Quarterly Reports from EWCA Alumni Chapters (October 2016)

East-West Center Association

Chapter Development Committee, Quarterly Reports

2016 Third Quarter Chapter Reports

Compiled by Dr. Jessica A. Sheetz-Nguyen
Vice President for Chapter Development

Thank you to the 22 Chapters who submitted Quarterly Reports. Your submissions as well as your ongoing commitment to EWC and EWCA outreach are sincerely appreciated. The following Chapters and representatives responded to the call for reports: 1) APLP (Miloni Gandhi)  2) ASDP (Dona M. Cady)  3) Bali (Agung Muninjaya)  4) Bangladesh (Abu M. Ekramul Ahsan)  5. Brisbane (Iraphne Child)  6. Chandigarh (Rajesh Aggarwal) 7. Chennai (S. Rajamani)  8) Faisalabad (Muhammad Ibrahim)  9) Hawaii (Carl Hefner)  10) Islamabad (Arjumand Faisel)  11) Jakarta (Irid Agoes) 12) Kansai (Yumiko Okamoto)  13) Karachi (Ghazala Fasih)  14) Lao (Chanthavong Saignasith)  15) Mumbai (Sarosh Bana)  16) Nepal (Nirendra  Dhoj Maske)  17) New York (William Armbruster)  18) Okinawa (Kiyoshi Nakachi)  19) Singapore (Alice Seng Seok Hoon)  20) Southern California (Claire Langham)  21) Seoul (Won Nyon Kim)  22) Tokyo (Kazuhiko Takemoto)

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EWCA QUARTERLY CHAPTER REPORTS FOR JULY 2016

SUBMITTED BY JESSICA A. SHEETZ-NGUYEN
Nineteen chapter reports were received for this quarter’s report.

Asia Pacific Leadership Program (APLP)
This quarter APLP completed their inaugural APLP Global Day of Service – where APLP alumni around the world participated in community service activities. They used this event as a way to give back to their communities and celebrate the graduation of APLP G15!
Below is a list of participants from the first day of service. They hope to double this number next year.  They also released another issue of the Navigator newsletter.
Dayaprasad Kulkarni (G11), Syracuse, New York – Volunteered at Mountain Goat Run
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EWCA QUARTERLY CHAPTER REPORTS FOR APRIL 2016

Submitted by Jessica A. Sheetz-Nguyen

April 2016 - 1

East-West Center Association Executive Board at the EWC/EWCA International Conference, Manila, January 2016

As EWCA Executive Vice President for Chapter Development, I am pleased to present the following reports.  Twenty-one chapter reports were received for this quarter’s report.
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Quarterly Report from EWCA Alumni Chapters (January 2015)

CHAPTER DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE

QUARTERLY REPORTS: EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING (January 15/16, 2015)

RESPECTFULLY SUBMITTED: Estrella Besinga Sybinsky, VP CHAPTERS

Happy 2015 to all of our chapter leaders! As always, thank you for your response to the call for quarterly reports and thank you for your public service to the communities in your respective countries and your scholarly and research endeavors and collaborations.

For those of you who may have missed these recent events impacting our East West Center alumni family, we acknowledge with heartfelt sadness the unexpected passing of two “joyful moonbeams” who positively affected our lives: Honolulu’s Larry Smith and Kansai’s Kiyoshi Hamano. We also send our big mahalo and appreciation to retiring chapter leader Arfa Zehra, whose tireless leadership of the Lahore chapter touched so many lives in her community, her country and ours.

