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In the one-on-one meeting with NGS Retha, an exchange of ideas on the important matters that need to be acted on in order to strengthen and revitalize the Indonesian YMCA was taken up. Among others, these pertain to governance/ leadership, the review/ amendment of the YMCA By-Laws, the operation of the local YMCAs , membership development, finances and some other related matters.
Making YMCA of Indonesia active and very much alive again is not far-fetched. As long as the YMCA leadership and its stakeholders will genuinely address its on-going challenges and improve its image in the community, they will still develop to be a robust YMCA.
- Thelma P. Juntereal, MS Coordinator
YMCA Japan appoints new National General Secretary
YMCA Japan is pleased to announce that the Board of YMCA Japan have appointed Mr. Seiichi Kanzaki as the new National General Secretary of Japan, effective 1 April 2017. He succeeds Mr. Shigeru Shimada.
Mr. Kanzaki has been working for the YMCA since 1981. He worked diligently at the Kyoto YMCA for 36 years, serving as General Secretary from 2003 to 2017. He has been very active in various different fields at the national level such as school education, outdoor education, and in the Ecumenical Movement, representing both Kyoto and the National YMCA. He has also been an important leader of the national YMCA, chairing the General Secretaries’ Meetings and participating as a YMCA National Board Member.
APAY, together with Japan YMCA, would also like to show our appreciation to Mr. Shigeru Shimada for his 8 years of dedicated work as NGS. He will return to his hometown Toyama to enjoy his beloved hobby of fishing, and to contribute his time and effort to the local community.
New General Secretary of the YMCA of Taiwan
The board of the YMCA of Taiwan has appointed Mr. James Tou, the General Secretary of the Taipei YMCA, as its new General Secretary, effective from April 1, 2017.
Mr. James Tou started his YMCA career as a Program Secretary of the Taipei YMCA in 1987, experienced in camping program, social services program, membership, administration, and hospitality services for over 27 years. Before that, he served as a volunteer camp counselor of the Taipei YMCA for three years when he was a university student. He succeeded Mr. David Lee as the General Secretary of the Taipei YMCA in March 2015.
Mr. James Tou earned his PhD in Management from the National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, and his MBA degree from the National Chengchi University.
APAY Youth Intern
A warm welcome to Ms. Karren Fetalvero who has been appointd as APAY Youth Intern. Karren, who will join the APAY in January 2017, was formerly program coordinator at the Makati YMCA in the Philippines. She was actively engaged in her local YMCA and the NCY Philippines as a Youth Leader.
Karren studied Foreign Service, majorig in Diplomacy, at the Lyceum of the Philippines University-Manila.
As Youth Intern, Karren's major responsibility will be to help with work related to the focus area of Global Alternatiev Tourism Network. She will assist in planning and implementing programs of GATN and to coordinate the e-Learning program on Climate Change.
The Late Padma Shri K.M. Philip
Celebrated centenarian, Padma Shri K.M. Philip, breathed his last in the early hours of Wednesday, January 11, 2017 in Chennai. An iconic figure of the World YMCA Movement of the ‘70s, philanthropist, social activist and industrialist and specialist in the Indian rubber industry.
He was a doyen among YMCA stalwarts of his time who led not only the Indian National Movement but also the World Alliance with a dynamic leadership which was the envy of all. An incredibly gifted person of whom posterity would eulogize in the words of Indian YMCA historian, Dr. M. D. David, way back in the '70s, that the "retirement of K M Philip as the National President brought a dynamic era in the Indian YMCA to a close.
Born in 1912 into a Syrian Orthodox Christian family, "KM", as he was fondly remembered in the YMCA circle, was the sixth of eight sons, each one an industrialist, of the pioneer of Kerala's plantation industry, "one of the first to understand the potential for development of industry in post-war India".
Mr. Philip was one of the recipients of Padma Shri a national award from the Government of India for his contributions to `Malayala Manorama’ and other fields.
The World YMCA historian, Clyde Binfield, had probably paid the best tribute for the late K M Philip when he said: "Here was a man who had played his part in promoting Indian nationalism as well as Indian capitalism". The late K M Philip was National President for 16 years between 1969 to 1985, the longest for any President in the history of the Indian YMCA. It was at the famous 22nd National Triennial Convention in Alwaye in 1973 that he expounded the "vision of our position in the community life of our country" committing the Indian YMCA Movement to the 11-point Programme enunciated in the 'Vision of the '70s' to his credit, the late K M Philip became the first Asian to become the President of the World Alliance of YMCAs when first he was elected as Vice-President in 1973, perforce prematurely, he was to succeed the then World Y President, the Ethiopian Prime Minister, Endalkachew Makannen, which office he held between 1975 and 1977.
The biggest achievement of his era as National President was the rallying cry to the entire YMCA Movement for the setting up of 1000 new YMCAs with a fresh boost to rural YMCAs which formed the back-bone of the Indian YMCA Movement from its inception.
Till the end he was the towering figure of the Indian YMCA Movement. On his centenary he was felicitated by the Indian YMCA Movement along with several other organizations of which he was an active part.
He will remain forever in our memory as the enigmatic figure he was in his life time. The best tribute we can pay him is to follow the path he has trodden in his pilgrimage of faith as a true Karma yogi or man of action.
We remember Late Dr. Robert Loh
Dr. Robert Loh Choo Kiat, the past president of YMCA of Singapore, breathed his last on 31st January 2017. He was the longest serving President of YMCA of Singapore for 22 years from 1970 to 1992.
Dr. Loh became a Full member of YMCA after the World War II and was subsequently invited to stand for election to the Board in 1962 where he served for 49 years till his retirement in 2011.
During Dr. Loh’s tenure as President in the seventies to the early nineties, his contribution included changing the YMCA of Singapore Constitution to offer women full membership privileges in 1977 and setting up a Social Service Centre in Ang Mo Kio, a joint project with the Asian Women’s Welfare Association and the Singapore Anglican Welfare Council.
Following his retirement from the Board, Dr. Loh continued to support the YMCA’s various programmes by attending several major events and donating to support fundraising efforts.
The APAY mourns the loss of Dr. Robert Loh and remember him for his rich contribution to the YMCA of Singapore and YMCA movement of our region at large.
Program Schedule of ECM 2017: March 7-10, 2017
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