hoi, guest of Kong Mohan spent 15 months in Jeddah, the Hana Marlin, guest of club capital of Saudi Arabia with Gina joining Nancy Ponniah, guest of club him for the final five months or so. They Ian Iseli, guest of Susanne brought back some fond memories of the REF Awardees: intricacies of life in Saudi Arabia. Choong Pui Yi, SMK Sri Permata Johanand. SMK Cochrane Their recollection of Jeddah as an old port Sharipah Atina, SMK Taman Medan city are mixed. It is a sprawling city with big cars and bad drivers. It is not equipped Mohamad Sahidan, SMK Tmn Medan to receive the big number of pilgrims and the epidemics that they bring. Intercity roads are excellent. Water is obtained from desalination. Sewerage is ancient – the Attendance: 60% Fines: - waste being dumped in a lake. A recent flood threatened to burst the lake and bring the effluents back to the city! There are no woman drivers in Saudi. It appears that there is no law forbidding Announcements women from driving. Gina was initially outraged by this. But she found that the drivers were so bad that it was just as well she couldn’t drive herself. Club Service The neck-to-foot black gown, the abaya, is the dress prescribed for all women. Men wore the tope, that airy full-length white button-down shirt. Although face covering - The Group 9 Intercity was held last was not compulsory there, most women do wear them. The expats could remove Saturday at Eco Green with 13 members the abaya out at sea as the law of the land didn’t apply, naturally! To show us what and 2 spouses present. the abaya looks like Mohan had their expat friends model for them. It was against the law to photograph Arab women too. - A Fireside chat will be organised next month for the new members. The separation of the sexes went further. Restaurants had a family entrance which allowed mixed groups to enter together. There is another side entrance for singles – - 'Relay for Life 2010' is on 29 - 30 translate that to single men. Single women do not go out on their own by decree. May'10. CP Naga will be assisting the Within the restaurant there is a partition to keep the sexes apart. This barrier has National Cancer Society Malaysia in been breached by a clever application of IT. Some men and women sit on either organising the event. RCBKS will side of the divide and Bluetooth one another. participate as a team. Weather there can be pleasant in winter but summer temperatures soar to 40s. Community Service Apparently, officially the temperature never reaches 50°C for it is mandatory that offices close should it get that hot! Expats can live well in Saudi Arabia. But Mohan - Medical camp, a joint project with RC observed that their rented houses are often made of chipboard or plywood. This Shah Alam is postponed to 16 May'10. makes them easy to renovate for new tenants. There are a thousand channels of Ee Lay to update with more details. television available some X-rated and these are sometimes local productions! Vocational Service Gina and Mohan had stories of how strict observance of prayer times was inconvenient to shopping and work. The problem is that the time for business to - A Career talk will be organise at SMK restart is uncertain. If you are halfway through some business or shopping, you Sri Hartamas. CY to give more details. may have to wait outside the premises. They showed us snapshots unique to that part of the world: The clear waters of the Red Sea with beautiful treacherous corals, rocky mountains with almost no vegetation or population, a path purportedly taken by the Prophet Mohamed, baboons and the tallest fountain in the world. All in all it sounded like the kind of posting that I would have enjoyed myself. Thank you Gina and Mohan for an interesting visit. Relay for Life 2010 Relay For Life is a fun-filled overnight event designed to celebrate survivorship and raise money for research and programs. Each team tries to keep at least one team member on the track at all times. REF Awardees (from left): Sharipah, Mohamad, Johanand Time : 6 pm, 29th May to 10 am, 30th May 2010 and Pui Yi Venue: MSN Training Stadium, Bukit Jalil, KL Registration : $15 per pax or $150 per team (10 pax)
  3. 3. Today's Programme NEXT CHANGE Ezra Mohd Zaid 17 April (Sat) 7.30am 'Publishing in Malaysia' Speaker: David Fong Topic: innovation Ezra Mohd Zaid is Director of ZI Publications Sdn Bhd; a new, independent Malaysian publishing house dedicated to producing general trade books. The company is 24 April (Sat) 7.30am involved in commissioning works of fiction and non-fiction suited for the local and Business meeting international markets. ZI Publications is also heavily invested in translating literary works into the Malay language from English and other languages. Ezra has overseen and advised the production of various successful publications. CALENDER of EVENTS REF Mentor Support Group Meeting Ezra was educated at Sekolah Sri Inai in Petaling Jaya and completed high school Date: 12 April 2010 in Geelong Grammar School, Australia. Ezra graduated from the University of British- Venue: IPP Malaysia @ 7.30pm Columbia (UBC), Vancouver in 2006 with a degree in Political Science and Philosophy. 