The following chapters and chapter leaders responded: 1) APLP (Ving Ho); 2) Brisbane (Iraphne Childs); 3) California, Northern (Barbara Bornet); 4) California, Southern (Claire Langham); 5) Faisalabad (Muhammad Ibrahim); 6) Hanoi (Hoang Hoe); 7) Hawaii (Carl Hefner); 8) Kansai (Seiko Furuhashi); 9) Lahore (Arfa Zehra); 10) Latin America (Laura Viana); 11) Laos (Chanthavong Saignasith); 12) Mumbai (Sarosh Bana); 13) Nepal (Nirendra Maske); 14) New York (Bill Armbruster); 15) Okinawa (Keiko Yamazato); 16) Ontario (Jonathan Jacobs); 17) Philippines (Pauline Bautista); 18) Singapore (Alice Seng Seok-Hoon); 19) Tokyo (Yasukato Yano).
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Quarterly Report from EWCA Alumni Chapters (July 2014)

CHAPTER DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE

QUARTERLY REPORTS: EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING (7/17/2014)

RESPECTFULLY SUBMITTED: Estrella Besinga Sybinsky, VP CHAPTERS

Thank you, especially to the nineteen chapters for responding to the call for chapter reports and congratulations on all your noteworthy community outreach activities and scholarly and research collaborations. You all make the EWCA proud.

The following chapters and chapter leaders responded: 1) APLP (Vinh Ho) 2) ASDP (Jessica Sheetz-Nguyen) 3) Bali (Anak Agung Muninjaya) 4) Brisbane (Iraphne Childs) 5) Chandigarh (Rajesh Kumar Aggarwal) 6) Faisalabad (Muhammad Ibrahim) 7 )Kansai (Seiko Furuhashi) 8) Korea (Jeong Taik Lee) 9) Lahore (Arfa Zehra) 10) Laos (Chanthavong Saignasith) 11) Latin America (Laura Viana) 12) Mumbai (Sarosh Bana) 13) Nepal (Nirendra Maske) 14) Okinawa (Keiko Yamazato) 15) Philippines (Pauline Bautista) 16) Singapore (Alice Seok Hoon Seng) 17) Sri Lanka (Rajapaksha Harshini de Silva) 18) Taiwan (Nora Chiang) 19) Tokyo (Yasukata Yano)

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Alumni Couple Tomo and Aska Hamakawa Honored by the Dalai Lama for Their Non-Profit Work

Congratulations to husband-and-wife EWC alumni team Tomohiro and Asuka Hirabe Hamakawa, who both recently received Unsung Heroes of Compassion 2014 awards from His Holiness the Dalai Lama for their dedicated volunteer work.

Tomo DLAt an event in San Francisco in February, the Dalai Lama personally recognized 51 individuals from around the world who help those in need without expectation of reward. Asia Pacific Leadership Program alum Tomo, who holds a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard, helps  raise funds for the preservation of Tibetan culture through documentary film and photography and is a staff member at Kopernik, an Indonesian nonprofit that brings simple, innovative technologies to rural areas. He also served four years as a full-time staff with the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, which subsidizes low-cost and high-impact interventions that save children’s lives.

Aska DLAsuka, or “Aska,” a former EWC affiliate degree student in Pacific islands studies, has known since she was a teenager donating to UNICEF that she wanted to devote her life to helping those in need. In 2009, she assisted with relief and reconstruction  for victims of an earthquake and tsunami in Samoa, and she helped head relief efforts in the fishing village of Ishinomaki after the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Currently, she serves as vice president of Tuvalu Overview, a NGO that promotes research and awareness of climate change in the island nation of Tuvalu.

Quarterly Report from EWCA Alumni Chapters (July 2013)

CHAPTER DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE
QUARTERLY REPORTS, EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING (7/18/13)
RESPECTFULLY SUBMITTED BY: Estrella Besinga Sybinsky

ALOHA TO ALL OF OUR US & INTERNATIONAL CHAPTERS!  My personal sympathies for those among us who are inconvenienced by a climate that is hotter than usual, for the heavy rains/flooding that comes with the monsoon season and for those who have lost loved ones. For all of our chapters, mahalo for your chapter responses, and as always, we hope that those unable to respond this quarter, will do so in the next.

The following chapters & chapter leaders responded:  1) APLP Alumni Chapter (Vinh Ho)  2) Brisbane Australia Chapter (Iraphne Childs) 3)  Faisalabad Pakistan Chapter (Muhammad Ibrahim) 4) Kathmandu Nepal Chapter (Nirendra Maske)  5) Lahore, Pakistan Chapter (Arfa Sayeda Zehra)  6) Laos Chapter (Chantavong Saignasith) 7) Mumbai India Chapter (Sarosh Bana)  8) Nagoya Japan Chapter (Yasuo Hoshino) 9) Northern CA Chapter (Barbara Bornet Stumph) 10) Okinawa Japan Chapter (Keiko Yamazato) 11) Papua New Guinea Chapter (Solomon Kantha)  12) Philippines Chapter (Ramon Clarete/ Pauline Bautista).
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Quarterly Report from EWCA Alumni Chapters (July 2011)

CHAPTER DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE, EWCA
QUARTERLY REPORTS FOR EXECUTIVE  BOARD MEETING (7/21/2011) RESPECTFULLY SUBMITTED BY
ESTRELLA BESINGA SYBINSKY, VP FOR CHAPTER DEVELOPMENT

Aloha and mahalo to the 15 chapters that responded to the call for quarterly reports!  A big mahalo also to the chapters that enthusiastically embraced the alumni chapter collaboration suggestion and to their members, who contributed and will continue to generously support the EWC foundation’s endowment student scholarship fundraising goal in the near future.  Thank you for your very much appreciated gift.

The following Chapter Leaders reported on their chapter activities for this quarter:

1) APLP (Caitlin Wyndham), 2) Arizona (Michelle Marion), 3) ASDP (Jessica Sheetz-Nguyen), 4) Brisbane (Karen Nunan/Iraphne Childs), 5) Chennai (P. Subramaniyam), 6) Hawai’i (Carl Hefner), 7) Kansai (Seiko Furuhashi), 8_) Korea (Jeong Taik Lee), 9) Laos (Chanthavong Saignasith), 10) Malaysia (Gan Siowck Lee), 11) Myanmar (U Maung Maung), 12) Nepal (Nirendra Maske), 13) Singapore (Alice Seng-Seok Hoon), 14) Sri Lanka (G.B.A Fernando/W.A. Siriwardena), 15) Tokyo (Shigeo Tonoike).

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Quarterly Report from EWCA Alumni Chapters (April 2011)

CHAPTER DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE, EWCA
QUARTERLY REPORTS FOR EXECUTIVE  BOARD MEETING (4/21/2011) RESPECTFULLY SUBMITTED, ESTRELLA BESINGA SYBINSKY, VP for Chapters

Mahalo to all the chapters that responded to the call for quarterly reports. We received twelve reports from our chapters.

Mahalo also to those chapters that shared their views on the issue pertaining to 1) a cooperative Student Fundraising Permanent Endowment Fund Project for 2011 with all the chapters collectively participating and 2) to the Chapter proposal raised earlier that Chapter Reports be changed from the current quarterly to a twice a year reporting.

The following Chapter Leaders reported on their chapter activities:

1) Anthony Pennings (New York Chapter), 2) Caitlin Wyndham (APLP Chapter), 3) Michelle Marion (Arizona Chapter), 4) Karen Nunan/Iraphne Childs (Brisbane, Australia Chapter), 5) P. Subramaniyam (Chennai, India Chapter), 6) Carl Hefner (Hawaii Chapter), 7) Nageswara Rao (Hyderabad, India Chapter), 8.) Seiko Furuhashi (Kansai, Japan Chapter), 9) Chantavong Saignasith (Laos-Vientiane Chapter), 10) Jonathan Jacobs (Ontario, Canada Chapter), 11) Aziz Husain (Karachi, Pakistan Chapter), and 12) Seng Seok Hoon (Singapore Chapter).

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Student Testimony about Asia Pacific Leadership Program

Marvin Uehara was a participant of the 2009 – 2010 Asia Pacific Leadership Program (APLP) at the East-West Center.  He has experience and education in tourism and development. Marvin is part of the Generation Nine of the APLP (also known as G9), where 21 countries are being represented.

My APLP Experience

by Marvin Uehara

I arrived in Honolulu in June 2009. I came here expecting to live the diversity of the East-West Center (EWC), study leadership in the Asia Pacific Leadership Program (APLP), and enjoy the splendid nature of Hawaii. Over the last five months, I have had lifetime experiences.

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