76th District Assembly SPECIAL FEATURE Date: 16 - 18 April 2010 Venue: Sunway Resort Hotel How to Stop Absorbing Other People’s Negative Emotions Fireside chat @ Eco Green In “Emotional Freedom,” Judith Orloff emphasizes the importance of learning how Date: 14 May 2010 to stay centered in a stressful, highly emotionally charged world. Since emotions such as fear, anger, and frustration are energies, you can potentially “catch” them Medical Camp from people without realizing it. Date: 16 May 2010 Venue: Shah Alam Emotional Action Step: How to Stay Centered in a Stressful World REF Values Education Program * First, ask yourself, “Is the feeling mine or someone else’s?” It could be both. If Date: 8 - 9 June 2010 the emotion such as fear or anger is yours, gently confront what’s causing it on your own or with professional help. If not, try to pinpoint the obvious generator. For RCBKS 18th Installation instance, if you’ve just watched a comedy, yet you came home from the movie Date: 26 June 2010 (Sat) theater feeling blue, you may have incorporated the depression of the people sitting beside you; in close proximity, energy fields overlap. The same is true with going to a mall or packed concert. April Celebration * When possible, distance yourself from the suspected source. Move at least Happy Birthday twenty feet away; see if you feel relief. Don’t err on the side of not wanting to offend strangers. In a public place, don’t hesitate to change seats if you feel a sense of Sunny 18 April depression imposing on you. Kate 19 April Yau 21 April * For a few minutes, center yourself by concentrating on your breath: This connects you to your essence. Keep exhaling negativity, inhaling calm. This helps to ground yourself and purify fear or other difficult emotions Visualize negativity as gray fog lifting from your body, and hope as golden light entering. This can yield quick Duty Roster results. 10 April (Vocational Service) * Negative emotions such as fear frequently lodge in your emotional center at the solar plexus. Place your palm there as you keep sending loving-kindness to that Sargeant-at-arms CY area to flush stress out. For longstanding depression or anxiety, use this method Desk Duty Thomas daily to strengthen this center. It’s comforting and builds a sense of safety and Introducer Kong optimism. Thank Speaker James Cheong Fines Yau * Shield yourself. A handy form of protection many people use, including healers with trying patients, involves visualizing an envelope of white light (or any color you feel imparts power) around your entire body. Think of it as a shield that blocks out 17 April (Community Service) negativity or physical discomfort but allows what’s positive to filter in. Sargeant-at-arms Graham * Look for positive people and situations. Call a friend who sees the good in Desk Duty Niklas others. Spend time with a colleague who affirms the bright side of things. Listen to Introducer Siew Hwa hopeful people. Hear the faith they have in themselves and others. Also relish Thank Speaker Ee Lay hopeful words, songs, and art forms. Hope is contagious, and it will lift your mood. Fines Angie Keep practicing these strategies. We don’t have to reinvent the wheel each time you’re on emotional overload. With strategies to cope, we can have quicker retorts Visit our Blog @ to stressful situations, feel safer, and our sensitivities can blossom. http:// rotaryclubbks. Adapted from Dr. Judith Orloff’s new book, “Emotional Freedom: Liberate Yourself from Negative Emotions and Transform Your Life” ..... contributed by Frances
  4. 4. Board of Directors 2009/10 Around the Rotary World President Frances Po 21731618(0) Clubs celebrate Rotary’s 105th birthday President Elect Tan Poay Lim On this day in 1905, Paul Harris, Gustavus Loehr, Hiram Shorey, and Silvester 77277127(0) Schiele met to talk about their personal and professional experiences. Harris Immediate Past President/PR then unfolded his general plan for a club. Out of this simple beginning sprang Elsie Low the world’s first international service organization, which has now grown to 77281807(0) include more than 1.2 million members in over 33,000 clubs in more than 200 Vice President/Membership Director countries and geographical areas. Dr Sanjay Doshi 23008030(0) · Members of Rotary clubs in Nepal will be taking part in a peace rally in Biratnagar. Honorary Secretary Cecelia Matuya · RC Scottsbluff/Gering, Nebraska, USA, is celebrating Rotary’s 105th birthday 56342870(0) by marking the 90th year since it received its club charter with a fundraiser to Honorary Treasurer expand the local library. PP Graham Bennett 012-2918619 · RC Canton, Georgia, holds its weekly meeting on Tuesdays and will be celebrating with a large cake, complete with big 1, 0, and 5 candles. The club Club Service Director PP Karen Chong will also be donating $105 to PolioPlus. 012-2893380 · RC Tumkur City, Karnataka, India, has conducted a free dental checkup for Vocational Service Director children at a Red Cross school for the deaf and mute. PP CY Fong · RC Milledgeville, Georgia, USA, has invited Rotarians, families, veterans, and 78032276(0) community members to a large Peace Day celebration at the peace monument Community Service Director at the county courthouse. Ho Ee Lay 019-3395688 International Service Director District 3300 Sister Clubs Susan Lim 012-2325860 District Governor Leslie Salehuddin RC Bugis Junction [D 3310] 03-61424628 (0) 03-61424058(Fax) Saturday, 08:00 am New Generation Director Hotel Inter-Continental Ghaurry 80 Middle Road, Singapore 23003757(O) Assistant Governor Veiven Goon 03-79805529(0) 03-79813514(Fax) RC ChiangmaiThinthaingam[D 3360] Rotary Foundation Chairman Thursday, 12.00 noon PP Sunny Khoo International Center Rotary Clubs in Group 9 22849089(O) Chiangmai University, Thailand Ampang Bukit Kiara Sunrise Bulletin Committee KL West RC Chungli Chung Shing [D 3500] Thursday, 12.00 noon Pudu James Lau/ Karen (Editor/Production) No 4, Ln 10, Gwo-Ti Street Sri Petaling Poay Lim (Speaker’s Programme) Chungli, Taiwan